Riverdale Showrunner Isn’t The One To Blame For The Series’ Flop Finale
The CW should’ve splurged a little more.
Considering that the finale of Riverdale ended the era of teen supernatural dramas on The CW, it was an even bigger deal than it seemed on the surface. Though the finale was good, about as good as Riverdale can get, many fans were left a little disappointed by the magnitude of it all.
Unfortunately, viewers' thoughts have been confirmed in the words of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the showrunner of the iconic series.
Speaking to TVLine, Aguirre-Sacasa mentioned how much bigger the team's original plan was, and how they had to rewrite it due to a lack of budget.
“Originally, when we pitched the season, one of the ideas that we pitched was that the first 13 episodes would be in the ’50s, and then starting around episode 14 or so, we would start moving in time. So episode 14 would be set in the ’60s, episode 15 would be set in the ’70s, and then the ’80s, the ’90s… kind of working through to the present day,” he explained.
Sadly, the initial pitch was taken with a grain of salt. The idea was found to be within the realm of possibility, but arguably the people at the studio were the ones who could expand that range to give the staple a proper farewell.
Sticking with the '50s for the rest of the series, according to Aguirre-Sacasa, was the second-best option the cast and crew could come up with. While it's easy to believe that all on set enjoyed working in a new setting and the challenges it presented, the finale was far from ideal for the audience.
As much as everyone wants to understand the whole rebranding The CW is going through after the Nexstar deal, there were far more graceful ways to do justice to the ongoing series and end the stories so beloved by so many the way they always should have.
If one mention of Riverdale is enough to make you feel nostalgic, you can go ahead and binge-watch the show on Netflix.