Gotham Season 3 Spoilers

Gotham's Ivy Is (Literally) Bigger and Badder Than Ever — Watch Out, Selina!

Thanks to an unexpected blast of Marv’s Miracle-Gro touch, Gotham‘s Ivy Pepper will have grown like a weed when next we see her in Monday’s episode (Fox, 8/7c).

And the changes to the street rat aren’t merely physical. “She’s obviously aged physically, but she’s also changed on the inside,” says Maggie Geha, who has taken over the role from Clare Foley. Having blossomed into a young woman, “She definitely has a new confidence to her. The transformation brings out a bit of her manipulative side — and some evil.”

Not that Ivy quite understands what has happened to her, after getting briefly grabbed by Fish’s enhanced henchman and then tumbling into a water main.

“Mentally, she’s foggy. She’s confused by what happened to her, and she doesn’t recognize her own face,” says Geha. “I think she wonders if it’s all a dream, but then again she doesn’t care. She’s like, ‘OK, wow, now I’m a woman — and I love it!'”

One thing Ivy doesn’t love, however, is her longtime gal pal Selina, whom she believes left her to be dispatched with by Fish’s goons. “Ivy is not aware that Selina chased after her and tried to help, so she feels very much that she was on her own during that horrible experience, and Selina didn’t come to her aid. So when Ivy wakes up, she’s pissed. Her only friend in the entire world abandoned her — in her eyes.”

And yet Selina will feel equally betrayed by her formerly little friend. As Camren Bicondova explains, “Selina thought Ivy died, and that it was her fault, so for her to come back to life and not tell her what happened… that’s a whole thing! It’s a very tense relationship at first.”

As for Miss Pepper eventually gravitating toward her destiny as the villainess Poison Ivy, Geha says some seeds will be planted.

“The new Ivy doesn’t like anybody. She sees people as a plague on the Earth,” the actress explains. “But she loves plants. It’s like when you’re in an airplane and you feel a bit claustrophobic because the air isn’t good quality — Ivy needs plants to feel normal, to ‘breathe.’ Humans, though, she sees as just wastes of space.”

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12 Comments
  1. Nathan Everett says:

    Feel like I gonna love this storyline

  2. Joey Padron says:

    Good preview about new Ivy from Maggie. Looking forward to see her on the show in new episode on Monday!

  3. Television says:

    I’m so disappointed that they felt the need to remake a character because the original actress didn’t look a certain way. What does that tell girls out there, that if you don’t look a certain way that they will just replace you? They already hired this original Ivy, she was really great in the role. She fit in well with Bruce and the others. Why do they need to replace her with a different actress? They are supposed to be young and not look like the adult versions yet. It just really makes me mad that they took away a good actor who really made Ivy interesting and replaced her with someone just for mature stuff?

  4. Fido says:

    You say she doesn’t recognise her own face – so she is this young girl in the body of a young woman, right ?! Like the movie Big, right ?! So any scenes with the male members of the cast have the potential of being, well, icky.

    • Fido says:

      *older male members

    • Comeon says:

      Remember that girl from school no one pay much attention to, appeared to “grown” after a break? Yes mentally she is still the same young girl, but the attention she receive from everyone around her will change how she approach everyone else. For Ivy, all the sudden she has this power over others that she never has before, of course she will use it against them.

      • Rex the Wonder Dog says:

        Or when your master puts you in a kennel when your family goes on a long vacation and that puppy next door is now a fine looking bitch when you are brought back home.

  5. Lynne says:

    I was wondering how they were going to pull this one off. I’m glad they didn’t just show Ivy as a 12 year old in one scene and then just randomly have her be 20 in the next scene like every soap opera has for decades. I’m excited to see how Ivy developes over the season.

    • Rex the Wonder Dog says:

      I too was wondering how Ivy would suddenly be older. In the nutty world of Gotham how she got aged up made perfect sense.