Rise of the Villains: The Son of Gotham



Critic Consensus: "The Son of Gotham" successfully balances silliness and seriousness while ratcheting up the tension for the mid-season finale of Gotham.

Episode Info

Gordon deals with a suspect linked to Galavan; and Bruce comes closer to identifying who killed his parents.


Benjamin McKenzie
as James Gordon
Donal Logue
as Harvey Bullock
Morena Baccarin
as Dr. Leslie Thompkins
Michael Chiklis
as Capt. Nathaniel Barnes
Sean Pertwee
as Alfred Pennyworth
Robin Lord Taylor
as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin
Erin Richards
as Barbara Kean
David Mazouz
as Bruce Wayne
James Frain
as Theo Galavan
Jessica Lucas
as Tabitha Galavan
Chris Chalk
as Lucius Fox
Nick D'Agosto
as Harvey Dent/Two-Face
Drew Powell
as Butch Gilzean
Richard Kind
as Aubrey James
Natalie Alyn Lind
as Silver St. Cloud
Ron Rifkin
as Fr. Creel
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Critic Reviews for Rise of the Villains: The Son of Gotham

Things on Gotham are heating up.

Nov 25, 2015 | Full Review…

On a show that is really starting to have a problem with repetition, the Bruce Wayne is somehow one of the most refreshing elements of this show. Ironic, given that we (in theory) know exactly where Bruce's storyline is going.

Jul 19, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

It certainly sets the stage for a big showdown between the Penguin and Gordon and company to go up against Theo and the Order and their people, which should be something. All in all, a solid episode...

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…

This is Gotham at its Gotham-iest; making the most insane, ridiculous decisions at every single point, both at a character level and at a narrative level.

Jul 20, 2018 | Full Review…

It was a fine hour for a comic book drama. It was well-paced, decently written with drama and comedy and had the best action Gotham has ever put on screen.

Nov 25, 2015 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

Two steps forward, 1,000 steps back. That seems to be a running theme on Gotham for anyone on the good side...Such is the life of a hero in Gotham City, and such is the obvious message of this week's episode, "Rise of the Villains: The Son of Gotham."

Nov 25, 2015 | Full Review…

There's so much going on in this episode, but for once it doesn't feel scattered. There's an urgency to everything happening, with Gotham just barreling forward, never stopping too long to consider consequences or indulge pointless side stories.

Nov 25, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

"The Son of Gotham" is a mostly sleepy, albeit high-strung episode of connect-the-dots. It never goes anywhere you don't expect it to, and always ends exactly where the show must in order to resolve canned conflicts.

Nov 25, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

"The Son of Gotham" had everything that makes a great Gotham"episode: Creepy villains wreaking havoc, Bruce and Selina working together and Jim kicking serious ass. Best of all, it sets up next week's fall finale with so much suspense.

Nov 25, 2015 | Full Review…

It's starting to get warm and fuzzy between [Bruce and Selina] and Bruce's story is starting to become a lot more interesting. His character is starting to become a lot more interesting. That's a step in the right direction.

Nov 25, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…