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Prom isn’t the only reason to dress up on Riverdale, especially when there is one final quest to complete in this season-dominating game of Gryphons & Gargoyles. The deadliest prom since Carrie was themed in order to draw out the Gargoyle King, but now Betty (Lili Reinhart), Jughead (Cole Sprouse), Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Archie (KJ Apa) have been gifted outfits perfect for a school dance with a traditional theme. But instead of a night of frivolity, they have to play a twisted scavenger hunt in order to survive.
Spoilers for Riverdale ahead.
Riverdale costume designer Rebekka Sorensen-Kjelstrup ups the glam stakes with Betty’s stunning sparkling pink Jovie gown paired with a faux fur Ted Baker cropped jacket — perfect for a decadent dinner party or night of dancing, less so for a night of terrors in the woods culminating with a run for her life. Penelope Blossom is dastardly, but she sure knows how to execute a scheme with the necessary design flourishes. She could’ve got them to dress up in G&G role-play attire, but this is very much a Penelope Blossom spin on things.
Betty and Veronica have the most impractical outfits for the final escape, but it is Archie who stumbles and falls during this getaway. It's a gender-swapped damsel-in-distress detail that doesn't go unnoticed and one that is very much appreciated. It is Veronica and her cumbersome gown that scoop him up and get him to safety. She gets a rose-on-rose belted floral dream and once again, she might be awful, but Penelope Blossom sure has a good eye for outfits to match the person she has picked it for.
Jughead isn’t one for formalities, so he is lucky Penelope gave him the option of an open collar. He almost loses his hat in his challenge, but he successfully beats the Gargoyle King. In a very Riverdale narrative spin, it isn't Jason Blossom (he really is dead and his corpse is now hanging out with Cheryl), but Chic (Hart Denton), the guy who pretended to be Betty's half-brother last season.
No matter the season, Jughead’s beanie is part of his signature look in the TV series, and a nod to the Jughead crown from the comics. It is also a vital ingredient of the ominous Season 4 tease. The teens might want a senior year free from drama, but this town is not ready to give them an easy time. A flash-forward to spring break shows mud-and-blood-covered Archie, Betty, and Veronica standing by a fire in just their underwear. This show loves to get hot and heavy, but this is not a throuple situation. Something very bad has happened that requires them to burn all their clothes, including Jughead’s iconic beanie.
The framing of this scene as they slurp milkshakes and laugh about their crazy year, juxtaposed with the spring break horrors, tells fans to expect another season of friendship-testing mayhem— not only that, but Jughead is going to have to get a new hat.
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