A video on Instagram contains footage of a scene being shot for Gotham’s later half of season 3. This video shows Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue who play James Gordon and Harvey Bullock respectively running with who appears to Benedict Samuel or Jervis Tetch, the Mad Hatter. They are running from Drew Powell, Jessica Lucas and Erin Richards who play Butch Gilzean, Tabitha Galavan, and Barbara Kean. There is a later story from the Daily Mail that gives much a better image (Click here for the link).
This has the implications of an interesting story line, largely because of the relation between Jim Gordon and Jervis Tetch. Benedict Samuel’s portrayal of Jervis Tetch or the future, in my opinion, is Gotham is easily the most malicious portrayal of the character by far. While the Mad Hatter has been given some grim elements such as murder and possible rape on top of using hypnotism to ensnare women to be his “Alice”. Mr. Samuel brings a sharp contrast of charm, and horror to a character that is usually unattractive and diminutive, and one Batman’s lighter villains compared to the Joker or Killer Croc. Tetch’s crimes start out with him using hypnotism to get a man to murder his wife and kill himself, just so Tetch could have a base of operations in Gotham to find Alice, and then later trying to dispose of Jim by making him kill himself after he found her, was just the tip of the iceberg in his first two appearances.
What adds an even darker element to the already dark background of Jervis Tetch is in this continuity, the Alice of his obsession is a real person his own sister, who has poisoned blood that makes anyone who comes into contact with intimate contact with her feel and act out on their worst impulses. Worse yet it’s implied that Alice was abused by Jervis, who kills herself the first chance she gets rather than be with Jervis again. Tetch vows revenge on Gotham, and Gordon who he believes is responsible and he pulls out the all the stops to make Gordon’s life hell.
This starts with forcing Gordon to participate a series of Saw-esqe choices where he has to save one participant or the other or risk both dying, be it a choice between a kid in traffic or a newlywed couple jumping to their deaths, both hypnotized to do so by Tetch, and this is just one case of Tetch’s cruelty. Tetch’s revenge culminates setting Jim up with a choice either his old flame in Leslie Tompkins (Morena Baccarin) or his new girlfriend Valerie Vale (Jamie Chung) to be shot. Ultimately creating a situation where he eventually loses any chance of relationship of either woman, when Tetch’s backup plan is already in play when his plan to drive the city into madness, by poisoning it with sister’s blood is foiled. This plan was to infect Mario Falcone, a doctor and Leslie’s fiancee with his sister’s blood, the end result is the blood plays on Mario’s jealousy and convinces him to concoct a scheme to ruin Jim’s relationship with Leslie even further. Not also does it succeed but Jim is forced to kill Mario before he kills Leslie out of irrational jealousy on their wedding night, further giving Leslie a reason to hate Jim.
Now it seems Jim is forced to save the life of the man who has done everything in his power to ruin his life and everything he cares about. Ironically enough from Barbara Kean another former flame of Jim’s but who this time hadn’t come to dislike him from Jervis Tetch’s actions. However, the why’s of this scene is something we don’t know so were going to have to wait and find out. Below is the Video from Instagram Video from Pida75.