Mileage may vary on whether Gotham does an effective job of setting up Batman’s beginnings, though most grew to embrace the bizarre proto-Joker of Cameron Monaghan’s Jerome. It may take until Season 4 before we finally see the character again, but producers at least explain how that Season 2 finale cameo came about.

You’re warned of Gotham Season 2 spoilers from here on out, but where Season 2 dispatched pre-Joker “Jerome” fairly early on, the May finale clearly inserted the character’s distinct cackle into a montage of escaping villains to tease Jerome’s return. Producers have recently spoken to the possibility of Season 4 picking up with a “cult” of Jerome’s followers as a precursor to the Joker, but why the Season 3 tease?

Says executive producer Ken Woodruff to TVGuide:

[The laugh] was really to keep [the Joker] alive, to keep Jerome and that threat of the Joker alive. We wanted to make sure fans don’t feel that we’re completely done with [the mythology of the Joker] because are 100 percent, absolutely not. [But,] it’s not going to be something we delve into right away at the top of the season.

We’ll learn more of Gotham Season 3 in the coming weeks, but what do we make of the latest? Check out the first trailers below.

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