This post contains spoilers for the Riverdale season two finale, “Chapter Thirty-Five: Brave New World.”
Polly Cooper and her twins, Juniper and Dagwood, made a grand return to Riverdale this week, just in time for the season two finale. On the episode, Polly, played by Tiera Skovbye, introduces mama Alice to something called “the farm.” It’s where Polly’s been living for the better half of the second season, and where someone “healed” her after everything that happened with Jason. She thinks this “friend” can help her mom. “If you’re open to it, I’d love for him to come visit to come and talk to you,” she tells Alice, who’s been a mess, understandably, after Hal came forward as the Black Hood. Cosmopolitan.com talked to Skovbye about the finale, Falice, and what fans can expect from Polly on season three.
Did the cast have any bets on who the Black Hood was before you read the script?
I actually wasn’t on set when everybody found out who it was going to be. Personally, I had no idea. I was completely shocked when I found out. I think a lot of people were. It’s crazy. It’s Riverdale.
Theories is a big part of the fan culture for Riverdale. Were there any you particularly liked?
There are a couple. Hal has a twin and they’re working together. And a couple people think that Polly is actually working with the Black Hood from the farm and is somehow the mastermind of it all, the one who’s organizing everything and getting Hal to do it. It’s interesting where people’s minds go. Like, I’ve hardly been on this season and of course, they’re like, “She’s it! She’s the mastermind!”
Wait, I thought she was moving to San Francisco. What can you tell me about this farm?
The farm isn’t really something that’s been explored. Betty talked about it, Polly talked about it in a very roundabout way, [but] there are no details about it. It leaves it up to the audience’s imagination. What is this mysterious farm, cult place that Polly keeps going to? There are different locations. She says there’s an outpost in San Francisco. But yeah, it hasn’t been explored. I’m not even sure that the creators have much of an idea yet. But I think it will be something that’s explored, especially since Polly comes back in the finale and introduces her mom to somebody from the farm. So it is something that’s become important to her. But what it is, exactly, I don’t think we know yet.
A lot of people have had opinions about the names of Polly’s twins, Juniper and Dagwood. Do you know anything about the names?
I think Juniper is in the comics somewhere. I haven’t been told anything specific about why they were given. I feel like as we unfold more about the farm and the people behind the farm, those are the kinds of things that will be discovered. There’s definitely a reason why they were named that.
Will we be seeing more of Polly on season three?
I think the fact that I don’t leave at the end [of the season two finale] is a good indication that there will be more Polly, especially since she’s inviting somebody from the farm, a character that she’s clearly involved with, to the Cooper house. I feel like that’s a good indication that there will be a storyline there. How much? I don’t know. There are so many characters on the show that everything is constantly changing.
Did you follow the aftermath of last week’s episode when fans thought Jughead had died?
It was something that everybody knew was going to rock the Riverdale fan world a little bit. It was kind of cool to see that it works. It’s also nice to know how invested the fans are in each character. If something bad happens to one of them, they’re invested. It was cool to see some of the reactions and theories and all the people who were like, It can’t be true!
Do you ship Alice and FP?
I think they’re both amazing, they’re the coolest people [on set] and have such a funny dynamic together. They’re really fun to watch. I feel like Polly maybe has her own thoughts about her mom and who her mom has a relationship with. I feel like there’s Betty and Jughead, and then Alice and FP, I feel like Polly has feelings about that.
What is your biggest hope for Polly Cooper moving forward?
I hope that we can uncover more of her secrets. It would be really cool to explore what this farm is and what’s gone on there. I think it would be really cool to have her live at home and see her life and the babies, and how that kind of works and fits with Betty and Alice’s life, now that Hal’s maybe not in the picture anymore.
Maybe. We don’t know. It’s Riverdale, after all.
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