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Heroes Rise: The Primal Riddle



Critic Consensus: "The Primal Riddle" treats viewers to Edward Nygma's fully-formed persona of The Riddler in all of his quizzical glory.

Episode Info

Some of Gotham's most unhinged villains band together while the Riddler continues his conquest of the city; Gordon's search for answers leads him to the Court of Owls; and, as Alfred begins to notice a change in Bruce, Bruce 2 confides in Selina.


Benjamin McKenzie
as James Gordon
Donal Logue
as Harvey Bullock
David Mazouz
as Bruce Wayne
Morena Baccarin
as Dr. Leslie Thompkins
Sean Pertwee
as Alfred Pennyworth
Robin Lord Taylor
as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin
Erin Richards
as Barbara Kean
Michael Chiklis
as Capt. Nathaniel Barnes
Camren Bicondova
as Selina Kyle
Cory Michael Smith
as Edward Nigma
Jessica Lucas
as Tabitha Galavan
Chris Chalk
as Lucius Fox
Drew Powell
as Butch Gilzean
Maggie Geha
as Poison Ivy/Ivy Pepper
Benedict Samuel
as Jervis Tetch/Mad Hatter
John Doman
as Carmine Falcone
Jamie Chung
as Valerie Vale
Alexander Siddig
as Ra's Al Ghul
Richard Kind
as Aubrey James
Camila Perez
as Firefly
Nathan Darrow
as Victor Fries/Mr. Freeze
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Critic reviews for Heroes Rise: The Primal Riddle

It is infinitely hilarious to me that the first two recruits Oswald goes searching for are the two that immediately cancel each other out on a physical level; Mr. Freeze and Firefly.

May 9, 2017 | Full Review…

Gotham can't go wrong any time Riddler gets a big spotlight. And with so many other subplots rolling, we're in for what's shaping up to be an epic final string of episodes.

July 19, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

In the end, "The Primal Riddle" offers no answers, nothing new and no excitement beyond a "Did you see what they did there?" gag straight out of a "Family Guy" episode.

July 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Things are about to get even crazier in Gotham as if it wasn't already crazy enough. The pieces are falling into place on Gotham Season 3 Episode 17 as every side works to take control of the city.

May 9, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Gotham has wasted no time since its return from The Longest Hiatus Ever in getting back into the crazy swing of things, and so far, everyone who is anyone in Gotham has been invited to the party.

May 9, 2017 | Full Review…

The search for The Riddler here provides a clear structure that keeps the episode from feeling sluggish or listless.

July 19, 2018 | Full Review…
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