Happy Thursday TV fans! After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 3 episode 21, I realized that illusions can be extremely powerful. If we believe in something strongly enough, it has power over us. But what happens when we break that hold? Does our world come crashing down or do we unleash even greater threats in the process? Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. In last night’s episode, “Chapter Fifty-Six: The Dark Secret of Harvest House,” Betty discovers even more secrets about the Farm, as Edgar tries to get her to tap into her darkest fears. Meanwhile, Archie challenges Hiram Lodge to a boxing match and Ethel reveals the identity of the Gargoyle King to Jughead. My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 3 episode 21 are:
“You are the illusion.”
In last week’s episode, Betty agreed to stay at the Farm, fearing the wrath of the Black Hood, but was this really the best decision? In this episode, Betty has some one-on-one sessions with Edgar Evernever, as he uses some kind of hypnosis on her. Betty begins to see another version of herself, which represents the darkness within her, as she is told that she has “the serial killer gene,” which apparently means that she has a predisposition to violence. Betty continues with these sessions, but what she uncovers is even more shocking.
So, I initially thought it was a little ridiculous for Archie to challenge Hiram Lodge to an underground boxing match, but things started to make a lot more sense when I understood Veronica’s end game here. After talking with Archie’s mom and her FBI friend, Veronica and Archie realize that they need to catch Hiram in the act. What better way, than to have an illegal underground fight club going on with lots of underage drinking and gambling? The fight is entertaining enough, but Hiram getting taken away was the real showstopper.
Veronica confronts her father and tells him that she has won, revealing that she knows what he did, but we know that Hiram always finds a loophole. Later on in the episode, Archie goes to Veronica to explore their potential romance, but Reggie is already there. It looks like Reggie beat Archie to the punch this time, but where does Veronica’s heart truly lie? We’ll have to wait and see.
“Get your hands off my girlfriend.”
After some Nancy Drew investigating, Betty realizes that the Farm is harvesting organs. Edgar tells the members of the Farm that they are undergoing some kind of procedure that will translate their mental pain into physical pain, while stealing some of their major organs. Betty tries to warn her friends, who seem skeptical at first. Cheryl initially tries to tell Betty that she has just booked her ticket to Shutter Island, but she starts to connect the dots as well when Betty shows her the proof. Cheryl panics, explaining that Toni was just taken away for a procedure, while Choni fans everywhere held their breath.
Cheryl gets Toni out of there and pushes her out the window so that she can get a chance at freedom. Cheryl stays behind, which was beyond heartbreaking, but I am relieved that Cheryl and Toni are finally seeing the truth behind the Farm. We know that Toni has broken Cheryl out of some tough jams already, so hopefully she will recruit the Serpents and the Pretty Poisons to help Cheryl and the others escape.
“They’re gonna come for me…”
Cheryl is not the only one in danger, as Betty is now strapped to the table. Edgar tells her that they are preparing her for her “procedure,” but Betty reminds him that her friends are going to come for her. Let’s just hope that Jughead isn’t too busy with his own discovery to rescue Betty. It looks like she can use some serious back-up right about now. Perhaps Alice will finally snap out of this trance once she sees that her daughter is in danger? Let’s hope so!
“I can tell you who the King is…”
While all the commotion is happening at the Farm, Jughead has an interesting conversation with Ethel, who is now back in action. Ready for the reveal? Ethel claims that the Gargoyle King is Jason Blossom, but “that’s impossible,” as Jughead points out…you know, since Jason Blossom is dead and all. Jughead doesn’t leave anything up to chance; however, and digs up Jason’s grave, discovering that there is no body in there…so what does this mean? Is it possible that Jason Blossom is truly alive or is someone using his identity as a cover-up? I’m not sure, but I definitely did not see this twist coming and I’m beyond excited for the season finale next week. Stay tuned!
I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Riverdale in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!
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