“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’ Co-Stars Camila Mendes and Charles Melton Are Officially A Couple Again
Camila Mendes and Charles Melton are officially giving it another go.
The Riverdale co-stars, who broke up in the fall of 2019, are dating once again, a source close to the TV show exclusively tells E! News.
“The break was nice for them and they reconnected on set of Riverdale,” the source reveals.
How did their makeup come to be? According to the insider, “Being around all of their mutual friends and hanging out together often made them realize they still have a strong connection and chemistry.”
The source adds, “They care a lot about each other and have a bond from filming together for so many hours each day.”
They’re in no rush to get serious, with the source saying, “It’s going well and they aren’t putting too much stress on the relationship.”
The cast of Riverdale reunited in Canada in the fall to resume filming after the pandemic. At the time, Camila was dating Grayson Vaughan (even kissing him goodbye on the tarmac before taking off).
However, she split with the photographer about four months ago, with a separate source noting that the travel ban did not make their long distance relationship “easy.” The second insider shared, “There was no drama at all, and they are still friends. Their relationship just ran its course.”
That breakup seems to have made room for a take two with Charles, who plays the Reggie to her Veronica.
Last week, Camila, 26, and Charles, 30, were spotted on a night out with their co-star Cole Sprouse, his brother Dylan Sprouseand model Stella Maxwell. On June 4, the group was seen dining at the French restaurant La Poubelle Bistro in L.A., where Charles had his arm around Cami. The couple left together in his car, clueing fans in to their new romance.
Cami and Charles originally started dating back in 2018, but took a break the next year. At the time, a separate source explained, “Their relationship escalated very quickly and they are taking time now to focus on their work and themselves.”
She later acted in Palm Springs, Dangerous Lies and Day by Day, while he appeared in Bad Boys For Life, Mainstream and, soon, American Horror Stories.
Their busy work schedules put “pressure” on the relationship, with lots of “ups and downs,” per the third insider.
Now, it seems, they’re older, wiser and ready to dive back in.
E! News has reached out to their reps for comment.
‘Riverdale’s KJ Apa Expecting First Child With Girlfriend Clara Berry
KJ Apa is going to be a father.
The actor, best known for playing Archie Andrews in the hit TV series Riverdale, is expecting his first child with girlfriend Clara Berry.
The 23-year-old made the announcement on Instagram with a photo showing the 27-year-old’s baby bump.
Berry then confirmed the pregnancy by sharing several maternity photos.
Apa commented: “she’s pregnant btw,” to which Berry responded, “We are ❤️.”
Apa’s co-star, Vanessa Morgan, who recently welcomed son River, commented: “Rivers soon to be bestie ♥️”
Congrats to the parents-to-be.
Riverdale Midseason Finale Review – The Pincushion Man (5×10)
I wish I had some maple mushrooms cause maybe then I’d be able to make sense of what transpired on the midseason finale of Riverdale.
Things just keep getting weirder and weirder on this series for absolutely no reason, but I’d be lying if I said I don’t tune in solely to see how absurd things get.
Everyone made some pretty questionable choices during “The Pincushion Man,” which, much to my surprise, is not the name of a new serial killer in town.
Honestly, the only one who made any reasonable decisions was Archie, who stood up against his General and refused to follow a direct order opting to go with his instinct instead.
It helped that a reporter for the New York Times made him aware that the mission, which General Taylor wanted to celebrate him for, may have been dirty.
Once he informed Taylor that he would not accept the Silver Eagle medal, Taylor’s true colors came to the surface as he threatened to make Archie a scapegoat.
Archie stood his ground and said that he was at peace with his decision, even if it meant he had to go in front of a judge and relive the experience.
Archie has faced off against Hiram Lodge on several occasions, so he’s definitely not intimidated by a General.
In fact, they’re still dealing with Hiram’s wrath as he purposefully freed all of his inmates to cause havoc in Riverdale. He really just cannot let it go.
At least now we know why Hiram is so hellbent on destroying his former hometown (aside from the fact that he just enjoys it) — he’s after palladium, a precious rare metal that’s more than gold.
Releasing the inmates interrupted parent-teacher night, and it’s shocking that Riverdale High still has any students enrolled. Then again, Professor Weatherbee said wanted to show the parents that they could protect the kids, and Archie delivered by singlehandedly taking on the inmates.
Two unexpected visitors from the prison — Charles and Chic — also crashed Juniper and Dagwood’s birthday party for absolutely no reason, and the whole thing was kind of bizarre.
Betty and Alice didn’t call the police because, in case you forgot, Riverdale only has a Sheriff who was nowhere to be found while the town was being overrun by criminals, but that’s beside the point.
The weirdest part was that Alice was accommodating of her guests and still seems to care about Charles despite all the pain he’s caused the family. Plus, she was devastated when she shot him in self-defense. Why? I understand that he’s her son, but stop being naive and putting your family in danger, Alice! What a blindspot!
I think Chic is finally dead, but I can’t confirm that.
And the twins definitely have some kind of serial killer gene coursing through their veins. They didn’t even feel remorse for hurting their classmate. The smiles on their faces were beyond creepy.
I’m glad Betty stood up for them and didn’t allow Juniper to stab Glen because it could’ve triggered something.
I don’t really understand why Betty gave Glen another chance, almost as much as I can’t comprehend why Veronica would allow herself to get wooed by Chad one last time, but I guess the heart wants what it wants?
They both realized the error of their ways almost immediately. Glen revealed that he was more into examining Betty’s family and their predisposition to murder than actually solving Polly’s disappearance and the case of the missing girls along the Lonely Highway.
This man didn’t see an issue with using his girlfriend’s toxic family for his dissertation!
I hope this is the last we’ve seen of him.
Betty connected her father Hal aka the Black Hood to “Nedslist,” which is how women and truckers get hooked up on the Lonely Highway. Do the murders have something to do with him? Or was that just Glen’s attempt at learning more about her family history?
As for Veronica, she fell into the “one last night” magic when she visited Chad only to learn the next morning that he wasn’t interested in giving her a divorce and used her jewelry business for some bad investments that caused them to go into debt.
Additionally, he threatened to testify against her if they divorced and blame her for all the dirty deals, which basically backed Veronica into a corner.
Again, why would Veronica trust a man who openly blackmailed her with photos of her and Archie? He’s clearly a master manipulator and was never going to let her off the hook that easily.
Ladies, get it together!
Even worse than hooking up with the husband that you plan on divorcing is cheating on your current boyfriend.
And Jughead… well, he was on quite a trip with those psychedelic mushrooms.
Though Tabitha was initially hesitant to babysit him while he took them, she eventually agreed to do it when she realized he wouldn’t change his mind.
However, she probably should’ve stuck around the whole time.
Jughead successfully wrote his novel, which was the goal all along, but everything that transpired while he was high was quite a mess.
He hallucinated his ex Jess before having an intense experience with Betty who kept apologizing for the pain she caused him senior year. That paired with Jughead’s confession to Tabitha that he isn’t ready for a relationship cause he never moved on from his breakup with Betty was definitely enough to give Bughead fans hope for the future. And I can’t say I’m not happy that the series won’t be using Tabitha as a tool to reunite Jughead and Betty.
That is if Jughead survives. When Tabitha returned at some point during his drug-induced trip, she found the bunker covered in blood and Jughead nowhere to be found.
It’s unclear what, if anything, Jughead hallucinated was real, but there was a whirring sound that indicated he had an encounter with the mothmen.
Did they abduct him? Did he try to search for them?
Moral of the story: drugs are bad kids.
Hiram didn’t just stir up trouble at Riverdale High, he also tasked Reggie with getting the maple groves from the Blossom family. Apparently, the palladium is nestled right under the trees.
Nana Rose was all too willing to sell because of the Blossom curse, but Cheryl basically said: “over my dead body.”
So, Reggie went to the extremes and set the groves on fire. We thought Reggie was on the right path when he turned on Hiram and supported the Bulldogs in the previous episode, but he’s right back at being Hiram’s lackey again.
Penelope, who also broke out of prison, explained that they needed to call upon the wind to redirect the fire, and after they prayed to their satanic altar, a windstorm appeared and spared at least half of the groves.
Riverdale always does this weird thing where it tries to dabble in the supernatural but never fully crosses the line into that world. It’s annoying. Either you’re embracing the magic or you aren’t. You can’t have it both ways!
Other Midseason Musings
- Min-Min and Cheryl are definitely over, right? Minerva had the right idea when she made a break for it because I have no doubt Nana Blossom would try to sacrifice her.
- Kevin Keller with a blade? It was a look.
- Toni’s absence was explained as bed rest due to pregnancy. I’ll let it slide simply because the series has made it a priority to integrate her into more episodes, and we know she was actually pregnant so maybe she really needed the break.
- Betty is now taking Polly’s case into her own hands, but what’s her plan? Is she going to drive the truck and look for clues?
What did you think of the midseason finale of Riverdale? Let us know in the comments below!
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