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?
‘Riverdale’ Resumes Production As Creator Teases Photo from Senior Prom
Did someone say prom?
Not even the coronavirus pandemic could prevent these teens from the right of passage that is the senior dance on Riverdale.
The CW teen drama’s showrunner Robert Aguirre-Sacasa shared a photo on Instagram that gave fans a glimpse into season 5’s prom episode.
The photo featured the beloved couple “Choni” aka Madelaine Petsch’s Cheryl Blossom and Vanessa Morgan’s Toni Topaz.
“Rest assured, ALL the queens will [be] reigning SUPREMELY next season,” he captioned the post seemingly alluding the Morgan’s outspoken criticism of the show for its lack of diversity and proper storylines for diverse characters. At the time, Aguirre-Sacasa promised to do better.
The prom episode was initially supposed to be part of the show’s fourth season, but it was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic, which forced the show to suspend production three episodes shy of its promised count.
Therefore, the upcoming season of Riverdale will include all those milestone high school moments before doing a significant time jump that will likely find our favorites from the murderous town in college.
While the photo serves as confirmation that the series is back in production (we couldn’t be more excited), it was taken during the remaining few days on set for season 4 as since filming hasn’t picked back up again.
Of course, this also means that the series is back on track to return during the midseason in January 2021.
All good things!
‘Riverdale’ Star Vanessa Morgan Announces Pregnancy as Husband Michael Kopech Files for Divorce
Updated: July 27
Shortly after Vanessa Morgan announced she was expecting her first child, a baby boy, her husband of several months, Michael Kopech, filed for divorce.
Citing court docs, the Chicago Tribune reports revealed that the MLB player filed back in June. It was sealed on Monday.
No hearing has been scheduled.
Reps for Kopech and Morgan did not offer up comments. Neither have commented on the divorce or pregnancy announcement.
Fans grew concerned when Morgan posted the baby announcement without any mention of Kopech. He was not in any of the videos or photos.
The couple wed in January after a year-long engagement and one year of dating.
It’s unclear what led to the split.
Original post July 25:
Congrats are in order for Riverdale’s Vanessa Morgan.
The CW actress is expecting her first child!
The 28-year-old shared the exciting news with fans on Instagram with pictures from her gender reveal.
If you can’t handle the suspense — she’s having a baby boy!
While she admitted that she would like to keep this part of her life private, she said she wanted fans to hear it from her before they found out by eventually seeing her growing bump.
“I do want to keep this chapter of my life private but did want to be the first to share the news. I am overjoyed to be welcoming my baby boy into the world this January,” she wrote. “It’s almost like everything I thought mattered in this life has completely changed.. We’re here for such a greater purpose and life is so precious.”
She continued to gush about the exciting milestone in her life: “I can’t believe how much growth & strength you’ve already given me as your mom,” the actor added. “It’s like God knew I needed you, my angel. The universe works in mysterious ways but always times everything the way it was meant to be. Lil one you were made with so much love & already exude a light so strong it warms my belly. Thank you God for this blessing I’m just so happy & can’t wait to dedicate every day to being the best mommy I can be.”
Morgan and Kopech, who is a professional baseball player for the Chicago White Sox, tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in January.
‘Katy Keene’ Cancelled at The CW After One Season – ‘Riverdale’ Spinoff Looking for New Home
After weeks of waiting, The CW has decided against renewing Katy Keene after just one season.
The network announced that the Lucy Hale-led Riverdale spinoff will not be picked up for season 2.
Katy Keene was the only series awaiting a decision after the network’s bulk renewal back in January, which saw all of its scripted shows get renewed including freshman dramas Batwoman and Nancy Drew. All shows are scheduled to return in January due to the coronavirus production delays.
Show creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa took to Instagram to share the news with fans alongside a photo of the cast, writing, “From the first #katykeene table read. It seems like a dream. So proud of this show and the beautiful souls who came together to make it.💔.”
Hale commented writing: “I am …devastated. But love you all so much.”
Julia Chan (Pepper Smith) chimed in expressing her gratitude: “Love you, Roberto and Michael and my beloved @cw_katykeene family. Eternally grateful. ♥️”
Hale also addressed the fans directly on Instagram Live. “Sad to deliver this news ! But I love the show. I love what it stands for. And mostly I love YOU. To the cast, crew and all involved. I adore you,” she captioned the clip.
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