a lot went down riverdaleA deadly comet as the season finale draws to a close… and life will never be the same for Archie and company.
To catch you: A comet sent by Percival is headed straight for Riverdale, and also added a force field that prevents anyone from leaving the city. (“I’m so glad I moved here in sophomore year,” quipped Veronica.) Archie is determined to dig a tunnel around the force field, and Cheryl thinks she knows someone who is. Can undo Percival’s spells. Oh, Sabrina again? No, this time, they turn to Cheryl’s ancestor Abigail Blossom, who explains that Cheryl can use her fiery phoenix powers to melt the comet, since it’s made of ice. (Why didn’t we think so?) But in return, she wants to be reunited with her beloved Thomasina.
Cheryl tells the others that she can melt the comet, but it can take away all of her powers – meaning everyone she resurrects can die again. (You know, Archie, Jughead, Tony, Fangs… like, half the cast, basically.) She even asks Tony a favor: He needs Abigail and Thomasina to be in his body so they can see another. to spend the night together. Form.” (It’s not really cheating, Fangs. She was manned!) She reluctantly agrees, and Cheryl and Tony allow her body to be taken by Abigail and Thomasina, who happily use them as a bedroom. Also, Archie’s mom arrives for a visit – terrible times – and he confesses to Veronica that he wants to propose to Betty (!) and needs help getting the ring. Asking your old girlfriend to get you a ring to propose to your new girlfriend: Weird, but what’s the matter, the world is ending.
Once he’s alone with Betty, Archie gets down on one knee and asks the question: “We may not have much time, but I know what I want to do with it. Marry me.” ” He is touched, but she reminds him that a big old comet is about to destroy their town. She remembers asking him to marry her when they were kids, and she said ask again when they were 18. Well, “ask me again after Cheryl melts that comet” and everything is back to normal, she says. He can accept it… and is more determined than ever to break that force field. Also, Cheryl and Tony wake up in bed together after Abigail and Thomasina leave their bodies, and they can’t remember what happened – or do they? Oh, and Abigail gives Cheryl a tangled rope with a thousand knots in it, and once it’s untangled, Percival’s force field will break.
Jughead and Tabitha spend their last hours on Earth watching titanic together – he never saw it; This is one of her favorites; It’s so sweet — and he encourages her to accept Alexandra Cabot’s offer to franchise Pop and take it across the country. Courtesy of Tabitha’s time-travel abilities, they also have an end-of-life date where they find themselves raising children and growing old together. Betty receives an offer to head the FBI’s Serial Killer Division with Agent Drake, but she turns it down, saying she is “moving towards the light.” She also changes her mind and proposes to Archie, which he happily accepts. (Oh!) Also, Heather breaks up with Cheryl after realizing that “you and Tony are forever soul mates.” (Whoa!) And Veronica hands the casino over to Reggie… and then has an epiphany seeing a portrait of her father, Hiram.
Veronica calls on everyone together to share her idea: since her power allows her to absorb other people’s energy, she thinks she can absorb everyone else’s superpowers and performs the Great Comet. Cheryl to strengthen her, and then maybe the resurrected ones win. t die again! sure why not? They all bite their palms with Percival’s magic dagger and hold hands while giving their powers to Veronica, who sends them to Cheryl with a kiss. Suddenly, Cheryl can see auras, shrink pills, and read minds. He is super duper powered! She blinks through a portal, and the residents of Riverdale all sing Billie Eilish’s “The End of the World” as the comet descends on the pop. Heather finally unties that tied rope, and Cheryl summons her full phoenix powers, chanting and chanting a mantra on the comet as it closes…
So what? Well, as Jughead points out, the plan worked: Cheryl saved him from the comet, and Riverdale survived. But it looks a little different: Archie wakes up in a retro 1950s world, puts on his old Letterman jacket and heads downstairs to breakfast, where his mom tells him James Dean died. what?! Yes, Cheryl’s actions somehow send them back to the year 1955 – and they are all in high school again! “Maybe to survive, we had to go back to a simpler time,” says Jughead, wearing his old-school crown beanie, Musk… and he is the only one in town who remembers what life was like before Comet.
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