In Gotham season four, the relationship between frenemies Penguin and The Riddler is changing for good.
In season three, things between The Riddler and Penguin turned sour as the pair went head-to-head. After Cobblepot murdered his girlfriend Isabella out of jealousy, the villains found themselves in a cat-and-mouse chase trying to put each other down. In the end, the sly Penguin trapped Nygma inside Mr. Freeze’s ice block and put him on display in the nightclub, gaining control over his enemy once and for all. Until of course, he breaks loose.
When The Riddler gets loose in season four he isn’t the same villain he was when he was working with Penguin, and his icy release is putting Cobblepot on edge.
In an interview with ComicBook Robin Lord Talor (Penguin) and Cory Michael Smith (The Riddler) discuss the relationship that lies ahead for the villains.
“We know that Ed escapes and that is an extremely terrifying moment for Oswald because, again, Oswald when he’s at his lowest its when he has no control,” Robin Lord Talor tells ComicBook.com. “Nygma is the only person who could meet Oswald on his level in terms of intellect and cunning. Now that he cannot control him anymore it’s terrifying and threatening to him.”
While Cobblepot once held romantic feelings for The Riddler, it seems the pair may be splitting paths as friends/partners. However, according to Cory Michael Smith, the villains will always have respect for one another.
“I think that there will always be respect between the characters,” Cory Michael Smith says. “I think their relationship was so personal and intimate, I don’t know that there’s another character that understood Ed the way that Oswald did and I think vice versa. So I think there’s such a connection there and such a fear of the other and a respect of the other that that will constantly be there.”
Gotham returns September 21. Watch the Comic-Con teaser below: