Gotham Barbara Revenge

Gotham's Erin Richards Previews Love Triangle Climax: 'It's Babs Gone Wild!'

This Monday on Gotham (Fox, 8/7c), it’s no less than “Babs Gone Wild,” to hear Erin Richards tell it.

Having laid relatively low ever since the “Maniax” were first unleashed upon the metropolis, Barbara this week is finally tasked with a deadly mission, as part of Theo Galavan’s grand plan to seek revenge on those who hundreds of years ago erased the Dumas family from Gotham history.

Barbara, though, as we know, is highly unpredictable, so don’t be surprised this week when things go positively b-a-n-a-… actually, we’ll let the Brit beauty sing it for you in a moment.

TVLINE | What has Barbara been up to, besides eating bagels and sleeping? We have been told she sleeps a lot.
[Laughs] She’s just been recharging her batteries, yeah. Causing mischief. But this week, Theo finally lets her out of her cage. The thing about Gotham is there’s so much to do, there are so many other stories to tell, but now is Barbara’s moment. It’s Babs’ moment!Gotham-Lee-Jim

TVLINE | What is Theo’s mission for her, roughly?
[Plainly] To kill Jim Gordon.

TVLINE | Oh, geez. That’s a bit harsh.
Mmm-hmm. Yeah, it is harsh. It might not be what she wants to do, but it’s what Galavan wants her to do.

TVLINE | Oh, might Barbara deviate from the mission in the name of her own self interests?
She may have other plans…. She may not be doing exactly what she’s told — which shouldn’t come as too much of a shock to anyone!

TVLINE | [Executive producer] John Stephens told me that this episode is “bananas.” How so?
[Singing] “It’s bananas! B-a-n-a-n-a-s!” I haven’t watched the full episode but I ADR’d some of the lines, so I got a glimpse of how bananas it is. And I mean, it is just “Babs gone wild.” She has free reign in Gotham for the whole episode, so it was really, really fun for me to do. And I’ve heard that it looks really great, so I’m very excited to see it.

TVLINE | Is she totally unhinged at this point or is she holding on by a thread?
I think she’s completely sane, in a very insane way. If you were to ask her, she would say that she’s completely within her rights to be doing what she does, but from the outside it might look like she goes completely nuts. But she’s got a definite plan. She’s a woman on a mission, right from the start of the episode. Now, it probably doesn’t end exactly how she wanted it to, but…. There’s a definite ending.Gotham-Barbara-Harvey

TVLINE | In one of the photos they released, Bullock has her shackled up. That can’t be part of her plan, I imagine.
Well, it might be part of the plan. She works in mysterious ways. [Chuckles]

TVLINE | John also said that in this episode, the Jim/Lee/Barbara triangle “culminates in a beautiful, crazy way,” which has me worried for Barbara. Might one of these people not walk away…
…maybe not completely unscathed? It’s a high-stakes situation, for sure.

TVLINE | We talk about a triangle, but does Tabitha have any skin in this game? Are things at all serious between her and Barbara, or is it more about “stress relief” at the end of a day of treachery?
It’s probably, yeah, like a release. But also there’s intrigue there, because Tabitha’s a really strong woman with a lot of skill that Barbara could adopt. If Tabitha would teach them to her, I’m sure Barbara would be happy to learn. There’s a mutual respect that maybe isn’t so present with Theo, because Barbara is just straight up using him. But with Tabitha, she’s a bit more intrigued.

TVLINE | I know you Erin Richards Gothamput a lot of work last month into the Global Citizen Festival (a community of activists tackling poverty, inequality and climate change). For anyone who didn’t participate, what can they do to contribute?
That can go onto and there are constantly actions that people can take where they’re learning about different things that are going on around the world, where you can petition politicians and show your support for particular aid organizations…. There are so many things you can do if you go to GlobalCitizen org.

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  1. gaffadin says:

    Barbara is one of the most poorly-written one-note characters of all the shows that I watch. Almost anyone in Arrow, The Flash, or any other shows of that ilk has more characterisation – often with less screen time.

    • Blah says:

      Idk about that. She’s more interesting then at least 1 semi regular characters on each of those shows. (Laurel lance, Ronnie Raymond, grant ward, the sister criminal on flash)

    • tvjunkie says:

      You should try watching season 2. I mean it’s pretty obvious you haven’t seen her in season 2. I would agree with you if you were talking about her character in season 1.

  2. hello says:

    Hope she dies soon.

  3. Mr. Tran K says:

    Can’t get enough Erin Richards even though her character is the series’ most naughtiest girl on TV.

  4. Cas says:

    I like her! She does a great job IMO. Now Lee I am not a big fan of….

  5. Josh says:

    Babs can’t die! She’s so entertaining and Crazy not to mention sexy! I’d rather watch her than Theo Galvan

  6. Arthur says:

    I could barely stand her during S1, but when she went full-on crazy it’s like the character finally clicked, Erin seems to be having a blast playing nutty Barbara and it shows, she was a pleasant surprise this season.

  7. Saintsfan9 says:

    if they don’t get rid of her soon the ratings are going to get worse than they already are. I can’t stand her character. This show can’t write for female characters as they are all annoying accept for catwoman.

  8. Amanda says:

    I like Barbara a lot better than last season, but I’m still just so confused on how Batgirl will come about. She’s normally her mother but I can’t see this show doing that, unless Barbara gets pregnant on purpose and the baby is eventually taken and raised by Jim himself, possibly with Leslie. Her name obviously wouldn’t be Barbara but would mean she would have to grow up knowing her what her real mother was like and could push her even more to becoming a hero and Batgirl/Oracle.

  9. liame says: