Last night’s Riverdale episode was probably traumatic for “Bughead” and “Varchie” shippers because both couples ended things on sour notes. After Archie told Veronica “I love you” and she didn’t say it back, the two had a heated spat that ended with Veronica tearfully getting into a car and driving away. Meanwhile, Jughead was royally pissed at Betty for doing that stripper dance at the White Wyrm to become a Serpent. He wants her to stay as far away from that world as possible, and they quasi broke up—for what seems like the fifth time—after their own fight. It was an emotional final five minutes, to say the least.
And it only got crazier at the very end: The final shot of the episode showed a shirtless (of course) Archie staring wistfully at Betty through his bedroom window. She stares back at him, too, and the implication here is that they’re going to get together—or, at the very least, revisit some latent feelings. Yes, my friends, it seems like “Barchie”—Betty and Archie—is about to make an appearance on Riverdale.
Fans aren’t happy about it, though. The social media response to Betty and Archie’s thirsty stare-off has been, surprisingly, very charged and angry. Yes, there are some fans who’ve been shipping Betty and Archie since the beginning, but the majority of them see this relationship as a step backwards. For them, Betty and Archie had their chance in season one, but that ship has sailed now. Too much work has gone into establishing “Varchie” and “Bughead” for those relationships to just disappear. Here are the most, erm, spirited reactions we found to this Betty and Archie nonsense:
Of course, it’s possible Betty and Archie won’t hook up at all. Riverdale is notorious for its ambiguous cliffhangers, so we could be creating something out of nothing. We’ll have to tune into next week’s episode to find out for sure, though. Get your ponytails ready.