Graduation is so bittersweet.
As Riverdale High’s brightest wrapped up their last day of senior year and walked across the stage, it marked the end of the Riverdale we’ve come to know, love, and even fear at times.
Considering how dark and twisted the town has gotten over the last four years, maybe it’s a good thing that nothing will ever be the same?
The episode was shockingly normal, with the first half jammed with happy and celebratory moments. It didn’t feel entirely on-brand for Riverdale, but it fit the mood.
The final day of high school wasn’t plagued by any bad moments or darkness aside from Archie learning that he would need to repeat senior year in order to graduate high school, but he was still allowed to walk with his friends and celebrate the moment.
I love that the series acknowledged just how much bad stuff has happened in such a small town. Betty’s speech about making the town better for generations to come was inspiring, but considering a “new crisis and mystery” is expected to bring everyone back together in seven years, it doesn’t seem like that happens. In their absence, the curse of Riverdale will likely just take hold of the new generation… in a way, it already has.
Jellybean wasn’t even in town for that long and fell in with the wrong crowd as the auteur tormenting the town with creepy videotapes. It’s probably for the best that FP made the decision to take her back to Toledo. Riverdale clearly has a bad influence on people and makes them do crazy things.
Sadly, putting his family first meant that FP left Alice behind. I wish she could’ve hopped on the bike with him and they could have ridden off into the sunset together. Alice always wanted a big, happy home, but instead, she was left all alone after graduation.
The capsule was the perfect way to say goodbye to the old, especially Jughead’s signature beanie, which he never took off. I’m going to miss that thing. Betty also put in the final edition of the Riverdale Register and the Blue and Gold, Reggie threw in a football signed by the Bulldogs, Ronnie added a Pop’s menu and a matchbook from La Bonne Nuit, Kevin put in programs from his musicals and Josie’s cat ears (hope she’s still living it up in New York), Cheryl put in the “HBIC” shirt since she didn’t find anyone else to give it to, Toni put in her Pretty Poisons jacket, and Archie gave a guitar pic and his dad’s hammer.
And I’d say, all those items are pretty representative of their Riverdale. It’s a snapshot in time that focuses on some of the good things throughout the four years — the times that weren’t plagued by death and heartache.
As everyone geared up for their college adventure, Archie was stuck without a plan, but he felt a calling to join the army. While this isn’t a decision that should be made lightly, Archie was set on joining the Naval Academy prior, so his destiny was always somehow tied to the military.
I wouldn’t say it was a surprising choice for him either, so I don’t know why Veronica flipped out the way she did. Even Archie’s mom was cool with his decision as long as it was what he wanted to do.
I’m glad that Veronica eventually put her fears and anxieties aside and came around to the idea even if she wasn’t completely supportive; it was the moment she realized that since she was no longer his girlfriend, she couldn’t control what he did.
I’m also impressed with how Riverdale handled the whole love square between the foursome. Veronica and Archie knew that their paths were drifting apart, but they didn’t want to ignore the love and admiration between them. Instead, they spent their last night together and embraced the moment for what it was.
Betty also finally came clean to Jughead about her kiss with Archie, but he wasn’t mad at either of them because he knew it wasn’t done out of spite. It was refreshing to see such a level of understanding when it would have been normal to just get angry. And it’s probably because they all knew that regardless of the cheating, they were all about to go their separate ways anyway. They were no longer bound to the drama of the smalltown.
I don’t know why they made it seem like Archie was going off to prison or being held against his will when he was on the U.S. Army bus, but it was sweet to see his best friends send him off on his journey.
If Veronica is going to be married in the time-jump, at least #Varchie fans got a proper goodbye. And while it seems as though Jughead and Betty’s love didn’t conquer the distance, things with Archie may not have sparked either. In fact, when they all confronted the cheating, it seemed like Betty and Archie weren’t even into each other anymore. Sorry, #Barchie fans.
Archie was the glue that held their friendship together. Once he left, the rest were quick to follow. Ronnie jetted off to the Hamptons to be with her mom and Andy Cohen. I still laugh at that every time. Betty then decided to leave early and take a road trip with her mom to get settled at Yale. And before long, Jughead was off to Iowa — the first Jones man to go to college.
Things weren’t better for Toni and Cheryl either as they also went their separate ways. Cheryl sacrificed her college dreams to run the family maple business and rehabilitate the Blossom name and image in hopes of one day being embraced and welcomed by Toni’s family.
Everything that was familiar about Riverdale was suddenly gone in an instant.
Riverdale -- “Chapter Seventy-Nine: Graduation” -- Image Number: RVD503a_0151r -- Pictured (L-R): KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Casey Cott as Kevin Keller, Jordan Connor as Sweet Pea and Charles Melton as Reggie Mantle -- Photo: The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
No one was interested in looking back except Jughead, the only one who honored the pact of coming back to their booth at Pop’s every year to catch up and reconnect.
The episode then flashed forward one year where we saw a more mature Jughead sitting at Pops. He said that it would be another six years before he would see his friends again.
This brings us to that highly-anticipated time-jump, which allows Riverdale to introduce a new tone and new versions of the characters we’ve come to love. They’ve all grown up and been changed by their experiences.
I can’t wait to see what the “future Riverdale” is like, what the core four are up to, and what brings them all back together. Is the dynamic still the same? Do they fall into old habits? What are their new “looks?” There’s so much potential here, so while it’s sad to say goodbye, there’s promise in the future.
Other Stray Thoughts
- Archie’s mother sold the house! Jughead stayed in it for a little bit before the lights, gas, and water were eventually shut off. I don’t know why the idea of his house being sold is what triggered me the most, but I think it’s tied to the fact that this was always a reminder of Fred Andrews.
- The graduation footage of Fred saying he “didn’t think he’d live to see this day” was haunting.
- Hiram reinstated Tom Keller as Sheriff, which, well, is probably for the best.
- Penelope Blossom willingly turned herself over to the police, but Hiram promised he’d take care of her in prison. It’s weird, but what about the Blossom family isn’t? Maybe the guilt is finally starting to catch up with her?
- Pops finally has full ownership of Pop’s Chocklit Shoppe. About damn time.
Are you ready to say goodbye to this version of Riverdale? Did you have the time of your life?
Let us know what you thought about the episode in the comments below!
‘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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