'Riverdale': We can't just pretend supernatural things did not happen even if the Gargoyle King is just 'a guy in a mask'
On a quest to guess who the Gargoyle King is, we cannot dismiss episode one and all the eerie events that took place including levitation and seizures
The 'Riverdale' fandom struck with all new theories about the Gargoyle King and who that might be. With 'Riverdale' showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa telling US Weekly season 3 villain is someone we have already met and "most probably a guy in a mask," all the supernatural theories have gently been buried.
Crossovers of Riverdale and Greendale were highly expected in the plot when 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' aired this Halloween because both the series are based on the Archie Comics series. The Netflix series of the teenage witch featuring magic, witches, warlocks, and Satan was run by the same showrunner.
With 'Riverdale' season 3 kicking off with elements such as the cult, the Farm, exploring an evil role-playing game, Gryphons and Gargoyles, the mysterious blue-lips murder and Ben Button jumping out the window casually, all seemed to make for a plausible ground for a witch from the neighboring town across Sweetwater River to drop by.
'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' aired at a go, with passing mentions of Riverdale heard a couple of times in the series and a sudden surprising cameo by Riverdale's Ben Button, who FYI, had jumped out of the window in Riverdale because of the game Gryphons and Gargoyles. Riverdale's sixth episode, titled 'Manhunter' airs tonight and recently, the dark series seems to be undoing its supernatural elements, and conscious fans aren't buying it.
Are we to pretend as if the first episode 'Labor Day' never happened? Like Polly Cooper's twins, Dagwood and Juniper, never levitated in mid-air above a burning furnace and Betty did not suffer a seizure? Even Archie Andrews, who went to juvenile prison by lying he's guilty of a framed murder, just so he can spare his family of the court's retrial, is out and absconding now.
We have had the incredible and the much-anticipated throwback episode to learn that Gryphons and Gargoyles existed in the '90s and so did the Gargoyle King. Then, the episode titled 'Great Escape,' which was the last one to air so far, drew parallels between reality and the game as Jughead Jones figured the realm the game is based on 'Eldervair,' is in fact an anagram for Riverdale. So did 'Red Paladin,' where Warden Norton (as we figure also plays Gryphons and Gargoyles) is tasked with Gargoyle King's command to kill Archie Andrews (as he is referred to as the Red Paladin in the game).
It is only natural that the fandom has been blowing up on the identity of the Gargoyle King, but what is not making sense is the sudden twist in trying to make sense out of these supernatural fantastical elements. How can something that looks like a walking tree with a face of an animal and twigs for a hand suddenly turn out to be a human murderer like Riverdale's previous masked murderer, the Blackhood?
Also, Jughead's recent finding that the game only exists in Riverdale and the one big narrative "that's still being written and played," does not make sense. He was the one who narrated the escape of Archie Andrews while the scene of Archie's escape ran alongside.
Now the creators want us to believe there's a logical explanation behind all this, which is making the series all the more questionable. If there's no supernatural element at all then why were the twin babies suspended mid-air? Why did Ethel Muggs have seizures right after Betty did? Why so much mystery with Edgar Everenever and his daughter Evelyn? Why was Evelyn present during both the seizures? Why so much controversy regarding the Farm? But most importantly, how is the Gargoyle King walking around dressed in wood and robe, if it's a "guy with a mask" anyway.
Season 2 of 'Riverdale', lost a lot of fans who believed the show had dragged itself for too long to solve the Blackhood mystery. In season 3, more fans are pointing out that if 'Riverdale' did have to take the supernatural route, then that should have been established in season 1 itself. Three is too late, and now redeeming it as if it never happened, has only made it worse. Thank you, Next!