As there’s less and less time left before fans get to say “goodbye” to 7 season runner TV series on Netflix – it’s time to look into past and see how Riverdale evolved.
Where it all began.
Season One delves into the shadowy underbelly of the seemingly picturesque town. The narrative revolves around the enigmatic demise of Jason Blossom, a prominent high school student, casting a pall of mystery over the community. Against a backdrop of gloom, a group of friends—Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, and Jughead Jones—navigates their intertwined lives while unearthing the town’s dark secrets.
Layered with emotional turmoil, the characters grapple with internal demons. Amidst family discord, relationship turmoil, and haunting insecurities, the show explores a spectrum of human darkness. The series marries elements of suspense, intense drama, fragile romance, and even a hint of the supernatural, exposing the grim depths concealed beneath Riverdale’s veneer.
As the investigation into Jason Blossom’s demise unfolds, it uncovers a web of lies and hidden bonds among the town’s inhabitants. Betty and Jughead, along with their comrades, painstakingly assemble the puzzle pieces leading to Jason’s tragic end. The protagonists also confront their individual tribulations—Archie’s lofty musical aspirations, Betty’s eerie family enigma, Veronica’s tangled past, and Jughead’s status as an outsider.
The inaugural season of “Riverdale” paints a bleak portrait, interweaving teenage angst with a chilling murder mystery. It lays the foundation for the series’ signature somber atmosphere, one that would persist as the show delves deeper into the gloomy complexities of life in Riverdale.
It doesn’t get any better to the heroes.
Season Two plunges even further into the depths of darkness that shroud the town. The aftermath of Jason Blossom’s death still lingers, casting a long and haunting shadow over Riverdale. The once-idyllic community is now steeped in uncertainty and malevolence as new secrets unravel and old wounds fester.
The characters are plagued by deeper struggles, as their lives become entangled in a web of treachery and despair. Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead find themselves navigating a twisted landscape of deceit, corruption, and personal demons. The season’s tone is a symphony of despair, punctuated by moments of desperation, betrayal, and heartache.
Darkness looms over relationships, friendships fracture, and trust crumbles under the weight of sinister revelations. The show’s thematic spectrum widens, encompassing cults, crime families, and eerie rituals that punctuate the town’s unsettling atmosphere. Love is tested, loyalty is strained, and characters confront their own moral boundaries in the face of relentless adversity.
As the mystery unfolds, layers of Riverdale’s rotten underbelly are peeled back, revealing a rot that has seeped into every corner of the town. The characters’ journeys take them to the brink of their sanity as they fight to uncover the truth and salvage what’s left of their fractured lives. In a landscape dominated by shadows, the second season delves unflinchingly into the darkness that threatens to consume Riverdale whole.
Keeping to the theme.
Season Three descends even further into a nightmarish realm of intrigue and malevolence. The veneer of normalcy in the town is now a thin façade barely concealing the sinister forces at play. What began as a simple murder mystery has evolved into a convoluted tale of darkness and dread that engulfs every facet of life in Riverdale.
The characters’ struggles become more agonizing, as personal demons are magnified and external threats loom larger. Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead are no longer just grappling with their own issues; they are battling against a tide of madness that has enveloped their community. The season’s atmosphere is suffused with an aura of impending doom, punctuated by moments of shock, horror, and the surreal.
Relationships continue to fracture under the weight of secrets and betrayals, and the line between reality and nightmare becomes increasingly blurred. The show explores themes of supernatural horror, cults, and ancient mysteries that intertwine with the characters’ lives in unsettling ways. The boundaries of morality are stretched to their limits as characters confront their deepest fears and confront the abyss that has consumed their town.
As the enigma deepens, Riverdale becomes a battleground for souls as well as secrets. The characters’ journeys are marked by anguish, sacrifice, and a relentless pursuit of truth in the face of unspeakable horrors. Season Three delves into the heart of darkness, where even the most steadfast bonds are tested and the very essence of reality seems to unravel. In this twisted landscape, the battle for survival takes on an existential dimension, as the characters grapple not only with external foes but also with the demons within themselves.
Jughead Jones and how to fake your own death.
In “Riverdale” Season Four, the central mystery and villain revolve around the enigmatic character called “The Stonewall Prep Conspiracy.” The Stonewall Prep storyline involves a group of wealthy and privileged students at Stonewall Prep School, a prestigious institution that Jughead transfers to. The main antagonist is initially portrayed by members of this group who manipulate and scheme against Jughead.
The central figures in this antagonistic group are Brett Weston Wallis and Donna Sweett. They are students at Stonewall Prep who are portrayed as cunning and conniving, often engaging in psychological games and manipulation. Throughout the season, they become key players in the overarching mystery that Jughead investigates.
The narrative takes a twisted turn when Jughead’s apparent death is revealed, leaving viewers questioning the true sequence of events. The main antagonist’s identity and motivations continue to be shrouded in a complex web of lies and deceit, as the storyline weaves through Jughead’s disappearance, Betty’s investigation, and the unraveling of Stonewall Prep’s dark secrets.
As the season progresses, the lines between friend and foe blur, leaving audiences guessing about the true nature of the Stonewall Prep conspiracy and who is truly responsible for the disturbing events that unfold. The Stonewall Prep Conspiracy serves as a central antagonist, challenging the characters’ perceptions of reality and deepening the show’s exploration of psychological and moral complexities.
The tipping point.
In “Riverdale” Season Five, the narrative undergoes a significant shift as the characters transition from their high school years to adulthood. The tone remains dark and intense, but the challenges they face evolve along with their changing circumstances.
The central antagonist in Season Five isn’t a single individual or group, but rather the collective weight of the characters’ past mistakes, unresolved conflicts, and the consequences of their choices. The season delves into the concept of generational trauma, highlighting how the sins of the parents continue to haunt their children.
As the characters grapple with the aftermath of high school and enter the wider world, they must confront family legacies and personal demons that threaten to consume them. The villains of the season are often internal, as the characters wrestle with their own flaws and struggles.
Key storylines involve Betty’s investigation into a series of videotapes that dredge up painful memories, Archie’s efforts to provide stability in his community while confronting his past, Veronica’s determination to break free from her family’s criminal legacy, and Jughead’s pursuit of literary success while reckoning with his past.
While there are antagonistic figures and rivalries that emerge, such as the ongoing tensions between the Blossom and Cooper families, the main focus of the season is on the characters’ individual journeys of self-discovery and healing. As they face their pasts head-on and confront long-buried secrets, the lines between hero and villain blur, revealing the complexity of human nature and the lasting impact of the choices they’ve made.
“Riverdale” Season Five dives deep into the psychological and emotional landscape of its characters, highlighting the internal struggles that often prove just as formidable as external adversaries. The darkness that shrouds the town extends to the characters’ inner worlds, and the season serves as a reflection of their ongoing battles for redemption and understanding in the face of their own personal demons.
Umm… Rivervale, witches and stuff?..
Season Six of the show overgoes an identity crisis. Season kicks off with an unfamiliar opening stating that viewers are watching “Rivervale” and leaves everyone to wonder what happened. However, later it is revealed to be an alternate universe of Riverdale.
Later we return to the dark demise of Betty and Archie when the plot makes a twist – our heroes come out with just minor bruises and scratches! The both of them become aware of their new supernatural abilities.
At some early point there’s a small blunder in the shows plot when apparently deaf Jughead Jones learns about his ability to “hear” minds and shares this discovery with his girlfriend at the time Tabitha and makes it clear they now both share this secret but just moments later it seems that Tabitha did not get to know this until later in the season.
In general, this season was completely different from previous ones, and personally, I didn’t really enjoy it. The new supernatural character abilities made the show somewhat “cringe” and felt like the writers are grasping at straws to produce an episode. I will be honest that I’m not even sure if it was written and produced by the same team behind the previous seasons and I wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t.
This is how it ends.
The last Season, Seven, greets us with a new, somewhat playful, opening sequence and we go back in time to the fifties. Our heroes are back in school and not as the adults they were before but as apparent students. Nothing makes much sense for now.
Jughead is as lost as the viewers at this point, trying to figure out what happened while everybody else just seems to go about their day. Until he gets approached by his girlfriend, Tabitha. She reveals to him what happened and why, and offers him a choice to forget his old future self.
I will keep any more details out for now about the last season.
Let me know how you feel about the shows ending and the journey it took here in the comments!