The CW teen series, also available in the UK on Netflix, was among the first US television series to confirm filming would be cut short amid lockdown restrictions. With Riverdale set to continue at an unspecified later date, fans were left with several unanswered questions.
As countries around the world maintain social distancing practices, the coronavirus pandemic has dealt the entertainment industry a major blow.
Television series in the middle of production have been forced to cut their ongoing seasons short, including Riverdale’s gripping fourth instalment.
As the glitzy and unpredictable teen drama continues to shock fans with its twisted mysteries, the latest episode functioned as a temporary finale for season four.
The remaining three episodes of the current season will instead form the beginning of season five, which is expected to arrive some time next year.
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Episode 19, Killing Mr Honey, served a dual narrative, as Jughead Jones’ (played by Cole Sprouse) dark short story is brought to life, and the actual events of the episode begin to parallel Jug’s writing in unexpected ways.
Although guest director Mädchen Amick, who plays Alice Cooper on the series, was felt to have stepped up to the plate well for the season’s final episode, many fans were baffled by yet another series of insane twists.
A new sinister videotape is once again delivered to Jughead, this time taking cues from his short story writing by featuring the very real murder of Mr Honey (Kerr Smith).
Mr Honey has been an overbearing secondary antagonist for the kids of Riverdale High throughout the fourth season, though this latest episode contained some surprising revalations about the strict Principal.
Despite trying to stop Kevin (Casey Cott) from performing his Variety Show, as well as his attempt to cancel Prom, fellow teacher Ms Bell (Sarah Rogers) dropped in during the episode to reveal Mr Honey was actually the best principal the school ever had.
As fans try to wrap their heads around the strict Mr Honey being revealed as a secret good guy, the last minute cliffhanger closed the series on a sour note, leaving several questions unanswered.
Fans took to social media to voice their disappointment with the series that won’t be able to continue for some time.
One viewer provided some rare positive feedback, taking to Reddit after the finale aired on The CW to praise the new twists.
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They said: “Was a little underwhelmed but then loved Mr. Honey’s redemption AND the end video was actually super creepy especially when all of them tilted their heads.”
However, other fans weren’t quite so impressed by Riverdale’s signature drama and predictable narrative pivots.
Another fan added: “I understand that they didn’t plan on this being the finale, and that there’s still technically 3 episodes left of the season (to be aired when the show returns I guess?) so I can’t fault them for the episode being underwhelming.”
Overall, the fan concluded the season was a little disappointing compared to the stronger outings of previous episodes, though it’s hard to fault the writers for attempting to wrap up a whole season of TV in the middle of a pandemic.
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Finally, the same fan added: “I certainly wouldn’t say it was a bad season, I mean I guess I enjoyed it. Can’t really fault the writers for a pandemic ruining the back half of the season.”
As cast members begin to depart the series and the core group of supposed teens start looking older, fans are predicting a significant time jump to take place at some point in season five.
Meanwhile, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa confirmed season five will open with the highly anticipated Prom episode teased throughout Killing Mr Honey.
Riverdale season 4 is available to watch on Netflix
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