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’ 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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