Riverdale is one of those series that has come along and you weren't exactly sure how it was going to be, but after the first episode you immediately got sucked in and now you're anxiously waiting for more episodes. At least, that's how we here at J-14 feel. Any show that gets Cole Sprouse back on our TV screens might be something special, right? Well, Season 1 ended with a literal bang (Fred Andrews, we are v worried for you still) and although we, unfortunately, have months until Season 2 starts airing, we just had to round up every detail we know so far about what's to come. Let's break down all the big questions fans for sure have so you can mentally prepare for more episodes that will be coming soon:
Since the series airs on The CW, the network is known for having a later start date when it comes to their fall line-up, so the Season 2 premiere is on October 11 at 8 p.m. and it will now air on Wednesdays.
You've come to know and love Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica and the whole crew, not only as characters but as you know, real-life people. The actors who play your faves are all the best of friends off-screen too and tbh, they post the cutest, most hilarious pictures, videos and tweets about each other. Just recently, Lili Reinhart was with Camila Mendes in Vancouver as filming is about to begin and they snapped a selfie together, with Lili pretending that Camila is a fan. LOL!
But as close as the cast is, not everyone will be back. Ross Butler, who played Reggie, won't be returning to the series, as he's committed to a second season of 13 Reasons Why. His role has since been re-cast and actor [Charles Melton] will be stepping in, since Reggie will be playing a bigger role, something executive producer of the series, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa explained at the show's Comic-Con panel, which J-14 was in the crowd of.
"You know, when we were first casting Reggie for season one, it took us forever to find the guy who kind of embodied that, and that was Ross Butler. And then when Ross had to leave, we had to make a really tough decision. Do we retire the character, or do we try to replace this great actor? For me, and I think for the producers and for the cast, Reggie's such an important part of the show, and he's such a big element, he's Archie's kind of day-to-day rival, that I said, 'Listen, if we can find the right actor we'll do it, if we can't we'll retire Reggie,'" he explained. "And Charles was one of the first actors who came in, and he had it tough because since we had had everyone else cast, we made him read with K.J., we made him read with Cole, we made him read with Ashleigh for various reasons, because he has stories with all three of them. And the chemistry was kind of instantaneous."
OK, so that's good to know for anyone who was a tad bit worried! And in more casting news, Skeet Ulrich, who plays Jughead's dad FP Jones, will be promoted to a series regular instead of being a reoccurring character like he was in the first season. So that basically means for FP scenes will be coming your way, which means he might be released from jail and reunited with his son soon enough? We shall see. Those scenes between Juggie and his dad did always tear at our heartstrings, so shout-out to Cole for those performances.
Since the show is based on the classic Archie comics, everyone has been wondering if the one and only Sabrina the Teenage Witch would be making her way over to Riverdale. As of right now, that isn't happening to our knowledge, since that would bring more a supernatural element to the drama series that doesn't deal with witches or people having powers. Although Dove Cameron has expressed interest in the role, perhaps Sabrina might stroll through after all. Time will tell on that one.
But there is a rather scary character who is coming. Roberto took to Twitter to share a childhood drawing of Cheryl and Jason Blossom along with the mysterious Sugar Man. "Lock your doors, #Riverdale, the Sugar Man is coming…" he tweeted along with the photo.
Lock your doors, #Riverdale, the Sugar Man is coming… pic.twitter.com/WkPSHQnt6N— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) August 16, 2017
Lock your doors, #Riverdale, the Sugar Man is coming… pic.twitter.com/WkPSHQnt6N
Umm okay, who are you creepy looking figure?! Perhaps this is the new villain of Season 2 who might be causing form trouble not only for the Blossom family, but for all of the town. Maybe tis figure is supposed to be a reference to that chilling discovery in the Season 2 finale, the twins' dad Clifford Blossom wasn't just selling maple syrup all this time, but was actually involved with the selling of illegal drugs. He did murder his own son before he died, so now Cheryl is left with her mom, who as we know isn't doing all that well either. YIKES all around.
The most precious couple to come out of the show has been Jughead and Betty, together know as Bughead. They finally professed their love for each other out loud in the season finale, and of course, it brought on all the feels.
They're seriously the cutest. But the couple has dealt with plenty of drama when it comes to keeping their love in tact so far and that's continuing into the next season, especially since the Southside Serpents welcomed him as one of their own and you know, you never want to see your boyfriend hanging out with a bad crowd. Plus, Jughead ended last season living in a foster home in another town, so he no longer was attending school with his friends.
"I think Jughead for season two is placed kind of in the middle of two worlds that are starting to collide and really erupt. As the season has progressed, it's going to start forcing him to really pick a side, which is quite a dangerous space for him to be in, because he's a very morally gray character. I think that's going to have huge repercussions for his narrative, and for his relationships with the rest of the cast. We'll see," Cole said during the Comic-Con panel. "His character is now very much the outsider. He started as a kind of intellectually foreign character at the beginning of season one, and now he is physically away from the entire cast, which is a strange place for him to be in."
Roberto explained that Betty is simply nervous about what is ahead for her dear Jughead, since he's now in this whole new world without her, but she isn't going to let him go just like that.
"The fear Betty has is Jughead is going to be sucked into this world that has nothing to do with Betty — he might be going to a new school, living with a new family in a different part of town, he's joined this gang. All I’ll tease is Betty is not someone who gives up easily. She’s probably the strongest of the kids. If she’s going to start losing Jughead, which may happen, she’s going to fight for him," he said to Entertainment Weekly.
OK, so Betty is going to be giving it her all to make it work, which we all expect from Betty. But one person who's forever shipping the couple? Cole, as in Jughead himself.
"I think the key is that it feels honest and real and both of those kids are going through an absolute whirlwind, in terms of the things that they've seen and done over the last season. So I think – I can hope that they just sort of work through whatever's going to be thrown at them in a way that feels genuine and communicative – and kind of give that kind of relationship to kids who are watching, would be awesome," he said about Bughead's fate.
A new photo from the set of Season 2 has everyone thinking the couple is still stronger than ever, at least for the first few episodes.
@colesprouse and @lilireinhart, hard at work on Season 2 of #Riverdale. #Bughead: the Saga continues… pic.twitter.com/lsrqk5Z0j4— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) June 23, 2017
@colesprouse and @lilireinhart, hard at work on Season 2 of #Riverdale. #Bughead: the Saga continues… pic.twitter.com/lsrqk5Z0j4
Precious to see them working on something together other than trying to solve a murder case, isn't it? But Lili has taken to Instagram to share a rather intense pic of Betty and Jughead from the comic series Jughead: the Hunger, which is a spinoff of the Archie comics and in this version, dear old Juggy is actually a werewolf. We kid you not.
👀 A post shared by Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) on Jul 16, 2017 at 1:58pm PDT
A post shared by Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) on Jul 16, 2017 at 1:58pm PDT
So what is Lili trying to tell us? Is the show going to take a supernatural route? Is Jughead really going to embrace the dark side and be all about that Serpent life and this image is some sort of warning of what's to come? Or was she just doing some reading and she really liked this one illustration that she just had to share it? So. Many. Questions. Now. But we have a feeling Season 2 is going to test Bughead in brand new ways, that's for sure, especially with the introduction of a new character, Toni Topaz.
Vanessa Morgan has been cast as Toni Topaz! She's a member of the Southside Serpents & a friend of Jugheads! (She will have pink hair) pic.twitter.com/teSDhTo14W— RIVERDALE NEWS! (@CWRiverdaleNews) July 22, 2017
Vanessa Morgan has been cast as Toni Topaz! She's a member of the Southside Serpents & a friend of Jugheads! (She will have pink hair) pic.twitter.com/teSDhTo14W
"In the Riverdale version of this character, she's going to be a student at Southside High. She's going to be a member of the Southside Serpents and she's going to be a friend and confidant to Jughead Jones," Roberto said to Entertainment Tonight. "Bughead is pretty strong, and pretty undeniable, and pretty epic, but you know even the most epic of romances has trouble, and trouble often comes as a third party. So yes, it is conceivable that Toni will potentially test the limits of Bughead."
Since Jughead and Betty are now in different schools and Toni can relate to this darker side of Jughead's life, it will create some drama for the Bughead ship and we are not ready for this.
Archie is clearly going through a rough time after seeing his dad get shot by an armed robber while the pair were about to enjoy a lovely breakfast together in Pop's. KJ Apa has said Archie is going to head down a much "darker" path, which he's looking forward to playing.
"I'm really excited to explore a different side of Archie that we haven't really seen yet, a darker side after Fred gets shot. It kinda shakes things up for him for sure. Things start to get pretty gnarly," the actor shared.
One thing both Cole and KJ have made clear is that they're all about more Jughead and Archie scenes. Their characters are besties and the guys are legit like brothers in real life and it seems like everyone is longing for more interactions between these two. Ultimately, everyone wants to see their friendship grow since they two are being faced with a lot of drama too, so let's hope more of that comes up this season. Plus, they're both just so ridiculously good looking that is just a shame to not have them in more scenes together, just the two of them. But we digress.
That Season 1 finale left everyone shook, that's for sure. As of right now, Fred's fate is still up in the air and cast is staying super mum on what's going on of course. Luke Perry, who plays Papa Andrews, wasn't pictured at the cast's first table read of the season though.
The family has gathered 👨👩👧👦 Here we go for #Riverdale season2!! Our table read of eps 1,2&3 were EPIC you guys 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 @thecwriverdale pic.twitter.com/sncSMuLgfE— Mädchen Amick (@madchenamick) June 21, 2017
The family has gathered 👨👩👧👦 Here we go for #Riverdale season2!! Our table read of eps 1,2&3 were EPIC you guys 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 @thecwriverdale pic.twitter.com/sncSMuLgfE
And Molly Ringwald, who plays Archie's mom Mary, snapped a selfie on set with Cole and KJ letting everyone know she is indeed back for Season 2, despite the fact that her character lives in Chicago and is separated from Fred.
"Back with this cuteness #Riverdale," Molly wrote in the caption.
Back with this cuteness #Riverdale A post shared by Molly Ringwald (@mollyringwald) on Jun 26, 2017 at 11:31am PDT
Back with this cuteness #Riverdale
A post shared by Molly Ringwald (@mollyringwald) on Jun 26, 2017 at 11:31am PDT
So this all could mean that Fred is in the hospital and of course Archie's mom would come back to town, but is he going to be gone for good? That's all still up in the air. The first episode has completed filming and the director, Rob Seidenglanz, took to Instagram to share a rather ominous first look once they wrapped. And yes, the episode is titled, "A Kiss Before Dying."
and that's a wrap on Episode 201 of @thecwriverdale #akissbeforedying A post shared by Rob Seidenglanz (@robseidenglanz) on Jul 7, 2017 at 1:22am PDT
and that's a wrap on Episode 201 of @thecwriverdale #akissbeforedying
A post shared by Rob Seidenglanz (@robseidenglanz) on Jul 7, 2017 at 1:22am PDT
That is blood all over Archie's varsity jacket and as you may remember from the scene when Fred was shot, he was laying in his son's arms, with blood only on himself. Archie was still pretty clean.
Obviously Archie does what he can to help his dad and we're sure blood gets on him as you know, he's caring for his wounded father. It's pretty logical, but still, so worried about Fred over here. By the end of the first episode of the season though, Fred's fate will be revealed, Roberto confirmed at Comic-Con.
"We're going to find out Fred's ultimate fate at the end of the premiere. The first episode is basically Archie, the gang, all of the town, sort of sitting, waiting to find out what's going to happen with Fred. It will be revealed at the end of the first episode. We're all pulling for him, though," Roberto said.
It took these new friends long enough to figure out they totally have legit feelings for each other and although their love story is just beginning, they have potential to really be something great. They bring out the best in each other but going into Season 2 with the return of Veronica's dad Hiriam Lodge (played my Mark Consuelos) and Archie dealing with what happened to his dad Fred, this couple is going to be tested too.
"For Veronica and Archie, this is for both of them their first serious, grown up relationship. They’re fun and really into each other. But almost immediately they’re going to be put through the ringer because the first big test of Veronica as a girlfriend will be helping Archie get through what happens to Fred. She’s the happy-go-lucky sophisticate, so for her to sign on for a relationship as fraught as it is, that’s going to be a real challenge," EP Roberto said.
Plus, in the OG Archie comics, Hiriam and Archie do not get along and that is something that will for sure carry into the show.
"One of the reasons why Archie and Veronica got together is because we wanted them dating when Hiram gets there. So we’re going to honor that proud tradition of Hiram hating Archie, and also subvert it. And Mark is much more charming than the Hiram in the comics," Roberto explained to TVLine. "For a while, we’re not going to know what his intentions are, if he’s truly reformed or not. Very quickly, we’re going to know he has a strong opinion about Archie, though."
And the Lodge fam clearly doesn't mess around. Just take this first selfie Marisol Nichols, who plays Veronica's mom Hermione, posted on Instagram. "Lodges are back baby 😘," she wrote in the caption.
A post shared by Marisol Nichols (@marisolnichols) on Jul 6, 2017 at 4:01am PDT
A post shared by Marisol Nichols (@marisolnichols) on Jul 6, 2017 at 4:01am PDT
But Camila looks like she can actually be Mark and Marisol's child, so this is already the most perfect casting if we say so ourselves. But, V's dad isn't the only guy Archie is going to have to worry about. It has been confirmed that Veronica's ex-boyfriend, Nick St. Clair, is making his way to town and he knows all about Veronica's dark past. Nick is being played by Graham Phillips and while he's only appearing in two episodes as of right now, he's for sure going to wreak some havoc.
A new love-triangle in #Riverdale? Welcome to town, Nick St. Clair! pic.twitter.com/lwvisOQxiK— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) August 11, 2017
A new love-triangle in #Riverdale? Welcome to town, Nick St. Clair! pic.twitter.com/lwvisOQxiK
"He brings out Veronica’s dark side, which I don’t think we really got to see in Season 1," Camila said about Nick's arrival to Entertainment Weekly. "Episode 205, let me just say, is a really big 'girls sticking together' [episode]. This Nick St. Clair guy, the ex-boyfriend that comes into town, he does some really bad things. And it involves Veronica and Cheryl. And because of that, it brings all of the girls together to kind of fight it. It’s kind of in the same light as episode 3 in season one."
So he's bringing the Rvierdale girls together in a way, something we can totally get behind! Who doesn't love some major girl power?
Well, Cheryl has gone through a lot so far. She found out her twin brother was killed by their own father, who then took his own life once his daughter exposed the truth, so this new phase in her life is going to take some adjusting. If you thought dealing with all of this tragedy would bring out her nice side, that is for sure not the case.
"I actually think she’s going to become even colder and even meaner in Season 2. After what happened in Season 1, she’s just done. She’s so shut down and broken," Madelaine Petsch, who plays Cheryl, said to TVLine. "Veronica wants Cheryl to become a part of the gang, and Cheryl wants so badly to become a part of the gang, but she’s so egotistical and there’s so much going on in her head that she doesn’t do it."
Fans have been freaking out over the fact that the cast was spotted filming a wedding scene with none other than Veronica wearing a wedding dress and Archie and Jughead wearing kilts. Now before you think V is getting hitched, it's important to note that also photographed in this scene is Jason Blossom and since he is no longer alive, it's safe to say this is some sort of dream sequence. So we doubt Veronica and Archie are getting married, at least not yet!
As you might remember, Betty's older sister is pregnant with twins, and Roberto confirmed this is something we will see and it won't happen off-screen. Plus, the Cooper girls found out they actually have an older brother who was given up for adoption when he was born. So will be finally meet this mysterious secret brother?
"I wouldn’t be surprised, and that’s all I’ll say about that," Roberto said.
There are already tons of ships to obsess over but there's a possibility another unexpected duo on the rise: Josie and Reggie. The actors who play these characters, Ashleigh Murray and Charles, posed for a pic togeher on set (along with a hilarious photo bomb), but the tweet along with the pic says a lot. "Before you see Reggie & Josie interact in #Riverdale Season 2, read more about them in the tie-in comic!"
Before you see Reggie & Josie interact in #Riverdale Season 2, read more about them in the tie-in comic! PREVIEW: https://t.co/vZr2C3SAIY pic.twitter.com/Tb6vtZW9pN— Archie Comics (@ArchieComics) July 18, 2017
Before you see Reggie & Josie interact in #Riverdale Season 2, read more about them in the tie-in comic! PREVIEW: https://t.co/vZr2C3SAIY pic.twitter.com/Tb6vtZW9pN
Interacting how exactly?! Well, that comic the tweet links to is about Reggie setting his sights on Josie and these comics are writer by Roberto who you know, the the RD expert and all! Well, looks like it is since Ashleigh confirmed the news at Comic-Con to Entertainment Tonight.
"[Josie] might be getting a little love, and a potential suitor is Reggie Mantle, who is played by our new and lovely Charles Melton. He's phenomenal. He might be able to bat some lashes at me," Ashleigh teased.
And they're not the only new ship to get ready for. Casey Cott revealed in that same ET chat that his character Kevin will be getting a new love interest too, since his boyfriend Joaquin left at the end of Season 1.
"I think at first he's going to kind of deal with the breakup in his own way. There is a new love interest coming of which I reall don't know who it is, but Roberto has told me there's a new [one coming.] My last love interest turned out to mop up blood and put dead people in the lake and sutf so I'm loking for someone wh's maybe a little more honest and kind," Casey joked about his love story with Joaquin, who aided in covering up Jason Blossom's death. Casual.
Unfortunately, this is true and it's going to be a sad time for fans seeing this drama play out.
"When Betty and Veronica do have a conflict with one another and when they aren't necessarily on the same team anymore, it makes you realize how much you do love the girls as a duo," Lili said, which Camila touched upon too.
"It's heartbreaking watching that conflict unfold because it's coming from a place of love and protection, so it hurt. The audience will be hurt watching it," Camila added.
UGH SO NOT READY. Lili further elaborated on the drama that's ahead for our beloved B and V, and explained that Betty isn't going to be in the best place in Season 2, causing a strain on the girls' friendship.
"They're a really great female friendship. In Season 2, you definitely see that continue. [But] with any friendship, there's going be drama. They're both dealing with such intense family drama. The mystery of Season 2 revolves around Betty and takes its toll on Betty and her mental health, and that kind of puts a strain on her and Veronica's friendship. They get into a fight and it's the first time you see them go head-to-head and just really have a genuine fight, which you didn't exactly see past the first three episodes in Season 1," Lili said to Elle. "The friendship is still there; they're still a crime-fighting duo, which you see more of. I love having scenes with Cami. I know how much people love seeing Betty and Veronica together."
Part of the classic description of Jughead as a character in the Archie Comics is that he always has his cap on and has an extreme love for burgers. It seems like some fans felt that in Season 1, Cole didin't film enough scenes were he was well, eating a burger so the actor made it clear it's something he's keeping in mind.
"I promise I'll eat some burgers, OK?" Cole jokingly said at Comic-Con. "I promise, stop yelling at me on Twitter! The burgers are like the cherry on top, it has to be a real treat."
Short answer: no.
"We've had people talk about Souphead, or whatever his name is. That to me is also one of those things that one, I'm hard-pressed to think Dylan would ever say yes to and that I would ever approve of. And two, that wouldn't break fourth wall," Cole explained to E News. "We live in this universe where if Dylan came on as an identical twin cousin to Jughead, people would be like, 'What does this have to do with [the show]?' It's just one of those things that it would be hard, but if it makes an appearance, who knows."
So there you have it. ALL. THE. DRAMA. It looks like Season 2 will be tackling a lot and good thing the entire first season is already on Netflix and streaming on The CW app so we can rewatch whenever. That way we can start plotting what we think will happen in October. We can try, right?
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This post was originally published on June 12, 2017 and has since been updated.