Riverdale season 3: What happened to Betty Cooper? Why did she faint? | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV
WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Riverdale season 3, episode 1
The season three premiere of The CW drama closed with heroine Betty Cooper (played by Lili Reinhart) having a fit and collapsing.
Betty had come home to find a strange ritual taking place in her back garden involving members of the shadowy commune known as The Farm.
She could only look on helplessly as the twins were held over a fire as part of the ceremony, leading her to panic and appearing to trigger the fit.
Her mother Alice Cooper (Mädchen Amick) rushed to her fallen daughter.
Earlier in the Riverdale episode, titled Labor Day, Betty admitted that she’d been getting prescriptions for the drug Adderall.
Betty was struggling to deal with the stress over her father Hal Cooper (Lochlyn Munro) being jailed after he was unmasked as the Black Hood killer.
She had even been going as far the neighbouring town of Greendale – where sister show the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is set – to get the drugs.
It looks like the drugs could have caused Betty to have the fainting spell.
Then again, she did admit to her boyfriend Jughead (Cole Sprouse) that she was struggling to sleep after she’d been working on Archie Andrews’ (KJ Apa) case over the summer.
Could a combination of exhaustion and anxiety have caused Betty to have the fit and will she have another one? It seems highly likely to have led to this point.
Although Betty has vowed to no longer take the prescription drugs, could an addiction become part of her storyline for season three?
Speaking about the final scene, actress Reinhart said that she’d initially thought that magic was involved in the moment before it was ruled out.
She went on to explain: “I was immediately like, ‘OK, it was a hallucination.
“Maybe Betty is having a bad reaction to her Adderall and the high stress, or something really weird is going on with the Farm. I think it’s a mix of all of those things.”
Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre Sacasa went on to tell TV Guide: “It means that either Betty is having a hallucination, or some very, very, very scary cult members have come to Riverdale, or it means both…
‘“We wanted something that was really shocking and disturbing and disorienting.
“The reason I can’t tell you conclusively what it is, is because that’s the big mystery.
“I can tell you that it only kind of gets freakier from that moment on.”
The episode also saw the introduction of a mysterious new figure known as the Gargoyle King and Aguirre Sacasa teased that it could all be connected.
“He said: “They’re trying to see if all these weird events that are happening in Riverdale, if it’s a terrible coincidence that they’re happening at the same time, if they’re causing each other, if they’re related to each other.
“Trying to draw all these strands together is the big drive of this season.”
Riverdale season 3 drops on Netflix weekly on Thursdays at 8am