On next week's Gotham, the city has become a war zone, thanks to the escaped inmates of Arkham Asylum running around unchecked because that's how Theo Galavan (James Frain) has planned it.
Of course, Theo is a great manipulator and has the city right where he wants it. Because of his orchestrations and how he has set himself up as Gotham City's hero, his future position as the city's new mayor (especially with the previous mayor vanished, thanks to the Galavan siblings) is almost assured.
Even Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), the new king of Gotham's crime underbelly, can't stop the rolling train that is Theo and his plan for the city. In a new preview of next week's episode, we see Penguin telling Theo that he knows who is now boss of Gotham.
Here's the synopsis for next week's episode:
"Galavan and Penguin join forces with a dangerous family in Gotham. Then, as the rivalry between the Waynes and the Galavans resurfaces, Gordon struggles to maintain order in the city in the all-new "Rise of the Villains: Scarification" episode of Gotham airing Monday, October 19th on Fox."
In the most recent episode of Gotham, Theo kidnapped Penguin's mother and used that to his advantage. So now, it seems even Oswald Cobblepot has stepped in line ... or has he? As we've seen, the umbrella-toting villain is also good at manipulation, so will he follow Theo's plan or will he become a thorn in Penguin's side?
The most recent episode also introduced Captain Nathaniel Barnes (Michael Chiklis), who wants to clean up the city. An ex-military man, Barnes has already fired many corrupt police officers, but is he too by-the-book to run Gotham? In the preview above, he gets his first official welcome to Gotham with a criminal firing a rocket launcher at him.
Meanwhile, Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) tells Captain Barnes that the new bad guys in the city aren't playing by the old rules. But can he convince the Captain that sometimes playing things by-the-book won't work?
Finally, who is the hooded figure in this preview? He's apparently important, because the clip shows Theo telling this mysterious figure that he'll have the Wayne boy soon. Is Theo working for someone? Is Theo not really the one in charge here? Who is actually pulling the strings in Gotham?
There's only one way to find out: keep tuning into Gotham on Fox on Mondays, same bat time, same bat channel.