Mad City: The Executioner
Gotham Season 3



Critic Ratings: 13
Critics Consensus

Benjamin McKenzie carries a fast-paced installment that calls into question on how many moral compromises a lawman can make before turning into just another a criminal.

Episode Info

Suspicious of Barnes, Gordon and Bullock examine the evidence of the murder at Lee and Mario's engagement party; Nygma turns to Penguin when he hasn't heard from Isabella; and Ivy reveals her identity to Selina and Bruce.


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
Benedict Samuel
as Jervis Tetch/Mad Hatter
Costa Ronin
as Luka Volk
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Critic Reviews for Mad City: The Executioner

It was a great character episode.

Nov 15, 2016 | Full Review…

Isabella's demise feels rushed, a predictable and dull way to complicate what was otherwise a loving, productive relationship between Cobblepot and Nygma, while failing to provide any new insight into the characters.

Jul 18, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The good of Gotham City have killed and done other unsavory things, yet they're still holding it down for Team Righteous. And in the best cases, our villains are three dimensional enough to inspire a great deal of empathy.

Nov 15, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

This week's episode, "Executioner," was especially hard for Gordon-but at least there was light at the end of the tunnel for him when it comes to his ex Lee!

Jul 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The "Gotham" writers satisfyingly put an end to Captain Barnes' increasing insanity, and delved more into Ivy's drastic growth spurt.

Jul 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Problem is that his journey, though wrapped in some ridiculous yet satisfying comedy business, is likely too little too late for this iteration of the character.

Dec 12, 2017 | Full Review…

The Executioner proved Gotham is all the better for not going the slow and steady route with hot story lines.

Nov 26, 2016 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

While there's no telling where Barnes will go from here, the show has certainly transformed him into a far more interesting character with its most recent string of episodes.

Nov 15, 2016 | Full Review…

Gordon having to face off against psycho vigilante Barnes was a fun, satisfying way to invoking Jim's own past as a someone who's murdered in the name of "justice."

Nov 15, 2016 | Rating: 7.3/10 | Full Review…

The script leaves a lot of the pressure of the execution of this storyline on Ben McKenzie's acting ability, which the veteran leading man pulls off.

Nov 15, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Well, that was one crazy hour. While I loved every minute of it, I was also a bit disappointed -- mostly in the Barnes story.

Nov 15, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Always proving its distinction as one of TV's most bizarre dramas, Gotham spent tonight's episode, "The Executioner," focused on three stories.

Nov 15, 2016 | Full Review…