SPOILER WARNING: Don’t read if you haven’t watched “Ninety-Six: Welcome to Rivervale,” the sixth season premiere of “Riverdale.”
The sixth season of CW’s “Riverdale” certainly opened with a cardiac arrest.
Narrated by Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse), the show introduced viewers to the parallel city of the nominal city: Rivervale, where things were so dark that its inhabitants participated in the ritual sacrifice that led to the death of Archie Andrews (KJ Apa). the whole city came together to offer him. Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) was the one who did the act, reaching out to her chest and pulling her heart out, leaving it to pound in the palm of her palm for a few seconds to the people in love.
But how did they get here? The “Twilight Zone” -style narrative suggests that this could be an alternative universe. Awakening of Archie at the beginning of the episode telling her girlfriend Betty (Lili Reinhart) that she is dreaming of a city called “Riverdale” may predict that the intrigues are some kind of “mind” scenario. Some may even think this is the story Jughead is working on. No matter what has transported these characters to this different place, their experience in this five-episode mini-arc is designed to continue the plot from the end of season 5, creator and showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa says. Variety.
“I am very much at a constant pace, so we can’t get involved [Episode] 606 as before. It will continue for the most part, in a strange way, all episodes from the end of season 5. The idea was, ‘Let’s swing towards the fences, do something that the fans have asked for,’ Aguirre-Sacasa explains.
What the fans asked, he clarifies, is, ‘When will’ Riverdale ‘come to utter horror, utterly supernatural?’ It’s always a big decision and a big swing, but it felt like, “Well, now could be the time.”
In doing so, the loved ones “would be allowed to do things they might not be allowed to do in Riverdale” – that’s why Archie’s loved ones, like Betty and Jughead, agreed to sacrifice her. But because the story had to move from season 5 and the rest of season 6, this wasn’t possible to completely restart who the people were or what they wanted – or even put them into brand new romantic couples. Jughead and Tabitha (Erinn Westbrook) moved together to Rivervale, following the natural progression of their relationship at the end of season 5, for example. Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Reggie (Charles Melton) wanted to open a casino, and Rivervale will allow them to explore that possibility.
“I think if we had suggested that everyone in Riverdale get together to sacrifice for Archie’s personal interests, the eyebrows might have risen. Even in Rivervale, the eyebrows rose, but we allowed ourselves to push the characters a little further and go a little to the extreme. [Episode] 602 you see different sides of Veronica and Reggie, you see different sides of Tabitha and Jughead. Everyone gets to be the darkest version of themselves in Rivervale, which is fun, ”says Aguirre-Sacasa.
There is a “huge danger” in Rivervale, Aguirre-Sacasa continues, pointing out that Archie is only the first victim. The five-episode Arch of Rivervale continues some of the dangerous threads of Season 5, including the Trash Bag Killer and the curse of Abigail (also Petsch), Aguirre-Sacasa says. Witch Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) repeats her role in “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” during this arc as well.
“The tone is more of‘ Riverdale ’than‘ Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, ’but it’s definitely more out there than what we’ve been at“ Riverdale, ”as hard as it is to imagine,” Aguirre-Sacasa says of the episodes.
For an audience that wants to find out exactly what’s going on and why, Aguirre-Sacasa says they’ve immersed clues in both “dialogue and the background of the visual world”. One element of the premiere of the season that might seem to have a double meaning was when Jughead became emotional with Archie during the pancake eating contest. But Aguirre-Sacasa says this was because Jughead knew “he was going to sacrifice Archie and ask for forgiveness before the sacrifice,” not so that what was said was something unconscious in Archie Riverdale’s world that leaked into Rivervale.
“Archie isn’t in a coma because of the bomb,” Aguirre-Sacasa confirms Riverdale from the world, referring to Hiram’s (Mark Consuelos) attack on the hero at the end of season 5.
In Rivervale, however, Archie is really dead, he continues.
At least for now. Since this arc takes the stories to later periods of the season as things return to Riverdale’s usual environment, it’s hard to imagine him staying dead for long. Aguirre-Sacasa says these episodes have opened the door for writers to rely more on the horror genre and “let the supernatural sneak in a little more,” and at the moment, Archie’s character is most affected by the potential in this area. .
“Riverdale” will be shown on Tuesdays at 9 p.m.