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"Heroes Rise: The Primal Riddle" is the seventeenth episode of the third season of Gotham. It aired on May 8, 2017.


Some of Gotham's most unhinged villains band together, while The Riddler continues his conquest of the city. Gordon is on a search for answers and all roads keep leading him back to the Court of Owls. Meanwhile, as Alfred begins to notice a change in Bruce, Bruce 2 confides in Selina.[2]


Cobblepot and Ivy arrive at the Arctic and set in a base. They find Victor Fries there, who is angry at Cobblepot for causing him and any other freak get out of Gotham during his mayor campaign. He convinces him to join him and in exchange, he will give him everything he needs to reverse the condition. They then present him his suit so he can go back to Gotham without the risk of exposure outside coldness.

Gordon meets with Kathryn in the Court. She wants him to prove his loyalty to the Court and they make sure to manipulate Frank's body scene. Gordon "discovers" this in the GCPD but Lee sees through this and suspects him to hide something. Gordon and Bullock also discover that Nygma, now getting called "The Riddler" by the press, begins striking again. Nygma is visited by Barbara, who wants to know more about the organization that controls Gotham. Nygma remembers Strange worked for an organization in Indian Hill and seeks to find out more about the organization. Later, Nygma kills actors during a play in front of Gotham's elite.

In Wayne Manor, Five continues posing as Bruce and discovers that he is bleeding again. He meets with Kathryn, who tells him that he has a little time before he dies. Gordon and Bullock investigate Nygma's interrupting of the theater and find a box that contains a riddle signaling a "two-faced politician". Gordon and Bullock arrive at James' office where they find him eating Danishes made by a "citizen" and when he tries to eat a pill for his pain, discovers interrogation marks in the pills. They transfer him to a hospital but Nygma makes a biker gang's bar explode so the bikers make a riot in the hospital. While no one sees, he takes James. Cobblepot and Ivy then visit Bridgit, who is now working on an industrial factory. They finally convince her to join them when she kills her boss.

Nygma and Barbara interrogate James, who tells about an organization that controls Gotham that calls itself, "The Court". Nygma then broadcasts on TV a hostage situation, planning on killing James if the Court is not exposed. James is tasked to bring them Nygma in order to prove his loyalty. Gordon calls Nygma and promises to tell him everything about the Court if he comes to the GCPD. Nygma agrees but tells him to empty the department. Nygma takes James with a device on his neck which will kill him once he presses a button. However, Gordon had Tabitha deactivate the device, freeing James. Gordon then leaves with Nygma to show him who runs the Court.

Five arrives with Selina, revealing his personification and telling her to leave Gotham. Selina refuses, telling him he's not like Bruce and plans on telling Alfred but Five throws her out of her apartment to the pavement, seemingly killing her. Then, a group of cats begin to swarm around her. Gordon takes Nygma to a location where they meet with Kathryn, who tells Nygma to get in her car so he can find all the answers he needs. Barbara confronts Tabitha and Butch for disarming the device and storms off when she proves that she wants full control. Cobblepot, Ivy, Fries and Bridgit set in Dahl Manor while discovering about Nygma's activities. The episode ends as Kathryn introduces the Court to Gordon, officially becoming a member and donning a mask.



  1. Final Adjusted TV Ratings for Monday 8th May 2017 - SpoilerTV
  2. Gotham - Episode 3.17 - The Primal Riddle - Promotional Photos & Press Release - SpoilerTV