There is a wide range of reasons why Riverdale Episode 5 of Season 6 counts as a whole. For starters, this is the 100th episode of the series as a whole! It also represents the final episode of the Rivervale event in five episodes, which means some super weird things are going to happen and after that there will be a big hiatus until the series returns in March.
So what will happen in this story? First off, the synopsis hints that Jughead is going ultimately understand what is happening with this city:
100th EPISODE – Angered by a series of bizarre events around him, Jughead’s (Cole Sprouse) quest for answers leads him to uncover the truth about Rivervale. Also on the bill are KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Madelaine Petsch, MÃ¤dchen Amick, Casey Cott, Vanessa Morgan, Charles Melton, Erinn Westbrook and Drew Ray Tanner. Gabriel Correa directed the episode written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (# 605). Original broadcast date 12/14/2021.
We already know that Rivervale is an alternate universe to what we’ve seen in the first five seasons, and it’s possible that we’re either going through a streak of trippy dreams or some of Jughead’s own writings. No matter the construction, we just hope the events here have some covering the rest of the series and we don’t see a bunch of weird stuff just for the fun of it.
What’s also curious is the photo above – Archie is back and clearly alive, and it feels like we’re going to be playing with MORE alternate universes. In this case, we’re taking a look at one that’s decidedly nostalgic and similar to what was present in classic Archie comics.
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