Explained: Time-Jump and Characters' Futures in 'Riverdale' Ending
Riverdale's series finale takes a time jump into the future, showing the characters' fates and a heartwarming reunion.
After an impressive seven-season run, the beloved teen drama Riverdale has come to a bittersweet conclusion. Let's dive into the details of the series finale and bid farewell to our favorite characters.
Riverdale, based on the iconic Archie Comics, first graced our screens in 2017 and quickly gained a devoted following, thanks in part to its availability on Netflix. The show revolves around a group of teenagers who find themselves entangled in the dark secrets that lurk beneath the surface of their seemingly idyllic town.
Throughout its run, Riverdale has catapulted its talented cast, including KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Madelaine Petsch, and Casey Cott, into stardom. It's worth noting that Riverdale also served as the final TV appearance of the late Luke Perry, who tragically passed away in 2019.
As the series unfolded, it took us on a wild ride with its outlandish storylines, even delving into the realm of time travel. But how did it all come to an end for our beloved characters?
The series finale takes a daring leap 67 years into the future, where we find an 86-year-old Betty (portrayed by Lili Reinhart) alongside her granddaughter Alice in the present day. Betty, haunted by the passing of her dear friend Jughead (played by Cole Sprouse), regularly checks the obituaries. When she stumbles upon Jughead's death notice, it dawns on her that she is now the sole surviving member of their tight-knit group. Fueled by a desire to hold onto her memories, Betty requests one final visit to Riverdale before her memory fades away.
That night, Jughead's spirit appears before Betty, offering her the extraordinary opportunity to relive a single day of her choosing. Betty selects the day of their high school yearbook signing, granting herself a precious chance to bid a heartfelt farewell to her friends and the town that shaped their lives.
Returning to the present, Betty embarks on the journey to Riverdale with her granddaughter by her side. As they arrive, a sense of tranquility fills the air, and Betty peacefully passes away in the backseat of the car. The scene transitions, and we witness a 17-year-old Betty entering The Sweet Hereafter, a diner known as Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe. To her delight, all her friends are already there, eagerly awaiting her arrival. Taking her rightful place in the booth alongside Archie, Veronica, and Jughead, Betty is finally reunited with her cherished companions.
But what about the other characters we've grown to love? Let's explore their futures as well.
Polly, played by Tiera Skovbye, finds happiness in motherhood, raising her twins alongside her loving family. On the other hand, Fangs, portrayed by Drew Ray Tanner, ties the knot with Midge (Emilija Baranac) and embarks on a summer tour. Tragically, their journey takes a devastating turn when Fangs' tour bus crashes in the treacherous Rocky Mountains, leaving Midge to raise their daughter alone.
Moving on, Clay (Karl Walcott) flourishes as a respected professor at Columbia University, while Kevin (Casey Cott) establishes an off-Broadway theater company. These two close friends choose to share a vibrant life together in Harlem until Kevin's passing at the age of 82. Clay, too, departs from this world a few weeks later, finding solace on a park bench in Central Park.
As for Toni (Vanessa Morgan) and Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch), they venture westward, settling in the enchanting Oakland Hills. Embracing their artistic spirits and advocating for causes close to their hearts, they lead fulfilling lives. Together, they welcome a son named Dale, a testament to their enduring love for Riverdale. When their time comes, Toni and Cheryl find peace in their final moments.
Meanwhile, Reggie (Charles Melton) pursues his passion for basketball, playing for Kansas State before joining the Lakers. After his playing career, Reggie returns to Riverdale High as a coach and becomes a devoted father to two sons. Nana Rose (Barbara Wallace) defies the boundaries of mortality, reincarnating multiple times throughout the years. Sadly, Pop Tate (Alvin Sanders) peacefully passes away in his sleep at the beginning of senior year, leaving behind a legacy that will forever be cherished.
As we bid adieu to the captivating world of Riverdale, we can't help but reflect on the unforgettable journey we embarked upon alongside these remarkable characters. The series finale leaves us with a sense of closure, as Betty and her friends find solace and togetherness in the place they called home. Riverdale has undoubtedly left an indelible mark on our hearts, forever reminding us of the power of friendship, love, and the enduring spirit of a small town that captured our imaginations.