The overwhelming popularity of Riverdale owes a lot to its featured stars and captivating cliffhangers. In particular, the central four teenagers inspire lively fan debates and theories.
Heroic Archie, golden girl Betty, socialite Veronica, and outcast Jughead get thrust under spotlights brighter than the bulbs at Pop Tate's Chock'lit Shoppe. Their intense storylines and romances take up the majority of Riverdale's screentime. However, it's time for them to slide over and make room for other exemplary characters.
While quite a few Riverdale residents stay in the background, their entertaining contributions shouldn't go unnoticed. They may not narrate Jason Blossom's untimely end or try to drown someone in a sauna, but their actions never fail to heat things up.
Some of the most impressive internal battles in Riverdale were fought by citizens on the sidelines. Their families crumbled but they stood erect after looking inside themselves. Difficult pasts threatened to topple them and they still pressed on until they rose above their reputations. On the periphery, the lesser-known neighbors in Riverdale flourished better than Cliff Blossom's maple syrup industry.
These supportive figures deserve the audience's appreciation after serving as important anchors to key plots and amusing rivals for the more celebrated characters. The mysterious town of Riverdale wouldn't be half as mesmerizing without them.
10. Rose Blossom
Audience members constantly express their desire to see the supernatural at work in the show. Rose Blossom, the creepy grandmother of Cheryl, helps showcase the allure of a mystical presence with her unforgettable appearances.
With her trademark streak of crimson hair, Rose meanders around Thornhill and inadvertently dispenses information to passers-by. She emerges from the shadows to search Betty's hand for the Blossom family's engagement ring. Rose believes she's Polly and wonders aloud why the ring isn't on her finger. The spooky gesture confirms that Jason had every intention of running off with Polly, an account that Jughead and Betty questioned up until then. This could've been revealed in a less enticing manner but Rose's eerie activity makes it twice as thrilling for viewers.
Rose also deserves credit for her unique treatment of Polly. Along with Cheryl, she's the only other Blossom who demonstrates true concern for Jason's former fiancee. Luckily for paranormal-hungry fans, she displays her warmth in darker ways. Rose uses her gypsy blood and magical pendant to predict the gender of Polly's twins. In comparison to most of the Blossoms, Rose stands out as a likable exception. She may suffer from dementia but her empathy remains intact.
As season two approaches, fans are still keeping tabs on the cryptic Blossom matriarch. Her absence in the final episode even instigated another mystery for viewers to ponder: her whereabouts in the finale house fire. For a minor character, she makes quite the impression.