Gotham season 3 two-part finale synopsis: Episode 21 “Destiny Calling” and episode 22 “Heavydirtysoul”


Gotham celebrates the end of Season 3 with a two-part finale event.

Gotham has had another crazy season that was divided into two story arcs: “Mad City” and “Heroes Rise.” This week, Season 3 concludes with a two-hour finale event that promises to be filled to the brim with over-the-top characters along with the introduction of Ra’s al Ghul.

In “Mad City,” Jim Gordon and the rest of the GCPD had to stop Doctor Strange’s Arkham Asylum freaks. It’s not long before the Mad Hatter is introduced—attempting to track down his sister, Alice Tetch. We soon learned that Alice’s blood contained a virus that put people into a rage, along with giving them super-strength.

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Poor Captain Nathaniel Barnes is soon infected. The stoic leader, now unhinged, goes on a twisted one man crusade, acting as judge, jury, and executioner. Jim and Harvey Bullock were able to track him down and put him away in Arkham. But the Court of Owls soon broke him out for the purposes of using his blood—as a weapon to “cleanse” Gotham.

Speaking of the Court of Owls, in “Heroes Rise” they temporarily replaced Bruce Wayne with a defective clone (one we endearingly called Fake-Bruce). The real Bruce is brought to a remote mountaintop where a Shaman (who we learned is the leader of the Court) trained him to become Gotham’s savior.

However, that “training” entailed Bruce relinquishing his emotions which were tied to his parents’ murders. After Bruce agreeed to “lock” away his feelings, the Shaman’s true motives were revealed—by giving up his emotions, Bruce has been brainwashed, and is now an instrument of the Court.

And now onto Jim, who never has an easy time in any season. After Lee Thompkins vowed to hurt Jim for killing Mario Falcone (he did it to save her), she injected herself with the Alice Tetch virus. With her evil side now in full play, she forced Jim to also take the virus so that he could embrace his true self.

This week, Gotham will end Season 3 with the city on the verge of destruction. As Edward Nygma’s (The Riddler) and Penguin’s forces face off, Bruce will finally meet his future mentor and eventual enemy—Ra’s al Ghul.

“Heroes Rise: Destiny Calling” & “Heroes Rise: Heavydirtysoul”

"DESTINY AWAITS ON THE ALL-NEW, SPECIAL TWO-HOUR SEASON FINALE OF “GOTHAM” MONDAY JUNE 5, ON FOXJada Pinkett Smith Guest-Stars as Fish Mooney, Alexander Siddig Debuts as Ra’s Al Ghul. With the deadly virus spreading throughout the city, the search for the antidote continues, as Fish Mooney (guest star Jada Pinkett Smith), The Riddler and Penguin reveal plans of their own. Bruce meets Ra’s Al Ghul (guest star Alexander Siddig) and completes his last task in order to fulfill his destiny, but realizes he can’t let go of his past. Meanwhile, Gordon tries to win back Lee, and past alliances within Gotham City are broken, while new alliances are formed in the all-new, special two-hour “Heroes Rise: Destiny Calling/ Heroes Rise: Heavydirtysoul” season finale episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, June 5 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX."

And, of course, the promo for the finale:

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Enjoy this week’s new episode, and check back with us on Tuesday morning for our full recap and review. Also, don’t forget to visit the Gotham After Show where our friends at will give fans a play-by-play of the latest episode. And the fun continues with Welcome to the Batcave, also on

Gotham airs on Fox on Mondays at 8:00 p.m. EST. You can also stream it on