If there’s one drawback to Season 2 of “Gotham” thus far, it’s that there simply hasn’t been enough Ed Nygma (Cory Michael Smith). While he’s gotten a couple of moments so far, but the world demands more.
After all, with Ed’s personality splitting, he’s becoming more interesting than ever. Luckily, fans who have been wanting more are getting their wish. Starting with episode four — “Rise of the Villains: Strike Force” — Smith’s future Riddler is getting more screen time.
“For a very long time, I’ll be in every episode,” the actor tells Zap2it. “I’ll certainly be present, but episodes 4, 6 and 7 are massive for me.”
So, what does more story for Ed entail, exactly? “We will be going to my house,” Smith teases. “It’s pretty bada**. I’m a little biased because it is my apartment but it’s really awesome. They went all out, it’s super kitschy and creative — there’s so many little details that are so Nygma, lilt the place mats are bubble wrap, the kitchen is filled with tools for gastronomy. It’s amazing, really clever and totally within the aesthetic realm of ‘Gotham.'”
What will bring viewers to Ed’s apartment, though? If the above photo from the episode is any indication, it’ll likely be for dinner. Whoever his lucky dinner guest happens to be, chances are it’s going to be an interesting meal as the two sides of Ed’s personality battle for control.
“It’s really thrilling for me, especially because I’ve made Ed so particular that for him to deviate and evolve into the Riddler eventually, I want to see this evolution of this person,” Smith says of the character’s changes. “I purposely made him quite adolescent and young to begin with and I need him to develop into a man that can posses the gravitas to torment an entire city that has the most horrific of horrific people already wreaking havoc.”
At this rate, it won’t be long before Ed’s walking around in a suit covered in question marks, spouting riddles at people before killing them.
“Gotham” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.