To search out inspiration for Riverdale‘s future, the present’s writers appeared again to the previous.
When the CW drama returns for its seventh and remaining season this Wednesday (9/8c), it’ll take its boldest storytelling leap but (and that’s saying one thing): Archie and the gang have been zapped again to the gee-whiz Fifties and are juniors in highschool once more, with nobody having any reminiscence of their former lives. (Properly, nobody besides Jughead.) It brings Riverdale again to the world of the basic Archie comics, with jukeboxes and sock hops, and it permits the long-running sequence to exit with a bang, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa tells TVLine.
When he and the writers realized Season 7 would be their last, “all of us form of hunkered down and thought: ‘What can we do that’s actually, actually particular? What tales can we inform that will likely be recent and significant?’” They knew that followers liked seeing the characters in retro Fifties costumes, and a few had been lacking the times when the present’s teen characters had been nonetheless in highschool. So “it was like, ‘OK, how can we return to highschool with out repeating the entire tales, or it feeling an excessive amount of like the primary 4 seasons?’” Then they stumble on the concept of time-warping again to the Fifties, and “it simply felt so proper for our remaining season,” Aguirre-Sacasa recollects.
However the Fifties weren’t a blast for everybody, in fact, and Riverdale‘s remaining season may be very aware of that, the EP notes: “It might be disingenuous to erase the true struggles and hardships that sure varieties of individuals confronted within the Fifties. Particularly, in our case, our characters of shade and our queer characters… You simply couldn’t be out. In some states, it was unlawful for there to be interracial marriage. That was the truth.” So basically, Season 7’s Large Dangerous is “the conformity of the Fifties, the repressiveness of the Fifties, the racism of the Fifties, the sexism of the Fifties, the homophobia of the Fifties.”
The time bounce has given Riverdale‘s characters a brand new lease on life, most notably KJ Apa’s Archie, who’s extra happy-go-lucky than we’ve ever seen him. “Archie has been, through the years, a reasonably darkish character,” Aguirre-Sacasa concedes, including that “KJ himself mentioned, ‘I wouldn’t thoughts having just a little little bit of enjoyable in our final season.’” So the Archie we meet in Season 7 is “far more of an harmless,” the EP hints, evaluating him to Richie Cunningham on Pleased Days. “He’s a lot much less battered and bruised than his present-day counterpart.”
Riverdale‘s romantic pairings have additionally gotten a refresh within the shift to the Fifties: Betty is courting Kevin (although he’s nonetheless repressing hidden wishes), and Archie and Cheryl couple up at one level, too. “You don’t need to return after which instantly simply land in the identical dynamics,” Aguirre-Sacasa factors out, teasing that “there may be enjoyable and dramatic irony in us understanding that Kevin is homosexual however he’s in a relationship with Betty… There may be enjoyable to seeing Archie and Veronica first discovering themselves once more, versus understanding that they had this deep historical past. So it felt like it might be a missed alternative to not perform a little little bit of scrambling.”
However we do nonetheless see some lingering glances between Archie and Betty and between Cheryl and Toni that make us suppose some romantic connections can survive even a 70-year time bounce. “Even when characters don’t bear in mind the entire specifics concerning the Black Hood and the Gargoyle King and Gryphons and Gargoyles, there could be an emotional reminiscence that the multiverse and the time shift wouldn’t erase,” Aguirre-Sacasa says. “Characters who had emotions for one another would nonetheless really feel that and be drawn in direction of one another,” though some pairs reconnect “extra shortly than others, some extra efficiently than others.”
Properly, the Fifties fashions are enjoyable and all, however can Riverdale followers count on to get the gang again to the unique timeline earlier than the sequence wraps up for good in August? Aguirre-Sacasa’s coy reply: “Sure, I can say that it’s good to count on that.”
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