Half the time, I have no idea what is happening on Riverdale, but I love it.
Maybe if I snorted some Jingle Jangle — or whatever it is that you’re supposed to do with the drug — I would be more “woke.”
But I have no idea where to buy JJ — the Riverdale neighborhood in town doesn’t sell it — so I was just as confused as Betty was when Jughead rambled on about G&G being engrained in the town and/or a metaphor for their daily lives.
I think he was trying to say that they’ve been playing an off-board version of the game unknowingly for a really long time.
And hey, maybe he’s right.
After the revelation that Warden Norton was playing the game and relying on what it told him to do with his juvie prisoners, I’m willing to bet money that Hiram Lodge is the Gargoyle King and the gamemaster then and now.
Think about it — out of that whole group, the only one deranged enough to use a game to control people is Hiram. He has control of the rest of the town, maybe it’s through the game.
Do I think that Hiram is the one dressed up in the costume or the GK, who probably does overtime as the Dark Lord on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina? Nope. He has people that do it for him, obviously.
Why else would the Warden take such a vested interest in Archie? He didn’t even call him by his real name when Archie escaped, he referred to him as the Red Paladin.
Also, I’m having some trouble keeping up with the rules of the game but in order to ascend to the highest level are you supposed to drink the blue poison? Was the Warden being rewarded? Because his orders were clearly to kill Archie and he didn’t get it done.
This was by far the most creative Riverdale episode bringing to life Jughead’s wild theories that the game is real by paralleling the game Jughead, Cheryl, Toni, Fangs and Sweet Pea were playing to Archie’s rescue mission.
Veronica is a boss babe for breaking her man out like some small-town version of Prison Break, but Betty is the real badass. Did you see her in that Serpent jacket channeling young Alice and outrunning the guards on Juggie’s bike? Yas, queen. She did that!
It was also a nice touch to have the teens form a pact around Archie’s escape just like their parents did as the Midnight Club. I especially liked that the Northsiders and the Serpents all came together as one to rally around their friend. Oh, how far we’ve come.
Do you think anyone will find Archie before he has time to heal or catch up on all these chaos like Dilton’s bunker, Dilton’s death, and a game that’s taken the small town by storm?
- Joaquin is clearly playing the game too. When he said he joined another gang, I’m assuming he meant a G&G team. He also kissed and stabbed Archie because the Warden promised him he’d ascend. I’m actually concerned about him.
- Toni and Cheryl are goals.
- I can’t figure out why Hiram is so obsessed with Archie. It seems that there’s more to it then just hatred because he’s dating Veronica.
- Anyone notice that since Camila Mendes (Veronica) and Charles Melton (Reggie) began dating, he’s shared a lot more screentime with her? Also, he’s such a dumb jock at times.
- Mayor McCoy and Sheriff Keller are getting married. I’d say things are moving rather quickly but since they were together back in the day, it makes a bit more sense.
- MadDog is ripped as all hell. There’s no way he couldn’t rip all of those guards to shreds.
What did you think of the episode? Do you like the G&G storyline? Is Jughead way in over his head? Was he just hallucinating the Gargoyle King in the forest cause he’d been running on barely any sleep?
Where do you think we go from here? And where are the members of The Farm?
Riverdale Winter Finale – No Exit (3×09)
Hiram Lodge’s plan, or should I say “the King’s” plan, has finally come to fruition.
Hiram’s scheming and plotting has been building up to this very moment for much of season 3.
And the culmination on the fall finale was jaw-dropping.
Multiple times throughout the episode, Veronica mentioned that her father was playing a “long game,” however, we didn’t know what the intended outcome for Hiram Lodge’s multi-layered plans, Fizzle Rocks, and Gryphons and Gargoyles truly was until there was no going back.
After the Vixens all had linked seizures, Veronica manned the ship utilizing Reggie to get to the bottom of her father’s plans. Meanwhile, Betty took matters into her own hands at the SOQM.
Honestly, I’m so glad that despite the attempt to drug her and scare her into submission with the Gargoyle King, Betty pulled through with a clear mind.
Instead of giving into the sisters’ version of normalcy, she manipulated Ethel into seeing the truth about the Gargoyle King — he isn’t real.
Once the “candy” wore off and eliminated the hallucinations, Ethel realized that the dungeon was home to a mini-stone Gargoyle statue. Nothing scary about that.
Ethel was broken by the realization that she’d been duped, and more so that Dilton and Ben’s deaths were for naught.
However, she understood the importance of confronting Sister Woodward and finding out why she’s in cahoots with Hiram Lodge and drugging the patients at SOQM.
Sister Woodward didn’t see Betty’s sneak attack coming, especially not with their pristine patient Ethel.
She also revealed what we already knew — Hiram is a major donor and testing out the effects of the drugs.
What did come as a shocker was that the game of G&G originated at the school as a way to help mentally unstable kids cope.
Therefore, in the hands of someone as power-stricken as Hiram, it more than just dangerous, it was deadly.
With her newfound intel, Betty was able to ring up Veronica and thankfully, the show offered up a logical explanation why Ronnie hadn’t yet formed a search party for her bestie — she thought Betty went off to The Farm with Alice.
Personally, Veronica should have questioned why Betty would go to The Farm in the first place. I blame all of this “bonding with Reggie.”
Reggie did come in handy by getting the dirt on Hiram, though, we already knew he was producing Fizzle Rocks at the prison just outside of town.
This, however, is enough for Ronnie to accuse her father of drugging the cheerleaders at the impromptu parent meeting in which he proposes to shut down Riverdale High much like he did Southside Hight to prevent contamination.
Um, can someone inform Hiram that seizures aren’t contagious?!
Thought Veronica was pretty blunt about letting everyone know dear old dad was running a drug empire, she, once again, failed to come up with any actual proof.
When will she learn that in order to bring Hiram down, you need concrete evidence?
After Betty let Veronica know Hiram was working with Clifford Blossom, Ronnie and Cheryl tag teamed to waterboard Penelope. Or should I say, maple syrup board her.
Let’s just dissect this for a brief moment.
This is a town where two high school students got away with waterboarding their own mother with maple syrup. A family specialty, nonetheless.
Penelope talks — mostly because Cheryl’s deranged mind threatens to leave her out to the ants — and admits that Hiram has great visions for bettering Riverdale. By that she means it will be a town that allows them to indulge in their vices, drugs and Penelope pimping out her hoo-ha to all the men.
It keeps getting weirder, doesn’t it?
As Veronica gathers up the troops, Betty and Ethel create the fictional Griffin Queen, which is just Betty with twigs in her hair.
Her purpose is simple — convince the girls of SOQM that she’d slayed the King and they are now free.
Though it was easy for them to create said character in the game, outside of the SOQM, the exact opposite was happening.
But, more on that in a bit.
Over in Toledo, Juggie and Archie finally arrived at his mother’s shop.
Jellybean greeted them and boy, was I thrilled to finally meet this little gal! She’s the perfect mix of cute and badass as we’d imagined; almost a spitting image of Jughead.
His mother, Gladys, makes some odd comments about Archie and Jug finally becoming lovers, which is probably not how you’d ever greet a son you haven’t seen in a while. Why assume anything at all? A simple “I missed you” probably would have done the trick.
I’ll admit, Gladys’ persona didn’t rub me the right way at first, and I wasn’t sure if I could trust her completely, however, she proved to be pretty straight-edge when Penny Peabody showed up because of the bounty on Archie’s head.
You know how everyone struggled to deal with the Penny problem in Riverdale? Mama Jughead took care of it in a jiffy. She wasn’t just getting revenge for the scar Penny left on her son, she was getting revenge for her hit on Archie and even scored some answers to the G&G/Lodge problem in Riverdale.
Then, she illuminated Jughead to what was really going on — Hiram didn’t actually care about killing Archie. Sure, he’d do it given the chance but that wasn’t why he ran them out of town.
As per usual, Archie played right into his hand when he skipped town with Jughead. With them gone, Hiram successfully eliminated the two biggest adversaries swift and capable enough to undermine and destroy his grand plan.
And when the sirens began blaring, neither Archie, Jughead, Fred nor FP were in town.
Which also meant that they were no longer resident of Riverdale.
To Archie, that didn’t matter much as he’d decided to go off into the world in an effort to stop being a burden to anyone. Sorry, V. Honestly, maybe the rest of them should have followed suit.
Jughead and FP were out of luck when they returned to town and got turned away at the border.
The embrace between Gladys and FP before they left made it seem like the exes were on good-terms and there was so unfinished business.
Will they stay with Gladys and JB in the meantime? Will FP and Gladys reconnect romantically? What about Alice?
And how close is The Farm to Riverdale that she’s bouncing back and forth between her time there and taking care of Betty?
Do you think The Farm in also in cahoots with Hiram?
Naturally, Hiram thought he’d also taken care of Betty but underestimated how capable she was even without her friends and sleuthing boyfriend around.
As she told Sister Woodward, she couldn’t be scared into submission because she’d stared real darkness, a real monster in the face.
Veronica did eventually figure out her father’s plan, but unfortunately, she was too late in stopping her mother from making the order.
Riverdale became a quarantined state by the end of the hour, which meant no one was leaving and no one was coming in.
It seems if Hiram had his way, Riverdale would cease to exist to the outside world. Is his goal to just have a town of drugged up slave workers?
As he gloats in his success, Hiram looks up at the Gargoyle King revealing that he isn’t the King as we’ve previously believed.
But also, settling the score that he is playing the game.
We know the GK wasn’t a hallucination as Betty and Jughead previously saw the King without taking any drugs.
But who is he? If it isn’t Hiram, who is calling the shots?
It can’t be FP, Jug, Fred and Archie because they are out of town and accounted for. It can’t be Hermione because she was at the office with Veronica, though she would be my second guess. It can’t be Penelope cause something tells me maple syrup doesn’t come off that quickly, and Alice was with Betty and Ethel so she’s also out of the running.
That, however, leaves us with Sierra McCoy, Tom Keller, and Cladius Blossom.
My money is on the latter simply because he’s already been linked to Hiram at the SOQM.
What do you think is next for the series? How will Riverdale get back on its feet and come out from Hiram’s thumb? Is there a way for Jughead and FP to sneak in? And how safe is that?
And what does that mean for neighboring town Greendale? Surely, a quarantine in the next town over would be something worth mentioning next season on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Could it possible lead us into a crossover?
Let us know what you thought about the finale!
Riverdale – The Man in Black (3×07)
Riverdale continues upping the ante when it comes to Hiram Lodge’s control and obsession with Gryphon’s and Gargoyles.
Let’s just say, more and more signs pointing to them being synonymous.
On “The Man in Black,” which is not a Men in Black move reference, Riverdale tried something new and split up the episode into three separate but cohesive parts.
Each one added something to the overall picture and illuminated a new reality.
Now, the thing that distinguishes Riverdale from other shows that may be a bit more predictable is that Riverdale doesn’t follow a formula.
They’ve told us about the dangers lurking inside and under their maple-syrup town, but everything is fair game.
Basically, they can introduce any narrative or plot-twist and we’ll never see it coming which is why we can’t crack this mystery just yet.
Sometimes, I sit there after an episode for a few minutes just analyzing what I watched. Most of the time, I’m mystified, but still so intrigued.
With all that laid out, let’s address each part on its own.
Jughead and Archie
Hiram Lodge is everywhere. Despite their best efforts to escape his grasp by going crosstown, Archie came to the most sensible conclusion — Hiram will continue hunting him down until he gets what he wants. And the worst part is, Hiram has the resources to buy out towns and have spies.
There’s a reason Jughead is assisting Archie on this trip. As he pointed out, Betty has done fine taking care of herself against multiple threats, though I’m not sure that’s true for this season, however, Archie is consistently getting wrapped up in something. His flaw? He’s naive.
The moment Jughead went into town to investigate, I knew Archie was going to slip up. All it took was Laurie planting a kiss on him to make him fess up to who he really was. Oh, Paladin. You cannot be this trustworthy. As I said before, Hiram preys on Archie’s honesty and relies on his predictability. I’m sure he anticipated that they’d flee town before it even happened.
It’s a good thing Jughead convinced Archie to skeddadle instead of staying behind to fight Hiram. Why does he believe he’ll overpower Hiram when obviously he has more people working for him than we could have imagined?
Jughead was also accurate in assessing how empty the town was. If it wasn’t for his journalistic bone, we would have never put together the pieces that the town was so bare because all the men were rallied and working in a prison/ Fizzle rock manufacturing company owned by none other than Mr. Lodge. In fact, Fizzle Rock, which as you may recall, made an appearance when the parents first played Gryphons and Gargoyles back in high school, was brought to the party by Hiram.
All signs point to him having a hand at making people addicted to the game.
We previously assumed that the game only existed within the town of Riverdale, but given the Gargoyle King symbols spraypainted on the buildings and the kids playing in town, it seems Hiram has bigger plans in store. Why does he want everyone addicted to the game?
Jughead said their next stop is his mother’s house in Ohio. We’ve been waiting a minute to meet his mother, played by Gina Gershon, and his little mini-me, JellyBean. Will they know how to defeat Hiram, or at the very least, keep Archie safe?
Veronica finally did something she should have done a long time ago — she moved out. Granted, living in your bar probably isn’t the best idea, but it will do for now as she tries to figure out her next steps. Unfortunately, being cut-off from daddy’s money has its repercussions and seeing as La Bonne Nuit only caters to teens, she isn’t racking in a whole lot of dough.
With a push from Reggie, she reaches out to Elio about hosting a poker night. However, Ronnie should know better than to get into business deals with corrupt families just like hers. Hiram stops by Pops’ to convince Ronnie to come home to her “family” aka the people who don’t abandon her. Yes, he’s really trying to spin all of this as Archie left her behind out of his own free will. Hiram has no shame.
When poker night begins, Reggie realizes that “the house always wins” isn’t necessarily true since Elio is wiping out the tables. Ronnie steps in swinging big — one play, winner takes all. It’s risky, but the risk works out in her favor much to Elio’s surprise.
Eventually, Veronica reveals that her father got some intel about Elio coming to poker night with bad intentions because he believed she was “weak” without his protection. With his help, she hired a dealer who would help skew the game in her favor thus winning a whole chunk of side-cash and proving that the Lodge’s always come out on top.
However, this also proved that Veronica is her father’s daughter and the apple, though less rotten, doesn’t fall far from the tree. Despite how morally corrupt and twisted her father is, she will never be free of him or how he operates because that’s all she knows.
She’s bringing that gangster hustle to Pop’s already tainting a family-friendly place the moment the going gets tough.
Furthermore, she always tries to give her dad the benefit of the doubt even though the evidence always stacks up against him. She really tried to pretend that her father helping her win a poker game somehow made him less of an evil person, but alas, they found Minetta’s body in the river and it was decapitated. Still think Hiram isn’t “all that bad,” Ronnie? That’s basically what he wanted to do to Archie when he found him on the outskirts of town!
If you thought Veronica, Jughead and Archie’s stories were crazy, you clearly underestimated the Sisters of Quiet Mercy. Y’all, what is going on in there?
I don’t even know how to sum up the insanity that progressed as Betty delved further and further into the secrets hiding in the “home for troubled youths.”
Some notable things: they give all the youth “candy” instead of pills in the form of Fizzle Rocks so they basically want to induce your hallucinations, they allow the youth to play Gargoyles and Gryphons, the Gargoyle King apparently resides there, and Hiram Lodge is doing some shady business with Woodhouse and Claudius Blossom.
Yes, I said Blossom. Are they the ones responsible for bringing the game and the drugs to Riverdale and its neighboring towns? What is their ultimate game plan?
And is Hiram’s goal to plan an attack on all of Veronica’s friends and disarm them from going after him?
His initials are even listed on Betty’s chart to up her dosage of Fizzle Rocks!
Betty’s roommate is Ethel who needs to get help from an actual institution ASAP. She loves her one-on-ones with the Gargoyle King and believes that she and Jughead are meant to be together.
She’s also running on a Mean Girls high. Instead of being the loser like she was at Riverdale High, she’s now a Queen B and ready to stick it to Betty.
Everything about Ethel is a warning sign including her devotion to the SOQM and the GK, but she’s also Betty’s only hope at getting answers.
However, Ethel was brought in to make sure Betty stays in line because as well all know, she has a tendency of rebelling.
If she had just taken her time trying to gather intel and escape, she wouldn’t have made the careless mistake of assuming the underground tunnels would still be open after Cheryl Blossom’s escape.
Of course, they closed those down!
Whatever Betty saw after in the Gargoyle King’s lair after they stuffed her with Fizzle Rocks remains to be seen, but it scared her straight.
Now, no one will believe her when she tells them the truth about what is going on inside of the SOQM because she’s going to be so messed up.
I’m rooting for Betty to overcome this because they need her to stop Hiram Lodge once and for all. But man, it’s not looking too good.
Jughead has been concerned with the lack of response from Betty, but how about Veronica? Why hasn’t she caught onto the fact that her best friend has gone missing?
So there ya have it? What’s your takeaway? Who else is involved with Hiram’s G&G scheme? What’s the overarching plan? Why does Hiram have all this control over everyone? And what else don’t we know about him still?
Riverdale – Manhunter (3×06)
“Manhunter” may be, no, it 100% is the most outrageous episode in Riverdale’s arsenal, but it’s also the best installment to date.
In fact, despite the supernatural elements, unusual storyline and questionable moments, I’d even say it’s the best and most well-thought-out season yet.
Unlike the mystery of the Black Hood that felt scatterbrained, the mystery of Gryffon’s and Gargoyle’s follows a path and includes everyone in town.
And the game is ridiculously fun. Not only is it being referred to as a literal drug — Jughead, you’re an addict — but it’s an allegory for Riverdale with direct tie-in with the parents.
I think getting to know the parents in the past and as they are now is what I’m enjoying the most.
Unfortunately, said parents are being really cryptic on what they know about the game which isn’t helping their kids out in the slightest.
They keep saying they don’t want to rehash the past to protect the children but it’s having an adverse affect because the less they say, the more Betty and company dig into it and try to figure it out on their own.
The flashback Breakfast Club-inspired episode was only the tip of the iceberg it seems.
Alice said Betty’s in too far, but that’s only because Alice keeps lying to her at every turn. She keeps saying the game is so dangerous yet she abandoned Betty the minute the Gargoyle King showed up at their home.
It seems like she’d had more than one off encounter with the Gargoyle King.
Betty Cooper, persistant little thang that she is, has to trick the parents by sending them game invites in order for them to open up.
What could be so bad that they’d rather ignore it than use it to keep their children from repeating the past?
It seems like a better option than chaining your kid to a fridge so that he’ll “detox.” I’m surprised Jug didn’t just pull off the door handle and pursue Joaquin.
I’m all about satanic rituals in the woods and can understand a master and his disciples meeting in a forest to do whatever it is that they do, but that scene with the Gargoyle King in the Cooper household pushed the threshhold a bit.
Am I really to believe that someone would have gotten into their house with that tree costume fitting through the door and left all those markings upstairs?
And there was something about FP coming through a window and just hugging Alice as she freaked out about the GK being in her living room that made me uneasy.
His reaction almost made me think he knew what was happening down there because he plotted it.
If you didn’t catch it, the scene was a nod to the Scream films in which Skeet Ulrich’s character WAS the killer.
Maybe this is the writers’ way of telling us that history is repeating itself here. Do you think FP is part of all of this?
I would have been convinced it was a dream-sequence had Alice not acknowlegded that Betty wasn’t having one of her episodes again.
But sending her to the Sisters of Quiet Mercy was a cruel decision. What is with these parents sending their children there and thinking it’s in their best interest?
Didn’t Alice learn her lesson the first few times? Why wouldn’t FP stop her?
And what in God’s name is happening at that place? Why are all the kids painting images of the Gargoyle King when this is supposed to be the “safest” place in Riverdale?
IS this a dream? IS Betty tripping? Honestly, what is happening and why am I enjoying it so much?
There are times when Alice comes off as a normal and caring mother, but then there are times like these where she makes irrational decisions and makes me question her sanity.
It’s almost as if she had a split personality; sometimes she’s open and honest with Betty, other times she’s cryptic.
I do think Penelope was telling the truth about not killing Darryl. You know when someone gives you the low-down on which poison they would have used instead they’re probably being sincere.
And I’m willing to bet Alice played a bigger role in all of this then she’s letting on, once again.
By writing in the paper that it was suicide, she squashed all queries and concerns.
But why would she want people to not know the truth?
What are they hiding?
It’s one thing to try to protect the fact that they murdered the principal, but killing anyone who was willing to talk?
Who do you think killed Darryl Doyle? Was he really the one who poisoned the chalices? Did he bring the game to Riverdale?
And what was he threatening that they had to silence him for?
Archie said it best, it’s Hiram, it always is.
Obviously, it makes the most sense that Hiram Lodge is the Gargoyle King even though he denies it saying he’s not some nerd.
If the game is supposed to mimic the town, it would only make sense that the Criminal Kingpin is also the Gargoyle King.
It would explain how his reach spreads so far and wide, and also why he’s been able to contorl everyone and make people do insane things to Archie.
There are other signs pointing to Hiram as the ring leader. He knew the Warden back in his highschool days which would give him the access to manipulate him, he’s the only one that really has it out for Archie, he places the blame on everyone else aka all the other “bad” dads, he’s the only one who knows what went down at the lakehouse that terrible night, and most importantly, he made the call to Minetta to “take care” of the witnesses in the mines when Veronica was getting too close to figuring out the truth.
Though I do wonder why he didn’t try harder to prevent Ronnie from getting her hands on the video which proved coercion? If he thought as far as getting rid of the witnesses to cover up loose ends, he should have taken care of everything.
It seems rather unlikely that Hiram wouldn’t be one-step ahead of her there.
Truthfully, I’m surprised it actually worked and Ronnie was able to clear Archie’s name.
Wouldn’t the video be inadmissable because of the way Veronica got it?
And why wouldn’t she bring a USB drive to grab the video instead of sending it by email? Does Riverdale not have USB drives yet?
For a manhunt as extensive as the one they said was happening for Archie, he sure had no problem getting around town.
How did no one notice a redheaded boy in a cap sitting in the corner of a hospital tyring his best to look inconspicious?
And don’t get me started on Archie and his hero complex. He’s learned absolutely nothing from his time in juvie. Instead of letting Veronica handle it as she said he would, Archie rushed to those mines and almost fell for Hiram’s trap yet again.
Stop following your insticts, Archie. They’re clearly what got him into this mess.
It’s so easy for Hiram to manipulate and do whatever he wants to Archie because Archie is beyond predictable.
That’s how Hiram knew the mines would be Archie’s next target; he’s in his mind.
Archie was right about one thing — there is no future for him in Riverdale, not if Hiram Lodge is around.
Now, Hiram is a problem that the town should rally to take care of. The parents know exactly what he’s capable of yet they sit next to him in meetings and say absolutely nothing.
It’s kind of absurd.
Same goes for Veronica. She knows her father is a diabolical hitman and she still plays his game and calls him “daddy.”
Sometimes, I feel like she’s addicted to the dysfunction.
It was selfish of her to ask Archie to stay and naive for her to think things would be fine now that she cleared his name.
She’s definitely in denial about her fathers capabilities.
Since Archie has been marked with the “sacrifice” symbol, Joaquin warned that death was imminent.
But with Archie hitting the road, I have to wonder if G&G extends past Riverdale.
And where is Archie planning on going? Is Jughead going with him? Is he not even going to stop by Betty’s place to say goodbye? She’s going to need her Serpent King to get out of the SOQM.
What do you think the ultimate point of G&G is anyway? If Hiram really is the GK then it’s his way of controlling folks in the town.
But why did Joaquin die for talking? What’s the point of the masked rituals? Are the gang’s just hoping to ascend to the highest level?
And how is The Farm wrapped up in all of this.
There hasn’t been much about Edgar or Evelyn Evernever since Betty found out that her mother told them all of their deepest and darkest secrets, but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t been pulling strings and plotting from behind the scenes.
Josie experienced her first seizure, similair to the ones Betty and Ethel suffered from.
Every single time, Evelyn has been in the area, focusing on the subject at hand.
Is she doing witchcraft?
How is The Farm connected to G&G and the eerieness that plagues Riverdale?
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