Last night’s Riverdale was quite the event with Jughead’s ties to the Serpent’s turning dangerous and Fred’s struggle to survive revealing thoughts of the future. It also revealed the season’s new mystery: an Angel of Death targeting key relationships in Archie Andrews’s life. Well, we didn’t really know that until the final reveal — which also subtly introduced Sabrina Spellman’s Greendale. Who could the Angel be? That might not even be the right question. A better one might be this: why target people around Archie?
While Hiram and Hermione Lodge are the obvious suspects, a preview of next week’s episode introduces the idea that it might be Cheryl Blossom. But could she orchestrate all of her current moves in so short a time? Was she aware of Ms. Grundy?
As these previews are often misleading, I still think putting Cheryl in the frame is also a dodge. There is a much better candidate curiously absent from the clips presented: Mary Andrews. Recall that she wanted Archie to move in with her because Riverdale was “too dangerous?” And as Jughead pointed out, Riverdale is “a town where fathers are killing sons.” It’s entirely possible for a mother to annihilate all of her son’s outside connection to manipulate him to her will.
Which, come to think of it, mirrors Cheryl’s actions in the season premiere. Also, did anyone else notice that Mary was seated with the rest of the Blossoms at Archie’s wedding in Fred’s dreamstate? Even though it was the vision of a dying man, it must have some implications in the reality of the show. Is she a Blossom?
But as you consider those things, take a look at a preview of next week’s show and make special note of the flyer featuring the Angel of Death illustration. It’s layout and opening question — “Have you seen this man? — are clear shout-outs to Twin Peaks and its notorious Killer BOB. Once again, Riverdale flirts with the supernatural.
Riverdale airs Wednesdays on The CW.