Gotham's fifth and final season apparently will be a little shorter than we assumed.
Star Carmen Biscondova, who plays Selina Kyle, confirmed during an Instagram Q&A livestream that Fox ordered a 10-episode fifth season, rather than 13 episodes, as indicated by some early reports.
Interestingly, 10 episodes would bring Gotham to 98 total, just short of the 100-episode threshold preferred for syndication. However, any double-sized episodes would count as two.
For four seasons, Gotham has explored Bruce Wayne's path to becoming Batman, and the arrival of Jim Gordon in the iconic DC Comics city. Executive producer John Stephens has confirmed the final season will take narrative inspiration from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman origin story Zero Year as Bruce finally becomes the Dark Knight and Gordon takes command of the GCPD.
The birth of Batman, along with the No Man's Land adaptation set up by the Season 4 finale, will leave a more than enough stories to close out across Gotham's final ten episodes.
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. The series is expected to return for its fifth and final season in January 2019.