May 14, 2018 at 2:03 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
‘Gotham’ renewed for final season

Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald ‘Penguin’ Cobblepot in ‘Gotham’ (Screenshot via YouTube)

“Gotham” will return for a fifth and final season.

Deadline reports FOX renewed the “Batman” prequel series for a shortened 13-episode season.

Executive producer Danny Cannon told ComicBook.com that the season four finale, which follows the story of “No Man’s Land,” will restructure the direction of the series’ final episodes.

“Our characters have reached a maturity now, our characters are so well defined and that’s why I think as writers, that’s right about the point when you want to change people’s perception of them,” Cannon explained. “The [term] ‘reboot’ means, just when you thought you knew people, something else will happen, and just when you thought your Season 5 would be like Season 4, Season 5 is completely different. New characters and old characters that have changed. It’s a complete [departure], and the city has changed too, new characters on a new landscape.”

The series is no stranger to changing characters and stories. In 2016, the series created a love triangle storyline that featured Penguin having feelings for his friend Ed Nygma a.k.a the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith). Penguin’s change in sexuality caused an upset for some “Batman” fans who didn’t like such a departure from the comic book.

“Gotham” is expected to return in 2019. The season four finale airs on Thursday, May 17 at 8 p.m.

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