Fans of Riverdale are well aware that the hometown of Archie (KJ Apa) and the gang isn’t exactly the safest place in the world to be living – and the second series of the hit Netflix show is set to get a lot darker (and steamier, too.)
Riverdale’s New Mystery
Season 1 ended, not only with murderer Clifford Blossom’s suicide, but with the shooting of Fred Andrews (Luke Perry) by a mystery assailant – so needless to say, crime in the town is at an all-time high going Season 2. And with Jason Blossom’s murder solved, the creative team behind Riverdale needed a new mystery to sink their teeth into.
Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told EW, “The one thing I was nervous about was doing another murder mystery, because it felt like the Jason thing was done so well that I was nervous about doing one that felt like a pale imitation game of the first one. So we started talking about different genres. Horror is something that has come up, but it feels like it’s almost too big for our world. […] One of my favorite movies is Shadow of a Doubt, which is an Alfred Hitchcock movie which has often been described as Our Town with a killer on the loose. I was always obsessed with that idea. This season is a little bit of an homage to that. The big theme is what happens when you’re living with fear day in and day out that something terrible might happen. And how your life changes when you’re walking home from school and you see someone and you cross to the other side of the street. Or when you go to bed, you triple-check your front door to make sure it’s locked.”
The new ‘Motive’ trailer, opens with understandably ominous music and the thunderous drums take us through the bleak hospital scene, to find Fred on a bed, fighting for his life. From there we jump quickly to more passionate scenes – Archie and Veronica (Camilla Mendes) in the shower, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) and Betty (Lily Reinhart) in the rain – they’re really ramping up the romance clichés.
Of course, in less than a minute we hardly see anything, but this trailer certainly sets the tone of this season’s dark and thrilling mystery.
And it seems that the plot centres around preppy young journalist Betty Cooper, as actress Lily Reinhart, explained: “The entire mystery of season 2 is completely under wraps and we haven’t been able to talk about it at all. What we can say is that Betty’s speech in the finale at the jubilee about how the town needs to do better has repercussions.”
Apparently, we see a lot more of Dark Betty in Season 2 – and she gets even darker. Which Aguirre-Sacasa seems very excited about: “I would say by episode 4 and 5, Betty is absolutely in the heart of darkness. We’re putting her through the fires like never before. I can’t say too much because there’s a couple of big twists, but Betty is absolutely at the heart of the darkest story we’re telling this season.”
And speaking of Betty…
‘Bughead’ Romance Will Tear Out People’s Hearts
The Season 1 finale saw Betty and Jughead getting hot and heavy, but this new season spells trouble for the young lovers.
Their make-out session was interrupted by biker gang the Southside Serpents, giving Jughead a jacket bearing their emblem, claiming he was now one of them. And Aguirre-Sacasa has confirmed that Jughead will be attending Southside High: “[It] certainly makes it harder for him to avoid joining the Serpents. But Jughead goes on a pretty dark journey and that’s the tension in Betty and Jughead’s relationship […] It’s like Romeo and Juliet.”
Never a good sign.
“There’s definitely a divide between the north side and the south side of Riverdale and Betty’s on one side and Jughead’s on the other. You have to choose a side. So it causes a rift between the two and a big divide and they start to be pulled away from each other, They can’t see each other as much and that causes some Bughead problems that might tear some people’s hearts out. But there has to be trouble in paradise. This is Riverdale and people die.”
Things definitely aren’t looking good for this fan-favourite pairing.
Unlike their friends…
Archie and Veronica Are ‘More Sexual’
It turns out, that nothing is so romantic for teenagers than a murder-mystery.
Camilla Mendes (Veronica) said of their Season 2 relationship: “We’re even more sexual now. Death brings out certain passions or thirst for life. So they’ve definitely been friskier. But I think now because of all this darkness and stuff in Archie’s life and Veronica’s as well, their relationship does feel more grounded. It has more substance than just physical.”
We see a stark difference between the two sets of lovers, as Aguirre-Sacasa claims that Archie and Veronica are “a bit more primal and volatile than say Jughead and Betty are.”
Season 2 also sees their relationship affected by the return of Hiram (Mark Consuelos), Veronica’s father, and his interest in Archie makes him daughter suspicious: “I think he’s investing a little bit in Archie and Veronica doesn’t know what he’s up to […] And Veronica’s gonna turn into daddy’s little girl trying to impress him,” Mendes explained to EW.
Overall, it seems that Season 2 of Riverdale will far exceed the precedent set by its first season. Even executive producer, Craig Berlanti, teased that the start of this season is the strongest he has seen, “The first three episodes of this are the strongest of a second season I’ve been a part of. It’s got an incredible new mystery and a new hook, and I think it’s got more of everything that people love about the show.”
Riverdale returns to the CW on October 11th, and to Netflix on October 12th.