Come next week Riverdale season 3 episode 16 will arrive — and it’ll certainly be interesting. Heathers: The Musical is here! The show’s interpretation of this iconic movie should prove to be quite interesting, mostly because it’s so easy to compare the high-school politics of that movie with the present-day politics of this show’s signature world. Then, add to that all of the murder and darkness that is in both Riverdale and Heathers and we have a match made in heaven here. Now turning something like Heather’s into a musical? That’s going to be something to see since death and angst aren’t exactly a magic potion for people wanting to burst out into song but if Evil Dead: The Musical can happen (and be one of the best times you will ever have at a theater) then this can happen too!
As anyone who grew up in musical theater is likely aware of production is always two steps away from being a total dumpster fire. You have characters clashing with other characters over the creative direction of the show, people fighting over the spotlight and then also students having to balance out this (obviously a major time commitment) with some of the other stuff going on in their lives — think in terms of relationships, studies, and evil people constantly trying to make Riverdale a living hell. You can make a pretty easy argument that even starting something like this was a terrible idea since most of these characters have so much on their plate already. It’s like they all showed up to a buffet after they just finished their supper – where’s the room for more?
Below, CarterMatt offers up the official Riverdale season 3 episode 16 synopsis with some more insight regarding what’s ahead:
RIVERDALE HIGH PRESENTS “HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL” – As rehearsals for this year’s musical “Heathers: The Musical” get underway, Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch), as queen bee Heather Chandler, channels her own HBIC to deal with a recent fallout. Meanwhile, Betty (Lili Reinhart) grows increasingly annoyed by Evelyn’s (guest star Zoe De Grand’Maison) involvement with the musical – as well as the lives of her friends. Elsewhere, Veronica (Camila Mendes) learns some devastating news about her family, and Archie (KJ Apa) and Josie (Ashleigh Murray) make a decision about their future. Lastly, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) makes a surprising move against Gladys (guest star Gina Gershon). Marisol Nichols, Mark Consuelos, Skeet Ulrich, Casey Cott, Charles Melton and Vanessa Morgan also star. Maggie Kiley directed the episode written by Tessa Leigh Williams (#316). Original airdate 3/20/2019.
No matter what happens within the musical itself, you can be assured that the curtain could be dropping on someone’s hopes and dreams — or possibly a relationship or two. With Josie in particular, we gotta imagine that the writing is starting to point her in the direction of that Katy Keene spin-off in the event it gets that green light on The CW. (If you didn’t hear, the plan is for her to move over to that spin-off if the show gets picked up.)
Here’s your timeline beyond this episode — there are only six more. We know that there are going to be some disturbing things that happen, but we also want to see some of these people closer to being happy, not that we think that’s going to happen with Archie anytime soon … especially with everything happening in the real world.
What do you want to see on Riverdale season 3 episode 16?
How badly do you think this musical is going to go … or do you think it could actually be successful? Share now in the comments. (Photo: The CW.)