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Riverdale citizens have dodged another bullet: In the last events of the last episode, they tamed another impossible goal and utilized their new abilities to unite and put an end to Percival’s (Chris O’Shea) wickedness.
However, they weren’t given time to catch their breath. (It always happens.) By the end of the episode finale, Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) told everyone about Percival’s last spell, which is taking Bailey’s comet to their town, directly hitting it.
“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?”
Riverdale Fans Should Expect ‘Quieter’ Season Finale
Therefore, fans should expect a “quieter” finale, said Aguirre-Sacasa. However, that doesn’t equate to 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.”
So, because everyone is stuck in Riverdale – and facing their potential deaths, fans can look forward to a slower hour as the characters decipher how they would want to spend their final day with their loved ones.
“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.