The teaser for Riverdale Season 7, Episode 4, “Chapter One Hundred and Twenty-One: Love & Marriage,” suggests that an unlikely wedding is on the way.
A new promo for Riverdale Season 7’s next episode just dropped, and it indicates an unexpected (and tense) romantic development between Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) and Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch).
The promo for Season 7, Episode 4, “Chapter One Hundred and Twenty-One: Love & Marriage,” comes courtesy of The CW. It sees Archie propose to Cheryl, much to the surprise of several other members of Riverdale’s supporting cast, including Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart), Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) and Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse). Their shock will no doubt mirror that of many Riverdale fans, considering Cheryl is a lesbian who previously dated Toni Topaz (Vanessa Morgan). That said, the Archie/Cheryl relationship fits with Riverdale Season 7’s mystical shift to 1955, which altered (almost) all the show’s character’s memories and reset the dynamics between them.
Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa recently opened up about the romance-oriented plotlines in Riverdale’s seventh and final season. In particular, Aguirre-Sacasa insisted that pairing off Cheryl with Archie and openly gay Kevin Keller (Casey Cott) with Betty was key to making the most of the Archie-inspired CW show’s new status quo. “[T]here is fun and dramatic irony in us knowing that Kevin is gay but he’s in a relationship with Betty… There is fun to seeing Archie and Veronica first discovering themselves again, as opposed to knowing they had this deep history. So it felt like it would be a missed opportunity to not do a little bit of scrambling,” he said.
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In the same interview, Aguirre-Sacasa also noted that Cheryl and Kevin’s storylines were among those intended to underscore the identity of Riverdale Season 7’s real villain: the 1950s themselves. “It would be disingenuous to erase the real struggles and hardships that certain types of people faced in the 1950s,” he said. “Specifically, in our case, our characters of color and our queer characters… You just could not be out. In some states, it was illegal for there to be interracial marriage. That was the reality.”
This weighty subject matter no doubt resonated with the Riverdale cast, especially those who sometimes struggle to wrap their heads around the series’ more fanciful elements. Veronica actor Camila Mendes falls squarely in this camp, having recently admitted that she thinks Riverdale’s storylines make no sense. Mendes’ confession used repurposed audio from Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and also made it clear that the star eventually figures out what’s going on in Riverdale.
New episodes of Riverdale air Wednesdays on The CW.