Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom on Riverdale. I have been waiting for Cheryl to snap out of this cult obsessed trance for a while now and it finally happened, revealing the Cheryl “Bombshell” that we all know and adore. Please note some spoilers are ahead. In the season 3 finale, Cheryl finally realizes that everything is now up to her. She needs to save her friends from the Farm while also trying to help Betty before it is too late and she does not disappoint. Cheryl provides us with humor, sassy attitude, and her trusty bow and arrow, reminding us that she never misses a target. Watch out!
While I adore the relationship between Cheryl and Toni, I really wanted to see Cheryl break out of her shell and re-embrace her own identity. She gets the chance to do that in the season 3 finale, as she reveals courage and strength, coming face-to-face with one of her greatest fears. It’s amazing that Cheryl can be so incredibly traumatized, and rightfully so, but still push that aside to help her friends, which reminds us that she is extremely loyal.
Cheryl is typically thought of as a supporting character outside of the core 4: Jughead, Betty, Archie, and Veronica. However, for me, she absolutely stole the show. While there were plenty of intense moments for all of our characters, I was rooting for Cheryl the entire time, as she became the unlikely hero of the day for me.
What’s next for Cheryl? It was unlikely that Cheryl would come out of everything completely unscathed, as we see her welcoming home her brother Jason at the end of the episode, keeping his corpse with her at home. Cheryl has had to process so much and she just discovered that her mother is the true Gargoyle King, which is enough to drive anyone over the edge. However, this combined with the drama she faced at the Farm, along with discovering her brother’s body, has clearly taken its toll. I am sure that this will be explored more in season 4 and hopefully Toni or Nana Rose can snap her back to reality. I personally can’t wait to see what she does next!
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