We have arrived at the last episode of Riverdaleis the sixth season and that’s a lot. The town prepares for Bailey’s Comet and what could be their last day on Earth, but they don’t go down without a fight. And the end result will leave you shocked.
Keep reading to see what happened in the Season 6 finale, “Chapter One Hundred and Seventeen: The Night of the Comet.”
In less than 18 hours, Bailey’s Comet will “erase” Riverdale, thanks to Percival Pickens. There’s an invisible barrier at the city limits, so while people can get into Riverdale, no one can get out. The gang isn’t giving up yet, though. Cheryl mentions that she knows someone she can consult who has ancient knowledge that rivals Percival’s. In the meantime, Archie, Frank and co. will dig in the mines to try to circumvent the barrier.
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Meanwhile, everyone is unsettled about the comet, lately making amends. Alice apologizes to her daughters for not being the best mother, and Reggie returns Veronica the portrait of Hiram he stole from Percival’s shop before it caught fire.
While Jughead and Tabitha have come to terms with their impending dooms (mostly Jughead’s), Alexandra Cabot surprisingly walks through Pop’s doors.
“I’m here to make all your dreams come true.”
Xandra tells the duo that she just made a deal to buy the facilities that once belonged to Tommy’s Comet, a chain of restaurants that went bankrupt. This means they can take them back and make them into Pop’s Diners across the country. Investors are aligned and they are good on finances. Xandra just needs an immediate yes from Tabitha. Due to the approaching comet, Tabitha hesitates, but of course she doesn’t mention the comet. Xandra gives him 10 hours to decide on the opportunity of his life.
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Jughead tries to convince Tabitha to franchise Pop’s, but she won’t commit to anything until a comet rushes their way. But she appreciates that he is the Jack of her Rose. That’s when she finds out that Jughead has never seen one of his all-time favorite movies, Titanic. So they spend their last day watching the movie.
Tabitha signs on the dotted line to franchise Pop’s. Alexandra plans to start the partnership early the next day, but it’s hard for anyone to be excited about the future considering they may not have one.
Cheryl and Heather ask Abigail for help, and Cheryl promises to free her from the doll. Abigail tells them that her beloved Thomasina was not just a witch but an astronomer who showed her Bailey’s Comet, telling her it was made of ice. Abigail tells Cheryl that when the comet gets close enough to Earth to use her Phoenix powers to melt it.
“It’s kind of basic but also kind of genius.”
If it works, he will use all of Cheryl’s powers, which will come at a cost. Heather asks about Percival’s fate about the barrier and Abigail will agree to a condition.
With great power
Cheryl gathers her friends at Thornhill to tell them about the plan to melt the comet, but at the cost of losing one or more loved ones back from the dead. It is Cheryl’s powers that keep the resurrected dead alive.
“If Riverdale is to live, one or more of you or your loved ones must die.”
After Fangs gives Anthony a snake tattoo, he and Toni tell him that he is now the Snake King. It’s up to him to make sure the Serpents don’t die and to make sure their legacy continues.
Cheryl tells Toni that Abigail is ready to help break Percival’s spell and escape the border, but she wants to spend one last night with her beloved. Cheryl would be Abigail’s ship and Toni would be Thomasina’s ship. Their souls will be in a jar until the love of their ancestors ends.
Archie returns home to find his mother, who tells him about her divorce. She tells Archie that life is precious and he doesn’t want to waste a second.
Veronica applauds her father, hoping not to meet him in the afterlife. She gives him a final kiss on the cheek over the portrait, and due to her poison, the portrait disintegrates. Archie comes later and tells Veronica that he is going to ask Betty to marry him. He asks if she has any rings from his shop and Veronica gives him an amazing diamond from her personal stash that Betty would be looking for.
If today was the last
Archie proposes to Betty in his room, but Betty doesn’t exactly say yes. She loves him but tells him he’s a hero and sometimes he can’t save everyone.
“Sometimes you can just be scared and that’s okay. It’s human.
Betty tells Archie to ask her again after Cheryl melts the comet and they survive and find a way out of Riverdale. Archie promises he will do it for them and break the barrier so he can marry her.
Betty later talks to Agent Drake, who tells her that Director Wilcox wants them to run the FBI’s serial killer division. She tells Drake that she is in a period of transition and part of her life is over. It’s not about TBK or Archie. This is how she wants to spend the rest of her life.
Toni and Cheryl are back in their bodies, lying in bed, having no memory of what happened. With feelings lingering, Cheryl thanks Toni for what she has done. Later, Abigail tells Cheryl that the night was beyond her wildest imagination and shows her ancestor a piece of knotted rope. Once unraveled, the barrier will be broken and they can all leave Riverdale.
The first viewing of Jughead Titanic is life-changing, and he’s on the “Jack might hang out” side of the debate. He makes Tabitha promise to accept Alexandra’s offer to take Pop’s national. Tabitha swears but in exchange she wants him to go on one last epic date with her. She uses her powers to take them on an epic journey of their lives together that they deserve and they see themselves with a son and daughter sitting at Pop’s, growing up and aging, all happy, in just a minute.
Reggie asks Veronica what she’s going to do if they survive the comet and, like Veronica, she plans to go shopping in Paris with Katy Keene. Reggie, meanwhile, wants to have a dog. Veronica tells Reggie that she wants him to be the sole owner of the Babylonium. She wants to concentrate on her absinthe. If there’s another chapter in her life, Veronica wants to do a hard reboot on all fronts. Focus on being single, fabulous, get out a lot, and work on her friendship skills.
Archie tries to get through the barrier unsuccessfully and Mary walks towards him, having heard everything from Betty, upset that he didn’t tell her. Archie apologizes to her, knowing he couldn’t live with himself if something happened to him. Mary tells him he shouldn’t be scared and Archie brings up how much his dad loved Riverdale, how he basically built it with his two hands. Mary tells her that Fred would do exactly what he would, fight to the end, but he would also lay down his tools and be with those he loves.
Later, Archie and Betty are lying in bed together, talking only about their lives and their possible future. The tables turn and Betty asks Archie to marry her even if she wanted to wait. She’s as serious as a comet rushing towards Riverdale. Archie says yes.
As Cheryl and Heather try to untie all the knots, Heather says she decided to go back to Greendale in case Cheryl melts the comet. She saw the way Cheryl looks at Toni. No matter how much it hurts her, Heather knows that Cheryl and Toni are kindred spirits.
“Your destiny is written in the stars. It transcends time.
Gifts of a
Veronica talks to her father’s portrait, thinking about everything that happened that year. She realizes something very important about her powers, a way to save her friends. She calls an emergency meeting and tells her friends that she may have found a way to boost Cheryl’s powers to bring down the comet and increase the energy of the Phoneix powers so no one has to die.
“I’m so glad you said that for me.”
Since Veronica is a human dialysis machine, Veronica thinks she can use her gift to absorb all of their abilities, strengths and give them to Cheryl to increase her Phoenix power. That’s why Veronica stayed in Riverdale. Maybe the multiverse gave them specific powers so they could combine them. Do things in a This So the gang cuts and squeezes their wounds together and Veronica empowers Cheryl via a kiss.
Cheryl: A: That’s queer bait and B: Won’t your poisonous kiss kill me?
Veronica: A: it’s not queer bait, it’s save the world and B: pretty sure your phoenix power outweighs my poison power.
Although they don’t know what will happen when they give their powers to Cheryl, they do so successfully. After some testing, it is discovered that Cheryl has her powers and the others are normal again. She’s as ready as she’ll ever be.
After Cheryl creates a portal to Pop’s, she enters the parking lot and awaits the comet’s arrival. Meanwhile, the characters reunite with loved ones and sing a song about the end of the world, preparing for what could be their final minutes.
The comet approaches and Cheryl unleashes her Phoenix powers, saying a spell over and over. She rises into the air as the sky turns more yellow and there is an explosion of white light.
The next morning
The morning after Bailey’s Comet is like any other. Riverdale is still there, and so are the characters. However, the powers did something “totally unexpected but quite unavoidable”. Riverdale and its citizens survived the battle between good and evil and it was still their Riverdale.
Jughead says they were in another era, before Jason Blossom, before the Black Hood, maybe to survive. Archie comes downstairs and sees Mary crying over a newspaper article. James Dean had died in a car accident.
“Somehow the year is 1955 and somehow Archie Andrews and all his friends, myself included, are teenagers again. And I’m the only one who remembers what our lives were like in British Columbia before the comet.
And There you go! Season 6 of Riverdale finally and officially ended. Between Rivervale, Percival and the Comet, it’s been a wild ride. What will the seventh and final season bring now that we’re transported back to the 1950s?
Don’t miss the final season of Riverdale 2023 mid-season premiere on The CW! Season 6 will be available on August 7 on Netflix. Check out our continuing coverage of the series, including episode recaps!
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