Entering Riverdale season 3 episode 20, there is an emotional tinge that has to be in the pit of your stomach. Tonight, after all, was the final one with Luke Perry as Fred Andrews. Following filming for this installment Perry passed away suddenly, and within that, there is no clear indication as to what the show is going to do down the road. Fred is still alive within the world of the show, but we are going to see the appearance of Archie’s mother Mary moving into this installment. It remains to be seen whether or not Molly Ringwald is going to be a further fixture on the series moving forward, but that has to at least be something to be considered.
So what’s coming up on this episode, at least in terms of the story? In the world of these characters, everything is still the same — but also stressful because of everything that is going on. Take, for example, the presence of the Gargoyle King within the story, and then beyond that, think in terms of how much Archie is getting into boxing. That’s such a dangerous game to play since you’re putting your life in danger every time you step out there. It’s true that this may be a way to get out some aggression, but don’t you think there is that point where you teeter off into “too much” territory? If you’re someone like Archie, you may not be able to know when the right time is to stop:
Below, CarterMatt does offer the official Riverdale season 3 episode 20 synopsis with some more teases all about what you can expect to see moving forward:
CHAOS ON PROM NIGHT — Betty (Lili Reinhart) takes matters into her own hands after learning some unsettling news about her father. Mary (guest star Molly Ringwald) grows concerned by Archie’s (KJ Apa) desire to take boxing to the next level. Elsewhere, Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) runs into a roadblock during her campaign for prom queen, while Jughead (Cole Sprouse) and Betty’s plan to confront the Gargoyle King takes an unexpected turn. Camila Mendes, Marisol Nichols, Madchen Amick, Skeet Ulrich, Casey Cott and Vanessa Morgan also star. David Katzenberg directed the episode written by Britta Lundin & Devon Turner (#320)
What’s funny about the prom storyline is that it’s one of the rare reminders that these characters are actually still in high school. It’s a part of the strange, central construct at the heart of Riverdale as a series. Without the school setting, there was no easy way to bring all of these characters together; yet, there’s only so long you can keep some of them there without it looking weird that some of these people are still there.
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