'Riverdale' star Madeline Petsch reveals her character Cheryl Blossom will address her severely damaged state of mind in season 4
Cheryl Blossom's character on the show has been through a lot in the previous three seasons, from the loss of her twin brother to undergoing a forced conversion therapy
On the surface, 'Riverdale' a fictional town, appears to be a peaceful, quiet place, but that is far from the truth. The show revolves around four main characters fashioned from the 'Archie' comics: Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead, as they try to bring back peace to the town fighting several bad guys.
Cheryl Blossom and the Blossom family have been at the center of all the drama and tragedy that occurs in the fictional town of Riverdale, where the titular show is set. Cheryl, portrayed by the stunning Madeline Petsch on the popular CW show sat down with MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) during the San Diego Comic-Con 2019 to discuss about Cheryl’s mental health in season four.
The first season of the show investigated the mysterious death of Cheryl's twin brother — Jason. This season shows us a grieving Cheryl, who lashes out at anybody who she suspects had anything to do with her brother's death.
As the show progresses and following Jason's murder mystery getting solved, we see a lot more dimension to Cheryl. In seasons two and three, we see Cheryl coming to terms with her sexuality, much to the despair of her mother, and by season three we see her in a committed relationship with Toni Topaz. In a manner of speaking, Cheryl champions the LGBTQ rights in Riverdale.
Throughout the series, we see how Cheryl's mother bullies and emotionally abuses Cheryl, but towards the end of season three we see Cheryl fight back and taking control of her situation and not let her mother, Penelope hurt her or her friends.
Cheryl has gone through so much on the show, from losing her brother, conversion therapy and loss of her family home among other things, it is little wonder that Cheryl’s mental health needs attention.
When asked what can we expect from Cheryl and how she will she react to all this — will she come back as a vengeful, dark person or a kind helping person, Madeline says, "Cheryl returns to the gothic heroine state she was in season one. And I think she kind of folds into herself and then hopefully what we've talked about is her addressing all the mental health issues she has for the last three-and-a-half years on the show. So then she will eventually kind of come out of that shell, but right now it's just kind of going inside."
'Riverdale' season four will premiere on The CW on October 10, 2019.