EP Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa claimed that this week’s episode of Riverdale can be “f–ked up,” however on Riverdale, that would imply completely something. It turned out to imply that whereas his buddies have been having cabarets in an evening membership or housing refugees from an insane convent or taking part in Robin Hood or punishing individuals for taking part in Robin Hood by taking their jackets away, Archie was hallucinating lifeless individuals after being attacked by a bear. As a result of he is now a park ranger in Canada, you see, since he is on the run from his ex-girlfriend’s dad, who’s been making an attempt to kill him. Was the bear employed by Hiram to dispense with Archie as soon as and for all? Unclear, but when so, wholly unsurprising. Hiram Lodge would have Canadian bears on his payroll. You already know he would. The entire thing ended with Archie apparently mendacity (almost) lifeless in his little park ranger mattress, discovered by his park ranger friends. And that was solely after a bunch of nuns who weren’t actually nuns had dedicated suicide, solely considerably unrelatedly.
Actually one regular factor occurred tonight, and that was that Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Reggie (Charles Melton) lastly kissed. Certain positive, she’s solely single as a result of her boyfriend was making an attempt to kill her dad and he needed to run off to Canada after escaping from jail, however that did not cease us from rooting for Veggie to lock lips with an sudden ardour. (Camila Mendes and Charles Melton are additionally Instagram-official in actual life, however that has nothing to do with something.)Veronica and Reggie have been bonding for months. He helped her spring Archie from juvie and has been working at La Bonne Nuit, the speakeasy she owns. That gig really bought harmful in tonight’s episode as Gargoyle gang members attacked him on a provides run. Simply one other factor so as to add to the checklist of means too many issues.
“Yeah, loads occurred. Holy s–t,” Melton mentioned over the telephone after we requested him about his common response to the episode. “A kiss occurred, Archie occurred, so many shifting items are taking place on this episode.”We finally bought to speaking about that kiss, however first…Archie getting attacked by a bear.”I believe that is loopy,” Melton mentioned. “Like, Archie bought attacked by a bear. How loopy is that? Archie bought attacked by a bear with every thing that is happening within the city of Riverdale. The crime charges escalating, you already know, individuals dying, Archie will get attacked by a bear. That is fairly loopy.” However was there a second within the episode that shocked Melton probably the most when he first learn it?”Yeah, Archie getting attacked by a bear,” he mentioned. “But additionally the kissing scenes, as a result of that simply actually opened up…it was like a blossoming, between Veggie. After which it is all candy and exquisite, after which, you already know, whereas that is taking place, growth, Archie. Does he die? Does he not die? What occurs? I do not know. Actually thrilling stuff.
Whereas Archie was getting attacked by a bear, Veronica and Reggie have been naturally internet hosting a elaborate gown occasion at La Bonne Nuit like every thing was completely regular (or as regular as issues may be when a young person owns a speakeasy), even when they have been additionally concurrently heading off enterprise assaults from her father. “It is type of good, as a result of like within the midst of every thing, all these damaging issues, all of the violence, all of the deaths, every thing that is happening in Riverdale, to type of have this escape for everyone, the La Bonne Nuit, may be very good,” Melton says. “I believe Reggie is type of dwelling on this fantasy la la land with Veronica, you already know, simply taking part in gown up and dwelling a pleasant life.”
Life exterior the speakeasy is harmful for everyone, and it seems like it may worsen earlier than it will get higher for every thing apart from Veggie. “I believe the followers can anticipate issues to escalate a little bit bit extra, and for there to be some kind of end result by all this that is taking place,” Melton mentioned. “However the factor is that Reggie’s help for Veronica will not waver.”
Their kiss got here throughout a correctly climactic second. Veronica had simply carried out “Possibly This Time” on stage. One other world away (in Canada), Archie was hallucinating murdering himself with a baseball bat, however in La Bonne Nuit, nobody knew that, so Veronica and Reggie lastly stared into one another’s eyes and began making out. For Melton, it was excellent timing. “I did not suppose it occurred too quickly and it did not occur to late, I believe it occurred at simply the precise time,” he says. He thinks that with every thing that is happening in every of their lives, they supply the right escape, similar to La Bonne Nuit does.
“I believe it is good for Reggie to type of similar to open up. I believe Reggie offers loads with what is going on on in his private life at dwelling that he actually would not have anyone, and to have someone like Veronica I believe, you already know, it simply feels good to be with someone, and I believe with Veronica, she’s going by a lot and has a variety of shit that is happening, I believe it is good for her to have someone to take her thoughts off of issues, so to talk. I believe they are a good match. They’re good collectively.” As Camila Mendes informed us after we talked to her earlier this season, “Veronica is not the kind of particular person to attend round for anyone,” so it makes excellent sense that she’s shifting on from Archie, regardless of believing they’re “finish sport.” As for whether or not there will probably be any guilt felt when Reggie and Veronica uncover that they have been making out whereas Archie was coping with having been attacked by a bear, Melton simply laughed. “Um, no,” he mentioned.
The entire gang will quickly discover out what Archie’s been by and Melton says it is going to have a big effect.”I believe we’ll discover out very quickly and everybody’s going to start out coming collectively,” he says, and when requested what which may do to Reggie and Veronica, all he might say was, “It would shake issues up a bit.” As for a way Veronica and Reggie’s relationship will progress, and whether or not or not Reggie will proceed his position as her proper hand man within the midst of their making out, Melton could not say a lot, apart from this: “You are simply gonna have to attend and see. I’ve a smile on my face.” Riverdale airs Wednesdays at eight p.m. on The CW.