[The following contains spoilers for the musical episode of Riverdale, "Big Fun." Read at your own risk!]
Season 3 has been a busy one for the Riverdale teens. There's been board games that make kids commit suicide, gang warfare, feuding parents, and oh yeah, Archie (KJ Apa) was attacked by a bear (which we do not talk about nearly enough). In this week's episode, they also had rehearsals for the second big musical event of the series, but just like last year, the performance ended on a very menacing note. No, there were no dead bodies this time, but we finally got our first look at Edgar Evernever (Chad Michael Murray), and everyone should be unnerved.
The cult leader of the Farm made his presence known at the very end of the Heathers performance, applauding slowly as he began a standing ovation in all white. As Edgar clapped, his followers in the audience began to stand as well. Luckily, it wasn't a full room, but a disturbing amount of adults in the audience stood up to show that they had joined the mysterious group.
The Farm has been a presence throughout all of Season 3, but it existed mostly in the background for the first episodes. Then it really only cropped up as a problem for Betty (Lili Reinhart). She realized from the second her mom and sister joined the group that they were bad news, but the rest of her friends have been so preoccupied with other drama that she's been trying to investigate the Farm pretty much as a solo venture.
Until now, it has seemed like Edgar and his crew were mostly seeking out vulnerable teens. He managed to recruit Kevin (Casey Cott) and Fang (Drew Ray Tanner), along with a few other wayward Riverdale High youths, but the closing scene of Wednesday's episode revealed that Edgar's reach is further than anyone, including Betty, had realized. When all those adults stood up with Edgar, everyone (at least those not in the cult already) realized that the Farm has officially become a top priority when it comes to Riverdale's current problems.
But the thing is, Betty has been trying to warn everyone about how dangerous this place is for months. It's a wonder no one listened to her because Betty is almost always right. That ponytail is like a lightning rod for knowledge and answers. Luckily, if everyone is as freaked out as she is now that the threatening proof is right in front of their eyes, the Scooby Gang can band together to figure out exactly what Edgar wants and stop him from being able to get it. Fingers crossed that now that the cult leader has officially moved into the spotlight, we'll finally find out what all of this has to do with Gryphons and Gargoyles.
Buckle up, kids, because knowing Riverdale, it's only going to get weirder from here.
Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.
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