WARNING: This article contains spoilers for the latest episode of Riverdale, "Chapter Thirty-Four: Judgment Night."
On the latest episode of Riverdale, the world of Archie Comics clashed with the mythology of Batman. The penultimate episode of Season 2 of the CW series ended with a brutal scene that paid homage to a classic scene from the Batman comic books.
The episode of Riverdale saw Jughead attempt to avoid a gang war between the gnarly Ghoulies and his own kin, the South Side Serpents, by surrendering himself to his enemies and their ally, Penny Peabody. The villains proceeded to beat Jughead to a bloody pulp, and cutting his Serpent tattoo off of his skin. Jughead's father FP Jones later found him, and carried him back in his arms.
The scene was meant to be a clear reference to the panel of Batman holding a beaten and bloodied Jason Tood in his arms, as seen in the 1988 "A Death in the Family" storyline. The homage was pointed out by the showrunner of Riverdale himself, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who shared the panel on Twitter. "This is one of the most iconic images in modern comics," Aguirre-Sacasa wrote."And an inspiration for tomorrow’s episode of “Riverdale.”"
This is one of the most iconic images in modern comics. And an inspiration for tomorrow’s episode of “Riverdale.” pic.twitter.com/ITRdGebbAh— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) May 9, 2018
The Batman storyline is infamous for featuring the brutal death of Jason Todd's Robin at the hands of the Joker, making Riverdale fans just a tad worried that Jughead might not make it out of Season 2 alive.
Airing Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, Riverdale stars KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Madeleine Petsch, Ashleigh Miller, Casey Cott, Mark Consuelos, Skeet Ulrich, Marisol Nichols, Madchen Amick and Luke Perry.