Mad City: Burn the Witch
Gotham Season 3



Critic Ratings: 13
Critics Consensus

"Burn the Witch" functions as a transitional episode - introducing an iconic villiain, tying up some loose threads from last season, and laying the groundwork for intriguing new plot and character arcs for season 3.

Episode Info

Gordon teams with reporter Valerie Vale to find Fish Mooney, who's taken it upon herself to find Hugo Strange; Penguin's popularity soars due to his criticism of the GCPD; Bruce's investigation of the Court of Owls is endangered; and Ivy Pepper returns to Gotham.


Benjamin McKenzie
as James Gordon
Donal Logue
as Harvey Bullock
David Mazouz
as Bruce Wayne
Morena Baccarin
as Dr. Leslie Thompkins
Sean Pertwee
as Alfred Pennyworth
Robin Lord Taylor
as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin
Erin Richards
as Barbara Kean
Jessica Lucas
as Tabitha Galavan
Chris Chalk
as Lucius Fox
Drew Powell
as Butch Gilzean
Maggie Geha
as Poison Ivy/Ivy Pepper
Michael Chiklis
as Capt. Nathaniel Barnes
B.D. Wong
as Hugo Strange
Jamie Chung
as Valerie Vale
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Critic Reviews for Mad City: Burn the Witch

The real crime? All this drama came at the expense of an appearance by BD Wong as Hugo Strange.

Sep 27, 2016 | Full Review…

Cheers to B.D. Wong's reactions and Hugo Strange being the unexpected comic relief of the night.

Jul 18, 2018 | Full Review…

But despite a few standout elements, the results are too close to the nonsensical plot mechanics that sunk its previous years on air. And even when the story tries to pull out an old familiar feeling, the results are unconvincing at best.

Dec 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Goodbye preteen Ivy, and hello seductive Poison Ivy! Gotham wasted no time in introducing the iconic Batman villain in season three, after her run-in with one of Indian Hill's escaped experiments.

Sep 27, 2016 | Full Review…

Monday night's episode of Gotham takes our story in some wildly new directions, setting the stage for a Season 3 that's harder to predict than we thought going in. Nothing is certain in Fox's lunatic-dark DC Comics drama, which is really quite wonderful.

Sep 27, 2016 | Full Review…

It's clear that Gotham ultimately determined it simply didn't know what to do with Ivy in the context that it created for her.

Sep 27, 2016 | Full Review…

In many ways, "Burn the Witch" feels like a transitional episode for Gotham, washing away the lingering threads from last season's finale and embracing the potential of what's to come.

Sep 27, 2016 | Full Review…

Two episodes into Gotham's third season and Gordon's still not a cop! Thank goodness... I hope this break from the GCPD lasts a good while because, as it's been well established, he's lousy at law enforcement.

Sep 27, 2016 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Whatever is going on, I think Bruce's story going to be the most interesting of the season. And, it's about time.

Sep 27, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Despite having way too much going on, Burn the Witch, was a decent followup from last week's season premiere.

Sep 26, 2016 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

Much of this episode felt like a transition into what's to come. Whether it's Penguin's increasing presence in the public eye or the soon to come appearance of Mad Hatter, it looks like "Mad City" is the perfect subtitle for season 3.

Sep 28, 2016 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Gotham takes some missteps with "Burn the Witch," proof that it's a lot easier to introduce intriguing new plot and character arcs than it is to follow-through on them.

Sep 27, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…