As a viewer, it’s always hard to decide whether we love or hate the unpredictable nature of Riverdale series. Especially the plot twists circling Jughead’s character is dead or alive in the future of the series as of this week’s episode, “Witness for the Prosecution,” one of the biggest clues about where this whole plotline is going was dropped to keep the viewers engaged on this theory of Jughead not being around in the future.
But first, let’s go a little backward to when the Season 3 finale got aired with a flash-forward to Spring Break, Senior Year. There, we saw Archie Andrews (played by KJ Apa), Betty Cooper (played by Lili Reinhart), and Veronica Lodge (played by Camila Mendes) standing together at a bonfire in their skivvies, drenched in blood, burning Jughead’s clothes. And then another flash-forwards in Season 4 there was a scene of the whole town trying to find Jughead in the woods at night; a scene of Jughead seemingly dead on a slab in the coroner’s office; and now another hint was found, as of this week’s episode.
In the final scene of that episode, there’s yet another flash forward, this time to “Biology Class, Spring Semester.” Archie, Betty, and Veronica are in the lab studying, studying the skeleton next to them. Reggie Mantle ( played by Charles Melton) and Munroe “Mad Dog” Moore (played by Eli Goree) are seen on another table, and as we find out later, Kevin Keller (Casey Cott) is in the class, too.
And then we are surprised by the entrance of Jughead’s father and the sheriff, bursting into the lab with a bunch of armed officers. He announces in front of everyone that Archie, Betty, and Veronica are all being arrested for the “cold-blooded murder” of his son, Jughead Jones. Everyone looks stunned — end of the episode.
The true mystery is how dark this season of Riverdale wants to get for the viewers. Despite a plotline this episode involving Betty identifying her serial killer gene, and beginning to understand that her new-found half-brother Charles Smith (played by Wyatt Nash) is a real serial killer, Archie becoming a CW style vigilante, and Veronica’s father who’s in jail for a literal murder, Season 4 has been full of dark truths and secrets.
All we can hope is that Jughead doesn’t die (which we all secretly know won’t be happening, but hey! You never know.) and that this popular series keeps presenting more mystery and unpredictability..for which we (low-key) all love the show.