If you thought you had Archie Andrews all figured out, think again. Riverdale
writers are throwing curveballs left and right this season, consistently leaving viewers scratching their heads. Are the powers that be making more mistakes than our teenage renegades? To find out, viewers must untangle the logic behind Archie's convoluted motives.
Archie Andrews (KJ Apa), once so painfully vanilla, has gone from stressing over football to toting guns and accessing his inner Capone. After the events of "The Tell-Tale Heart," we really need to question the teen's motivation.
Did he forget his theory about the Black Hood? Not only the idea that the original killer is still out there but his certainty that Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos) was behind the dinner showdown? Wouldn't he think that, oh, hey, my girlfriend's dad is no ordinary criminal? He has the mafia's little black book of assassins, triggermen that could send a glimmer of lead deep into my father's chest? Shouldn't he realize that, despite a Lodge/Andrews business detente, Hiram's moral stock allegedly dropped when he let his wife's dalliances go unpunished?
And yet, the last few episodes have seen Archie cement his commitment to Riverdale's Godfather. The turning point came in "The Wicked and the Divine," when, for reasons we can only attribute to an overdevelopment of his hero complex, Apa's character decided to stop feeding information to Agent Adams (John Behlmann.) Instead, he opted to save Hiram's life -- and cost Papa Poutine his in the meantime. Now, for the real kicker, he doesn't even believe the mafioso was behind Poutine's motel murder. Is this blind trust, or a double cross waiting to happen?
Even after the car ride out to meet Hermione (Marisol Nichols) -- during which any rational person would soil themselves -- Archie accepted the Agent Adams twist, his induction into the "family" and the depth of Hermione's power, all with complete equanimity. It defies comprehension.
Luckily, executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is here to elucidate the inner workings of that ginger cranium.
"When Fred was shot and when the Black Hood had his gun on Archie, I think Archie felt powerless and paralyzed, and part of his journey this season is, he never wants to feel that way again," Aguirre-Sacasa told Variety.
"And there's something attractive about the way the Lodges do business, and there's something attractive about the way Hiram yields power, that Archie's drawn to. That's kind of what we're exploring in the second half of the season as Archie gets deeper and deeper into the Lodge family businesses."
And here we thought he was going to cleverly con Hiram with that earnest confession, plant the bug and let the FBI listen in as the kingpin plotted Adams' demise. Oh well, no use crying over missed plotlines. Instead, we get to wonder if it's really Hermione who has her enforcers on speed dial.
What do you think? Will Archie turn on the Lodges, or is his allegiance set in stone? You never know what you're going to get from a Riverdale character. Is that good suspense, or bad writing? Sound off in the comments section!
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