It’s been a while since we last ventured into the town known as Riverdale with pep. The C.W. series returns after a months-long sabbatical following Season 6’s five-episode opening event, “Rivervale,” and we’re finally back in the correct universe.
While the Season 5 finale left us with multiple jaw-dropping cliffhangers, Season 6 sent us to the bizarre realm of Rivervale, a parallel reality to Riverdale in which all residents live in a slightly different, distorted world populated by witches and magic.
With the start of Season 6 rapidly approaching, let’s look back at everything wild that happened in Riverdale and anticipate what’s to come in the next episodes.
Riverdale Season 6 Episode 6 Trailer
We have departed the Rivervale world and returned to the town with zeal for the time being. Though Riverdale appears to be a tamer show compared to its rival, the teaser for Season 6, Episode 6, “Unbelievable,” promises plenty of drama.
Cheryl famously cast a curse on Archie, Betty, and Jughead after discovering that their ancestors murdered her ancestor Abigail Blossom in the late 1800s for refusing to grant them access to the Thornhill mines.
In the teaser for Episode 6, this curse is still very much alive, and Cheryl goes so far as to sit the trio down and notify them of what she did. Cheryl taking up the role of the great villain in Riverdale now that Hiram Lodge is permanently gone is quite probable, so keep an eye out.
When and Where to Watch Season 6 Episode 2 Riverdale
Riverdale is upsetting the writers’ room with the impending threat of magic and curses, but it also reshuffles the show’s time slots. Season 6 will move away from Tuesday evenings and premiere on The C.W. on Sunday, March 20 at 8 p.m. E.T.
On Sunday nights, Riverdale will return with Episode 6, “Unbelievable.” There is no reason to be concerned if you have slipped behind. Riverdale seasons 1–5 are available to view on Netflix and The C.W. app and website.
All episodes are accessible on iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, and YouTube. Season 6’s first five episodes are exclusively accessible on The C.W., although they are also available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, and YouTube.
“Rivervale” Season 6 Episode 6 Recap:
Allow me to warn you that things are going to become tricky. As fans may recall, Riverdale’s Season 5 finale was rather dramatic. Betty and Archie were getting hot and heavy at the Andrews household in October 2021 when they noticed a tick coming from beneath the bed.
Revealed to be a bomb planted by the now-exiled Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos) as a parting gift, the season concludes sour as the device’s countdown ticks down to zero. That is the last we heard about Riverdale until Season 6, when a new, stranger town called Rivervale is introduced.
Rivervale has a Twilight Zone-style approach, with Jughead Jones breaching the fourth wall by narrating each episode while staring directly into the camera clothed in a snazzy suit.
Riverdale’s residents awake in Rivervale with no recollection of Riverdale, and the town is revealed to be a parallel realm filled with mystical beings, demons, and even the devil himself.
Notably, Archie is murdered off in the first episode of the Rivervale event at a sacrifice ritual in the woods led by Cheryl in the style of Midsommar, and the four episodes that follow are unrelated to the events of Season 5.
In this reality, Hiram Lodge has not detonated a bomb, and everyone goes about their lives in blissful ignorance. Veronica Lodge and Reggie Mantle remain the dream partnership in all of their business ventures, Betty continues to solve crimes for the FBI, and Jughead and Tabitha cohabit.
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Who Will Return in Riverdale Season 6?
The entire crew is reuniting! In Season 6, Part 2, KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, and Cole Sprouse will reprise their Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, and Jughead Jones, respectively. Naturally, Madeline Petsch returns as Cheryl Blossom, the local hell-raiser.
The rest of the main cast returns as well, with Charles Melton reprising his role as Reggie Mantle, Vanessa Morgan reprising her role as Toni Topaz, Casey Cott reprising his role as Kevin Keller, Drew Ray Tanner reprising his role as Fangs Fogarty, Erin Westbrook reprising her role as Tabitha Tate, and Mädchen Amick reprising her role as Alice Cooper.
As previously revealed, Mark Consuelos has concluded his tenure on The C.W. series and will not return for Season 6.
However, this does not exclude the resurrection and reappearance of other town inhabitants. Everything old is new again, as Hermione Lodge appears to have successfully returned to Riverdale.
Hermione, played by actress Marisol Nichols, returns in the Season 6, Episode 6 teaser after relocating to New York City in Season 5 to pursue a career in reality television. It is unknown what role she will play in future episodes, but be certain that we will see an epic mother-daughter reunion.
What to Expect in Season 6 of Riverdale Part 2
Nothing is certain in Riverdale. Your father may be a killer, your neighbors may be cult leaders, and witches may be only across town. Several elements appear to be set in stone for Season 6.
After five agonizing seasons, Barchie is finally a thing. Archie and Betty, the boy and girl next door, are stronger than ever. Assuming they escape the bomb detonation due to the last-minute phone call, they will continue to pursue their newfound love for one another as Betty works for the FBI and Archie continues to work for Andrews Construction.
Additionally, don’t forget about the Trash Bag Killer, who is certain to return and torment Betty in horrifying ways following his call to her at the Season 5 finale to inform her that he is still alive and well.
Now for the good part. Cheryl will wreak havoc in Season 6, and she is eager for vengeance. Through Nana Rose’s ever-flowing fountain of wisdom, Cheryl found that her ancestor Abigail Blossom was burnt at stake by Archie, Betty, and Jughead’s ancestors.
We’ll discover if the magic from the Rivervale world carries over to Riverdale if they decide to cast the same curse on them as Abigail did all those years ago in the moments before she was set on fire. Cheryl, never one to go peacefully into the night, is about to cause more havoc in Riverdale, so everyone best brace yourselves.