When Gotham first kicked off in 2014, few elements within the show were as instantly believable and enjoyable as the relationship between David Mazouz’s tragedy-stricken Bruce Wayne and Sean Pertwee’s gruffly stoic Alfred Pennyworth. This week marked the beginning of the end of the two characters’ relationship, as Mazouz shared a heartfelt post celebrating the two actors’ final days working together.
Those are powerful words from the still-youthful David Mazouz, who truly does come off as one of the more professional and sure-footed “child” actors on television these days. Perhaps that came from years of playing a billionaire proto-playboy as Bruce Wayne, whose behavior almost always needed to be overtly serious and carefully manicured in front of others.
Or perhaps it came from years of working with Sean Pertwee, a British actor who always looks like he’s got every situation under control. (Even in Dog Soldiers, somehow.) Mazouz and Pertwee have seemingly maintained as close a relationship over the years as Bruce and Alfred have themselves, with the elder actor taking on something of a fatherly and mentor-esque role. So I’m betting their relationship has done more for Mazouz’s own personality than Bruce has.
Let’s all be thankful that David Mazouz and Sean Pertwee’s close ties aren’t directly reflective of Bruce and Alfred’s, since those two characters can occasionally be at major odds with one another. Sometimes Alfred can be a little strict, and sometimes Bruce will just straight up stab Alfred to death at the behest of an immortal villain. You know, typical shit.
You can take a look at David Mazouz’s Instagram post below.
David Mazouz also recently shared pics of himself next to Sean Pertwee as the Gotham cast was taking on the show’s final script table-read. It’s clear that saying goodbye to Gotham is a hard maneuver for the actor, who experienced his teen years as one of fiction’s most popular characters. It’ll be very interesting to see where his career takes him next, especially after audiences get to finally see him rocking a proper Batsuit.
We don’t have too much longer to wait to finally get our eyes back on the chaos reigning in Gotham for its fifth and final season. Bane and all the rest will arrive on Fox on Thursday, January 3, at 8:00 p.m. ET. Keep your TV viewing habits strong until then by staying current with the fall TV premieres and the upcoming midseason debuts.