When Gotham returns, Jim Gordon will be swapping his detective badge for a blue uniform … and a new relationship? It’s possible.
Now working at Arkham, Jim quickly meets Dr. Leslie Thompkins, played by Morena Baccarin. And according to Baccarin, they start out as friends, but that’s not to say they won’t become more than that. “He’s a very complicated man,” she said with a laugh.
But despite the secrecy around the details of their relationship, fans can definitely expect to see Leslie team up with Jim, rather than with the Wayne family—a departure from how her character was portrayed in the comics. “I’m a physician. I’m working at Arkham, but we’re not sticking too close to the original mythology,” Baccarin said. “We are having her team up with Jim Gordon instead of the Wayne family and Bruce. Eventually, who knows—it could go in that direction, but it hasn’t yet.”
Although fans will see her run into a few of their other favorite characters, Baccarin says Leslie will spend most of her time with Jim, both inside and outside of Arkham. “She gets out [of Arkham] which is really fun and her and Jim kind of pair up and have this really great relationship. I think it’s important. Arkham is a really kind of iconic and dark and crazy world but I don’t think you want to spend too much time in there,” she said. “Jim finds an ally in her, which I think is important for him at this point. He’s beaten down by the system and he’s been fighting this one-man operation to make Gotham not as corrupt. I think it’s really important that he finds that relationship in Leslie.”
So how exactly does Leslie help Jim? Baccarin said her character would “like to believe” she has a vigilante side, “and we’ll see how that pans out. She definitely can get down and dirty. She’s inquisitive and interested and I think wants to get her hands dirty and wants to get in there with Jim so I think it’s not completely out of the question that she has a little bit of that side to her.” More generally, Baccarin described Leslie as “Somebody who’s very no-bullshit, speaks her mind. She’s not pulled in by the craziness, corruption of Gotham. She’d rather live in a better world [but] she’s also very unfazed by the craziness of Gotham and Arkham.”
And with that attitude, Baccarin did tease that Leslie will butt heads with someone at the GCPD, though she claimed it’s not a big deal. “She’s just one of those people who doesn’t take shit,” she said. “She doesn’t really care what anybody thinks. She’s a good person. She doesn’t do anything terrible, but she’s not going to cater to stupid people, so it can be disarming but it can also be infuriating to certain people.”
Gotham returns Monday, Jan. 5 at 8 p.m. on Fox.