Riverdale Season 6 Episode 20 Assessment: Chapter One Hundred and Fifteen: Return to Rivervale

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Rivervale is again, and it is simply as supernatural as ever.

A visit to Riverdale’s «Upside Down» on Riverdale Season 6 Episode 20 was extra a fact-finding mission than a spooky street journey journey. Discovering data on Riverdale’s present Huge Dangerous was the secret, particularly with the brewing battle coming.

However with solely three chapters left on Riverdale Season 6, any new data or developments are extra necessary than the final.

Enter «Chapter One Hundred and Fifteen: Return to Rivervale.» This was an exposition-heavy chapter greater than anything.

Questions on Percival Pickens? We have got solutions!

Percival mainly laid out every little thing; he coated his origin story, his massive motivation, his plans, and why he did what he did. Plus, the encompassing characters crammed in the remainder of the gaps to clarify the powers and why every little thing is going on.

It is nice to lastly get all of the solutions. There have been a whole lot of plot holes that wanted to be solved earlier than the top of the story. However, there ought to’ve been some pacing and breaks in order that some particulars have been came upon earlier.

Severely, there was a whole lot of data to be dumped into one chapter!

And the impression of these revelations would’ve hit tougher had there been some house.

Granted, the reality of the powers and the «Tremendous Teenagers» may solely occur in Rivervale. We would have liked Rivervale Jughead to clarify the story and the darkish way forward for the group. Rivervale additionally crammed within the gaps about Mr. Cypher’s take care of Percival and the supernatural leaks.

My advice is that the B-plot of the chapter, the place Percival is speaking with Alice about his previous, may’ve occurred one chapter earlier.

Percival Pickens: I used to be amongst these early settlers.
Alice: How was that potential?
Percival Pickens: Endurance, Alice. All can be revealed in time.

Hear me out: Percival goes on TV with Alice and does his tirade; he flexes his evilness, discusses the execution, and he slips about his Rivervale connection. Then, the next chapter is the entire portal journey and execution.

A little bit of pacing may’ve helped take away one of many filler episodes to ship a extra highly effective chapter.

If Percival needed to do an exposition dump, Alice’s TV interview was a sensible choice.

The interview was in a selected setting, all we acquired was Alice and Percival speaking, and there have been no distractions aside from the aspect plots. And Alice formatted the interview in order that we acquired the solutions to the questions we would have liked to know.

The set-up was direct and fast to the purpose.

Was it essentially the most thrilling? Nope, however typically we want the build-up and info if one thing massive is coming.

From all of Percival’s massive twists, his coming from Rivervale was essentially the most shocking. Did anybody count on Rivervale to return again like this?

All of it is sensible why nobody may discover any data on him or why he wasn’t a part of the Pickens’ household tree in Riverdale.

His witchy connection to the city and his previous may’ve solely labored in Rivervale, particularly since magic and the paranormal weren’t a factor for a lot of seasons. He needed to have introduced it with him.

What are you, a wizard? Is everybody on this universe a wizard?


Riverdale will not be in step with its character growth, romance, or writing, nevertheless it does an awesome job connecting its plot threads and tying every little thing collectively.

Percival’s arrival is sensible for why magic and the supernatural turned a factor on this actuality. We already figured he needed to be concerned, so this confirmed many theories for why the influences abruptly occurred.

The identical goes for his revenge plot and the ghost practice.

Do not get me flawed, it is an outlandish thought and one which takes an excessive amount of effort to get achieved. If he needed to beat Rivervale/Riverdale, he may simply do this with out a ghost practice.

Nonetheless, it is sensible that it is one other case of somebody lashing out in opposition to Riverdale’s founders for his or her actions.

Abigail Blossom felt betrayed by her fellow townsfolk. Percival Pickens was nonetheless in his emotions, albeit he was completely at fault for calling up the satan. They don’t seem to be the identical; Percival must recover from it and understand he was the villain.

Is anybody else ecstatic that Betty discovered peace and acquired cleansed?

Ever since Riverdale Season 1, she had been carrying a lot baggage about Darkish Betty and her inside darkness. Regardless of how many individuals tried to assist her, Betty all the time feared her darkness.

Her scenes with Polly have been among the finest household moments that Riverdale has achieved in a protracted whereas. No soapy drama, no anger; it was simply tenderness and loving household time.

Betty: I’m so sorry! I’m so sorry for every little thing. I’m so sorry for the combat that we had. That I wasn’t a greater sister to you, and that I wasn’t in a position to defend you or prevent.
Polly: Betty, none of that issues now. All of that ache, all of that struggling simply fell away.

I am undecided if Polly washing Betty’s ft was what cured Betty, however I’ve a sense it was additionally the interior work that Betty did to forgive herself. Polly led her down the trail, and Betty allowed herself to consider that she was worthy of affection and happiness.

It was a very long time coming, however her seeing her golden glow was a phenomenal second.

Jughead and Tabitha’s journey to Rivervale may’ve been extra thrilling than it ended up being. Positive, we would have liked the fact-finding half, however we would have liked them to discover how Rivervale was totally different.

Come on, Jughead discovers he can leap by portals, and there is a supernatural world? The spooky adventures have been ready for them.

I need a land that I rule as I see match. The place my enemies are at my mercy. I need a land managed by the darkish arts, free from the legal guidelines that stifle the remainder of this nation. The Sovereign State of Percival! That’s what I need Riverdale to be. A wild untamed land the place I management all of it, each final bit. Even the useless.

Percival Pickens

A minimum of we acquired the introduction of The Tremendous Teenagers and an Ethel cameo.

Identical to Percival, the twist of the comedian books and getting their powers made sense. Comedian books have performed a giant half on Riverdale Season 6, so making it the origin of their powers suits proper at house on this new actuality.

Possibly their future will change if Rivervale Jughead decides to betray Mr. Cypher and draw one thing else? It looks like the one potential solution to keep away from their deaths this time.

Final Ideas From Sweetwater River:

  • Do you suppose Alice, Frank, and Tom are useless? Jughead’s voiceover stated it was actual, nevertheless it might be a ploy by Percival.


  • Please haven’t got Tabitha break up with Jughead due to Bunker Jughead’s actions. We do not want Jughead to nonetheless be in love with Betty.


  • So Bunker Jughead calling to warn Betty and Archie concerning the explosion was what induced the fissure? It is a slight twist, nevertheless it may clarify how Percival ended up in Riverdale.

Now, over to you, Riverdale followers.

What did you consider «Chapter One Hundred and Fifteen: Return to Rivervale»?

Is Betty actually cured of the serial killer gene? Did Archie blowing up the practice tracks delay the apocalypse? Will the group cease Percival from taking on the dwelling and the useless?

In case you missed the most recent episode of Riverdale, you possibly can watch Riverdale on-line through TV Fanatic. Come again right here and share your ideas within the feedback under.

Justin Carreiro is a workers author for TV Fanatic. Observe him on Twitter.


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