‘Riverdale’ Review: Die [Spoiler] Really just Die?!

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told us a major main character death was coming in season nine but did anyone really see this coming?

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A show that is based on the Archie Comics can’t really kill off Archie (K.J. Apa), can they? Wouldn’t that throw off the entire show? Can Riverdale even continue without him? If Roberto wanted to shock fans, he certainly did that.

It’s hard to know how to comprehend this episode without having absolute confirmation of whether Archie is alive or not. If he wasn’t the major death, who was? Can we ever forgive Roberto or the writers if it’s true?

Also, is that really the way Archie would go out? Him playing Griffins and Gargoyles, while hallucinating dead people and his best friends were very creepy and entertaining, but that can’t be his last episode. I don’t want Archie to be dead, because he can’t, but his character deserves a better exit than that.

There was a lot going on this episode, while Archie was possibly dying, Veronica (Camila Mendes) was dealing with her father yet again. And Hiram (Mark Consuelos) is always two steps ahead. There is no beating this man. Him being two steps ahead and killing people is getting a little old. Are the writers trying to make him annoying? But I guess he didn’t see his daughter refusing to pay him for protection, and hiring the Serpents instead, so maybe for once, Ronnie got the win.

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Betty (Lili Reinhart) was trying to keep the kids safe but her mom had other plans in mind, send them to the farm.

Jughead (Cole Sprouse) was dealing with reckless serpents. While I seriously did enjoy seeing Choni as cat burglars, they did cross a line. If only Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) didn’t seal it with a kiss.

This episode really shook things up. Cheryl and Toni (Vanessa Morgan) are no longer serpents and Archie may be dead. That’s a lot to deal with.

And does this mean Varchie isn’t endgame like so many fans wanted? The big question on social is why is Veronica is moving on so quickly with Reggie (Charles Melton). We see in this episode that it’s been a few weeks since we last saw them. So, it’s not as quickly as we all thought, but still. The steamy kiss at the end saw Veronica happy for the first time in a while. If Archie really is dead, which I’m still not convinced, then I understand the writers pairing her with someone else, but this will not have fans happy.

Mandy Carr

Editor and Founder, Primetime Addiction

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