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Riverdale Winter Finale – No Exit (3×09)

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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.

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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!

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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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