A lot has crashed into Riverdaleseason finale when a deadly comet approached… and life for Archie and the company will never be the same.
To update you, a comet sent by Percival is headed straight for Riverdale, and he also added a force field that prevents anyone from leaving town. (“I’m so glad I came to live here in sophomore year,” Veronica jokes.) Archie is determined to dig a tunnel around the forcefield, and Cheryl thinks she knows someone who can undo Percival’s spells. Oh, Sabrina again? No, this time they turn to Cheryl’s ancestor Abigail Blossom, who explains that Cheryl can simply use her fiery phoenix powers to melt the comet, since it’s made of ice. (Why didn’t we think of that?) But in return, she wants to reunite with her beloved Thomasina.
Cheryl tells the others that she can melt the comet, but it could cost all her powers – meaning all the people she resurrected could die again. (You know, Archie, Jughead, Toni, Fangs…actually half the cast.) She also asks Toni for a favor: They have to let Abigail and Thomasina live in their bodies so they can spend one more night can spend together “in carnal the form.” (It’s not really cheating, Fangs. She was possessed!) She reluctantly agrees, and Cheryl and Toni have their bodies taken over by Abigail and Thomasina, who they happily use to frolic together in the bedroom. Plus, Archie’s mom comes for a visit – terrible timing – and he confesses to Veronica that he wants to propose to Betty (!) and needs help getting a ring. Asking your old girlfriend to give you a ring to propose to your new girlfriend: awkward, but who cares, the world is coming to an end.
Once alone with Betty, Archie gets down on one knee and asks, “We may not have much time, but I know what I want to do with it. Marry me.” She is touched, but she reminds him that a great old comet is about to destroy their city. She remembers that he asked her to marry him when they were children, and she said that she had to 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 that… and is more determined than ever about that Plus, Cheryl and Toni wake up in bed together after Abigail and Thomasina leave their bodies, and they don’t remember what happened – do they? Oh, and Abigail gives Cheryl a tangled rope with a thousand knots in it, and once it’s detached, Percival’s force field will be broken.
Jughead and Tabitha spend their last hours on Earth watching Titanic together – he has never seen it; it’s one of her favorites; it’s pretty cute — and he encourages her to take Alexandra Cabot’s proposal to grant Pop’s franchise and roll it out nationwide. They also have a lifetime definitive date, courtesy of Tabitha’s time travel abilities, where they see themselves raising children and growing old together. Betty gets an offer to lead the FBI’s serial killers department with Agent Drake, but she turns it down, saying she’s “going to the light.” She also changes her mind and proposes to Archie, which he gladly accepts. (Aw!) Plus, Heather breaks up with Cheryl after realizing that “you and Toni are soulmates forever.” (Whoa!) And Veronica signs the casino over to Reggie… then gets a revelation while looking at a portrait of her father Hiram.
Veronica gathers everyone to share her idea: Since her strength allows her to absorb other people’s energy, she believes she can absorb everyone’s superpowers and pass them on to Cheryl to strengthen her for the great comet showdown, and then perhaps the resurrected humans will win. I’m going to die again! Of course why not? They all cut their palms with Percival’s magic dagger and hold hands, passing their powers on to Veronica, who passes them on to Cheryl with a kiss. Suddenly Cheryl can see auras, shake off bullets and read minds. She is super duper powered! She zaps through a portal and the residents of Riverdale all sing Billie Eilish’s “The End of the World” as the comet descends on Pop’s. Heather finally unties that knotted rope and Cheryl summons her full phoenix powers, as she soars and casts a spell at the comet approaching…
So what happened? Well, as Jughead explains, the plan worked: Cheryl saved them from the comet and Riverdale survived. But things look a little different: Archie wakes up in a retro 1950s world, dons his old letterbox jacket and goes downstairs for breakfast, where his mother tells him that James Dean has just died. What?! Yes, Cheryl’s actions somehow sent them back to the year 1955 — and they’re all back in high school! “Maybe we had to go back to a simpler time to survive,” Jughead, in his old-fashioned crown cap, muses… and he’s the only one in town who remembers what life was like before the comet.
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