“I hate how they ignore the canon and make characters gay just to please the shippers!! They’re just doing it for the fanservice!”
I’ve read so many comments similar to this one on FB and YT. I just wanted to say something; nygmobblepot was not the most popular slash ship. I think that award goes to gobblepot (Jim/Oswald).
So if they made any Gotham slash paring canon just “to please the fandom” I don’t think they would’ve chosen nygmobblepot. I also shipped gobblepot in earlier seasons before Ed and Oswald got more interaction (and after Oswald’s confession I have a feeling our little bird had at least a slight crush on Jim).
Furthermore, even though I love nygmobblepot with all of my heart we have to realise that compared to other shows we are a small shipping fandom. Look at Voltron for example! That show came out this summer - is not even a year old - and it already has so much ff:
And let’s not forget the biggest queerbait ship in the history of television, Destiel (and that’s only AO3 - there is also a shitload of it on sites like FF.net):
So no, dear homophobic Gotham fans, the show did not make nygmobblepot canon just to please us. They made it canon (or at least made Oswald confess) because the writers saw that the relationship progressed very nicely and naturally. And the actors absolutely adore it too, you can sense the chemistry and spark whenever they are in a scene together.
Sometimes when you’re writing something, some characters just naturally fit together - even if you originally didn’t plan it. And I think that’s what happened here. The creators saw the potential and sensed the amazing chemistry and decided that this was too good not to evolve into something more.
They made it canon because it fits the characters in this universe and not for “cheap fanservice”.