During the season 6 finale, which aired in July 2022, viewers saw Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) saving the world from a comet. Things took a turn, however, when the characters ended up reverting back to their teenage years.
According to creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the alternate universe would play a big role in the show’s final arc.
“I will say that we are going back and embracing the Archie Comics and the idea of the Archies in the ‘50s, one of the classic staples is the love triangle,” he explained to Nerds of Color that same month, referring to the onscreen couple debate between fans. “We don’t wanna go and kind of just play the straightforward depiction of the love triangle, meaning both Betty and Veronica are fighting over Archie.”
Aguirre-Sacasa continued: “I don’t think we’re ever going to play that. We never did and we’ve never wanted to, and I don’t think that’s going to be happening in the ‘50s but we are kind of reinvesting in sort of that young, new first love, first kiss, those tropes that we love from teen dramas. I know I haven’t really answered your question, but there will be a lot of Varchie and Barchie drama, and the story is not finished by any stretch of the imagination.”
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