TV Review: Riverdale (Season 3, Episode 22)
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Well this is it. We made it to the finale of Season 3 of Riverdale. It's been a wild ride, full of dramatic twists and turns and the final episode "Survive The Night" was no exception. The final episode wrapped up pretty much all of the questions raised in this season, whilst introducing new mysteries ready for the upcoming fourth season this autumn.
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