‘Riverdale’ Star Lili Reinhart Defends Betty’s Shocking Decision

by Jeremy Spirogis
Lili Reinhart in Riverdale

After a month-long break, Riverdale lastly returned with its musical episode, “Wicked Little Town.” But together with songs from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, followers bought to see Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Archie (KJ Apa) lastly give in to their pent up chemistry. Bughead stans have been fast to criticize Betty, however actress Lili Reinhart got here to her character’s protection on Twitter. 

[Spoiler alert: This article accommodates spoilers for Riverdale season 4, episode 17.]

Lili Reinhart in Riverdale
Lili Reinhart as Betty | Jack Rowand/The CW

How ‘Riverdale’ shocked viewers with that Barchie second

Since the primary season of Riverdale, followers knew Betty and Archie had one thing particular between them. Initially, earlier than they met and fell in love with Jughead (Cole Sprouse) and Veronica (Camila Mendes), the 2 had chemistry, they usually might have simply grow to be Riverdale High’s “it” couple.

But, when Jughead and Veronica got here into the image, Betty and Archie brushed their chemistry apart and remained good buddies. It wasn’t till season 4, episode 15, that the 2 started revisiting their connection. 

To expose his enemies, Jughead faked his dying. And with a view to persuade the Stonewall Prep college students that he was gone, Betty and Archie pretended to start out courting. But despite the fact that the 2 have been making out only for present, it felt like they could have reignited some outdated sparks. 

Then within the musical episode, “Wicked Little Town,” Betty and Archie get into arguments with Jughead and Veronica. Betty is offended that Jughead isn’t taking faculty and graduations severely. And Veronica is upset Archie didn’t inform her about her father’s dealing with of his well being. 

Upset and irritated, Betty and Archie come to rehearse a track for the present. As they sing their rendition of “The Origin of Love” from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a montage of their cutest moments is proven. 

Then, out of the blue, the 2 share a passionate kiss, confirming they’ve had the feels for some time. By the top of the episode, Archie and Betty reconcile with Veronica and Jughead. But they conveniently conceal all particulars of their makeout session.

Some ‘Riverdale’ followers weren’t pleased 

Jughead is a fan favourite, and in any case that he and Betty have been via collectively, Bughead stans have been relying on them being a strong eternally couple. But after seeing Betty and Archie kiss after which lie about it, followers felt the 2 have been being disloyal. 

“Can’t believe how people treat cheating so lightly as if it’s just a simple mistake,” one fan tweeted. “Is it because it’s a show? or Betty? It can literally destroy other people’s lives. If I were Jughead or Veronica, I would actively shun Betty and Archie out of my life permanently.”

“I hate to be like this but no. I will not take or accept any excuses whatsoever of why it was ok for Betty and Archie to lie like that,” tweeted another fan. “And continue to do so next episode. They don’t get a free pass for hurting Jug and Veronica and ruining so many good things.”

Lili Reinhart responds to Betty haters

Soon after “Wicked Little Town” aired, actress Lili Reinhart took to Twitter to defend Betty and her selections. “Some food for thought- You don’t have to agree or support Betty’s choices, but she’s a young girl,” Reinhart wrote in the tweet. “And she’s figuring herself out, just like everyone else in the world. And sometimes people do bad things.”

“Love is messy, love is confusing… tensions are high,” she added in another tweet.

In a sneak peek for episode 18, it seems like Betty may make her love life a bit messier. In the trailer for “Lynchian,” Betty is laying in mattress with Archie, in a romantic candle-lit room. “Archie, why are we here?” Betty asks, to which Archie responds, “I don’t know, but it feels nice right?”” 

Who is aware of how far Archie and Betty will go earlier than Veronica and Jughead discover out what they’ve been as much as. Riverdale will return with new episodes on April 29 on The CW. 

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