15 most shocking twists that could only happen in Riverdale

Riverdale -- "Chapter Fifty-Seven: Apocalypto" -- Image Number: RVD322a_0278.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Lili Reinhart as Betty, Camila Mendes as Veronica and Cole Sprouse as Jughead -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
Riverdale -- "Chapter Fifty-Seven: Apocalypto" -- Image Number: RVD322a_0278.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Lili Reinhart as Betty, Camila Mendes as Veronica and Cole Sprouse as Jughead -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved. /
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Riverdale — “Chapter Forty-One: Manhunter” — Image Number: RVD306b_0265.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Camila Mendes as Veronica and Lili Reinhart as Betty — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /

10. The town-wide quarantine

Season 3 of Riverdale pulled no punches, only curveballs. Perhaps the most puzzling curveballs of them all was the quarantine Hiram forced Hermione to sanction in the wake of seizure epidemic… which of course was due to the rampant spread of Gryphons & Gargoyles and the drugs that made the game truly pop.

But a town-wide quarantine? Now, that’s a twist you would never anticipate and one that’s totally, 100% up Riverdale’s alley.

The matter of the quarantine consisted of a super-complicated situation involving a governor that the Lodge’s had in their back pocket and an undying hunger for power. Hiram sought full control of the town, and when things weren’t going completely his way, he shut the whole town down.

Hermione later revealed the quarantine was a distraction for Hiram to dispose of his Fizzle Rocks supply, which he did not in fact do. At any rate, the quarantine didn’t appear to have nearly as much of an effect on the operations of the town as the previous season’s riot, since the drama of it all passed by the next episode.

Case in point, Jughead and FP were denied entry into Riverdale because of the quarantine, but in the next episode, they were safely back in town, in their homes, in the depths of the mystery plaguing their dark corner of the world. Largely, the big swing of a town-wide quarantine was a narrative gamble that essentially resulted in a clumsy fumble.

Still, those big narrative swings are what the series is made of, and we’re surely in for many more instances of chaos like the quarantine.