Who’s Midge On ‘Riverdale’? Fans Cannot Wait To See Moose’s Other Half
When Moose Mason made his debut on Riverdale last season, fans of the original comics may have noticed his longtime girlfriend, Midge, was nowhere to be found. She was mentioned in passing once or twice, but not much more, leaving those unfamiliar with the Archie universe to wonder who Midge is on Riverdale. But thanks to some heavy-handed hinting from actor Emilija Baranac — and a new credit on her IMDb page — it seems all but confirmed the character will be popping up sometime soon, and before she does, it's worth revisiting her backstory.
In the comics, she's mostly known for her volatile relationship with Moose: They love each other deeply, but can frequently be found in the throes of a jealous spat. Midge often attracts the attention of other men — especially Reggie, who repeatedly tries to woo her away — but Moose is fiercely possessive, and ends up getting into fights with anyone who dares to chat her up. Midge doesn't like his mean streak, but they're nonetheless devoted to one another, and despite Reggie's best attempts, she always ends up in the arms of Moose. She's also friends with Betty and Veronica, but while those relationships are inarguably more stable, they're not as fully explored.
It's unclear what Midge's dynamic with Moose will look like on Riverdale, but it will undoubtedly be quite different, as Moose's character has been considerably revamped. In the comics, he is a brutish but friendly football player who, though not the brightest, is good-natured at heart. In the series, he's similar only in stature, coming across as an obnoxious bro rather than a beloved lunkhead.
It wouldn't be surprising, then, if Midge were also given some modifications. Given that she was absent from Moose's side for the entirety of Season 1, it's safe to say they're not as inseparable as they once were in the comics. And, more importantly, Moose has visibly been struggling to embrace his sexuality, as he's made it clear — at least privately — that he's bi-curious. Considering he's so intent on keeping his interest in Kevin a secret, it seems unlikely that he's been open about these feelings with Midge, which could spark tension in their relationship if she begins to catch wind of what he's been up to behind her back, if not break them up entirely. Who knows, maybe in Riverdale, Reggie actually has a chance with her.
That being said, it would be refreshing to see Riverdale push past Midge's romantic entanglements and explore who she is on her own terms. While Betty, Veronica, and Cheryl make for compelling female leads, it would be interesting to see things through the eyes of someone outside of their inner circle. The show has already demonstrated a problematic tendency to define supporting characters by little more than who they happen to be dating, as was the case when Valerie was briefly involved with Archie. As Bustle editor Kadeen Griffiths points out, she was in nearly every Season 1 episode, but fans knew hardly anything about her, and as soon as she broke things off with the red-headed hero, she was once again relegated to the sidelines. Sure, Riverdale has limited screen time, but giving viewers richer, more well-rounded characters would help to broaden the somewhat limited perspective it's demonstrated thus far. Midge presents a good opportunity to course-correct its past missteps.
Besides, it's clear fans are eager to see Midge on-screen. Eagle-eyed viewers have already been hunting for her in the background, and when she does finally get a proper debut, they'll surely want more. Hopefully, Riverdale will come through.