Spoiler alert: This publish incorporates plot particulars from the May 16 season finale of Riverdale. Read at your personal threat.
Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos) has been as much as no good all season on Riverdale. From radicalizing Archie (Ok.J. Apa) to secretly shopping for Pop’s to pulling the strings on hits on Nick St. Clair (Graham Phillips) and Poppa Poutine (M.C. Gainey), Hiram will cease at nothing to guard his enterprise pursuits and get what he desires.
By the tip of season 2, he had efficiently accomplished a season-long quest to destroy the Southside Serpents (and scapegoat them for any tragedy that befell the city within the course of) as a way to purchase up land on the south facet of Riverdale to implement his nefarious plans, which apparently embody constructing a privatized jail, operating medication, opening a brothel, and who is aware of what different types of vice.
And but, Riverdale creator and showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa says we ain’t seen nothing but with regards to how villainous Hiram Lodge may be. “Hiram Lodge can get much, much darker,” he says. “We saw Hiram as a manipulative figure in season 2, but he didn’t get his hands dirty. He influenced Archie. He influenced Reggie. He capitalized on Veronica’s love for him. But he didn’t get down and dirty in the mud that much.”
Aguirre-Sacasa provides that viewers “have not gotten the full extent of [Hiram’s] plans,” regardless of witnessing the machinations of a Southside cabal that features Penelope (Nathalie Boltt) and Claudius Blossom (Barclay Hope), Penny Peabody (Brit Morgan), Sheriff Minetta (Henderson Wade), and the Ghoulies. “We’re going to see a much darker, more involved Hiram Lodge than in season 2,” he concludes.
Hiram’s evil deeds additionally included framing Archie for homicide, which resulted within the season-ending arrest of Riverdale’s boy subsequent door. And that’s not all — Betty (Lili Reinhart) confronted down her imprisoned father and the darkness inside herself, vowing to dispel it from her life; Jughead (Cole Sprouse) got here again from the sting of demise, solely to be named the brand new head of the Serpents upon FP’s (Skeet Ulrich) retirement; Veronica (Camila Mendes) made it clear she’s not daddy-kins’ little lady; and Polly (Tiera Skovbye) returned to city to supply questionable emotional assist to Alice (Madchen Amick) and Betty.
Given the whirlwind of occasions that occurred within the season 2 finale, Aguirre-Sacasa walked us by what all of it means and the place these threads would possibly take the denizens of the “town with pep” when Riverdale returns for a third season within the fall.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Both seasons 1 and a couple of had been, at their coronary heart, homicide mysteries. Is it secure to say season three will probably be pretty totally different in that regard, since we didn’t finish on a demise?
ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA: They had been very totally different seasons. One was a homicide thriller; one was extra of a serial killer in a small city. There will certainly be a style factor that attracts on a convention of pulp and noir, and some different genres. There will probably be an investigation facet to the season and a thriller facet to the season, and I’m unhappy to say that most likely Dr. Curdle within the coroner’s workplace will nonetheless be in enterprise subsequent season.
This episode ends with Archie arrested for the homicide of the boy within the woods, who was truly killed by considered one of Hiram’s bodyguards. It’s actually dramatic, however are you able to elaborate on the way it will have an effect on the core 4 and Veronica’s already strained relationship together with her father?
In a bizarre method, Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead, they’re so totally different they shouldn’t be associates, actually. They’re all such totally different archetypes, as we’ve talked about and dramatized a bunch. Archie is just like the everyman glue that holds them collectively. He’s associates with Jughead, he’s associates with Betty, he’s courting Veronica. Jughead and Veronica don’t essentially have a friendship. It seems like their friendship grows out of Archie. So the concept of Archie being thrust right into a scenario that doubtlessly takes him away from the core 4 does threaten the integrity of the core 4. Veronica and Hiram ended the season at odds. I don’t suppose that is going to assist that in any respect. It goes to arrange an enormous central battle in season three.
Have we actually seen the final of the Black Hood? Lochlyn Munro told me last week that Hal will certainly be returning, so what are you able to inform me about what’s in retailer for him and his relationship with the opposite Coopers?
I at all times say, “Never say never” on Riverdale, and the useless at all times come again. Hal Cooper continues to be alive, so we may even see him, for certain. The Black Hood, once more, by no means say by no means, however for a little bit bit, we are able to relaxation straightforward that the Black Hood isn’t going to interrupt into our homes. It doesn’t imply we should always go away our doorways unlocked, however I feel we’re okay for that particular thread.
Have we seen the final of Dark Betty? She appeared to be firmly making a option to stroll away from that facet of herself.
That darkness inside Betty will at all times be part of her character, and that may at all times exist. We did lean into it, particularly in season 2. She had it in season 1 and recognized it. But I wouldn’t thoughts seeing Betty on the opposite facet of that. Again, I don’t suppose that essentially means Betty is totally healed; that will probably be a course of. But I wouldn’t thoughts her smiling a bit extra, is what I mentioned to Lili [Reinhart]. I like when she’s smiling with Jughead within the resort room. She’s been wrestling with one thing, and I wouldn’t thoughts seeing her a little bit extra in management and a little bit little bit of a lighter Betty for season three.
Veronica fairly firmly separates herself from her father right here, and Hermione is beginning to have glints of doubt. What can we count on from each of them? Are they going to proceed to wriggle away from Hiram’s affect, or hold being pulled again underneath his spell?
Numerous season 2 for Veronica, she was a daddy’s lady. She referred to as him “daddy-kins.” She adopted Hiram, maybe blindly. She actually put him on a pedestal, and she or he loves her father. She nonetheless loves her father, however she’s performed being a daddy’s lady. That doesn’t imply she’s performed being in tales with Hiram. What it means is there’s going to be extra battle between the 2, and their relationship received’t merely be mum or dad and youngster. It will probably be extra advanced than that. We will hold taking part in the implications of the choice she made within the finale, which is to reject Hiram’s cash and all that that entails.
So, are each Cheryl and Betty formally Serpents now? Will they get tattoos, or is it like an honorary factor?
I feel that’s one thing we hit within the season premiere of season three. Are they Serpents? What sort of Serpents are they? What are the Serpents now that they’re not on the south facet? Now that FP is retired? Now that so lots of them have left? There’s enjoyable available with Cheryl and Betty within the Serpents. Is that what Jughead imagined? Does it make it simpler or tougher to be in control of the Serpents? Probably a little bit little bit of each, I’d think about.
Will we ever discover out Chic’s destiny?
Yes. Chic’s on the market, proper? We don’t know if he died. Betty didn’t ask Hal. If he’s alive, we don’t know the place he’s. We don’t know when he would possibly come again. Yeah, he’s on the market. I actually like that actor, Hart [Denton], who performed Chic. Who is aware of, who is aware of?
Polly suggests her mom discover therapeutic with considered one of her associates from the farm who sounds pretty ominous (and cult-like). Can you inform us extra about that in any respect?
We’ve been seeding the concept of the farm, and that the farm will not be as altruistic and as benevolent a spot as Polly suggests. We would possibly see a little bit little bit of what the farm is and what it’s been like for Polly. What is that this place, and what does it imply for Polly? What does it imply for Alice, who’s kind of emotionally bereft or hollowed out on the finish of season 2?
FP mentions transferring to Toledo, however fortunately that doesn’t occur. Will we ever get a glimpse of Jellybean and Jughead’s mother?
Yeah, I feel so. This is a present about friendships and associates in highschool, however it’s a household present. It does discover household dynamics, and we introduced in Hiram and that basically shook up the Lodges. I’m curious to learn about Jughead’s mother. I’m curious to learn about Jughead’s sister. And there’s undoubtedly a chance that they is likely to be coming to Riverdale.