With showrunners promising the 'Rise of the Villains' during the second season of Gotham, Robin Lord Taylor gave fans a little bit of information about what they can expect when the series returns from his character Penguin, who's now going to crave even more despite becoming the self-proclaimed 'King of Gotham'.

Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald 'Penguin' Cobblepot / Credit: FOX

Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald 'Penguin' Cobblepot / Credit: FOX

Taylor explained Penguin wants: "More power. It's insatiable with him. I learned when I went back to the comics, he was a bullied kid for the way he looked and his interests and got the crap beat out of him every day, was treated like garbage, and basically counted out his entire life. So that need for power, that need is deeply, deeply rooted in his psyche."

But with him now on top and more villains swarming into Gotham City, it's just a matter of time before Penguin will be forced to defend his throne and hold on the underworld.

Chatting about the villains, Taylor said: "They serve as a threat to everybody. They are coming in this season... it's a challenge that every single one of us will have to face, because they shake it up. So yeah, we're all going to have to deal with them in some way.

"He [Penguin] knows as well as anybody that once you become big cheese in Gotham City, you have a giant target on your back. There's someone there who wants to bring you back down. So he knows that he just has to maintain control and hold onto it. We'll see how successful he is."

Despite his give-take relationship with officer Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) during the first season, fans did see that seemingly come to an end when the final season 1 credits rolled, and Taylor also gave a glimpse into what we should expect from that relationship now.

"In the first season, the only two people that Oswald really trusted were his mother and, at the time, Jim Gordon. That's changed. After all [Penguin] has done for Jim, and Jim is going to let him die in the hospital chained to a radiator and completely sells him out... Their friendship, as far as I'm concerned, is donzo. They still need each other, but in terms of that... I truly believe that Oswald wanted to be Jim's friend and wanted to connect with him. That's all different now."

Gotham returns to FOX in the US on Monday, September 21 at 8/7 central.


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