How absolutely bonkers was this week’s episode of Riverdale? In “Chapter Thirty-Nine: The Midnight Club” we finally learned more about Gryphons and Gargoyles and all through the eyes of Alice Cooper … or should we say Smith?
The youngsters jumped in to portray their parents in a fun-filled and overtly dramatic (just the way we love Riverdale) episode that will surely have audiences talking for weeks – and not just for the sheer beauty of Lili Reinhart’s hairdo.
Not only did we get an exclusive insight into what Riverdale High was like a quarter century ago, admittedly not very different from the present, but also who was involved – romantically speaking.
No one was too surprised to see Alice and FP, and Hermione and Fred make googly eyes at each other, but who would have thought that Tom Keller and Sierra McCoy had been lovers way back when. And that kiss between Alice and Fred? That’s something we can’t forget.
Sadly, series creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told TVLine those were purely “stolen moments”, so likely not something that will be picked up in present day. He also said that “it’s very rare on Riverdale that stuff like that happens and it doesn’t come back to haunt us in some way.” So never say never.
But, the biggest twist happened at the end of the episode, and it happened in the present. Jughead has given in to G&G. Can he be saved, or will he fall victim to the Gargoyle King? “Jughead is definitely immersed in the world of the game,” said Aguirre-Sacasa.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly the creator said that “[the next episode] really shows how deep in the game and its mythology Jughead is, and the dramatic question is how deep can Jughead go without losing himself?”
But, fret not Bughead fans, this won’t be the end of their relationship. “We’ve kind of committed this year that they would not spend so much time apart… they’re going to be drawn together sooner rather than later.”
Aguirre-Sacasa also addressed the biggest question of the season (so far) – who is behind the Gargoyle King? “The mystery of who is beneath that mask is a big one”, he told EW. “I’ll just tease there may be more than one person under the mask”. He also promised that we will eventually find out who killed possibly the first victim of G&G, Principal Featherhead, in the past.
If you’re thinking that with the arrival of the Gargoyle King magic is on the table in Riverdale (and therefore opens up a crossover with The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), then you might have to be patient for just a bit longer.
“One of our inspirations for this season is True Detective Season 1, which flirted with the supernatural, but really dealt with the occult, and ritualistic murders… so we’re flirting with the supernatural, but we’re not quite there yet”, said Aguirre-Sacasa.
Catch Riverdale Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW