'Riverdale' season 3: Fans try to narrow down why Betty Cooper had a fit at the end of a dramatic episode 1
The concluding scene of Season 3 premiere found Betty witnessing her mom and sister perform a ritual with the cult, but what could have caused the fit as she collapsed?
Season 3 episode 1 of the CW drama 'Riverdale,' has fans worried as the episode titled 'Labor Day,' ended with Betty Cooper (played by Lili Reinhart) having a fit and collapsing.
In the middle of the night, Betty had come home looking for her mother Alice and sister Polly, only to find a strange ritual taking place in the backyard. That, no doubt, is the doing of the newly introduced cult 'The Farm,' that has been mentioned since Season 1 episode 6.
When Betty saw her sister's twins held over a fire as a part of the ongoing ceremony, she helplessly kept looking and when suddenly the twins were thrown over a fire and magically suspended in air, she collapsed and triggered a fit.
Her mother Alice Cooper (played by Mädchen Amick) rushed to her fallen daughter as her fit continued.
Earlier in the episode, Betty said that she’d been getting prescriptions for the drug Adderall from her therapist Dr Glass, but as Polly discovered, Dr Glass did not exist and Betty was taking the drug on her own. It had been months that she was taking the medication after struggling to deal with the stress over her father Hal Cooper (played by Lochlyn Munro) being jailed after he was unmasked as the Black Hood.
She had even been going as far the neighboring town of Greendale, where sister show the 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is set,' to get the drugs. Fans presume that the drugs could have caused Betty to have the fit after fainting. Betty had also admitted to her boyfriend Jughead (played by Cole Sprouse) that she was struggling to sleep after she’d been working on Archie Andrews’ (played KJ Apa) case over the summer.
The logical explanation of the fit could be exhaustion and anxiety.
Speaking about the final scene, actress Reinhart said in an interview that she’d initially thought that magic was involved at the moment before it was ruled out. She explained; "I was immediately like, 'OK, it was a hallucination. Maybe Betty is having a bad reaction to her Adderall and the high stress, or something really weird is going on with the Farm. I think it's a mix of all of those things."
Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre Sacasa told TV Guide; “It means that either Betty is having a hallucination, or some very, very, very scary cult members have come to Riverdale, or it means both...We wanted something that was really shocking and disturbing and disorienting. The reason I can't tell you conclusively what it is, is because that's the big mystery."
So we are guessing it's not just the reason we gave you. We are looking forward to episode 2 airing on October 17.