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February 08, 2019

Chad Michael Murray joins ‘Riverdale,' returning to The CW as cult leader

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Chad Michael Murray joins ‘Riverdale', returning to The CW as cult leader Scott Kirkland/PictureGroup

Chad Michael Murray at the Los Angeles premiere of "John Wick: Chapter 2" at ArcLight Hollywood on January 30, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

"Riverdale" season 3 has been a wild ride, for better and for worst at times, but it definitely just got a whole lot better. Known for his teen heartthrob roles in "One Tree Hill" and "A Cinderella Story," Chad Michael Murray will play the enigmatic cult leader, Edgar Evernever, on The CW show.

It seems rather fitting that the charming Murray would be cast as Edgar - the leader of a cult known as The Farm - considering he's brainwashed half of Betty's family, including her mom, Alice, and sister, Penny. After this week's episode, The Farm found a home in Riverdale and bought the former of home for Riverdale's troubled youth, Sisters of Quiet Mercy.

The cult leader has been mentioned since the first season, but this will be the first time we will get to see the leader himself. 

The show released this description: "Edgar arrives in Riverdale to spread his teachings and heal the ravaged soul of this once wholesome town. Edgar is a charming, handsome guru, but is he hiding a more sinister agenda?”

Um, yes. Did they really think we'd forget about that creepy ritual that caused Betty to have a seizure? 

Murray isn’t the first former teen heartthrob to play a parent on “Riverdale": Skeet Ulrich (“Scream”), Mädchen Amick (“Twin Peaks”), Molly Ringwald (“Pretty in Pink”), and Luke Perry (“90210”) all play parents to Riverdale’s favorite teens. Though it does beg the question - Murray is still pretty young to have a teenager. Was he simply just young when she was born? Was she adopted? Is she not really his daughter at all and the whole thing is a lie? 

People in general were pretty excited about the actor's new role on the show.

"Riverdale" will return to The CW on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m.

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