Archie and friends just wrapped up one insane year of High School. In the Riverdale season finale alone, enough happened for Archie, Jughead, Veronica, and Betty to call it a rough year. There were good times, too, but “The Sweet Hereafter” suggests the bad times are far from over. Below, find out everything we know about Riverdale season two.
Everything We Know So Far About Riverdale Season 2
Archie’s Bruce Wayne Moment
It’s a testament to Riverdale‘s successful first season how much tension there is in Pops’ Diner in the finale. After a bumpy start with the pilot, investing in these characters soon comes easy, especially if we’re talking about Fred Andrews (Luke Perry). Archie’s father is an all-around good dad who, like his well-intentioned son, is capable of slipping up. He’s one of the few parents who’s a symbol of good in Riverdale.
When the robbery begins and Fred’s fate looks sealed, there’s an immediate sense of dread in another great “oh no” moment from Riverdale. Is it a coincidence Fred is in the diner the same time the robbery goes down or are the Southside Serpents or Hiram Lodge behind it? Lodge’s involvement seems most likely, but Riverdale frequently subverts expectations.
Season 2 won’t begin with a time jump and will address why Fred Andrews was the only character shot. We know Archie is a good kid, but he’s got a little darkness in him, which will come out more in season 2 as he maybe looks for his father’s shooter, according to showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Source: THR):
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.
Aguirre-Sacasa confirmed Fred Andrews would be in the Riverdale season 2 premiere, but didn’t say more beyond that. Based on how the showrunner described Archie’s next “season-long journey,” it doesn’t sound like everything is going to be peachy for Mr. Andrews next season, though, dead or alive.
The Lodge Family Sinks Their Teeth into Riverdale
On his way to cause more trouble for Anders boys is Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos). While F.P. Jones (Skeet Ulrich) started to pick himself back up to be there for Jughead, Hermione Lodge (Marisol Nichols) continued to disappoint Veronica (Camila Mendes) and sink further to her husband’s level.
When the husband and wife are reunited next season, they’re going to be a power couple. Aguirre-Sacasa, who has a lot of reference points, says they’ll be Riverdale’s very own Frank and Claire Underwood. Unlike Clarissa, Poppa Lodge won’t be Archie’s biggest fan, says Aguire-Sacasa (Source: EW):
I can only say that when Mark Consuelos arrives, as handsome and charming as he is, we’re definitely going to get a sense that a young Michael Corleone has arrived in Riverdale. Our characters aren’t going to be quite sure what to make of him or what he’s up to. He obviously plays a huge part in the series. One of the classic dynamics from the comic books, which we love to honor and subvert, in a way, and sometimes both, is Hiram-versus-Archie. Hiram hates Archie in the comic books. We’re going to play a much more complex version of that, of course.
Hiram may create problems for Veronica and Archie, but maybe so will Archie’s feelings for Betty. The famous love triangle seems like it’ll become more prominent next season. Archie’s longing looks, even after he tells Veronica he was just happy to see Betty and Jughead together, aren’t exactly subtle.
Jughead Jones Turns to the Darkside
The Southside Serpent jacket sure does look comfortable on Jughead. Yes, the use of Imagine Dragons’ “Believer” is a bit too much, but it doesn’t spoil the scene. Jughead feeling accepted and Betty’s disappointment makes for a good note to end their relationship on.
A civil war is coming between the Southside and the rest of the town. With Jughead now at Southside High, a place he quickly makes friends at, that’s going to “play into that bigger, more contentious divide happening,” according to Aguire-Sacasa.
While Jughead may start to follow in his dad’s footsteps, the showrunner told EW Betty will learn to control her dark side:
I think a lot of season 1 was Betty trying to control or suppress her dark side or contain her dark side. A lot of season 2 is about her owning it and harnessing it. Without saying too much, the idea of Jughead joining the Serpents is very provocative. Even more of a Riverdale subversion would be the perfect girl-next-door joining the Serpents, so that’s something we’re going to play with as well!