Riverdale fans – the time has come. After almost a year, Jughead and Betty have finally solved the mystery plaguing the series and, quite frankly, overstaying its welcome.
Riverdale Season 5 Episode 2 titled “The Preppy Murders” revealed the identity of the auteur responsible for the disturbing and gruesome videos in town.
But before that happened, it ended up being a two-part mystery as it turns out, the murderer and the auteur are not the same person.
Unsurprisingly, the murderer behind David, Joan, and Bret’s death (okay, that was Chic with Charles’ blessing) was none-other than FBI agent and Jughead and Betty’s brother, Charles.
Charles, much like the mystery, has overstayed his welcome. Fans were suspicious of him the moment he arrived in Riverdale, and when it was revealed that he and Chic we in love, it solidified the theory that he was somehow involved in the overarching mystery.
As Betty and Jughead explained when they broke it down, Charles had the means and access to commit the murders, he knew everything because he had bugged the Cooper/Jones residence, and he even told Betty he had the serial killer gene. Therefore, the reveal that he’s a serial killer wasn’t all that shocking considering it runs in the family.
And much like the Black Hood, Charles thought he was doing the town a favor by killing the people that “deserved” it. So, in short, he’s a copycat and this is now the world’s most boring reveal ever.
Seriously, his only reason for killing Bret (and gouging his eyes out) was because the Stonewall Prep student found out about his connection to Chic! Bret was a menace, but he didn’t deserve what happened to him. RIP!
At this point, the cast and fans are so disillusioned by death on the series that no one was even phased by any of it. Betty was just like “great, another serial killer in the family. Whoopee.”
We didn’t even get any reaction from Alice, who just found out her second son — the real one — is also a mass murderer!
It’s ridiculous, even by Riverdale standards.
And somehow, the Charles reveal is not nearly as lame as the identity of the auteur… Jellybean Jones.
There was plenty of potential for this reveal to be jaw-dropping, especially with a year of build-up behind it, and yet the writers couldn’t do any better than Jughead explaining that Jellybean was making the videos so that he would stay in town so she could have a brother!
How lame is that?
Even the way they revealed it was so anti-climatic as Jughead just sat there and gave FP Jones the play-by-play. I mean he really had to break it down explaining that “Jellybean and her friends made the masks themselves.” I’ll give it to them, at least they’re talented.
But maybe the preteens of Riverdale need to get a hobby or join a club or something?
Jellybean didn’t even suffer any consequences for terrorizing the whole town as they chalked it up to her not fully understanding the implications of her actions.
Seriously, what? She made fake snuff videos that ended up haunting people and leaving some dead in the wake. A pat on the back and a “there, there” is not going to teach her a lesson.
For audiences, the most frustrating part of this is that we spent all this time focused on the auteur for nothing.
Riverdale may be a strange show, but they’ve always excelled at delivering compelling mysteries. Yet this reveal seems like an afterthought that was thrown together for the sake of wrapping up plotlines.
The rest of the episode didn’t make up for the lackluster reveals either even despite the emotions drummed up by Archie re-living his encounter with the Black Hood and being forced to forgive the man that killed his father.
Archie really nailed all the emotional notes when he talked to his father at the gravesite. Riverdale is missing a piece of its soul without Fred Andrews.
However, most of the episode saw Archie in “angry” mode yet again. Unlike Fred Andrews, forgiveness doesn’t come so easily to Archie.
The kid has had so much pent up anger for so many seasons that I’m glad he finally let it all out. Maybe now that he’s forgiven the teen, he can move on and stop sabotaging himself because watching Archie on a destructive path is played out and exhausting.
The whole storyline with Veronica and Hermosa was also beyond odd. Why did Hermosa just shoot a bunch of mobsters and no one even blinked? How did they get rid of the bodies?
And since when does Veronica trust Hermosa? She may not want her father to ruin his second shot at life by being a street brawler and continuing with his mafioso ways, but does she trust Hermosa to take over family affairs?
But also, I don’t really care about this storyline, do you? It seemed inserted simply explain where everyone was heading in the next several years: Hiram would retire to the Caymans, Hermosa would take over the business, Veronica would go to Barnard, and Hermione would finally put her wants, needs, and desires first by divorcing Hiram and becoming a Real Housewife. Alrighty, then.
And that wasn’t even the weirdest family moment this week!
No, that honor went to the Blossom’s as Penelope quite literally poisoned the rest of the Blossom clan (who were a dead ringer for the Voltari on that Zoom meeting) so that Cheryl could run the maple family business and redeem the family name.
Here’s the thing, though. By killing her whole family to get what she wants, Cheryl proves that she’s no better than the Blossom name or their legacy. Of course, if no one figures out her and Penelope’s little secret, maybe this will work to convince Toni’s family that the Blossom’s can be redeemed. But it seems like Cheryl is missing the bigger picture here.
Also, in the midst of everything, Hiram attacked Archie for breaking Veronica’s heart and cheating on her with her best friend. This time, Archie kind of deserved it, but also Hiram is a grown man and needs to stop picking fights with teens!
Hiram came at Archie publicly, which might sabotage Veronica’s plan to keep their last week of senior year normal to protect Bughead’s relationship.
Will Jughead find out about the #Barchie kiss from someone other than Betty? Because that would be disappointing. After all that they’ve been through together, he deserves to hear it from her.
Also, Jughead officially got into the writing program at the University of Iowa. You go, boy!
Next week is the final episode of senior year… and then the time-jump, which will hopefully give the series a much-needed jolt in the right direction.
What did you think of the episode? Were you into the reveals? Let us know in the comments!
‘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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