Updated: Jan 12, 2018 9:29 am
Ever since the show premiered, Riverdale has been delivering us iconic quotes that give their audience a bit of a wink. Thing is, Archie Comics were already an established franchise before KJ Apa became a fake ginger and Cole Sprouse put on that weird-smelling hat. So, ya know, it makes sense that the writers would honor that legacy. But as the series grew in popularity, Riverdale also began winking back at its fans, letting them know that they're in on our jokes, that they know what ships we're attached to and when we think they're getting a little too CW Teen Drama on us.
And legit, sometimes we wonder if Kevin Keller is there in part to serve as the in-house voice of the fandom.
So to forward that love back to the writers (please keep reading our tweets) here are a few meta AF Riverdale lines that feel like total fanservice.
"Actually, to clarify, Betty and Archie aren't dating, but they are endgame." - Kevin Keller
Rewatch: the entire first episode is just the show informing you that this isn't your grandmother's Archie... and not just because "shipping" wasn't a full-fledged concept back when she got into the series. We already love Kevin's language here, and that he's rooting for the wholesome boy-and-girl-next-door pairing.
Now, is Barchie actually endgame? Not that we like to pick sides, but omfg we hope not. Regardless, we can't ignore that so much of the original series hinges on the love triangle between Archie, Betty, and Veronica... and we don't think that important plot point is buried just yet.
"Good and evil. Light and Dark. Betty and Veronica." - Jughead Jones
Speaking of which, this.
On paper, this just seems like throwaway Jughead narration (sometimes we think he should throw in a "xoxo, Gossip Girl" in there, just for fun). But the almost-too-simple summation really gets to the core of what Betty and Veronica are, and historically have been. There's literally a trope named after the dynamic duo and it refers to any love triangle that features a sweet, wholesome character versus a sultry, dynamic one.
We think Riverdale is special for twisting that trope a little. We've seen Ronnie as a reformed wild child trying to do good and Betty on the verge of breaking and unleashing her bad side.
"Betty's ponytail is iconic and beyond reproach." - Kevin Keller
Ok, Toni Topaz's precursor to the line ("Maybe if you loosened your ponytail...") is super meta itself, but it was petty and out-of-nowhere and we won't allow it. We're sure that the writers lifted that shade from someone on Twitter. Let's face it, iconic as it is, we're always dying for Betty to let her hair down (literally) and loosen TF up. Um, except in this instance, in which case it was weird.
"I'm always hungry." - Jughead Jones
Here's the deal, kids. Jughead's entire comic book persona is basically a goofy hamburger-loving sidekick. Like, Comic Book Jughead is legit burger-sexual (actually he's asexual according to canon but that's a different story). Riverdale is the one who made him the brooding, angst-filled sleuth and serpent we're all obsessed with. However, it was an important response to Pop asking if Bughead was hungry (Betty was more in the "nah, fam, I'm good" camp).
Riverdale's Jughead may not be as cartoonish compared to his OG counterpart, but he's not about to turn down some diner food. And in that sense, isn't he all of us?