Update 5/24: The series will also take influences from Batman: Zero Year as one of their storylines in the final season, according to EP John Stephens.
He told Comic Book:
There's gonna be a little bit of Zero Year in there, you know as well.
[You know] some of that stuff, especially with Nygma. And there's another one but if I tell you what it is it really does spoil the story.
Gotham boss John Stephens has offered what to expect from the fifth and final season of the FOX series in an interview.
Speaking with TV Guide, the EP said:
We're taking our inspiration from a run of the Batman Comics called “No Man's Land,” where the city had been basically declared off limits by the federal government. So, there were no services going on into Gotham. There was no electricity. There was no fresh water. There were no food services or anything like that, and so the city itself is almost carved out into all these tiny systems, each one of which is run by a different gang or warlord, be it Penguin, Nygma, Poison Ivy controls the park but no one really knows that because nobody who goes in there ever actually comes out alive.
Jim and the GCPD have their own small quarter and week by week, they go by and try to take back one block after another block after another block, so it really is much more of a Mad-Maxian type world than we've ever lived in before.
On Bruce's season 5 arc:
Next season will see Bruce struggling and adopting different little different identities next year which will, again, be one more big piece of the Batman mythology.
On season 5's villains:
I'm excited to explore a lot of the different villains that we've never really thought up before. A lot of times we've been so obsessed with like, not obsessed but focused on, a big bad. We haven't brought in a lot of the lesser-known villains like this year, I thought we had a lot of success with Professor Pig, the character Michael Severus played. And, getting to bring in some of those lesser-known characters next year, whether it's The Ventriloquist, or Mother and Orphan or Lady Shiva and doing a new take, and getting great actors to play them, I think we'll show the audiences, again, just how rich the mythology is.
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