‘Riverdale’ exclusive: Archie goes head-to-head with Percival Pickens

Max Yurva

What does Percival Pickens (Chris O’Shea) want from Riverdale? So far we’ve seen him try to buy the house of Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) and get cut off before giving any important information at the town meeting. But in this weekend’s new episode “Chapter 103: Town,” which Decider exclusively watched, we finally got a little more thought on this new villain.

“Thank you for stopping by and chatting,” Archie begins Percival in his office at the boxing gym/community center/firehouse/town hall convention center he owns.

“Not at all, I welcome any opportunity to get to know my neighbors better,” Percival retorted happily.

Moving on to the minutiae, Archie tries to find out some information about the residents of Newtown. We found out that yes, Percival is English, as the accent suggests. However, he is associated with the Pickens family who helped create Riverdale, as some came to settle in the “colonies” while others “stayed in the old country”.

Then, the chatter vanishes, especially when Archie asks if Percival is from “an old country”. After a long pause, Percival said, “Oh no. I travel here and there. Nowhere has the potential of this place, though.”

It’s not just the spooky music in the background, but O’Shea’s lines that give everything a decidedly menacing atmosphere.As showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told us, “Given this season is more supernatural and borderline, we think he’s more of a Stephen King villain. Like like Randall Flagg boothor like a shopkeeper need something. “

This is on full display here as he overturns Archie’s vision for The Town With Pep. As seen in the photos from this episode, it’s clear that Archie is working on some variation of a sheltered camp plan with relatively inexpensive and smaller housing for the homeless or for a greater need for affordable housing. man built.

However, Percival sees a weakness in Riverdale. He wants to turn it into the next “Martha’s Vineyard.” The problem is that, according to him, the underprivileged in Sketch Alley don’t need help, while the other “good free people” in town want the poor and the poor to “go away.”

Archie disagrees, and we’re ready for the next big conflict on the show.You can check out the rest of the clip above, then riverdale Airs Sunday 8/7c on The CW.

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