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Chapter Sixteen: The Watcher in the Woods



Critic Consensus: Riverdale adds a layer of substance with an exploration of LGBTQ teen life seldom seen on small screens.

Episode Info

Archie gets frustrated by the lack of progress made in catching his father's shooter, so he takes matters into his own hands to send the gunman a message. Meanwhile, Veronica is thrilled when Hiram's attempt to start fresh means she gets to introduce him to her friends, including Archie. Elsewhere, Jughead starts his first day at Southside High and is befriended by a Southside Serpent named Toni, while Kevin's attempt at having a little fun causes Betty to grow concerned for his safety.


KJ Apa
as Archie Andrews
Camila Mendes
as Veronica Lodge
Lili Reinhart
as Betty Cooper
Sarah Habel
as Ms. Grundy
Cole Sprouse
as Jughead Jones
Mädchen Amick
as Alice Cooper
Madelaine Petsch
as Cheryl Blossom
Luke Perry
as Fred Andrews
Ashleigh Murray
as Josie Mccoy
Ross Butler
as Reggie Mantle
Marisol Nichols
as Hermione Lodge
Casey Cott
as Kevin Keller
Skeet Ulrich
as FP Jones
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Critic reviews for Chapter Sixteen: The Watcher in the Woods

To recap: the letter is either sincere or insincere, and either someone else is pulling his strings or he's acting alone.

October 26, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

For a lot of the series Kevin has been a very "gay best friend" character, so it was nice to see him have this emotional moment.

February 20, 2018 | Full Review…

I love a good murder mystery. Give me tension, thrills, and paranoia spreading across the town. It's all the ingredients for a great season plot.

October 26, 2017 | Rating: 4.3/5 | Full Review…

Bottom line: This was an excellent episode that had character development aplenty and some genuinely unsettling moments.

October 26, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Thankfully, the pace of Riverdale slowed down with this episode. Still, while some of the stories played out to perfection -- Hiram Lodge and Jughead's plots in particular -- there were some that need some serious work.

October 25, 2017 | Rating: 7.7/10 | Full Review…

The show hadn't yet felt like it made a true return to Riverdale form. At least, not until now with "Chapter Sixteen: The Watcher In The Woods."

October 26, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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