As Bleeding Cool's resident Riverdale expert Adriel continues making the world a better place – and getting her brain exactly where it needs to be for another week's worth of reviewing – we thought now would be as good a time as any to offer up the promo and preview image (!?!) for this week's "Chapter Sixty-Five: In Treatment".
While we're not in a position to speak on behalf of Adriel, we can safely say this on our behalf: the episode had us at Gina Torres (Firefly) – and a twist we can't help feeling is coming:
"Riverdale" season 4, episode 8 "Chapter Sixty-Five: In Treatment" – GINA TORRES GUEST STARS AS RIVERDALE HIGH'S GUIDANCE COUNSELOR — As residents across Riverdale begin receiving more mysterious videotapes on their doorsteps, the seniors of Riverdale High eagerly await their college decision letters. Concerned that the stress may be getting to them, Mrs. Burble (guest star Gina Torres), the school's guidance counselor, meets with Betty (Lili Reinhart), Archie (KJ Apa), Veronica (Camila Mendes), Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) and Jughead (Cole Sprouse) to discuss what's plaguing them. Madchen Amick, Mark Consuelos, Casey Cott, Skeet Ulrich and Vanessa Morgan also star. Michael Goi directed the episode written by Tessa Leigh Williams.
This year's New York Comic Con (NYCC) proved to be an eventful one for Riverdale – with special announcements, casting news, and exclusive footage – as well as the cast and executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa having fun discussing the past season's wild ride of storylines while teasing what fans can expect when Riverdale returns for a fourth season.
Two of the more jucier takeaways from the panel should catch the interest of both Twin Peaks and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina fans:
● While it doesn't appear there will be a direct Riverdale/CAOS crossover this season, Aguirre-Sacasa revealed that the show is "seeding hints left and right" and that fans will "see more of them this year."
● As for the beloved David Lynch series, Aguirre-Sacasa would like to see Riverdale pay its respects: "One of our big influences is 'Twin Peaks'. One thing we're talking about is doing a David Lynchian episode."
Without missing a beat, Mädchen Amick (Twin Peaks' Shelly Johnson) asked the only question that needed to be asked at that point: "Can I direct that one?".
● Kerr Smith (The Fosters, Life Unexpected) has been cast in a recurring role as new Riverdale High principal Mr. Honey – appearing in the second episode of season four, "Chapter Fifty-Nine: Fast Times at Riverdale High." Mr. Honey is a bit of a hard-ass who takes a harder line with the students this year, especially with the seniors.
● Sam Witwer (Supergirl) has been cast in the recurring role of Mr. Chipping. Handsome, bookish, and cool, Mr. Chipping teaches creative writing at a prestigious prep school near Riverdale. He recruits Jughead (Cole Sprouse) for his seminar – and while he's eminently inspiring to his students, there's a darkness hidden far beneath the surface.