Major spoilers ahead for Riverdale Season 1, Episode 5 'Heart of Darkness'...
Riverdale is slowly leaving the realm of high school drama and fast becoming the hottest murder mystery show on TV. After Episode 4 gave us an insight into Jughead's family history, an upgraded look at the Southside Serpents, and a fairly unsatisfactory end (?) to the Grundy/Archie saga, Episode 5 'Heart of Darkness' revealed some hella evil hiding within Thorn Hill mansion. Secrets were revealed, dresses were worn, and another name was added to the ever-growing list of Jason Blossom's potential murder suspects.
1. More Archie Comics Characters
In this episode, we were finally introduced to Trev Smith properly, another Archie Comics character who we first met briefly in Episode 3. Introduced to the comics in 2012, Trev is Valerie's brother (which wasn't made clear on the show). Trev is a laid-back dude who sparks up a pretty serious romantic relationship with Betty in the comics. While this did kinda happen in the show, it seems that all Betty the sleuth wanted was just wanted the low down on Jason and Polly, rather than a nice date with a cool guy who actually likes her. Oh Betty.
2. Maple Syrup & Sweetwater River
We learned a lot about the Blossom family history in Episode 5, including how the family originally made their money and came to dominate #Riverdale (more on that later). According to Clifford Blossom, Riverdale's history can be traced back to the Maple Syrup industry, and that's how Sweetwater River got its name. Does this mean we can pin-point where Riverdale is on a map?
The exact location of Riverdale has always been a topic for debate. While it's never been specified, Archie publisher John L. Goldwater hinted that the town of Riverdale may be based on the fond memories he had of growing up in Hiawatha, Kansas. Riverdale is thought to be based on an idyllic Midwestern community, which brings me back to Sweetwater River. There are, in fact, two Sweetwater Rivers in the US; one in California and one in Wyoming, neither of which technically count as midwestern states, but Wyoming is a possibility — especially as the state has recently started producing its own Maple Syrup. Having said that, there really is a business called Sweetwater Maple Syrup which is based in Clintonville, Wisconsin — a state that very much constitutes the midwest.
However, comic book illustrator Bob Montana stated in an issue of Archie and Jughead Digest that:
"Riverdale is more of a state of mind than an actual physical location. It could be anywhere that kind people live and just have fun, like Archie and his friends. It could be in the Midwest, or along the Eastern Seaboard, or even a town in Canada, Mexico, or England."
3. The Coopers vs. The Blossoms
Turns out the Coopers and the Blossoms are just as bad as each other. In Episode 5, we learned that Hal Cooper still holds a serious grudge against the Blossoms for effectively stealing his family fortune.
Generations before Betty, the Coopers, the Blossoms and a few other families founded Riverdale, setting up its Maple Syrup business, great grandpa Blossom murdered great grandpa Cooper so he could keep all the money that the company earned for himself. This act fuelled a hatred which may have possibly resulted in Polly's breakdown and even Jason's murder. Themes of wealth and status are rearing their ugly heads, suggesting that perhaps Jason was killed for something as trivial as a blood-money grudge.
This storyline is very different to anything from the comics, where Clifford Blossom made his fortune as a software designer, and both he and his wife Penelope are thought of as a very 'down-to-earth' individuals. Um, yeah no.
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4. Archie's Mom
Episode 5 was the first time we heard anything about Archie's mom/Fred's wife, Mary Andrews. When Archie's father tries to woo Hermione, she tells him that as far as she knew they were both taken — and yet Fred still insisted that their evening at the drive-in was a date. We know Hiram Lodge is locked up, but where is Mary Andrews?
So far, we know she'll be making an appearance, possibly in Episode 10, but this is the first we've heard of her. Iconic '80s actress Molly Ringwald is due to play Mary, and her character description gives us some insight as to where she may have been:
"Having left Riverdale two years ago to follow her dreams, Mary returns to town in her family's hour of need. She not only reconnects with Archie and her husband, Fred, but also her former high school gal-pals Hermione and Alice, just in time for a homecoming dance."
5. A Betty and Jughead romance?
A lingering look between Betty and Jughead just moments before Jason's memorial raised some eyebrows as to a possible Betty/Jughead romance. Considering he's been there for her more than, I don't know, "best pal" Archie, there might be something to it — plus the leak of this above image could confirm that something is indeed happening there.
The comic book version of Jughead has always Betty's shoulder to cry on when Archie or Veronica upset her, and is portrayed as completely asexual. Cole Sprouse, however, revealed that Jughead would indeed have relationships with women (including possibly Shannon Purser's Ethel Muggs):
“Jughead will have romances with women … and burgers, but at the end of the day, I still had to do my job.... asexuality is not one of those things in my research that is so understood at face value and I think maybe the development of that narrative could also be something very interesting and very unique and still resonate with people, and not step on anyone’s toes."
Riverdale is free to play with characters and relationships in a way that the Archie Comics can't, so a relationship between Jughead and Betty is perfectly feasible, and would even be a pretty interesting direction for the characters to take. Riverdale is a sexy show, with a sexy cast, so it wouldn't be a true teen drama if two or more of the main characters weren't getting it on. Plus Jughead would be a way better boyfriend for Betty than Archie would ever be. #Justice4Bughead!
Riverdale Episode 6 airs Friday March 3, and is called 'Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!' Check out the insane sneak peak, where it looks like we'll finally meet Polly and see Betty and Jughead join forces to discover who murdered Jason.