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Gotham Promo May Spoil a Major Character's Death

Last night's episode of Gotham slowed things down. After a sequence of episodes that featured the debuts of iconic Batman villains Bane (Shane West) and the Joker (Cameron Monaghan), "Nothing's Shocking" offered fans a bit of a breather and introduced the frightening Jane Doe. Now, it sure looks like things are going to pick back up next week.

The promo for "The Trial of Jim Gordon," the next episode of the Fox series, promises to start with a literal bang. As Jim Gordon stands in front of a collection of Gotham City criminals, addressing what will perhaps be a new judicial system, the future police commissioner gets shot right in the stomach and falls to the ground.

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The odds are this isn't the end of Jim Gordon. After all, on the series, the police detective has defied death many times. Still, taking a shot right in the gut is a pretty big development. Therefore, the title of the episode may be more literal than we thought.

What's more, this isn't the only big moment in the promo. The video also revealed that Peyton List's Poison Ivy will return to Gotham with a vengeance. Ivy last appeared in the January 10 episode "Tresspassers," when Bruce Wayne rescued her from men that wanted to kill her in exchange for a mystical seed that would end up saving Selina Kyle's life. The seed was actually the fruit of an ancient plant that began to grow once again underneath a Gotham park after the city's bridges were blown up.

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Now, Ivy looks set to unleash her fury -- and possibly even these ancient plants -- upon Gotham City. Her first recruit in this plan? Bruce Wayne, who appears to have fallen under her spell... leaving only the future Catwoman to stop him.

"The Trial of Jim Gordon" will be the ninth episode in Gotham's fifth and final season. While initially slated for ten episodes, Season 5 will now conclude after 12 episodes.

Airing Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox, Gotham stars Ben McKenzie as James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Robin Lord Taylor as Penguin, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean and Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth.

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