The Insane Jerome/Joker Twist Is Gotham's Best Yet

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WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Gotham's latest episode, "Mandatory Brunch Meeting."

Ever since his first appearance in the Season 1 episode "The Blind Fortune Teller," Gotham viewers had it set in their minds that Cameron Monaghan's Jerome Valeska is the series' version of Batman's ultimate nemesis, the Joker. While some comic book fans may not be too enamored with the Joker getting an extensive and detailed origin story, many viewers argue that Monaghan's take on the character easily rivaled any incarnation of the Clown Prince of Crime that had come before.

At the time of the episode, it was unclear if the character would make a return, or if his appearance was only a one-off. But Jerome's popularity proved undeniable, and the Monaghan's character found himself returning for extended guest stints in every season of the series thus far. With each appearance, it was clear that Jerome was inching closer and closer to becoming the iconic DC villain. As far anyone was concerned, in Gotham's crazy, over-the-top world, Jerome was the quintessential Joker. The character fit right in and, better yet, he managed to elevate the series as a whole.

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It shouldn't come as a surprise, then, to learn that many fans were disappointed to learn that Monaghan's Jerome wasn't going to be Gotham's version of the Clown Prince of Crime after all. The series had other plans for the iconic villain -- plans that, of course, directly involve Jerome. As Season 4 of the Fox series gears up for its long-awaited Joker reveal, it dropped a surprising twist in the latest episode, "Mandatory Brunch Meeting."

Jerome has a twin brother, Jeremiah Valeska. This revelation is crazy and brilliant all at the same time, and perfect for the Joker -- as well as the series it stems from.

When it comes to supervillain origins, Gotham has been going all out. The series might not adhere to the comic books at every turn, but somehow, whatever happens manages to make sense in the craziest ways possible. From the birth of Solomon Grundy in Slaughter Swamp, to the feminist revolution in the ranks of the League of Shadows, Gotham is painting its very own image of the Batman mythos, one that doesn't slavishly adhere to any one version. The series is a mix of Burton, Schumacher and Nolan, with a dash of comics and cartoons. It's gothic and dark, violent, silly and ludicrous, all at the same time. By all accounts, such an approach shouldn't work -- but somehow, Gotham simply does. And the Jerome twist is the perfect example of that.

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