“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?
‘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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