Cheryl Blossom

Cheryl and Penelope Blossom Go Grey Gardens 

The season one finale laid plenty of groundwork for season two to cover. With her father and brother now dead, Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch) experiences the worst of Riverdale. In a show with a lot of angst, pain, and disappointment, she suffers more than anybody. While one would maybe hope, after everything that’s happened, Penelope would try to be there for Cheryl, their relationship will keep taking all the wrong turns.

Next season their homelife will resemble Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, Grey Gardens, and Crimson Peak. The showrunner told TV Line about their upcoming battle:

She is very much going to be the character we know and love. But this time, she really has nothing to lose, because she’s liberated herself of all the shackles. For a lot of Season 1, Cheryl was tortured by her parents, really. They were quite cruel to her. I think we’re going to see, after the finale, a big power shift between Cheryl and Penelope. They’re going to be kind of locked in battle — these two very formidable, slightly unbalanced women.

 

Sabrina

A Visit from Sabrina the Teenage Witch?

Some Riverdale fans were hoping Sabrina the Teenage Witch would make her debut in the finale. Didn’t happen, but her appearance, based on how much she’s been talked about, seems inevitable. As Riverdale grows darker and stranger, which sounds like the plan, maybe Sabrina the Teenage Witch could soon fit the series.

Months ago, Aguirre-Sacasa, who wrote “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” was considering a spot on the show for the character:

As dark as Riverdale is, the vision for Sabrina is even darker. Riverdale is on one side of the Sweetwater River and Greendale, where Sabrina lives, is on the other. There’s sort of that mythic idea that on one side of the river there’s one reality and on the other side of the river there’s another reality. So who knows? But yeah, there’s definitely a universe where Sabrina pops up in Riverdale, or there’s a version of Sabrina that exists in her own witchy bubble.

There’s a fun nod to Sabrina in the finale. When F.P. Jones – who grew in some surprising ways – was in his jail cell, he’s holding a folded copy of “Chilling Adventures in Sorcery.” Each issue of the horror anthology comic featured introductions from Sabrina.

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Season Two Finale Thoughts 

The episode prior to the finale, “Anatomy of a Murder,” answers the big question of season one: Who killed Jason Blossom? The answer – Mr. Blossom, a maple syrup, and heroin connoisseur – is a nice shock. With the big mystery solved, the finale spends a decent amount of time setting up season 2, but it’s all natural and feels right for the characters and show. Very little was forced.

After the pilot, Riverdale quickly picks up. By episode seven, “In a Lonely Place,” it gets even better. In that episode and the midway point in the series, after the mostly throwaway Miss Grundy subplot was gone, we get to know these characters better. As wild as their predicaments are in season one, they feel authentic.

They nailed the characters and casting with this show. From the parents to the kids, they all have personalities, and their own strengths and weaknesses and motivations. They’re three-dimension characters in a show a CW show that easily could’ve been one-dimensional.

Despite a few bumps in the road, Riverdale quickly becomes a very entertaining drama, in which even walk and talk scenes with these characters are fun. There’s plenty of conflict in store for season two, but more than anything else, I’m already looking forward to seeing these great friends get back together for Riverdale season two.

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