Riverdale reached the end of its very successful first season a few weeks ago, dealing with the aftermath of the reveal of Jason’s killer. SPOILER ALERT: it was none other than Jason’s father, Clifford Blossom, in an apparent cover up. However, as the finale’s final moments proves, darkness and chaos is still ahead for our Riverdale favourites. The story is going to be continued into season two; and here’s all the information you need to know. Of course, spoilers ahead for the first and second season!
1. Hiram Lodge
Veronica’s father, Hiram, is out of prison and is coming to Riverdale. Mark Consuelos (American Horror Story: Asylum) is set to play Ronnie’s father. This will be an interesting dynamic, especially to see how he fits with the Lodge family. How has his time in prison affected his relationship with his wife and daughter? Further, in the traditional Archie comics, Hiram and Archie haven’t always gotten along, so how their relationship will be portrayed is going to be something of note.
2. Recasting Reggie
Ross Butler, who played Reggie in season one, confirmed earlier this year that he wouldn’t be returning to Riverdale, due to 13 Reasons Why gaining a season two as well. Butler’s role was subsequently re cast with Charles Melton, from American Horror Story: Hotel. Butler later praised Melton’s casting, especially recasting Reggie with an Asian American actor.
— Ross Butler (@RossButler) May 13, 2017
3. Sabrina Spellman is Coming to Town
Fans of the Archie comics will know that the Teenage Witch was originally introduced in Archie Comics. However, this version of Sabrina was more mean spirited than Melissa Joan Hart’s take on the character. Whilst Riverdale dangled with supernatural elements in Season One (see: Zombie Jason), they won’t be going full on weird with the introduction of a witch. Inside, this version of Sabrina will have her be a physic- telling fortunes and the like. There’s been no word of casting yet, but one thing is sure: whoever it is, they’ll have a lot to live up to.
4. New episodes!
Riverdale is set to return to The CW on the 11th October, in its new timeslot of Wednesdays at 8pm. As it only airs on Netflix in the UK, expect it to be on Netflix the following day (12th October) for you to watch in all its glory.
One of the surprising highlights of the first season was Bughead- Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Jughead’s (Cole Sprouse) relationship. The two’s investigation for Jason Blossom’s killer lead to them becoming much closer, and to eventually start dating. The pair’s relationship stayed strong during the last few rocky episodes, as Jughead’s father was arrested for his role in Jason Blossom’s murder (despite not murdering him, he did, under duress, help Clifford cover up the murder). As FP refused to give up his friends, Jughead was sent to live in the South Side, where he soon gained allies in the Serpents as they learned of his father’s persistence. The two are still together, but according to creator Robert Aguirre- Sacasa the two are going down “two different paths” and Jughead is going to be struggling between his relationship with Betty and the Serpents’.
With Bughead comes Varchie, Veronica (Camilla Mendes) and Archie’s (KJ Apa) pairing. As season one ended, the two had just starting dating properly, having gotten Betty’s seal of approval. Whilst so far the relationship hasn’t one me over the way Bughead has, it’s clear both care a lot for each other. In season two, Veronica has to help Archie going through difficult and darker times, according to Veronica’s actress Camilla Mendes. Their relationship is also going to be affected by the arrival of Hiram (see above), as Archie and Mr Lodge traditionally have a difficult relationship. As claimed by Aguirre- Sacasa, the “biggest complication” in their relationship is Hiram’s arrival.
7. The Dark Descent
In the final moments of season one, a beloved character is shot in Pop’s Diner. As narrator Jughead tells us, this was “just the beginning”. As alluded to in the final episode, things between the Southside and the rest of town are getting heated, tensions are being raised and could lead to an all out war. It most definitely seems like the town has been changed forever following Jason’s murder. The first episode of the season is called A Kiss Before Dying, so this just seems to cements the season’s theme, no?
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) May 23, 2017
8. Kevin joins the gang!
Casey Cott, who plays Kevin Keller, has finally been promoted to the regular cast. Despite his heavy presence in the season- being Betty and Veronica’s best friend, dating a Southside Serpent involved in Jason’s murder and being the son of Sheriff Keller- Kevin’s only been a recurring character. Until now. that is. Casey Cott is officially going to be a main cast member and this will only serve to cement his place in the group.
Poor Cheryl. She didn’t have the best season. Following the loss of twin brother Jason, it was clear that Cheryl was deeply affected. As the season went, it clear why: her parents were verbally abusive and unkind to her. When Clifford was revealed as the killer, this was devastating for Cheryl, leading to her attempted suicide in the final episode. Whilst Archie and the gang saved her, Cheryl was clearly still suffering, burning down Thornhill, her family’s mansion, to “absolve the family of its sins”. In the second season, things aren’t getting any better for Cheryl, and according to actress Madelaine Petsch, Cheryl is “shut down and broken” following season one. And, despite Veronica’s offer of friendship, “there’s so much going on up on her head”, she doesn’t join Veronica and co.
10. Holidays in Riverdale
With all the snow that’s been about in last few episodes of season one, this one might not be such a surprise. But yes, there will be some holiday themed episodes of Riverdale this year, likely to include Christmas, Thanksgiving and perhaps Halloween? Either way, we’re going to see how our favourite River Vixens celebrate in the holidays. And, if the season’s going to be as dark promised, maybe we can get some light relief.
That’s all we know for season two for now, but there’s plenty of time for more to come out in the coming months. Either way, it looks like it’s going to be an interesting new season for Riverdale. Let’s hope it can keep up all that made it magnificent in the first season, and continue to excite and entice everyone.
Are you looking forward to Season 2 of Riverdale? What are your predictions? Let us know in the comments!