Warning: Spoilers ahead for season three of “Riverdale.”
The mysterious Farm is a major part of “Riverdale’s” third season.
During the premiere of the hit CW show, fans got a glimpse of some of the weird rituals related to the Farm, which has been described as a cult, when some of the Farm’s members gathered in the Coopers’ backyard. Now that Alice Cooper is as suckered in as her daughter Polly, even more details are starting to unravel.
Here’s what we know so far.
What is the Farm?
The exact details surrounding the Farm are unknown. Polly moves to the Farm during the second season when the Black Hood becomes a threat. She gives birth to her twins – Juniper and Dagwood – there but doesn’t tell her family. Betty then accuses the Farm of being a cult, but Polly denies it.
After Hal’s arrest, Polly returns home with the babies and says that the Farm taught her forgiveness. As Alice struggles with the revelation that her husband is a serial killer, Polly tells her that she knows someone at the Farm who can help her.
Season three shows Alice and Polly leaning hard into Farm life – drinking oolong tea and wearing crystals. At one point, Polly tells Betty that the Farm “healed” her and their mother and can help Betty if she’d just let them.
Towards the end of the episode, Betty comes home to find a crowd of people standing around a fire. Alice and Polly raise the twins up over the fire.
Who runs the Farm?
Though he has yet to be shown, Edgar Evernever is introduced as the cult leader.
Alice tells Betty that Edgar thinks it’s important that they spend family time together. Betty sounds annoyed that her mother is pushing Edgar and the Farm on her.
Later when Betty returns home, she finds her mother with all of her diaries and Alice tells her that Edgar thinks she should burn them. They argue about the past and Betty makes a reference to a “Heaven’s Gate commune,” a UFO religious cult started in San Diego in the 70s.
“Edgar has done nothing but help me,” Alice says. “He’s encouraged me to embrace everything that I was ashamed of and become the best version of myself.”
One day when Betty comes home to a circle of women from the Farm, she says she expected to see Edgar.
“You don’t just meet Edgar,” Alice says.
“There are certain levels that you need to attain before meeting Edgar,” Polly adds.
Later, Alice tells Betty that she trusts Edgar and the Farm more than she trusts her own daughter.
In a round table interview at New York Comic Con, Mädchen Amick called Edgar a “charismatic cult leader” and said that because Alice “was so vulnerable and such an easy target that she just went all in to the cult.”
What’s up with Evelyn?
His daughter Evelyn is introduced during the second episode. She meets with Betty and introduces herself while at school. Betty attends one of Evelyn’s peer support groups at school and lies about being ready to get some help from the Farm.
When Betty is confronted by the women from the farm, Evelyn reveals that Alice spilled every secret about the family, including the body Betty and Alice buried. Betty then freaks out and confronts Evelyn about Gryphons and Gargoyles.
Evelyn says they learned about it from Alice, not the other way around. She’s denied any connection to the Gargoyle King, but Betty later learns some new details. Additionally, the Farm has purchased the Sisters of Quiet Mercy building following the Sisters’ mass suicide.
What happens at the Farm?
The Farm has purchased the Sisters of Quiet Mercy building following the Sisters’ mass suicide, so it’s now directly in Riverdale. With the new purchase, the Farm prepares Alice for a baptism.
Betty learns that her mother has signed forms exculpating the Farm in case of death. This causes her to reach out to over 30 Farm escapees in an attempt to learn more. Betty contacts one escapee named Martha, whom she meets at the bunker. Martha tells her that she left the Farm six years ago after her sister Marigold died.
“The Farm believes that if you can get close enough to death, you’ll see the truth,” Martha said. “They claim that you have to survive an extreme ordeal in order to achieve ascension, the promise of the Farm.”
Her choice of words seems to indicate that the Farm and the Gargoyle King may somehow be related. Martha also reveals that her sister drowned during the baptism.
Betty runs to her mother’s baptism and finds Polly holding her under the water. As they lift Alice out of the water, she’s not breathing. Betty saves her life, but despite almost dying, Alice won’t turn away from the Farm.
“I was reborn,” Alice says. “I saw it all – my purpose, my destiny, just like the Farm promised, just like Edgar said.”
After Kevin gets immersed in the Farm, Betty spies on him and the other Farmies. She first sees them holding their hands over Bunsen burners at school and then later sees Kevin walk over hot coals per Evelyn’s guidance.
“Once you start crossing the threshold, you can’t stop,” Evelyn says. “That’s the key. You must believe that you will be protected, believe that you will be forged. Only through the fire can we be cleansed and leave our past behind, conquer our fears, expiate our sins, exercise our demons.”
Kevin crosses the coals as Betty yells for him to stop. When Kevin completes it, Evelyn explains that they are “one.”
We’ll be updating this post as more information becomes available.
“Riverdale” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
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