The Mysteries of Riverdale


Carsyn Lincks


    Riverdale returned to The CW on Wednesday, October 10 for the premiere of season three.  Season two ended with the main character Archie Andrews (played by KJ Apa) being arrested for murder. Archie’s best friend Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse)  now leads his father’s gang, The Serpents, with girlfriend Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) at his side. Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) has just purchased Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe from her father Hiram (Mark Consuelos). Meanwhile, Cheryl Blossom  (Madelaine Petsch) has kicked her mother and uncle out of the family home and is now living there with her grandmother.

    Season three picks up in the courtroom where Archie is on trial for murder. Archie is on trial for the murder for killing a man named Cassidy Bullock, but really the murder was committed by an employee of Hiram Lodge and Veronica is out to prove that her father is responsible. The Serpent’s, while on a mission to rescue their dog Hot Dog from the rival gang, The Ghoulies, find themselves getting into a new war for the north side pledged between the two gangs. Betty’s mother Alice and her sister Polly are becoming deeply involved with a group at a place called The Farm which clearly seems to be a cult.  

    The episode ends with Archie’s trial ending in a mistrial and with the jury not yet being able to make a decision the prosecuting attorney gave another option than to redo the trial. Archie agrees and pleads guilty.  As Archie’s friends and family sit in shocked silence watching him led from the courtroom. The final scene of the episode shows Jughead in the forest and he stumbles across the bodies of Dilton Doiley and a boy named Ben in front of what appears to be a satanic altar. Then it cuts to Betty seeming to have a hallucinating vision of her mother and sister throwing her sister’s twins into a fire as she then falls to the ground.  Tune in Wednesdays on the CW to see what happens next.