Barchie Is No Longer Hypothetical In The Preview For Next Week’s ‘Riverdale’

by Rachel Bellwoar

After coming close but always backing out, Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Archie (KJ Apa) have officially had sex and, from the looks of next week’s trailer, that’s not the only sex they’re going to be having, and where:

Probably not the right time for Archie to be letting Jughead (Cole Sprouse) be his roommate but then. between work and writing, Jughead should be spending most of his time at Pop’s, right?

Yeah right. Not even debt collectors can get Jughead to write these days and the idea that his speech about Pop (which wasn’t that great anyway) would make his publisher happy seems laughable (though at least Pop (Alvin Sanders) got a retirement party for the show suggesting he had died in the season premiere).

Back when Archie was in high school, it was always Archie and his friends who acted like the adults in Riverdale. Now that they’re back, it’s clear that, for the most part, nobody took their place. Tabitha (Erinn Westbrook) running Pop’s is the one exception, but where are all the other kids that they’re supposed to be saving Riverdale High for? Maybe it’s just a matter of the show wanting to limit extras during a pandemic, but after making such a big deal about parents needing to attend the school board meeting, that meeting seemed pretty empty.

Possibly the saddest story on the show right now is what’s happened to Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch), and how convinced she is that the only way to keep Riverdale (or whatever the town’s called now) safe is if she shuts herself away in Thornhill. Toni (Vanessa Morgan) making her invest in Riverdale High by turning it into a test of their relationship seemed cruel, and what about having Polly (Tiera Skovbye) return only to drop her into a scene from Road Games or Christine?

Riverdale airs Wednesdays on The CW.

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