Riverdale creator and executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa wasn’t shy about reveals for the upcoming third season at the show’s Meet the Parents panel at TCA.
The fourth episode of Season 3 will be the long-planned flashback episode which sees the parents when they were high school teens. Entitled, “The Midnight Club” it will be “our take on The Breakfast Club” said Aguirre-Sacasa. Strangely, the episode will see the young actors play the younger versions of their parents – e.g. K.J. Apa will play the younger version of Fred Andrews (Luke Perry), Camila Mendes will play the younger version of Hermione Lodge (Marisol Nichols) and so on.
“We learn learn about a really dark secret that the parents have been keeping since they were in high school,” said Aguirre-Sacasa. But what could it be? Is it possible that the older generation have also been involved in their fair share of illegal shenanigans?
He also teased that Season 3 will see a wedding – and thankfully, it isn’t any of the teens – no, tying the knot next season will be Tom Keller (Martin Cummins) and Sierra McCoy (Robin Givens). Bet you didn’t see that coming.
Is Varchie coming to an end? They could be if this hint from Aguirre-Sacasa is anything to go by, “It is true that there might be a new love interest for Veronica, and you might see seeds of that in Episode 3.”
Meanwhile, Bughead is looking to be stronger than ever as the Serpent King and Queen, “Jughead is a really good leader of The Serpents […] That’s a big story point in the season premiere — they really define what Serpent Queen means and whether they’re all in or not.”
Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos) isn’t going anywhere, but his marriage is certainly on the rocks, as Marisol Nichols explained that the new mayor of Riverdale will “delicately stand up to her better half.”
And it seems that the mystery of the Black Hood may not be completely over, “All these mysteries like Jason Blossom, Hiram’s criminal empire, the Black Hood, they never go away completely but become part of the bedrock of the mythology town. I would say there’s some ski mask out there that could pop up.” Though it probably won’t be coming back anytime soon.
With regards to The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, there isn’t a Riverdale crossover coming anytime soon, as Aguirre-Sacasa explained, “I think right now we’re just making sure that the shows have their own identities and own set of rules.”
However, there is another spinoff in the works on The CW, “We’re still early on in the process and it will be very different from Riverdale,” says Aguirre-Sacasa, who mentioned the spinoff would be “in this development cycle.”
By the sound of it there’s definitely reasons to be excited when Riverdale returns on October 11th.