Everything You Need to Know About Riverdale Season 2

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Will Bughead last?

With Riverdale season one in the bag — a bag full of insane surprises and Archie’s glistening abs — all eyes are now on season two. No air date has been announced yet, but filming is slated to begin in June. Come on, guys, hurry up already, I need to know what Cheryl’s up to next and whether or not Bughead will turn into Rughead! In the meantime, here’s what’s been discussed so far:

1. Archie is going to get dark. As showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (RAS) tells Entertainment Tonight, Archikins is going on a “hero’s journey” à la Bruce Wayne and Peter Parker, but before he goes on that journey, he’ll take on elements of revenge, darkness, and violence begetting violence. “So it’s going to be a really different Archie for season two,” he says. “That’s really exciting.”  

  2. Season two will pick up where season one left off. RAS confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that while Archie’s journey to darkness will be the “spine” of the second season, finding out who shot Fred will “absolutely” be the focus of the beginning. On May 23, RAS shared this nice image and episode title — "A Kiss Before Dying" — from the season two premiere:

 As the folks at Bleeding Cool point out, the spilled milkshake image is from Life With Archie #36, where Archie dies from a gunshot inside Pop's. The original image of spilled milkshake has been changed to blood for the show.

 

 3. A "civil war" is coming. Betty aptly provided this forecast in the season finale, telling Jughead she doesn’t want to “let a civil war rip us apart” as he inches closer and closer to the south side. Sorry, Betty. It’s happening. RAS reveals to both TV Line and ET that the war will occur between the north side of Riverdale and the south side. Does this mean Jughead will have some tough decisions to make if he joins the Serpents during this time of war? Will there be a nice story arc about forbidden love? 

  5. Betty’s secret older brother might make an appearance. It’s not definite, but RAS tells TV Line, “I wouldn’t be surprised, and that’s all I’ll say about that.”

 

6. The birth of Polly’s twins will happen on season two. “I don’t want to say too much, but no, that is absolutely not something that will happen off-screen,” RAS tells TV Line. Yes! Another set of twins to get excited about. Love it.


 

7. There will be some new faces. Mark Consuelos will play Hiram Lodge, who is a hop, skip, and a jump away from getting out of prison to join Hermione and Veronica at their fancy apartment. Right off the bat, Hiram will not approve of Veronica and Archie’s relationship, RAS tells THR, adding that Hiram and Hermione will be a “power couple” in season two (think Frank and Claire Underwood on House of Cards). Meanwhile, Reggie Mantle has been while Ross Butler heads to a second season of 13 Reasons Why on Netflix. Thanks for the memories and the abs, Ross. Expect to see the equally beautiful face of Charles Melton, whose resume includes small roles on Glee and American Horror Story: Hotel, as Reggie starting in season two.

 

8. Sabrina the Teenage Witch and those zombies you keep on hearing about might still have a chance to enter the Riverdale world. In an interview with Comicbook.com, RAS says while there was a lot of discussion about introducing Sabrina in season one, the show ultimately left her out because she risked overshadowing every other storyline (“it’s such a big idea to introduce the supernatural into a natural world”). He says the second season will continue to hint at supernatural elements, much like the first season with visions of Jason as a zombie and ghost and Archie’s visions of werewolves, which might open a door for Sabrina. “Or that might just be to make it more like Twin Peaks and the way they dealt with the supernatural,” he says.
This post will continue to be updated as more season two details are released.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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