( Warning: This post consists of spoilers for Tuesday’s best of “Riverdale” Season 6, which was the start of the program’s five-episode “Rivervale” event.)
” Riverdale” returned with new episodes Tuesday, debuting its 6th season just over a month after airing its Season 5 ending.
In this world of Rivervale, Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Reggie (Charles Melton) are a power couple; Jughead (Cole Sprouse) and Tabitha (Erinn Westbrook) are relocating together; Toni (Vanessa Morgan) and Fangs (Drew Ray Tanner) are apparently squashing parent life; and Archie (KJ Apa) and Betty (Lili Reinhart) are alive and doing simply fine, plainly having actually survived the bomb Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos) left under their bed, which went off at the very end of “Riverdale” Season 5.
No, none of that has actually taken place in Rivervale, but this much more tranquil town is still dealing with its own problems.
Here to break down the start of “Riverdale” Season 6– and the “Rivervale” event, which will feature a visitor look by Kiernan Shipka’s Sabrina from Netflix’s “Chilling Experiences of Sabrina” in the coming weeks– for TheWrap is series developer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
See our Q&A listed below, which has been modified for clearness and length.
Where did the concept for the “Rivervale” five-episode occasion to begin Season 6 originated from, instead of taking us back to where we left off at the end of Season 5?
Actually openly, I believe this sort of begun with The CW connecting and stating, “Hey, we would love to begin Season 6 with a five-episode, miniseries-event arc.” And I love stuff like that and I always get a bit envious when my pals on all the superhero programs are doing the crossover episodes and things like that. I was like, “Yeah, we would love to do that.” In the authors’ space, we’re all like, “OK, well, what’s the theme or what would it be about? Or how would this be special enough to necessitate a five-episode occasion?” Originally, we were toying about doing something like a homage to “Sin City” and doing very noir and pulpy episodes, hardboiled-crime episodes. And it’s funny, we were like, “Well, that’s type of what we do usually.” Everybody’s constantly asking us, “Is ‘Riverdale’ going to go supernatural? When is ‘Riverdale’ going to go complete horror?” It felt like that was something we hadn’t yet done. It’s like, “OK, well, this is our opportunity to see how that works.” And it was so fun and it sort of broken open the door, I believe, for the supernatural to slip in and horror to insinuate beyond the first five episodes, which has actually been truly, really excellent.
So does that imply the events of “Rivervale” will impact the rest of “Riverdale” Season 6, which will go on hiatus after these five episodes and detect Sunday, March 6?
Great question. I will say that the events of “Rivervale” 100 percent inform and feed into the events of the rest of Season 6 … I think if you didn’t see “Rivervale”– we’re not picking up precisely where we ended at the end of [Season 5] and things will have altered because of “Rivervale.”
Of all the people to decide to come over to Cheryl’s side and sacrifice Archie, Betty was the greatest shock. She says it was since Cheryl guaranteed to assist her conceive Archie’s child when the medical professional said she couldn’t, and now she’s confident she is pregnant– but was there more to it than that, since the twist at the end of the episode was so fast?
The important things that eventually persuaded Betty to do this is, and I believe she states in the episode, “There’s absolutely nothing I want more than to have your child.” I think what took place between Betty and Cheryl is, Cheryl stated, “You’re barren today, I understand a manner in which you can bear Archie’s child– however you have to do this.” So in my mind, she– like everybody else in the town– made the handle the devil to get what she desired a lot more than Archie was to be a mother to Archie’s child. That’s one reading of the episode. Another reading of the episode is, Archie’s pressing Betty to have a baby, and Betty’s like, “I can’t handle that. OK, let’s sacrifice him.” ( laughs) That’s another, less charitable, reading of Betty’s actions.
It looks like there are numerous homages in just the very first episode of “Rivervale.” Were you using “The Twilight Zone” as the factor for Jughead telling to the camera, or “Midsommar” for the ending’s sacrifice ritual?
I would say one of the funnest elements of “Rivervale” is Jughead narrating to the electronic camera. “Midsommar” 100 percent is an influence, I would say as much so is “The Wicker Guy,” which is one of my favorite horror movies.
We’re now without Archie at the end of the first episode, so where do things go from here without the usual hero of our story?
We are without Archie. And two, I can tease at this point that “Rivervale” has a much higher body count than even “Riverdale,” and characters die in episodes and then they don’t come back.
Following Archie’s death, and a couple of passing referrals made throughout the episode by Jughead and Betty about their former relationship, is there any possibility of those 2 getting back together this season?
Let me say this, we’re quite invested in Jughead and Tabitha in Season 6.
Will we see in the next episode if Cheryl’s sacrifice of Archie’s life to please the Maple Maiden actually worked?
That’s an excellent concern, I will say that in Episode 2, we know one thing has at least took place, which is the maple trees are producing maple syrup once again. So even only that front, mission achieved, as far as Cheryl is worried.
” Riverdale’s” “Rivervale” occasion series continues next Tuesday at 9/8c on The CW.