‘Riverdale’: Mädchen Amick Tweets About Bringing Sass Back to the Show as Alice Cooper
Riverdale Season 3 proved to be quite the journey for Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) and his friends. Between the deadly game of Gryphons and Gargoyles and the ominous Farm, last year was easily the darkest season for the popular CW series. However, despite the horrors that the residents of Riverdale faced, the season finale did bring a ray of hope in the form of a revelation regarding Alice Cooper (Mädchen Amick).
According to Amick, season 4 looks like it will feature a particularly interesting storyline for Alice. Of course, the premiere served as a standalone tribute to the late Luke Perry — who played Fred Andrews on the show — but Amick took to Twitter to tease what fans can expect from her character throughout the rest of the season.
Where did we leave Alice last season?
Since it has been a few months since viewers last saw Alice, let’s review where Riverdale left her at the end of season 3. During Ascension Day on the Farm, Alice had seemingly grown suspicious of her fiancé and Farm leader Edgar Evernever (Chad Michael Murray). She persistently asked about Betty’s (Lili Reinhart) whereabouts and ultimately helped Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) escape, with baby Juniper in tow.
However, the big reveal came at the episode’s end when FBI Agent Charles Smith (Wyatt Nash) arrives in search of Alice, who remains lost inside the Farm. Charles reveals not only that he is Alice’s long-lost son but that Alice has, in fact, been serving as an FBI informant this entire time. In one fell swoop, Riverdale recontextualized everything we thought we knew about Alice Cooper.
A return to form for Alice Cooper
Earlier in the series’ run, Alice was portrayed as a savvy journalist, just as headstrong as Betty. But viewers were led to believe that she sought solace in the Farm after discovering that her husband Hal (Lochlyn Munro) was the serial killer known as the Black Hood. Overwhelmed by this traumatic truth, it was plausible that she might search for an outlet that might help her heal.
Nevertheless, the notion that Alice has been working to bring down the Farm from the inside retroactively restores the character’s strength and resilience in the face of the insanity that so regularly befalls Riverdale. Amick’s mention that Alice will be bringing some “extra sass” to season 4 may indicate that she is on the warpath to liberate Polly (Tiera Skovbye), her grandchildren and even the entire town from Edgar’s clutches.
Mother and daughter reunited
Since day one, the moms of Riverdale have been among the most compelling characters on the show. Yet, the parent-child dynamics have continually been dysfunctional and even toxic. Now that Alice and Betty know they are on the same side, at least one broken relationship can begin to mend.
In a recent chat with Life & Style magazine, Amick admitted that the bond between Alice and Betty will be a major focus on season 4. “They need to work through some issues, need to unpack some stuff,” Amick said. “In episode 8, there’s a great counseling session that happens with all the kids in high school, and in some of those, the parents are brought in. So there’s a good bit of Betty/Alice confronting a lot of stuff that’s been going on between the two of them. We need that counselor to do 24/7 for the next 6 months.”
Following its darkest season thus far, it looks like a bit of light may be coming to Riverdale — or, at least the Cooper household — in the weeks ahead.