Veronica and Betty’s friendship has faced trials and tribulations since they first met. Through all of the problems Riverdale has faced and the struggles they’ve overcame, Betty and Veronica managed to hold on firmly to their relationship. With season seven’s memory wipe, the duo have no recollection of their adventures and have recreated their initial meeting and relationship.
Has the memory wipe encouraged a different type of relationship for the duo? Riverdale’s final season has included a variety of unlikely romances, from Betty and Kevin to Veronica and Jughead or Archie and Cheryl.
As time has passed, the initial shock has calmed down, and for the most part, Riverdale has returned to watching the show’s original couples fall back in love. Cheryl and Toni’s relationship has been an essential dynamic in season seven, as has Betty and Archie’s growing romance. Even Veronica and Reggie got to subconsciously go back to playing with their old romantic feelings, in addition to Jughead and the 1950s counterpart of Tabitha.
However, what fun would it be if Riverdale left it at that without exploring at least one more potential relationship? For the most part, Betty’s attention has been on Archie in the 1950s. They have come close to being together but never quite got there. In the meantime, Betty’s continued interest in sexual desire has had her experiencing new feelings for different people, including Veronica.
Riverdale had previously established that among Betty’s many fantasies, Veronica had been one of Betty’s interests. It never appeared to go anywhere though, as Veronica and Betty spent more time scheming to be on dates with boys than pursuing anything further. Season 7, Episode 12 entitled “After the Fall”, shows that things could seemingly go in another direction.
“After the Fall” shows Betty and Veronica relying on each other after discovering their parents have practically disowned them. In their moments of bonding, they discuss Kevin and Clay’s happy and healthy relationship, which they both crave. Although their almost kiss is interrupted, a phone call later suggests they may have budding feelings.
Taking such a new approach to the long-lasting love triangle could be enough to add some extra excitement to the final installment of episodes. Veronica and Betty have never had the chance to be in a romantic relationship with each other before, so it can add extra layers and conflict, especially if everyone remembers their time spent in the 1950s when they eventually return to their lives in the present day.
If anything, Betty and Veronica’s intertwined storyline allows the central characters to spend time together and be friends. The same can not be said for Archie and Jughead, whose relationship has practically disappeared from the series to make room for Archie and Reggie’s growing brotherhood.
Whether Riverdale has Veronica and Betty attempt to be an actual couple or decide otherwise and keep them as friends, allowing them to be involved in this storyline adds layers to their friendship.