Hugo Strange Killed The Waynes On 'Gotham,' But The "Pinewood" Mystery Remains
Finally, Gotham Season 2 is starting to deliver some answers and in "Pinewood," a big one was just revealed. Spoilers for the April 18 episode of Gotham ahead. Hugo Strange killed Thomas and Martha Wayne on Gotham. And while Bruce Wayne thought that he would feel reassured by uncovering the identity of the person who ordered his parents' deaths, it actually just made him more driven to avenge his father. Because Strange, who used his nickname, "The Philosopher," to order the murders, was actually a close friend and co-worker of Thomas Wayne before his betrayal. And that wasn't the only bombshell dropped about Bruce's parents.
When they managed to track down Karen Jennings, who was successfully hiding away from Strange, she told Bruce, Alfred, and Jim that Thomas Wayne started "Pinewood," the project that began Strange's passion for mutating humans. Before her death, she swore that Bruce's father wasn't like the other participators in the project, because he really cared about his subjects and wasn't trying to take advantage of them or torture them, unlike the way Strange has forced subjects to participate in his experimental trials without their consent.
And since Mr. Freeze seems to be getting some serious resentment over Strange's intervention, perhaps the good guys can convince the villains to turn on their torturer/master. It worked for Barbara, and even though she may still have her villainous side, she was instrumental in uncovering the truth about Pinewood.
I know the young Batman has already formed a crucial part of his moral code, swearing off murder, but I hope he manages to get some form of revenge on Strange by the end of the season. Not only because Strange is quickly gaining complete control over Gotham City, but because watching Bruce become the "world's greatest detective" is a lot more fun than watching his anguish over the death of his parents without being able to do anything about it. Now that the truth is out there, maybe he can put those new skills he learned from living on the street to good use, take back his company, and unseat Strange once and for all.
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