Riverdale just finished its first season earlier this month, but what about season two? Recently, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the future of the CW TV series.
Based on the characters from Archie Comics, the drama follows the inhabitants of a small town after the mysterious death of a high school student. The cast includes KJ Apa, Cole Sprouse, Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart, Luke Perry, Mädchen Amick, Marisol Nichols, Casey Cott, and Madelaine Petsch.
WARNING: RIVERDALE SPOILERS AHEAD!
Speaking to THR, Aguirre-Sacasa revealed the season one cliffhanger will be the center of Archie’s season two storyline:
This is sort of the biggest thing to happen in Archie’s life. It’s like the moment when Bruce Wayne sees his parents gunned down in Crime Alley or when Peter Parker learns that that his Uncle Ben was murdered by a burglar. It absolutely changes Archie and sends him on his season-long journey, which — without giving too much away — starts in a really dark place: revenge. Then he starts to turn back towards the light, which is honestly being a true hero.”
They’re still very much together in season two, but as we saw in the finale Jughead is setting off on a different path. He’s going to a different school, living in a different area of town. Perhaps most significantly, it seems like he’s joining the Southside Serpents. I think that will create obvious tension with Betty, assuming he tells her. There’s a chance Jughead will be trying to live a double life, one with Betty and one with the Serpents. That is absolutely a big story we’re telling with Betty and Jughead in season two.”
Later, the Riverdale showrunner teased the arrival of Veronica’s father, Hiram Lodge:
At Riverdale, whenever possible we love to either honor or subvert a classic dynamic from the comic books, and that’s one we’re going to play. We’re not going to know what Hiram is up to at first. Is he a good guy, a bad guy or a mid of the two? But we are going to get a sense that Hiram does not approve of his daughter dating Archie. The biggest competition will come externally from Hiram. Internally, emotionally, does Archie have feelings for Betty? Who knows?”