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Riverdale Review – Did Betty Really Kill Jughead? (4×13)

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It started out like any normal Riverdale episode, and none of us had any idea how it would end.

Except that we kind of did because we’ve seen brief flash-forward’s to this very moment and assumed there would be some explanation because there was no way the writers would kill off Forsythe Pendelton Jones III.

And then, they did. That’s it, Jughead is dead. Or is he?

I know we’re all still holding out hope that maybe Jughead’s just unconscious and Archie’s a bad pulse-checker (which means he’ll snag a job as a doctor in Riverdale for sure), but from the looks of it, Betty killed Jughead by clonking him over the head with a rock.

It all started when Betty and Jughead teamed up to pull one over on the Stone Wall Prep students but found they weren’t a match for them. Or were they?

Riverdale is a dark place, and though Betty, Jughead and the rest of the students have dark demons, they have morals and would never even think about killing or hurting anyone.

But these Stonewall Preppies are a whole different breed; they aren’t above or beneath any of it. Jughead said it best — the game was rigged and there was no chance that they’d ever win.

But it’s possible that Betty and Jughead outsmarted them using their shared love of murder mysteries.

Let’s channel our inner teen detectives to figure out what went down in the last moments of “March of Ides.”

While Jughead was writing a novel about the perfect murder, his Stonewall Prep classmates were planning his.

There’s still a chance that this is all still part of Jughead’s story for the Baxter Brothers that we’re seeing play out in realtime.

However, all signs are pointing at this being an elaborate part of Jughead’s plans to level with the Preppies and finally teach them a lesson after weeks of torment that concluded with framing Jughead for plagiarism of his own story, stealing his idea for a Baxter Brother’s novel without giving him credit, and threatening to out his and Betty’s sex tape. You know, that’s enough to get anybody pissed off.

Clue #1 is when Donna said the”magic word” given to her by Evelyn Evernever, which allegedly triggered Dark Betty right before Jughead’s murder. It was an uneven playing field because Betty didn’t even know there was a second trigger word in addition to “tangerine” that made her violent towards her loved ones.

We never saw what happened after that so it’s possible Donna didn’t say anything, it didn’t work, or that it put Betty in a trance instead while someone else like Donna or Brett clobbered Jughead over the head and made it look like she did it. See, so many possibilities in just this one moment.

Betty’s face seemed genuinely concerned when she realized what happened in the forest, but Betty is a good actress and the only person who could help him sell this one. She’s the daughter of the Black Hood, of course. She took on the Farm. She’s a badass!

Clue #2 is when Jughead asked Betty if she “trusts him” right before hatching his devious plan which placed heavy emphasis on Jughead putting on his Southside Serpent jacket and his signature beanie. Seeing him putting on his jacket was a moment in itself and yes, I cheered because it meant he was putting to bed Stonewall and embracing his Serpent lifestyle again, but there’s also something to be said for Jughead wearing clothing that would make his identification unmistakable.

It’s like he wanted people to know who he was. Was he even wearing the jacket when Archie checked his pulse or did he give it to someone else when he followed Brett into the woods?

Clue #3 includes the plan Jughead tells Betty he has. Jughead, a man capable of whipping up a murder mystery novel in a few short days, would never concoct a plan that simply found him wearing a bunny mask and wielding a knife.

It’s also very un-Jughead like. He can serve up some punches, but Jughead leads with his brain. He’d never murder anyone, so I’m convinced there had to be more to the story we aren’t seeing. He also told Betty he was going to get back the leverage they had on him and retrieving a sex tape means he has to find where it’s hidden first, which could mean Jughead faked his own death as part of a surprise ambush. Maybe this is a waiting game.

Clue #4 is that we never see the murder happen, and that means anything could have happened in the meantime. There is a lot of missing time and therefore, plenty of opportunities for Jughead to switch places with someone else. We also don’t know what transpired between Jughead of Brett before the “murder,” what went down between Betty and Donna, or how Betty and Jughead found each other.

The biggest giveaway in all of this might possibly be that Jughead was voicing over his own murder. How is that possible if he’s dead? This isn’t Greendale for Satan’s sake.

Does this mean we’re watching Jughead’s story pan out?

There’s also a lot of evidence that could support Jughead’s death including Betty’s terrified expression, Archie confirming that Jughead is dead (unless he’s in on it too), and some of the flash-forward moments we’ve seen including the trio burning Jughead’s beanie, FP arresting them for murder, Betty and Archie mourning his death at Pop’s, and Betty getting into Harvard.

Jughead could have pulled off the perfect murder of himself and not informed anyone even Betty so it would be believable.

Or maybe he really is dead and all of this is just out attempt at avoiding reality and hoping for a re-write.

Personally, I wish they just ditched the party, washed their hands of this demented and psychotic school, and moved on with their lives.

The fans of Riverdale aren’t interested in dealing with a storyline that found Betty unconsciously killing her boyfriend and then covering it up! We didn’t ask for this.

In fact, before all of this, it seemed like Riverdale was finding its way back to become a level-headed and enjoyable series.

Back in Riverdale, Archie and Veronica were having a lot of sex. Like so much. I know teenage hormones are all over the place, but come on!

They had sex in a forest, in his room, and even in the music room, which has a window looking into the hallway of the school! Y’all crazy.

Veronica was also caught with a flash of rum in her locker — which Archie took the blame for — and was all about “having fun” after finding out about her father’s diagnosis.

She’s acting out because she feels scared of losing her father and betrayed that he didn’t confide in her.

Veronica may claim to despise Hiram, but the cat-and-mouse game is how they show each other their love.

The thought of not having that competition scares her.

Despite most of our doubts, it seems Hiram Lodge didn’t lie about his illness.

In fact, he seems to be feeling his mortality and turning over a new leaf as he uses Archie’s center as his new training facility.

There were some solid moments between the former-arch enemy’s with Hiram even having some “good” and fatherlike moments with Archie.

Then again, he could have been trying to influence Archie into selling Andrews Construction for his own personal gain.

One can never be too trusting of Mr. Lodge.

Hiram’s other daughter, Hermosa, tried to infiltrate the Maple Club and get information on Veronica’s whiskey by seducing Toni and Cheryl. It seemed as though both of the girls were actually into whatever she was selling but thankfully, they didn’t fall prey to her trap and allowed Ronnie to shut it down.

Even when Hiram is ill, he still has his minions doing his dirty work.

Archie bailed on the sale last minute because it just didn’t feel right, and I agree. Despite the center bearing Fred’s name, selling the company his family built was like turning his back on a legacy.

Having Mr. Keller take over as foreman allows Archie to focus on things that matter to him and hopefully, school because at the rate he’s going, he’s not going to graduate with his friends. That is if any of them get to graduation before getting arrested for murder.

Principal Weatherbee probably should cut Archie some slack. His father died, his mother is barely around, he’s raising and supporting himself, running a business, and opened up a center for kids to stay safe and get off the streets. That has to count for something.

Other Maple Syrup Musings

  • Jughead’s prep school mystery nicknames were hilarious: Jardhead instead of Jughead, Byson instead of Moose, why even try to cover up anyone’s real identity?
  • Why couldn’t the Stonewall Preppies just accept that Jughead conceded and let him leave? Did they hate him so much that they needed to kill him?
  • Why couldn’t Jughead just tell the tribunal that Brett threatened him with a sex tape? That way, if the tape got leaked, you would know who did it.
  • Is Mr. DuPont the villain that Betty thinks he is?
  • What was Betty’s goal with her milkshake meeting with Donna? Does she know why Donna is lying about Mr. Chipping?

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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.

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

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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