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Riverdale – The Sweet Hereafter (1×13)

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Riverdale is just the gift that keeps on giving… murders.

As Betty Cooper delivered a profound speech encouraging the town’s residents to “do better,” yet another disastrous murder was just around the corner.

It didn’t take long for the show to reveal why Clifford Blossom killed Jason and then himself. Despite thinking that would be the core mystery and possibly cliffhanger leading us into an ever wilder season 2, it was just a blimp in the storyline. Nevertheless, an important blimp in the town’s history. Clifford’s maple syrup business was a front for his heroine business. He

Clifford’s maple syrup business was actually a front for his heroine business. Yep, papa was a drug dealer. When Jason found out about his father’s dealings, he threatened to expose him. He was kidnapped by Mustang (who he later killed) and then silenced once and for all by his father, in other words, the reason why his father didn’t believe he had the guts to do the work.  Clifford threated Jughead’s life unless FP took the fall for the murder, even though he only helped clean up the mess. To make matters worse, he tried to frame rival business owner Hiram Lodge as the mastermind behind the whole thing. As you can see, the white hair wasn’t the only thing he was covering up.

From there, things escalated quickly. Betty wanted Jughead to know she stood by him and his father so she wrote a piece clearing FP’s name which her parents refused to post in the paper since there was still an excess of heroin making its way onto Riverdale’s streets and the Mayor and Sheriff, as well as the whole town, believed it was due to the Serpents.

Not one to listen to her mother, Betty decided to run the story anyway, suffering the wrath of someone very angry in town who wrote “Serpent Slut” on her locker. Jughead was understandably worried about Betty’s safety, believing that anywhere he went, trouble followed. That’s why he didn’t dismiss the idea of living with a foster family on the Southside and transferring to the Serpent-run high school. FP warned Archie that there was a darkness in Jughead and fitting in with those classmates better than he did at Riverdale was just the beginning of it.

Also struggling with everything that happened was Cheryl. She’d gone through a few stages of grief, from anger at Jughead, to reconciliation to attempted suicide. Veronica knew something was up based on how nice Cheryl was being and when she got a text from her that she was going to be with Jason, they knew she was at Sweetwater.

In the dead of winter, where these kids clearly don’t wear jackets, our fearless gang found Cheryl in the middle of the frozen river, wearing the same white dress she wore the day her brother disappeared. Before they could convince her otherwise, the ice broke under her and into the freezing water she went. No one was concerned about cracking the ice further and drowning to death at that point – the heroes inside all of them forced them to the middle as Archie bloodily broke through the ice to pull Cheryl, who had been pulled by the current. Seriously, the scene was so dramatic I didn’t want to watch but couldn’t look away. I was certain Cheryl was done for.

Thankfully, she was alive but this wasn’t her last rodeo. Disgusted by her family’s legacy and possibly mentally ill (there’s something off with her right), Cheryl decided to CLEANSE the house before they could start a new beginning by dousing it in gasoline and setting it up in flames, much to Mrs. Blossom’s dismay. I guess that’s what you get for telling your daughter to go to school instead of grieve.

At the school’s Jubilee, Archie performed a Taylor Swift-inspired tune with the Pussycats and Veronica, who decided to just fifth wheel it like it was nobody’s business. It was Betty’s speech that really rallied the town and made the face the facts – they couldn’t continue thriving with all the secrets and lies. “Look how quick we were to banish FP,” she said to an auditorium that reacted like they’d just heard Voldemort’s name said out loud. Instead of keeping secrets and ignoring it, the only way to get past it was to embrace it.

Speaking of secrets, I’m going to assume the second season will heavily focus on Betty’s newfound baby bro, who Mama Cooper admitted to giving up for adoption after hiding out in the Sister’s convent. This baby announcement doesn’t sound promising to me considering we just found out there’s a bunch of incest going on in this family. Talk about family drama, right?

Jughead finally realized that he doesn’t have to keep to himself all the time because he has this super incredible girlfriend standing by his side and he dropped the L bomb. Betty was feeling it too until they were interrupted by a knock at the door. It was the Serpents coming to tell Jughead that they heard about FP not taking a plea deal in exchange for names. “We take care of our own,” the leader told Jughead as he offered him an official jacket. Juggy, with his black hair flying free in the wind adding to his badass factor, put the jacket on much to Betty’s dismay. When he realized she was still there and horrified by his inner darkness coming to light, it was already too late. Betty foreshadowed it earlier in the episode – her relationship with Jughead wouldn’t overcome the Serpent’s grasp. Not when it offered up a familial bond that he’s been searching for his whole life.

On the other side of town, Archie and Veronica were getting it on after finally confirming and reconfirming with Betty that she was totally cool with their relationship. After a blissful night, Archie leaves the Lodge household to meet his father for breakfast at Pop’s. Things take a nasty turn when a masked robber comes into the only place where everyone ever feels safe, pointing a gun at Pop. Both Archie and his dad try to save the day and the robber shoots what Jughead says is the innocence out of Riverdale. As Archie holds his dying father in his arms, season 1 comes to a shocking end.

I have to admit, when I first started watching the series, I didn’t know what to expect. What would this show be about other than Jason’s death? As we wrapped the season up, I couldn’t believe my eyes. How can so much happen in one hour-long episode?

My guess is that Hiram, who is expected to be released from prison any day now, ordered the kill on Fred. It would only make sense considering Hermione tried to remove him from their shady project multiple times, even offering a large sum of money because it was safer. If that’s the case, Hiram really is as bad as Veronica believes him to be. Could he have found out about their affair? Is this an old grudge?

What happens to Archie now? Will Fred survive? How will this impact everything that’s happening in Riverdale? As one mystery comes to an end, a few more are just beginning.

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Riverdale – Labor Day (3×01)

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Riverdale has a knack for finding an even balance of light and darkness within every episode.

Following the summer hiatus, the series picked things up with Archie’s arrest for the murder of Cassidy Bullock, the lakehouse teen we presume (cause we never saw a body) was murdered by Hiram Lodge’s lackey, Andre.

Mary returned from Chicago to defend her little boy from the monster that is Hiram Lodge. Basically, everyone in Riverdale knows that Hiram is framing boy-next-door and yet, they can’t do anything about it. Sounds like what’s happening in our country right now.

My biggest gripe is with Veronica because her father basically confessed to doing all of it to spite her because she disobeyed him and chose Archie over family. Why is she still sticking around the house? Doesn’t she own Pops? Doesn’t she have an inheritance? Can’t she move in with Betty?

Ronnie confronted her mother for staying by her father’s side and finally, Hermione admitted to what we’ve all known — she’s stuck in a loveless marriage and she’s terrified of her husband.

Hiram may be punishing Ronnie by putting Archie behind bars, but he would never hurt her; the same cannot be said for Hermione.

We knew Hiram was dangerous, but for his own wife to fear for her life is she doesn’t obey him? That’s a new level.

How long before she joins Fred, Sheriff Keller, and FP Jones in the takedown of Hiram? There’s strength in numbers.

Can we talk about how great that team-up is? The hot dads of Riverdale coming together to free Archie may be the most exciting revelation of the season. Don’t worry Mary, ya boys got this.

Archie taking the lawyer’s plea deal may have seemed stupid on the surface because, you know, he’s not actually guilty, but of all people in this town, he knows how Hiram operates.

He knows that there’s no winning against Hiram without outsmarting him. Hiram wouldn’t stop until he got what he wanted and he has the means to get away with it so taking this cop-out may have been the only way out.

Plus, his guilty admission now allows us to experience a new, edgier side of Archie in lock-up.

At least the teens spent the last few moments of Labor Day being carefree together.

Archie being framed for murder also united the Southside Serpents with the Northside. There’s nothing like going against a common enemy which in this case is Hiram and the Ghoulies.

The gang wars are intensifying but again, there is strength in numbers and the Southside Serpents are no longer the outcasts thanks to Betty becoming the Serpent Queen and Cheryl and Toni becoming the new “it couple.”

Wherever Archie is going, it has a tie-in with the new mystery enveloping Riverdale: a real-life Dungeon’s and Dragon’s game called Griffins and Gargoyles.

Jughead was immediately drawn into the new big bad when Dilton Doiley inadvertently came to him for help.

When the writers said the new season would be much darker, I didn’t expect the new mystery to be ritualistic in nature. Though after having a masked murderer terrorize the town, what else is there to explore?

Jughead followed the devilish symbols to a human sacrifice, but who is responsible for this game?

It’s only a matter of time before he loops in real-life Nancy Drew, Betty.

Does this also mean the mystery of the Black Hood is completely over? Are we to accept that her father was the masked murderer?

The devilish symbols also appeared when Archie was on the bus to lock-up so it’s to be expected that somehow, his arrest and this new town mystery are somehow connected.

And if that wasn’t enough weirdness for you — hey, at this point, it’s expected — there’s Alice’s new Farm-like outlook on life.

After finding out her husband is a serial killer, Alice has been seeking out therapy from Edgar Evernever, the man Polly credits with helping her cope with Jason Blossom’s death.

The farm hasn’t really been explored but it’s definitely some kind of cult that poison’s a person with their beliefs.

Off the bat, Betty realizes that her mother is feeding into what this cult leader is telling her and she’s having one of it.

On a certain level, Alice is right telling Betty that she has to “deal” with what happened instead of trying to pretend it didn’t which is what she’s been doing by throwing herself into Archie’s defense team and popping Adderall like it’s Smarties.

Polly has never seemed too menacing and she’s always had a sisterly bond with Betty but during this episode, it seemed like she was out to get Betty. Like the Farm taught her the “you’re either with us or against us” mentality.

Based on Polly selling her sister out for making up the therapy sessions, the Farm doesn’t appreciate when members form their own opinions.

Polly didn’t tell Alice about Betty’s lies because she worried, she wanted to strain their relationship.

It’s only a matter of time before Polly and Betty have a falling out.

However bad “not dealing” with your father’s murderous ways may be, satanic circles and human sacrifices are way worse.

Or at least that’s what Betty thought she was seeing right before she fainted.

This storyline can go one of three ways: Betty is really going overboard with the Adderall and she imagined Polly and Alice sacrificing twins Juniper and Dagwood, Alice is a witch who is tapping into her powers, or Betty is a witch whose powers enacted when she almost saw her nieces die in the fire.

Knowing Riverdale, it will probably be the more extreme version.

There have been rumors of more supernatural occurrences in Riverdale and with the addition of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina in Greendale, the next town over, I wouldn’t even question it.

Riverdale is now a town that’s much more than it’s maple syrup and murders.

What are your thoughts on the premiere season 3 premiere?

Will FP save Alice from Edgar? Will Betty finally be forced to confront her inner demons? Will Archie be okay?

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Riverdale Theory: What Secret Connects the Hot Parents?

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Riverdale Hot Parents Secret Theory

Everyone knows that aside from Varchie and Bughead, the real stars of Riverdale are the hot, slightly dysfunctional, parents.

Come Riverdale Season 3, the writers are finally giving the people what they want — more screen time for the aforementioned hot parents.

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15 Things We’re Hoping to See on The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Sabrina the Teenage Witch

With the re-emergence of the pumpkin spice latte, there’s no denying that fall is on the horizon.

By now, you’re probably well aware of Netflix’s latest addition, the one that’s supposed to feed your October Stranger Things void, or as I like to call it, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Though it was originally dubbed a Riverdale spin-off and Sabrina the Teenage Witch reboot, the series has taken on such a new identity, it can’t even be compared to either anymore.

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