Besides the obvious answer of his creepy appearance, what separates Pyg from Jim Gordon’s other opponents?
It might be the bizarre connection he believes he has with Jim. Pyg really sees him as mirror sides of each other, as opposed to other adversaries. I think Pyg believes he is getting inside Jim’s head a little more. In Pyg’s mind, he’s not really an adversary of Jim. He thinks he understands things about Jim that Jim doesn’t understand about himself, and Pyg’s mission in Gotham is ultimately something that he believes he’s going to bring Jim around to. It’s just a matter of time. That’s not really the case with the other villains that Jim has had to contend with.
The lengths to which Pyg is willing to go are pretty extreme. He doesn’t seem to have much compassion for anyone if he feels like they are impending what he believes needs to be done.
Obviously, there are motives behind Pyg’s actions. How much are we going to learn about what drives him?
Bit by bit, we learn a great deal. It’s one of those terrific arcs where, in later episodes, you’ll be able to go back and go, “Oh, now I understand why he said that or why he was acting this way.” For the very astute viewer, you might be able to read into some things and where they are going.
But! You’ll also be wrong. There’s a lot of misdirection and diverting of attention to Pyg. He’s not a completely unexplained character. As we go along, we learn quite a bit about who he is and his backstory and what his reasons are for doing the things he does and the way he does them.
When we meet Pyg next, what is he up to?
He’s picking up where he left off and continuing his grand plan to improve the city, with Jim’s help, whether he wants to offer it or not.
Jim isn’t the only one on Pyg’s radar. What can audiences expect from Pyg’s run-in with the Penguin?
They are on an inevitable collision course. Pyg is seeking to clean up the problems that Penguin wants to keep in place. It’s pretty safe to say there’s going to be a face off at some point.
I’m excited for the slow revealing of all of the aspects of Pyg, including his motivations and the broad canvass of his performance. He’s a terrific character. We’ve yet to see who is under the mask. That’s kind of the entire arc for the character in some sense, is uncovering who is underneath the mask. That’s going to be the most entertaining and amusing thing every week, to see just what we learn.
Along the way, Pyg’s story involves more and more characters, and more and more storylines that we might think are not related, but turn out to be.
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, Cameron Bicondova as Selina Kyle, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean and Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth.