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Riverdale Faces Another Dilemma, Says Producer


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The people of Riverdale have been spared another bullet.

They tamed another impossible goal and utilized their new abilities to unite in an ultimate show of force against Percival’s (Chris O’Shea) wickedness.

The episode ended with Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) telling everyone about Percival’s last spell, which will take Bailey’s Comet to their town. This means it could be coming anytime.

“In a weird way our penultimate episode, which was the final battle between Percival and our gang, felt like our really big, action-packed finale,” Riverdale producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said in an interview with EW. 

“We did that consciously so that in our last episode, we could focus weirdly on more emotional stories and character stories and relationship stories. The question we asked when we were breaking the story was: ‘Okay, all of these characters we love, they have one last day to live. They have 12 hours, how are they going to spend those 12 hours?”

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Riverdale: A ‘Quieter’ Season Finale

Therefore, fans should expect an end that is “quieter” but doesn’t necessarily mean lower stakes.

“The threat they’re facing is apocalyptic,” Aguirre-Sacasa added. “A comet is going to destroy everyone, and there’s a magical force field keeping everyone trapped in Riverdale.” 

The clock is ticking, and the characters are faced with a difficult decision. They have only one day left to live out their final moments in peace before the comet hits. 

“I love our scenes when all the characters are together talking about what they’re going to do, and I think them all wrestling with this changes the temperature of the season,” Aguirre-Sacasa continued. 

“It slows it down a little bit in a great way. We jokingly said that we use the movie Melancholia as a little bit of an inspiration for the season so that we could live with our characters in what might be their final moments.” 

And ultimately, whatever happens with the comet, it might set up the series’ seventh and last season. 

Riverdale season finale premiered yesterday – Sunday, July 31 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

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