“Riverdale” Season Three: A mysterious and exciting series

Jughead Jones (left), leader of The Serpents, arguing with Penny Peabody (right), member of The Ghoulies. Photo Credit: Nayeli Hernandez

By Nayeli Hernandez ’20

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, an American screenwriter and playwright, hits audiences with a third season of “Riverdale.” The third season consists of a dramatic murder trial, gang rivalry, and infiltration with the terrifying events of the Gargoyle King.

Season three, episode one (“Chapter Thirty-Six: Labor Day”) focuses on Archie Andrew’s murder trial.  Archie, played by KJ Apa, is convinced of murdering a resident of Shadow Lake: Cassidy Book. While watching the episode, I was actually nervous on how the episode will turn out. Although we know that Archie did not really murder Cassidy, it is difficult for Archie to prove his innocence. All in all, the show does an amazing job hyping up the case, leaving the audience wondering if Archie will be placed in juvenile detention or if he will continue his normal, highschool life.  

Season three kept the gang rivalry between The Serpents and The Ghoulies that existed in Season two. I have to admit, when the show showed the interaction between The Serpents and The Ghoulies in the new season, I was very excited to see both gangs come into play and continue to have the tension that is shown in the past seasons. Additionally placing Jughead, played by Cole Sprouse, as The Serpents’ leader brings an interesting drop to the gang and to his character.

To continue the dark theme that the Black Hood brought in season two, the show does an amazing, creative job by bringing in the mystery of the Gargoyle King. If I am being honest, when I first saw the Gargoyle King show up in the series it gave me chills and excitement. This Gargoyle King’s mystery, like any other mystery is investigated by Betty, played by Lili Reinhart, and Jughead.

Some people say that the show does a bad job of portraying their hero, Archie as the main figure of the show; however, I strongly disagree. Showing a lot more perspectives to the show adds to the many interesting storylines.

  • Episodes are about 45 minutes long
  • Genre: Drama and Mystery
  • Can be viewed at 7 p.m. on The CW or on The CW app for free