After a five-month hiatus, “Riverdale” is finally back with its third season. And judging by its premiere that aired on Wednesday, October 10th on the CW, this season could very well turn out to be the best one yet, and also the most mysterious, I might add.
While watching this extraordinary episode, you could really sense some season 1 vibes, you know, when “Riverdale” was actually good, fast-paced and downright mysterious. Only this time, the show took it to a whole new level by introducing someone (or something) called the Gargoyle King, obviously taking inspiration from critically acclaimed “True Detective” season 1. Also, let’s not forget that thing with floating babies. Seriously, what was that about? Bethy’s (Lili Reinhart) hallucination, or maybe something else? Either way, the scene was downright creepy.
To be completely honest, at first, I thought that the highlight of this episode was going to be Archie’s (KJ Apa) baffling decision to plead guilty for a crime he didn’t commit. But boy was I wrong as the last two minutes introduced the whole bunch of mysteries and the possible supernatural element (though the jury is still out on that one.)
All in all, with the mysteries like these, one can only hope that season 3 will turn out to be nothing like the incredibly boring, cringy, and stretched-out season 2. So far so good. With that said, let’s answer this episode’s burning question — who the heck is the Gargoyle King?
The Gargoyle King, a mysterious character with a rather ominous name, was first mentioned by Dilton (Major Curda) who initially thought that he was just a character from a role-playing game until he realized that the King was real, at least that’s what he told Jughead (Cole Sprouse.)
But it wasn’t until the last two minutes of the episode that we saw Jughead venturing out in the woods, trying to find Dilton and find out more about the Gargoyle King. He obviously didn’t find the Gargoyle King, it’s only episode one, after all. What he did find, however, was something utterly bizarre. He saw Dilton and his friend Ben passed out, kneeling before some kind of an altar, shirtless with strange symbols carved into their backs. And when Jughead tried to wake them up, Dilton was unresponsive while Ben was puking something green. When we last left them, Jughead was screaming for help.
There’s no doubt that the Gargoyle King will be an important part of this season. The “Riverdale” creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said as much a while back. And although we didn’t get the chance to see the Gargoyle King in this week’s episode, we know that he’s got either horns or rabbit ears thanks to a shadowy image of the character Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has shared on Twitter. “G is for Gargoyle King,” Aguirre-Sacasa said in a tweet, “gruesome, gory, grim, and gnarly,” he added, “His reign on Riverdale begins on 10/10 on the CW.”
You can see the tweet down below.
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) September 26, 2018
Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on the CW.