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Easter Eggs, Conspiracies And High Expectations For The Inevitable Riverdale-Sabrina Crossover

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The CW’s Riverdale and Netflix’ The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (CAOS) might be giving us crossover we all deserve. Of course, true fans who grew up with a pile of Archie Comics in every bathroom en la casa know that we’ve spent decades waiting for this to happen. In the comics, there would be occasional stand-alone stories set in Sabrina’s world and sometimes, Sabrina would intermingle with Archie and The Gang.

These modern-day troubled teens have actual gang violence, a homicidal Hiram Lodge, real live Satan and demons and even “Gargoyle Kings” to contend with.

The comic writer, Nick Spencer, has outright told the public we can expect a crossover.

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We know that it’s going to happen in the next actual Archie comic. Spencer told Vulture “We were looking to do something that had never been done before. And we wanted to make it so every character that falls under the Archie banner felt like they had a place in the core title. When a character as classic and iconic as Sabrina comes to town, you know it has to have a big impact.”

But the easter eggs throughout both the TV series are pointing strongly toward on on-screen crossover.

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In the intro of Netflix’s CAOS, we see a comic banner that shows Sabrina watching the original Riverdale cast characters on screen. See Salem sleeping under that TV? Precioso.

Plus, CAOS mentioned the town of Riverdale twice in the first season.

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Sabrina Spellman’s aunties own a funeral home. After Sabrina’s boyfriend Harvey found out the whole truth of her witchy involvement in trying to revive his brother from an enemy’s revenge spell, he wanted nothing to do with the Spellman’s. Riverdale is close enough apparently that he could use their services.

Then there was that time that this girl gang sought revenge on the misogynist football players.

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Sound familiar? In CAOS, it was like how Betty and Veronica humiliated the team except far more terrifying. I’ll be rooting for Riverdale in the inevitable Greendale vs Riverdale nemesis game.

Riverdale and Greendale are intentionally set up to be in the same world.

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The showrunners for both series are intentionally setting fans up to be deeply enmeshed in both worlds and have a broader context for the cross-references. Probably because it’s the same showrunner.

But not everything can be explained.

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Just like in other iconic magical worlds, it seems that magical folks are just a little further behind the humans on using their technology. Probably because they seem to be able to summon each other in person, which, IMHO, is a level up from FaceTime.

Last we saw, Archie and Jughead had walked into the next town over.

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The town had been taken over by Gryphons and Gargoyles, with graffiti all over the town. Are they just one town over from Greendale, where Sabrina will take pity on their human incompetency to understand a witchy problem.

The reason things makes sense in Riverdale right now is probably becausthat just humans living in a bruja’s world.

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But nonetheless, this mitad bruja is going to try. Some people point out that the similarities might just be because both shows are directed by the same person, but to them, I say, mentira. Mira.

This is Riverdale’s Gargoyle King.

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We’ve seen the Gargoyle King a few times, mostly in the woods with Bughead. Now, he seems to be ruling the Sisters of Quiet Mercy and seems to be inextricably linked to Hiram Lodge, who also hired out all the men in the abandoned town Archie and Jughead visited. They’re all making a new drug. The same one that the Sisters of Quiet Mercy are dispensing to its abducted clients.

And this seems to be the Dark Lord in CAOS.

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This is the image that young Harvey remembers when he was last down in the mines as a little boy. He spent five hours crying after seeing the “half-goat” and smelling “brimstone.”

When Sabrina takes him to the mines in the present day, she tells him that it must have just been the rock carving that spooked him.

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I mean, it’s a creepy rock carving, but we all know this is mentira to the max. Plus, when they leave the mines, we see the silhouette of the real thing behind them. Is this The Dark Lord or a separate entity–a demon?

A few Riverdale episodes ago, Jughead finds this painting down in the same mine.

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Ya, the crossover is already happening before our very eyes. Plus, when we see the Gargoyle King in the flesh in Riverdale, he doesn’t have ears. Down in the mines, that looks like a goat head if I ever saw one.

God bless Twitter for these conspiracies:

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In CAOS, Sweetwater River was references as a river rich with magic. Maybe a spell has been cast on Riverdale to keep the pawns of the game in place. We don’t know what goes beyond it, but Archie and Jughead might be on the brink of finding out.

Conspiracy Theory #47: Polly es una bruja.

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I mean, twins?! Is this a telenovela or Hollywood production we’re watching? What does The Farm have to do with all the mysterious happenings in Riverdale? Could it be that The Blossoms are witchy, and they inherited some kind of power? What is the significance of the twins?

Plus, there was that one time Ambrose was spotted playing Gryphons and Gargoyles.

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Is Ambrose so tormented by his casi century long house arrest that he decided to use his powers to mess with a whole town of teenagers? Is Ambrose the Gargoyle King or ultimate gamemaster?

Then, there’s Ben Button, our one and only cameo.

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In Riverdale, he was preyed on by the piano-teaching Ms. Grundy and then in episode 2, he jumped out of a hospital window to “ascend” in Grypons and Gargoyles (after a failed attempt to drink the blue drink).

Then, he showed up in *Greendale* to deliver pizza and become an actual snack to Madame Satan.

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So, we know he’s dead. Again? Did they name him Ben Button because he’s just never going to die? Or, hear me out–do Riverdale characters who eventually “ascend” (witch speak for die(?)) just graduate to Greendale?

ANOTHER fan theory is that the timeline is that after he got eaten in Sabrina, he was revived as a demon in Riverdale and actually possessed when he jumped out the window.

To be honest. A lot of people hate the idea of a crossover.

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That’s because they haven’t tasted the blue drink that is Riverdale. I get it. I’m a 26-year-old woman who is addicted to a teen drama TV series, but I’m also a chismosa who is here for a telenovela level of drama. I’m team crossover, obviamente.

Dec. 15, witches. It’s happening. Maybe.

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Literally, no one has said anything about a crossover happening during the holiday special, but the official Netflix synopsis teases this:

The Church of Night, like all covens, celebrates the Winter Solstice – the longest night of the year – when families gather around the Yule Fire to sing pagan carols and tell ghost stories. But the holidays are also a time for guests and visitors – both welcome and unwelcome – you never know what might come down the chimney…

Sabrina actress Kiernan Shipka Instagram posted a major teaser.

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“HAPPY SOLSTICE!!!! We’ve got a #Caos holiday ep and it’s INSANE. Plus there’s an extra super special secret surprise in it that I think everyone is going to freak out about.”

What could be more freak worthy, extra special and secret than the Riverdale cast making an appearance?! It airs December 15, brujitas, so prepare yourselves.

We’ll be over here conspiring more theories…

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The Dark* Lord is testing me, comadres. What fan theories did we miss? Comment below and Happy Solstice!


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21 Things You Oughta Know About Saúl Canelo Alvarez

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21 Things You Oughta Know About Saúl Canelo Alvarez

Canelo Alvarez is the face of boxing today. After Floyd Mayweather retired and Manny Pacquiao began his slow decline, the redhead Mexican has become a pay-per-view attraction and a proud representative of Latinos worldwide. He has beaten the liked of boricua Miguel Cotto, Sugar Shane Mosley, Liam Smith and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Most famously, he is coming from a Majority Decision win over Gennady GGG Golovkin, who was as feared as Mike Tyson in his prime.

Canelo is looking to add the WBA super middleweight belt to his collection when he fights British Rocky Fielding on Saturday December 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

This is what you have to know before the fight!

1. He started his pro career as a teenager

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Believe it or not, Canelo was just a kid when he laced the gloves professionally for the first time. He soon established himself as a rising prospect who had an uncanny maturity in the ring for a kid his age. He was introduced to boxing by his brothers, who were also fighters.

2. His mom goes to all his fights

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Canelo’s mom is a constant presence in her son’s fights. You can see her ringside yelling and getting really into it, even saying a bad word or two.

3. He handled a bully with ease

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On May 2017 Canelo finally met Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, who had been bad-mouthing him for years. Canelo stayed focused and won an ample decision, reconfiguring Jr’s face in the process. Don’t bully Canelo or you will get badly beaten.

4. He signed a huge promotional deal with Hennessy

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Luxury brands LOVE Canelo and he has signed a profitable deal with cognac manufacturer Hennessy. Good on you, muchacho.

5. He was accused of doping…

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But it was all cleared up when it was revealed that the traces of clenbuterol found in his body were likely to be due to contaminated meat he ate in his native Mexico. Those muscles are the product of hard work and dedication!

6. He is a devout Catholic

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It is common to see him cross himself before and after his fights. Here we see him with Pope Francis at The Vatican, where he went to get a blessing after his draw with GGG in September 2017.

7. He travels the world after his fights

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Boxing is a sport that needs mental stability. That is why this muchacho pelirrojo travels the world after each grueling match, sharing his trips on Instagram. Here we see him in Milano!

8. He relaxes with his equine friends

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As the highest-earning athlete in the world, Canelo needs to have a way to find peace in the midst of stress. He owns properties in his native Jalisco where he keeps pure breed horses. He shares a deep connection with them.

9. He is BFFs with the Golden Boy

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Promoter Oscar De La Hoya is responsible for Canelo’s reign as the highest attraction in pugilism. The two have established a strong working relationship that translates into a deep and rich friendship as well.

10. He hangs out with the power elites

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Here we see him with former President Bill Clinton and with Carlos Slim, the Lebanese-Mexican tycoon who is often listed as one of the three wealthiest persons in the world.

11. He has two daughters…

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Canelo’s then-girlfriend got pregnant when they were teenagers, so the boxer has a teenage daughter. He also has a new baby princess who is the apple of his eye. Tierno!

12. He trains for eight weeks for each fight

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No distractions. No glamour. Just boxing. Canelo is renowned for his tough training techniques and he trains out of a house in San Diego, where he locks himself for two months before each fight. He shares grueling sessions on his Insta. Those muscles do not come for free!

13. He jumps into ice baths after training

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Canelo’s team uses the most advanced and extreme training techniques. After sparring sessions and weightlifting the boxer goes into ice baths or a state-of-the-art cryogenic chamber.

14. Sept. 15, 2018, will always be the biggest night of his career

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After facing a suspension for the alleged doping and being criticized for months, Canelo exorcized his demons by defeating the fearless Golovkin over 12 rounds. Canelo cried tears of joy and relief as the ring announcer was reading the decision.

15. He just signed a $35 million dollar deal!

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DAZN, a new streaming service, signed Canelo for 10 fights, for a minimum of $350 million dollars, making him the athlete that has signed the richest contract in sports history.

16. He had his first fight in the United States 10 years ago

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Look at that young kid, thin and far from the real beast that has been going through tough opponent after tough opponent in the past few years. He has established himself as an icon for Mexican-Americans despite his white-boy looks.

17. He loves speed

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Canelo owns a collection of luxury cars that he is not shy to share on social media. He is also quite a fashionista and wears designer clothes almost on a daily basis. He has earned it.

18. He has remained with the same trainers throughout his career

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Loyalty goes a long way! Despite having received offers from the most renowned trainers in the sport, Canelo remains loyal to Chepo and Eddy Reynoso, a father-son duo who discovered young Canelo and shaped him into an efficient boxing machine.

19. He was awarded the prestigious Premio Nacional del Deporte by the Mexican government in 2018

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In part due to his win over Golovkin, but also because of his spot at the top of international boxing, now former Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto awarded Canelo with an award that highlights the benefits that he has brought to the country’s sports in general.

20. He established a boxing academy for the youth

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Canelo Boxing Academy keeps boys and girls out of trouble, building their self-respect and determination. It is great to witness how those at the top can also open paths for future generations. The Canelo Boxing Academy has its headquarters in Guadalajara, a city that will always be Canelo’s home.

21. He wants to become the best boxer ever

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At only 28, Canelo is still relatively young and has about 7 years left in his career. He idolized Ali and wants to be recognized as a figure as big as him. If he wins on December 15 he will have titles in three different weight divisions, a feat that only greats like Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez, Marco Antonio Barrera and Oscar De La Hoya have accomplished. He is still young, so he might very well achieve all his dreams in and outside the ring.

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