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“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?

That’s twisted.

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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‘Riverdale’ Musical Episode Delayed, CW Issues Schedule Change with #Crossover Reruns

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Riverdale Postpones Hedwig Musical Episode

Coronavirus is effecting the upcoming schedule on The CW.

And Riverdale fans might not be pleased because the musical episode has been postponed as the series goes on an indefinite hiatus.

The teen drama has been on a break since March 11 and was set to return with a musical episode focusing on Hedwig and the Angry Inch on April 8.

Unfortunately, that’s not happening.

A schedule update for the first week of April (April 6th) reveals that the network will air a re-rerun of its DC’s crossover “Crisis on Infinite Earths” instead of the episode “Wicked Little Town.”

No Worries, KJ Apa Will Star As Archie on ‘Riverdale’ For At Least 3 More Years

The 5-part crossover which brought together The CW’s biggest superheroes into one 5-hours episode in 2019 and the beginning of 2020 is filling a few voids in the schedule including Sunday’s time-block of Supergirl and Batwoman. It’s also stepping in to fill Thursday’s timeslot, which usually went to Legacies. The series is set to air a premature season finale on March 26 after production shuttered due to the outbreak and they couldn’t finish filming the season.

Sadly, and I know this isn’t what anyone wants to hear, The CW did not reveal when Riverdale would return for new episodes.

And if I’m being honest (again not what you want to hear), the series stopped on an episode that could very well serve as the season 4 finale. “Rumors of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated” explained everything about Jughead’s mysterious death sufficiently.

While fans were looking forward to the annual musical episode, it can very well be saved till the next season if worse comes to worse.

Riverdale was forced to shutter production this season after a member of the crew tested positive for coronavirus. All shows followed suit shortly after.

Roswell, New Mexico, Nancy Drew, Charmed, and Dynasty will all air new episodes next week!

Check out the CW’s new revised schedule and keep your eyes peeled for updates as many networks will be making changes !

Sunday, April 5
8 pm Batwoman (rerun)
9 pm Supergirl (rerun)

Monday, April 6
8 pm Whose Line Is It Anyway? (new)
8:30 pm Whose Line Is It Anyway? (rerun)
9 pm Roswell, New Mexico (new)

Tuesday, April 7
8 pm “Crisis on Infinite Earths” Part 1 (rerun)
9 pm “Crisis on Infinite Earths” Part 2 (rerun)

Wednesday, April 8
8 pm “Crisis on Infinite Earths” Part 3 (rerun)
9 pm Nancy Drew (new)

Thursday, April 9
8 pm “Crisis on Infinite Earths” Part 4 (rerun)
9 pm “Crisis on Infinite Earths” Part 5 (rerun)

Friday, April 10
8 pm Charmed (new)
9 pm Dynasty (new)

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No Worries, KJ Apa Will Star As Archie on ‘Riverdale’ For At Least 3 More Years

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Riverdale has at least three more seasons in its tank.

How do we know? Because KJ Apa said so in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times while promoting his Christian film, I Still Believe. 

The actor, who plays our beloved Archie on The CW teen drama, revealed he signed a multi-year deal to star on the series.

While he didn’t get into the nitty-gritty of his contract, he explained that he’ll be on the series for at least the next three years.

And thus, that means we’ll get at least three more seasons.

The series was already renewed for a fifth season in January, but this new intel means we can rest-assured the series will likely continue on until season 7.

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And if you’re a fan of the show, set in the murder capital of the world, you know that so much can happen in the span of three years.

Following season 4, the teens including Apa’s Archie and his besties Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse), Betty Cooper (Lili Reinahrt), and Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) will graduate Riverdale High and go to college.

It’s unclear how the dynamic will change the series, but maybe it’ll give the show a more adult-vibe.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Skeet Ulrich (FP Jones) and Marisol Nicholas (Hermione Lodge) will be departing the series.

Currently, production on the remainder of the series has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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5 Ways ‘Riverdale’ Can Explain FP Jones’ Exit

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How Riverdale Will Explain Skeet Ulrich's Departure F.P. Jones

When Riverdale announced Skeet Ulrich’s exit following season 4, the fandom began to worry.

Ulrich plays FP Jones, the father of Jughead Jones, a former Serpent gang leader who has managed to turn his life around, become a Sheriff, and snag the love of his life.

He’s become an instrumental part of the series as he helps Jughead and his friends navigate normalcy in the fictitious murderous town.

At first, fans thought FP’s exit might confirm Jughead’s death, however, now that we know Jughead survived staged “perfect murder” with his father’s help, it’s unclear how the show will tackle the departure.

We have some thoughts about how Riverdale can explain the exit of one of the show’s finest dads:

1.Kids go off to college

In the “most obvious” lane, the kids go off to college and the parents are no longer a focal point of the series. Jughead and his buds are currently in their senior year and will be going to college in just a few months, pending they actually graduate.

Expectedly, the role of the parents will dwindle as the teens leave town and begin their “adult” lives. If this is the avenue they take, Riverdale might not even have to explain FP’s exit because he’ll simply still be there just not as frequently as when Jughead was living at home. And if Ulrich agrees to some guest appearances, they can very easily break him out of his contract while keeping the character and his relationship with his son in tact.

How Riverdale Will Explain Skeet Ulrich's Departure F.P. Jones

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2. New Job Opportunity

After Jughead’s death, FP spiraled slightly (despite being in on the whole thing) and it led to a confrontation with Hiram Lodge. Hiram suggested that maybe FP was too close to the case, and FP straight up resigned as Sheriff.

With nothing tying him to this town any longer and Jughead gearing up to fly the coop, FP might look for job opportunities in other towns. FP deserves happiness and a fulfilling career, so we’re on board with this 100%.

3. Living It Up with Alice

Much like the teens of Riverdale, the parents have lived a life that could only be described as small-town hell. They were involved with the Gargoyle King since they were teenagers, Alice’s husband turned out to be the Black Hood, they’ve endured so much mayhem and suffering, and the one ray of hope has been that Alice and FP have found their way back to each other and allowed their romance to blossom.

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Riverdale — “Chapter Sixty-Four: The Ice Storm” — Image Number: RVD407b_0319.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Skeet Ulrich as FP Jones and Madchen Amick as Alice Cooper — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW– © 2019 The CW Network, LLC All Rights Reserved.

If anyone deserves a vacation, possibly even a permanent vacation, it’s these two love-birds. They need to leave Riverdale and never look back as they ride off into the sunset together.

4. Fed Up with Riverdale

For all the reasons listed above, FP might just be done putting up with Riverdale’s insanity. It wouldn’t be surprising if he was just fed up and done with Riverdale and using this opportunity now that his son is off to college and he doesn’t have a job to pursue a better life somewhere, anywhere else.

5. Death

I hate to say this, but if Ulrich never wants to return to Riverdale, there is a permanent solution. It would break fans’ hearts, but they don’t call it the murder capital of the world for nothing, right?

Turning it over to you, Cravers.

How do you think that Riverdale will write off FP? Will his exit be permanent?

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