October Orient: Return of Riverdale and Stranger Things

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The premiere of Riverdale’s second season is scheduled on 11th October, and that of Emmy-nominated Stranger Things is appropriately just before Halloween, on 27th October. These much-hyped comebacks have a lot of exciting fan theories building up. But, hey, what about college internals? October is the onset of the exam season, with an overflow of assignments and internals. Take a break, watch the reruns of these shows while you wait for the new seasons, and build up some fan theories of your own.

Unlike the upbeat tone of the Archie Comics, the trailer of Riverdale starts off with some quick cuts that take on a noir, suspense-thriller tone. Since hitting our screens in January, Riverdale surprised critics and viewers alike. The Jason Blossom murder mystery has been solved, but there are plenty more questions to answer in this modestly dark town. Season one of the show ended with the murder of Archie’s father, Fred Andrews, in the local diner. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, show’s creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said the identity of Fred Andrew’s shooter will be “the mystery that launches season two”. There are a plethora of fan theories just about who the killer is. Also, Betty’s brother – the abandoned son of Alice Cooper – is to appear in this season, theories say, as Chic Cooper. Can Joaquin the Southside Serpent have Cooper blood? If so, the tense moments between Mrs. Cooper and FP could be somewhat explainable. Hiram Lodge will finally share the screen, answering a lot more questions about his elusive character. Hope all stays good between our beloved Betty and Jughead; after all, he’s a Southside Serpent now and went on to stay in the southern part of the town. Will Veronica and Archie share more chemistry this season? There’s a lot to take in from the 30-second trailer, and it only gets crazier from there. Does Archie have a gun? Why is Jughead sneaking around a dark house with a baseball bat? Who is wearing the mask?


Set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana in the 1980s, the first season of Stranger Things focused on the investigation into the disappearance of a young boy amid supernatural events occurring around the town, including the appearance of a psychokinetic girl who helps the missing boy’s friends in their own search. The second season is set a year after the first, and deals with attempts of the characters to return to “normal”, as well as consequences from the first season. The second season seems to have scenes set during Halloween having that retro ’80s throwback vibe. It turns out that this season will have a different vibe to the first, adopting a more ‘slow-burn’ atmosphere. “Trick or Treat?” states the caption of the latest poster of Stranger Things,an illustration of a young boy amidst a creepy field of pumpkins. Nancy and Mike are mourning for the apparent losses of their friends Barb and Eleven; however, the major part of the season is that Eleven is still alive! It all started with Will’s disappearance, but it was just the beginning: the adventure is yet to unfold its grasps. Can’t wait more!


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