Could Cheryl’s Riverdale season 5 plot be setting up a CAOS crossover?

Riverdale -- “Chapter Ninety-Two: Band of Brothers” -- Image Number: RVD516fg_0019r -- Pictured: Madelaine Patsch as Cheryl Blossom -- Photo: The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Riverdale -- “Chapter Ninety-Two: Band of Brothers” -- Image Number: RVD516fg_0019r -- Pictured: Madelaine Patsch as Cheryl Blossom -- Photo: The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /

When Riverdale season 5’s time jump first launched, fans of Cheryl Blossom despaired over the iconic redhead’s dour disposition. Shut-in at her family’s estate, living only to paint, and refusing even Toni’s help, she was a shell of herself. She was like this because she firmly believed her family is cursed but in the back half of the season, the show has done a complete turn around.

There’s likely not a single viewer who finds the Blossoms’ new found ministry, centered on Cheryl’s deceased twin brother Jason, sane but it is bringing an interesting element to the story. One that’s reminiscent of another series showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa created, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (CAOS).

Now Cheryl, Penelope, and Kevin aren’t calling to Satan or cursing anyone in his name, however, there  seems to be a magical component to this storyline that’s becoming increasingly apparent. If that’s the case then Riverdale fans could be in for a CAOS crossover in season 6‘s five episode event.

Here’s why!

Could Cheryl’s storyline in Riverdale season 5 be leading to a CAOS crossover?

Before Riverdale went on its months long hiatus, the Blossoms kneeled at a dark altar to pray for wind to put out a fire tearing through their maple groves. The moment in “Chapter Eighty Six: The Pincushion Man” sets up what would eventually become the Church of Jason Blossom storyline that we’re currently watching.

At first, when Penelope told Cheryl about the divinity of her brother, Cheryl wasn’t onboard. However, after going to visit Jason’s skeletal remains, she was brought into the fold thanks to a cardinal that appeared during her talk with him. Since then, she’s been an active member of the church and even brought Kevin into the congregation.

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“Chapter Ninety-Two: Band of Brothers” saw Cheryl vie for power with her mother effectively shutting Penelope out and declaring herself the absolute authority of the church. She did this by performing three miracles that were essentially magic tricks but, by the end of the episode, it was revealed that the third wasn’t a trick.

Talking to Kevin by the light of the fireplace, Cheryl confesses that her miracle of bees wasn’t a performance. She wasn’t wearing ointment to protect herself in the moment where she called herself their queen and cut short Penelope’s naysaying.

She tells him that she felt something shift in her, that something is changing and maybe she actually is the holiest of holies. As weird as it sounds, Cheryl might be on to something at least in terms of there being a power within her.

Cheryl’s starting to be able to do things she hadn’t been able to do before which is having viewers, myself included, wonder if witchcraft is about to make its debut in Riverdale.

The town with pep is, after all, next door to Greendale, where the Spellmans and witches live. CAOS is a spin-off of Riverdale, and fans have wanted the two shows to crossover for years. Cheryl’s storyline could potentially be a catalyst for such an event considering hers is the only one with a hint of the supernatural in it.

Not to mention the key art for season 6 of the show hints very heavily at the plot being focused on the Blossom maple groves, a story element that’s been a prominent feature in season 5.

Also TVLine reports that RAS has teased the sixth season will be in the horror genre, is its own arc, and “[t]hings are a little bit darker, a little bit weirder, a little more twisted in Rivervale,” in this five episode event.

What’s darker, weirder, and a little more twisted than Riverdale in the Archieverse? CAOS. There’s still no confirmation that the two shows are crossing over in November but the more news that’s released about season 6, the more it seems likely they will be.

Stay tuned to Hidden Remote for more Riverdale news and coverage. We’ll keep you posted on whether fans will be seeing a big crossover event in season 6!

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New episodes of Riverdale season 5 air Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW