Riverdale S06E03 Preview: Turns Out Mr. Cypher & Pop Were Old Friends

So it would appear that after only two weeks, our trip to Rivervale is building up quite a bit of body count. First, KJ Apa's Archie and then Vanessa Morgan's Toni Topaz shuffled off the show's mortal coil. So who's next? Well, since it's pretty safe to assume that the "Mr. Cypher" from this week's episode probably has the first name "Louis." Making the connection? Well, Tabitha (Erinn Westbrook) is about to get clued-in in a big way after meeting the mysterious gentlemen in her dying father's hospital room. Already not a good kick-off to things… but great if you're a fan of this season of The CW's Riverdale.

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Here's a look at the newest preview for "Chapter Ninety-Eighty: Mr. Cypher," where Tabitha learns that Mr. Cypher and Pops (Alvin Sanders) have been "business partners" for quite some time now:

Riverdale Season 6 Episode 3 "Chapter Ninety-Eighty: Mr. Cypher" – THE DEVIL COMES TO TOWN – After being visited by a mysterious figure who arrives in Rivervale, the gang find themselves faced with unexpected ultimatums. Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Madchen Amick, Casey Cott, Charles Melton, Erinn Westbrook and Drew Ray Tanner also star. Jeff Woolnough directed the episode written by Greg Murray.

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Riverdale S06E03 Preview: Turns Out Mr. Cypher & Pop Were Old Friends
Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Riverdale S06E03 Preview: Turns Out Mr. Cypher & Pop Were Old Friends
Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Riverdale S06E03 Preview: Turns Out Mr. Cypher & Pop Were Old Friends
Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Riverdale S06E03 Preview: Turns Out Mr. Cypher & Pop Were Old Friends
Photo: Kailey Schwerman//The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Riverdale S06E03 Preview: Turns Out Mr. Cypher & Pop Were Old Friends
Photo: Kailey Schwerman//The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Riverdale S06E03 Preview: Turns Out Mr. Cypher & Pop Were Old Friends
Photo: Kailey Schwerman//The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
riverdale
Photo: Kailey Schwerman//The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Riverdale S06E03 Preview: Turns Out Mr. Cypher & Pop Were Old Friends
Photo: Kailey Schwerman//The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Last month, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina star Kiernan Shipka took some time out from promoting her C13Features feature-length audio movie Treat to discuss what it was like returning to the role and how it felt playing Sabrina in the "Riverdale" sandbox:

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On Returning to Sabrina in a Different Series Environment: "It was great. I never really felt like I got to say a proper goodbye to Sabrina when we wrapped, so to be able to revisit her and to see her in a new light, it was like riding a bike. I didn't know if it was gonna be or not, but coming back and being her again felt great. It also felt nostalgic, which I'd never experienced with Sabrina before because I was always just so in it. So, to go back and be a new person in the same headband was really, really thrilling. I really enjoyed it. It meant a lot to me, it really did."

On Learning New Things About Sabrina: "There's still more to be revealed. She still carries a sense of mystery in the episode. But of course, you're always learning new things. I think there are always new curiosities. Playing her from a different perspective and in a different timeline was very interesting. I had to work out in my brain what happened in between."

So our biggest takeaway are the lines, "a new person in the same headband," "playing her from a different perspective and in a different timeline was very interesting," and "I had to work out in my brain what happened in between," which seem to be implying that this will be taking place before the Netflix series finale (which means Sabrina's still dead).  That said, we're not buying into anything 100% yet. Because to be honest, having Sabrina's run on Riverdale happen after the Netflix series finale would raise so many intriguing questions about her return. Just make sure not to answer them on Riverdale. Instead, drop vague verbal clues and cryptic teases about what went down.

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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