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Gotham's Final Season Will Be Shorter Than You Thought

The episode count is being cut in half

Megan Vick

Gothamwill have one more season to say goodbye, but it looks like it will be a much shorter one.

Selina Kyle herself, Camren Bicondova, confirmed via an Instagram chat that Season 5 will be a shortened season of only 10 episodes and is tentatively slated for January 2019.

When Fox announced its fall schedule last month along with the Gotham final season pick-up, it was assumed the season would be shorter to accommodate the show's mid-season placement. The expected number was a typical 13-episode half season, as most broadcast midseason shows run, so the extra short 10-episodes comes as a bit of a surprise.

The final season picks up with Gotham trying to survive as an island onto itself after Jeremiah (Cameron Monaghan) and Ra's al Ghul (Alexander Siddig) blew up all of the bridges that lead out of the city. Villains have taken over quadrants of the city and it will be up to Bruce (David Mazouz) and Jim (Ben McKenzie) to gain back control over the city, block by block. The final episodes were inspired by the "No Man's Land" run of the Batman comics.

The Gotham Finale Sets Up a "Mad Maxian" Final Season

For those already feeling sad about Gotham's departure, there is a silver lining. Executive producers Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon have another Batman-prequel series in the works at Epix. Titled Pennyworth, the series would focus on Alfred during his days as a Special Forces officer and the beginning of his tenure working for Thomas Wayne before the billionaire was murdered and Alfred became Bruce's guardian.

Update: Fox states that the Gotham Season 5 premiere date has not been confirmed and has no comment on the episode order at this time.

Gotham returns in 2019 for its final season.