download a lot RiverdaleThe season ends with a deadly comet looming…and life for Archie and his cohorts will never be the same.
To catch up with you: a comet sent by Percival heading straight for Riverdale, and he’s also added a force field that prevents anyone from leaving the city. (“I’m so glad I moved here in sophomore,” Veronica jokes.) Archie is determined to tunnel around the Force Field, and Cheryl thinks she knows someone who can undo Percival spells. Oh, Sabrina again? No, this time, they turn to Cheryl’s ancestor Abigail Blossom, who explains that Cheryl can only use the powers of a fiery phoenix to melt a comet, since it’s made of ice. (Why didn’t we think about that?) But in return, she wants to be reunited with her lover Tomasina.
Cheryl tells the others that she can dissolve the comet, but it may take all of her powers – which means that all the people she has resurrected may die again. (You know, Archie, Jughead, Tony, Canines… like half the cast, basically.) She also asked Tony a favor: They need to allow Abigail and Tomasina to live in their bodies so they can spend another night together “in flesh form.” (It’s not really cheating, canines. She was possessed!) She reluctantly agreed, and Cheryl and Tony allowed their bodies to Abigail and Tomasina, who they happily use to have fun together in the bedroom. Plus, Archie’s mother arrives for a visit – horrible timing – and he confesses to Veronica that he wants to propose to Betty (!) and needs help getting a ring. Asking your old girlfriend to get you a ring to propose to your new girlfriend: This is embarrassing, but what the heck, the world will end.
Once he’s alone with Betty, Archie gets down on one knee and poses the question, “We may not have much time, but I know what I want to do with him. Marry me.” She is touched, but reminds him that a great ancient comet is about to destroy their town. She remembers when he asked her to marry him when they were kids, and she said to ask again when they were eighteen. Well, “Ask me again after Cheryl melts that comet” and everything is back to normal, she says. He can accept that… and is more determined than ever to break through this force field. Plus, Cheryl and Tony wake up in bed together after Abigail and Tomasina leave their bodies, not remembering what happened – or do they? Oh, and Abigail gave Cheryl a rope entwined with a thousand knots, and once it was tied, Percival’s force field would be broken.
Jughead and Tabitha spend their last hours on Earth watching Titanic together – never seen before; It’s one of her favourites. He’s very kind – and encouraged her to accept Alexandra Cabot’s proposal to franchise Bob and spread it nationwide. They also have a final life spanning history, courtesy of Tabitha’s time travel abilities, as they see themselves raising children and growing up together. Betty receives an offer to head the FBI’s serial killers division with Agent Drake, but turns it down, saying she is “moving toward the light.” She also changes her mind and proposes to Archie, which he happily accepts. (Oh!) Plus, Heather and Cheryl broke up after realizing “You and Tony are soulmates forever.” (Whoa!) Veronica signs up at the casino with Reggie…and then shows up at the casino looking at a picture of her father Hiram.
Veronica invites everyone together to share her idea: since her strength allows her to absorb the energy of others, she believes that she can absorb everyone’s superpowers and pass it on to Cheryl to immunize her for the big comet standoff, then perhaps the revived people will win. t die again! Of course, why not? They all cut off their hands with Percival’s magic dagger and hold hands, passing their power to Veronica, who passes them to Cheryl with a kiss. Suddenly, Cheryl can see auras, shrug bullets and read minds. It’s super duper powered! You cruise through a portal, and the Riverdale residents all sing “The End of the World” by Billie Eilish while the comet presses Pop’s. Heather finally untangled that knotted rope, and Cheryl summoned her full phoenix powers, soaring and chanting a spell straight at the comet as it closed…
so what happened? Well, as Jughead explains, the plan worked: Cheryl saved them from the comet, and Riverdale survived. But it feels a little different: Archie wakes up in a 1950s world, puts on his old Letterman jacket and goes downstairs to breakfast, where his mother tells him James Dean has just died. What or what?! Yes, Cheryl’s actions somehow took them back to 1955 – and they’re all in high school again! “Maybe to survive, we had to go back to a simpler time,” Jughead said, wearing an old-school beanie, pondering…the only one in town who remembers what life was like before the comet.
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