At this point, what soul in Rivervale hasn’t been corrupted? It was easy pickings for Mr. Cypher. The devil made his way to town on Riverdale Season 6 Episode 3 with plenty of tempting offers. Some chaos, some shady deals, and some promises of big success. No one held back when the evil deals were dangled in front of them. The third chapter of Rivervale’s five part event embraced its devilishly fun dark side.
It was only a matter of time before the devil arrived in Rivervale. Cheryl had previously toyed with Faustian deals on Riverdale Season 6 Episode 1, so we got an early tease of what it could be like with his presence.Mr. Cypher was an interesting villain. He had the same sophistication and swagger as Lucifer Morningstar from Netflix’s Lucifer, but he wasn’t as involved or charismatic. This devil always seemed to be at arm’s length from everyone. I liked the contrast because it made this character more like the classic trope. Plus, Mr. Cypher’s style left all the power in the hands of the cast; Lucifer would’ve gotten involved throughout. Everything bad that happened in Chapter Ninety Eight Mr. Cypher was due to the characters making their own mistakes and deals. Mr. Cypher didn’t force them to do anything; he offered them deals or negotiated ideas.The temptation cursed them all, which was a pleasant surprise and difference from the earlier maple festival.
Case in point Reggie. Every decision he made dug him into a deeper hole straight to hell.Did he not realize Veronica would find out that he stole her soul? And that his lie would backfire.His first excuse seemed like a genuine mistake he would make. Reggie was desperate to make the casino a success, so his soul selling lined up with his character development. I believed Reggie would make that type of deal. Manipulating Veronica, on the other hand, was a surprise that caught everything off guard. He didn’t seem like he cared at all that Veronica would burn in hell; it’s a sharp change from their earlier love yous. Reggie deserved everything bad that came to him.
Veronica going full Emily Thorne showcased her rise like a phoenix yet again, embracing the boss energy we love to see. She’s an icon, she’s a legend, and she is the moment. Taking down Nick St. Clair was the cherry on the revenge sundae. Nick always deserves his just desserts, regardless if it’s been years since his last appearance. He’s still the same slimeball as always. And she wasn’t a complete villain, so we still have the conflicted Veronica, who would choose the good side when needed. Alice didn’t deserve the same betrayal that Reggie inflicted on her. It’s great that Veronica saw the light and directed her energy to someone who needed payback.
The twist of Veronica betraying Reggie was a chef’s kiss moment. He didn’t even realize she turned the tables on him. Like, did he expect she wouldn’t do anything to save her life. He manipulated her into signing a document, so all was fair in love and war. Reggie should’ve checked the pen before signing anything it was his fault for starting all this mess in the first place. Veronica merely seized the opportunity.Though Veronica betraying Nick and Reggie should’ve been enough of a deal to save herself.