One of the more interesting aspects of “Gotham’s” third season has been the emerging romantic turn the relationship between Oswald Cobblepot, played Robin Lord Taylor, and Edward Nygma, played by Cory Michael Smith, has taken. While Jim Gordon and young Master Bruce are still a key to the series, it’s been the future “Batman” villains who have become the heart of the show.
Now, in a video recently released on the official Gotham YouTube channel, Taylor and Smith have shared their thoughts on their characters’ fondness for each other.
Taylor seems very happy that, in his words, “Oswald and Edward have been ‘shipped,’ which I believe is the word the kids use these days.” He then goes on to elaborate that his character might not be well equipped for any kind of relationship, saying “Edward comes into his life at a very vulnerable time and I think [Oswald] confuses that with true love.”
Smith agrees with much of Taylor’s sentiment, saying “Oswald is falling in love with Edward.” However, the actor also says “I don’t know what this brand of love is for Oswald, whether it is a sexual thing, or whether it is just a deep need for companionship.”
Sadly for the pair, it looks like their burgeoning relationship is about to hit some serious rocks in the form “Isabella,” a woman who looks astonishingly similar to Edward’s ex, Kristen Kringle.
The similarity is not a coincidence, both characters are played by the same actor, Chelsea Spack. And since Edward was dating Kringle when he accidentally killed her and then chopped up her body while consumed by the darker side of his personality, it is safe to say he is a little taken aback by the appearance of her double, and what appears to him to be a second chance at a romance that went pretty seriously wrong.
But Oswald, who has already had to deal with a lot of bereavement and loss in his life, isn’t about to share Edward’s affections with anyone. As Shakespeare put it in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “the course of true love never did run smooth,” and it looks like our favorite future villains are in for some decidedly bumpy times ahead in their relationship.
Starring Ben McKenzie as Detective Jim Gordon, “Gotham” airs Mondays at 8 pm ET/PT on Fox. The series also stars David Mazouz as young Bruce Wayne, Camren Bicondova as young Selina Kyle, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot, Morena Baccarin as Leslie Thompkins, Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney and Benedict Samuel as Jervis Tetch.
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