In the very first minute of Riverdale's pilot episode, the Blossom twins, Cheryl and Jason, drove out to Sweet Water River in their red convertible for an early morning boat ride. The scene was pretty ethereal. Wind blows through the twins' red hair as a tender voice sings the lovey-dovey lyrics: "Tell me/ I'm your babay / And you'll / Never leave me / Tell me / That you'll kiss me / Forever." When they arrive at the river, they walk hand-in-hand down to the river and you can see that they're both decked out in all white.
It's all so cute and romantic... until you remember that Cheryl and Jason are, well, RELATED.
All of this apparent romantic chemistry has caused fans to wonder: What exactly was going on between Cheryl and Jason before Jason was killed? It wasn't long after the pilot aired that everyone took to Twitter with their twincest theories. And the fact that Cheryl is totally pining over another red head, Archie, has only made everyone more sure the twins had a thing for each other.
I just started watching #Riverdale. I can't be the only one getting twincest vibes from this Cheryl & Jason Blossom dynamic.- LX23 (@WeaponLX23) April 3, 2017
Well, for the record, Madelaine Petsch, who plays Cheryl Blossom, thinks that the twincest theories have gotten out of hand.
"We [in the Riverdale cast] thought [the term twincest] was funny in the beginning," the actress shared in a new Facebook Live interview with Entertainment Tonight. "But now actually people genuinely believe it. We never were incestuous, and it's honestly like a joke that we played around with on set that probably was taken a little bit too far."
Madelaine insists the twins' relationship is not romantic, but does admit that the ~odd~ vibes everyone's been picking up on could be a result of the Blossom's less than loving household. "My way of explaining it is just that Cheryl doesn't feel love from her parents. Her parents have never really ever given her any kind of coddling," Madelaine shared. "Jason had to take care of her and he took her under his wing so she got this like sense of a dad, brother, mom all in one human and he was the one person who unconditionally loved her."
Not to mention, they are twins, so obviously they have a bond other people might not get. "A lot of the town chalks it up to like twincest when in reality he was just, like, her person - her best friend, her mom, her dad, her brother - the person who takes care of her," Madelaine continued. "So losing that turned her even more into like a miserable human being."
Despite all of Madelaine's protests, it seems that Riverdale's executive producer, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, is getting some incestual vibes from the twins as well.
"It's interesting, because growing up, one of the books I loved was obviously Flowers in the Attic," Reberto told ET. Flowers in the Attic is a book about a group of children who are locked away in their grandparents' attic where they are forced to endure unimaginable treatment. The oldest children eventually find comfort in one another over the years and become romantic. "That's how I always thought of the Blossoms," he said.
Clearly, he sees exactly what all the fans have been seeing from the beginning.
But we won't know what's really going on between the Blossom twins until the show tells us, so I guess we'll just have to wait!
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