It’s something of a truism that prequels automatically sap tension – after all, we know that in Fox’s Gotham the bulk of the characters are going to make it out alive so that they can take their rightful place in Batman lore… or are they?
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, showrunner Bruno Heller opined, “I wouldn’t say it’s iron clad. You’d need a damn good reason to do it and a damn good end game to justify it.
“We’re certainly just learning the ropes at this stage. Not to be modest about it, but we’re still learning how to do a show this big. I’m always deeply reluctant to kill off characters simply for the shock value of killing them off. I’m not averse to cheap tricks. But apart from anything else, this season literally every actor has come through and [performed really strong]. I would hate to lose any of them.
“Killing off Sean Bean in the first season of Game Of Thrones made everyone go, “Oh, what a good idea that is!” But I don’t think it’s a good idea if you’ve got Sean Bean. The bad one was on Deadwood, when they had David Carradine doing that marvelous Wild Bill Hickok, and then he was gone.”
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