Everybody is aware of that other than Varchie and Bughead, the true stars of Riverdale are the recent, barely dysfunctional, dad and mom.
Come Riverdale Season three, the writers are lastly giving the folks what they need — extra display time for the aforementioned sizzling dad and mom.
Have you ever ever seen so many good wanting dads in a single little city? No, you most undoubtedly haven’t. It seems to be like they’ve gained the genetic lottery or one thing.
It is apparent we’re all secretly hoping that the parent-centric episode reveals the key to these insanely beauty.
Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa teased that this season, we’re going to find out about “a extremely, actually darkish secret in Riverdale that the dad and mom have been preserving since their youthful years.”
Realistically, what number of extra secrets and techniques can they match inside this city’s constraints? Is Alice being a former Serpent, FP and Alice having a love youngster that they gave up, Hal being a Blossom and now, a assassin, actually not sufficient? This city is just too small for itself.
In response to the official synopsis, Riverdale Season three Episode four titled “The Midnight Membership” would be the present’s darker model of “The Breakfast Membership,” a not-too-subtle-nod to Molly Ringwald who performs Archie’s mom.
In addition they forged the Brat Pack’s authentic member Anthony Michael Corridor as Principal Featherhead, “the longstanding principal at Riverdale Excessive who will get caught up within the sport the youngsters are taking part in in an surprising method.”
We’ll not solely get to know the dad and mom on a deeper degree, however we’ll even be handled to the on-screen youngsters taking part in the highschool variations of their dad and mom!
Camila Mendes (Veronica) can be younger Hermione, Cole Sprouse (Jughead) can be younger FP, KJ Apa (Archie) can be younger Fred, and Lili Reinhart (Betty) can be younger Alice.
Filling the younger sneakers of the villainous Hiram Lodge can be Mark Consuelos’s real-life son, Michael. Riverdale actually is nice about preserving it within the household.
However what video games have been the ‘rents as much as earlier than they have been concerned in bribery, illegal crimes, murderous tendencies, and usually unhealthy parenting?
Let’s deconstruct the storyline a darker “Breakfast Membership” can current.
The ’80s traditional centered on a gaggle of polar reverse college students who revealed their insecurities and darkish secrets and techniques whereas spending a day in detention collectively earlier than stumbling upon the belief that regardless of their variations, all of them share related issues and struggles.
Going off of that, perhaps the massive secret is extra complete, giving us an perception into what formed the notoriously, and purposefully, mysterious dad and mom.
Possibly we discover out why FP gave up his soccer stardom for a life within the Serpents? Or why Alice married Hal as a substitute of FP? Was it a standing enhance?
Do we discover out extra about Penelope’s penchant for “entertaining males?” Or why “imply lady” Hermione selected a lifetime of mobbing with Hiram over one thing actual with Fred?
Possibly we’ll even get some clues as to why Hiram is a ruthless monster?
And hopefully, we’ll lastly see what went down throughout the notorious argument at Homecoming between Alice and Hal!
I’ve at all times felt like there was an “unstated” bond between the dad and mom; like they’d a code that they couldn’t break and nobody else knew about it.
On condition that Alice by no means suspected Hal to be a cold-blooded assassin and was shocked when he was revealed to the be the Black Hood, I believe it could be too apparent in the event that they went the “I Know What You Did Final Summer season” route and lined up one thing like by accident killing somebody.
Homicide has misplaced a lot of its shock worth in Riverdale to the purpose the place I might be extra inclined to pose the query: “who hasn’t killed anybody?”
Properly, Fred Andrews, clearly.
He might have had a number of assholish moments when he tried to steer Archie to comply with him into the household enterprise and ditch his musical calling, however his conscience would by no means permit him to grow to be a assassin.
Nonetheless, I might see the storyline revealing that Hal wasn’t the precise Black Hood or that he wasn’t working solo. There was one thing very open-ended about how his reveal and arrest transpired that makes me assume there’s extra to this story.
Possibly the true Black Hood has a vendetta towards the city and the dad and mom particularly and was pulling Hal’s strings. It could possibly be somebody the dad and mom all screwed over again within the day, bullied, or allowed to take the autumn for a criminal offense they dedicated.
Along with homicide, Riverdale has a proclivity for incest, so I would not be shocked if there are some extra sibling reveals down the road.
Think about if Charles Smith, the key love-child of FP and Alice, has been below our noses this complete time disguised because the red-headed boy-next-door.
May the true Falice child be Archie?
Stylish (RIP) revealed that the true Charles handed away earlier than Betty reached out, however if you happen to by no means needed anybody, particularly your youngsters to know who Stylish actually was, you’d have folks consider he was useless too.
Image this: Hal and Alice fought over the being pregnant throughout Homecoming which led Alice to surrender the kid to appease Hal. Fred and Mary couldn’t have organic youngsters of their very own, so that they adopted Charles and altered his title to Archie. And everybody swore to by no means speak about it once more.
Luke Perry did inform EW: “There’s something previously for Fred and for a number of of our parental characters that we’re going to get to, and I don’t essentially need anyone to learn about it. All people’s bought their secrets and techniques, proper?”
On this city particularly, Perry.
It does not appear far-fetched to assume Fred would wish to preserve Archie’s start dad and mom on the down-low.
And the way juicy wouldn’t it be if Betty and Jughead have been to seek out out that their shared brother was really their BFF Archie? It might change the dynamic between the core group indefinitely.
It is also potential that Cassidy Bullock, the man who tried to rob the foursome whereas they have been spending the weekend on the Lodge’s lakehouse and who was murdered by Andre, was the true Stylish.
Bullock had reddish, curly hair and matched the images of younger Charles the sisters at SOQM confirmed Betty.
Hiram clearly had some sort of previous with Cassidy, so perhaps he noticed this as a possibility to get again at Fred for having a fling along with his spouse whereas in jail by having Archie arrested for the homicide of FP and Alice’s youngster.
In yet one more model of the tangled webs Riverdale weaves, they may construct upon the favored concept that Archie is a Blossom boy.
The obvious clue giving the idea main momentum is that Archie is a useless ringer for Jason, one thing that struck me as deliberate once I watched the sequence premiere of Riverdale. Even Penelope admitted that Archie seems to be like her late son “when the sunshine hits you excellent.”
Clifford’s makes an attempt to groom Archie to take Jason’s place within the maple syrup enterprise additionally raised some pink flags.
If the idea holds true, I do not assume Archie would ever be Penelope or Clifford’s youngster. I merely don’t see Fred having a fling with Penelope since he was eager about Hermione, nor do I see Mary having a factor with Clifford as a result of from what I’ve gathered, he was barely older than the remainder of the dad and mom.
Very similar to Betty and Polly whose Blossom origins hint again to a lethal feud between the great-grandfathers of Hal and Clifford, I believe Archie’s mom Mary might have been a Blossom by blood, presumably Penelope’s cousin and even sister?
She might have hated the pressures that got here with the household title so she opted to skip city, transfer to Chicago and wash her palms of all of it.
If it’s as simple as altering your final title to keep away from being related to the household, then shifting to a unique metropolis looks like a strong alternative to guard your son from the contaminated household historical past.
Having Cheryl, Archie and Betty as cousins would additionally supply up a proof for all of the darkness that they’ve all felt inside themselves.
There’s additionally the idea that there was much more Blossom-on-Blossom motion.
When the Riverdale Twitter account posted a “throwback” picture that includes real-life highschool images of the dad and mom, I could not assist however discover that Penelope’s final title was already listed as Blossom.
Did she marry Clifford whereas she was nonetheless in class? Was she associated to Clifford beforehand? That might make Cheryl and Jason a product of incest very like Jason’s youngsters with Polly.
Regardless of the large secret is, one factor is for certain: nothing is off limits on this candy and sticky city.
Do not forget to remark under along with your theories: what have these sizzling dad and mom been hiding all these years?