We need to figure out what happened to Jughead Jones.
While Riverdale may have painted a fuller picture on this week’s episode, it still doesn’t exactly reveal who struck the “fatal” blow nor does it explain any part of, what we can only assume, was Jughead’s intricate plan for find out the truth and taking the Stonie’s down once and for all.
And it most definitely doesn’t explain why he’s still narrating his own story unless the revelation is that it hinges on the theory that this is all Jughead’s Baxter Brother’s novel playing out.
But, as Jughead said, the moment we’ve been waiting for finally happened as the series caught up with all those flash-forward teases that kept us in the dark and up at night throughout much of Riverdale Season 4.
While the TV rule is that you never believe someone is dead until you see a body, Riverdale crossed that out and updated it so now, going forward, you never believe anyone is dead even if you see a body. Death is not final on television — there’s always a loophole.
The episode, aptly titled “How to Get Away with Murder,” followed Betty, Veronica, and Archie as they did just that.
It would have been better fitted it said “Try to Get Away with Murder” because they tried so hard.
The episode picked up with the trio (poorly) getting rid of any evidence, including Jughead’s beloved beanie, and making their way home in nothing but undergarments.
Narrator Jughead was right — they should have gotten their stories straight. But you have to give it to them for making up some pretty realistic and sensible excuses on the spot.
Archie told his mom he went skinny dipping and the Stonie’s stole their clothes, Betty claimed to have spilled red wine, and Veronica was involved in a scathing match of strip poker.
From there, they were on the defense and playing catch-up as the Stonie’s were always one step ahead of them.
Since they could anticipate their every move, it was absolutely impossible for Betty, Archie, and Veronica to not dig themselves into a bigger hole.
They looked guilty and all the signs pointed to ponytail killing her boyfriend, so Betty decided to own it.
When Britney Spears said, “you say I’m crazy, I got you crazy,” Betty embodied it.
How much longer could she go on pretending that Jughead wasn’t dead and allowing someone else to control the narrative and dictate her every move? Eventually, the truth, or the fabricated truth, was going to come out.
So, Betty, Archie, and Veronica planned a search party, led F.P. Jones to Jughead’s body, and identified the body at the morgue, just like we saw in previous flash-forwards.
It was a bold move on their part that Donna didn’t anticipate, and they succeeded in throwing her off the game.
Betty was no longer afraid of getting accused of Jughead’s death if she could bring Donna down with her.
This episode also cemented the fact that Donna was the true villain and not Brett.
Jughead was the only person that Betty ever cared about, and she’d do anything to take down his enemies, avenge his death, and make them pay.
But you can’t help but wonder how it’s going to pan out for her.
As it stands, despite Betty knowing the truth, the case is stacked heavily against her. She moved the body, lied about the murder, and destroyed evidence aka the murder weapon. Not to mention, she had no solid proof connecting Donna or the Stonies to the murder.
Betty also made several missteps. Normally, I’d say that’s normal for someone who never attempted to get away with murder, but these were pretty terrible for someone as cunning as Betty.
For starters, how did she not realize she had Jughead’s phone? Even if someone at Stonewall Prep slipped it into her jacket, she should have realized it.
Secondly, what’s with asking Jelly Bean for fake blood? It could very easily connect back to her if F.P. realizes the rock was covered in fake blood while she knew about the evidence.
And lastly, looping in Charles was her worst decision of all, though, it’s not her fault because she’s unaware that Charles is working against her and with Chic. For all we know, he could be conspiring with the Stonie’s, which is why they were always ahead of her and onto her plan.
Betty shouldn’t have brought anyone into this that she couldn’t trust with her whole life.
But for a girl who just lost her boyfriend, she was surprisingly composed. Sans a few breakdowns, Betty was always on top of it and working a new plan.
While it didn’t seem like Betty knew anything of Jughead’s original plan, it wouldn’t be the craziest thing if he somehow left her some clues or filled her in before that final confrontation with Donna.
It was badass as Betty channeled this fierce energy while wearing Jughead’s coat that seemed to shake Donna to her core.
I don’t know how Jughead pulled this off, especially since we saw his body, but I just don’t think he’s dead.
I’m also glad Betty was drugged with a powder known as Devil’s Breath that caused her blackout and not actually triggered by some magic word. Evelyn’s power was always manipulative, and she’s good at convincing people that she’s capable of doing the impossible.
The revelation that it wasn’t more than a drug makes her less threatening.
There’s always the possibility that Jughead clued in Archie on his plan, so this whole time, Archie’s been steering the ship without revealing too much.
At least, that’s what I think he was confessing to his mother, but I could be wrong and he might just be telling the truth because he knows he’s going to need her legal advice.
Thank god for Mary right now, right?
Also, Mary revealed her relationship with a Navy Commander, which came out of the blue and was ill-fitting with an already storyline heavy episode.
Veronica wasn’t just dealing with the murder of her friend, she was also at odds with her family after Hiram wanted her to sign a will without coming clean to her about his disease.
Veronica and Hiram have been at each other’s throats for so long that a conversation where they both admitted to loving each other was strange.
Riverdale is a strange place.
However, I can’t help but think that Hiram is using his daughter’s love for him and her emotions as a weakness to get what he wants.
It would be his lowest point if he was manipulating her with some sob story about his illness.
And what is Hermosa’s deal? Veronica agreed to a truce, so let it be, girl. Is she the one who got Veronica put on hold at Barnard?
- This may be a stretch, but Jughead loves to eat and he made a “you have to have the stomach for it” reference when talking about murder.
- If I never have to hear the name Evelyn Evernever again, I’ll be okay.
- Do they not have anything better to do with Kevin than to bring him into one scene where he crashes a convo between the trio?
- Anyone else digging that Archie and Betty are working much closer together?
- Why did F.P. immediately turn on Betty when he found the phone? Emotions are running high, but wouldn’t you think he’d approach the situation differently as he knows how deep Betty and Jughead’s love is?
What did you think of the episode?
Do you think Jughead is alive? Did you pick up on any clues?
What’s Betty’s plan? Is Hiram playing Veronica?
‘Riverdale’ Resumes Production As Creator Teases Photo from Senior Prom
Did someone say prom?
Not even the coronavirus pandemic could prevent these teens from the right of passage that is the senior dance on Riverdale.
The CW teen drama’s showrunner Robert Aguirre-Sacasa shared a photo on Instagram that gave fans a glimpse into season 5’s prom episode.
The photo featured the beloved couple “Choni” aka Madelaine Petsch’s Cheryl Blossom and Vanessa Morgan’s Toni Topaz.
“Rest assured, ALL the queens will [be] reigning SUPREMELY next season,” he captioned the post seemingly alluding the Morgan’s outspoken criticism of the show for its lack of diversity and proper storylines for diverse characters. At the time, Aguirre-Sacasa promised to do better.
The prom episode was initially supposed to be part of the show’s fourth season, but it was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic, which forced the show to suspend production three episodes shy of its promised count.
Therefore, the upcoming season of Riverdale will include all those milestone high school moments before doing a significant time jump that will likely find our favorites from the murderous town in college.
While the photo serves as confirmation that the series is back in production (we couldn’t be more excited), it was taken during the remaining few days on set for season 4 as since filming hasn’t picked back up again.
Of course, this also means that the series is back on track to return during the midseason in January 2021.
All good things!
‘Riverdale’ Star Vanessa Morgan Announces Pregnancy as Husband Michael Kopech Files for Divorce
Updated: July 27
Shortly after Vanessa Morgan announced she was expecting her first child, a baby boy, her husband of several months, Michael Kopech, filed for divorce.
Citing court docs, the Chicago Tribune reports revealed that the MLB player filed back in June. It was sealed on Monday.
No hearing has been scheduled.
Reps for Kopech and Morgan did not offer up comments. Neither have commented on the divorce or pregnancy announcement.
Fans grew concerned when Morgan posted the baby announcement without any mention of Kopech. He was not in any of the videos or photos.
The couple wed in January after a year-long engagement and one year of dating.
It’s unclear what led to the split.
Original post July 25:
Congrats are in order for Riverdale’s Vanessa Morgan.
The CW actress is expecting her first child!
The 28-year-old shared the exciting news with fans on Instagram with pictures from her gender reveal.
If you can’t handle the suspense — she’s having a baby boy!
While she admitted that she would like to keep this part of her life private, she said she wanted fans to hear it from her before they found out by eventually seeing her growing bump.
“I do want to keep this chapter of my life private but did want to be the first to share the news. I am overjoyed to be welcoming my baby boy into the world this January,” she wrote. “It’s almost like everything I thought mattered in this life has completely changed.. We’re here for such a greater purpose and life is so precious.”
She continued to gush about the exciting milestone in her life: “I can’t believe how much growth & strength you’ve already given me as your mom,” the actor added. “It’s like God knew I needed you, my angel. The universe works in mysterious ways but always times everything the way it was meant to be. Lil one you were made with so much love & already exude a light so strong it warms my belly. Thank you God for this blessing I’m just so happy & can’t wait to dedicate every day to being the best mommy I can be.”
Morgan and Kopech, who is a professional baseball player for the Chicago White Sox, tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in January.
‘Katy Keene’ Cancelled at The CW After One Season – ‘Riverdale’ Spinoff Looking for New Home
After weeks of waiting, The CW has decided against renewing Katy Keene after just one season.
The network announced that the Lucy Hale-led Riverdale spinoff will not be picked up for season 2.
Katy Keene was the only series awaiting a decision after the network’s bulk renewal back in January, which saw all of its scripted shows get renewed including freshman dramas Batwoman and Nancy Drew. All shows are scheduled to return in January due to the coronavirus production delays.
Show creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa took to Instagram to share the news with fans alongside a photo of the cast, writing, “From the first #katykeene table read. It seems like a dream. So proud of this show and the beautiful souls who came together to make it.💔.”
Hale commented writing: “I am …devastated. But love you all so much.”
Julia Chan (Pepper Smith) chimed in expressing her gratitude: “Love you, Roberto and Michael and my beloved @cw_katykeene family. Eternally grateful. ♥️”
Hale also addressed the fans directly on Instagram Live. “Sad to deliver this news ! But I love the show. I love what it stands for. And mostly I love YOU. To the cast, crew and all involved. I adore you,” she captioned the clip.
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