Why Gotham season 6 was never meant to be

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Fans still want more Gotham but a sixth season is not looking likely

The fifth and final season of Gotham, the Batman prequel series, left longtime fans hungry for more and yet the show was brought to an end regardless back in April 2019.

In the months since, fans have continued to question the decision to bring the show to an end just as Bruce Wayne finally took on the mantle of Gotham's Dark Knight.

After all, it was a tantalising moment for fans who had watched the show building up to this moment for five seasons. 

However, bringing an end to the series at that point was almost always going to be the case.

What's Gotham about?

Gotham tells the story of Jim Gordon long before he becomes the city's police commissioner. The story follows Gordon and his partner, Harvey Bullock as they encounter a number of iconic Batman villains such as Penguin, The Riddler, Bane and even The Joker as they rise to prominence in an ever more unstable Gotham City. 

While Gordon is definitely the show's main focus, Bruce Wayne begins his journey throughout the series as well, beginning at the moment his parents are murdered and ending in season 5 with the realisation he is destined to become Batman.

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Why season 6 will never happen

Despite fans' desire to have a sixth season of Gotham, it's unlikely to ever see the light of day. 

There are a number of factors behind the series coming to an end, as well as a drop in viewing figures, the biggest reason is almost certainly the fact that the story had run its course. 

See, Gotham is a story based on Jim Gordon, rather than Batman. Therefore it was always likely that the show would come to an end when Gordon became the police commissioner we know from the Batman comics and other films and TV shows out there.

Of course, a decline in viewing figures over the show's five seasons may have resulted in the end coming sooner than anticipated but the series' endpoint was almost certainly planned to be what we got in season 5's finale.

But if you're craving some more Batman action then you won't have all that long to wait with the DCEU's The Batman movie still in development and set to star Twilight and Harry Potter actor Robert Pattinson as the caped crusader.

Robert Pattinson arrives at 'The Lost City of Z' UK premiere at the British Museum on February 16, 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

What is there to watch instead?

If you're struggling with the loss of Gotham, there are still plenty of superhero-based TV shows still out there for you to enjoy.

DC, in particular, have been churning out brilliant series for the past few years including Arrow, Supergirl and The Flash.

If that doesn't quite appeal to you, however, then there are a whole host of Marvel TV shows heading our way in the coming months and years with the upcoming launch of the Disney+ streaming service in late 2019.

While Gotham may have bit the bullet, there's still plenty of great hero-based TV out there for you to get your teeth stuck into.

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