May 12, 2018
Angsty Archie, sex, and the supernatural: What to expect from Riverdale season 2
A CW teen drama centering on sexy Archie characters and their sexy murder mystery sounded downright laughable in the beginning, but Riverdale became the surprise hit of the 2017 TV season, and now fans are eagerly waiting to see what season two will have in store. We’ve solved the murder of Jason Blossom, but Cheryl went cray and set Thornhill Manor on fire, Hiram Lodge is headed back to town, Jughead got a cool jacket (and a burger!), and Archie’s dad got shot. What could possibly top that?
How about sex, new characters, and possibly the supernatural? Like the How to Solve a Murder Club (my nickname for Betty and Jughead’s amateur detective work), I’ve done my own amateur sleuthing and uncovered details that hint as to what’s in store when season 2 begins filming in June. Riverdale came out of the gate strong and showrunner/Archie Comics CEO Roberto Aguierre-Sasca shows no signs of slowing down, so perhaps Riverdale will avoided the dread sophomore slump—depending on if you think the season 2 changes are a good thing.
There will be coitus uninterruptus
Riverdale has given us shirtless CW males, Cheryl Blossom stomping around in miniskirts and thigh high boots, a younger and prettier Ms. Grundy, and a Betty/Veronica kiss, but actual sex has been a pretty small part of the show. If my calculations are correct, there have only been two on-screen sex scenes: the season finale sex scene with Archie and Veronica, and the literally steamy car sex with Archie and Not!Ms.Grundy briefly seen in the pilot which, by the way, was more gross than “sexy” because of the statutory rape factor.
In an interview with Glamour magazine, Aguirre-Sasca explained that although he wants to keep “the integrity of the characters”, there are “some really sexy young people on the show, and they are starting to have relationships and they are starting to get older.” Camila Mendes, who plays Veronica Lodge, also theorized that since the mystery surrounding Jason’s death took up the bulk of the show’s first season, “season two will amp up the sex.” As stated earlier, the season finale featured a sex scene between Archie and Veronica, and Jughead and Betty almost went all the way too. Perhaps in the season two premiere, they’ll finally be able to do it without South Side Serpents knocking on the door to offer cool leather jackets. And if they do have to knock, perhaps they’ll offer a different kind of rubber, if you know what I mean.
A new actor is taking up the Reggie mantle
Ross Butler was cast as Archie’s douche-y rival Reggie Mantle, but the character was barely featured since most of the plot focused on Archie and the gang trying to figure out who Jason’s murderer was, and the writers really want that “Archie is an aspiring musician” plot to go somewhere. I don’t mind a musical interlude from Josie and the Pussycats once in a while, but if I had a choice between watching Archie sling out his guitar and sing an indie song about friendship and Reggie Mantle doing some douche-y thing like get up on the table at Pop’s and proclaim how much better he is than everyone, I would pick Reggie Mantle doing some douche-y thing.
Ross Butler is leaving Riverdale because he’s returning to the Netflix series Thirteen Reasons Why, so his part will be taken over by actor/model Charles Melton, who’s best known for his brief appearances on Glee and American Horror Story and a jawline that can cut glass. Melton’s acting resume is still too short to determine exactly what he’ll do with the Reggie character, but let’s hope he can inject enough charm into this delightfully unlikable character.
Hiram Lodge was was never seen in season one on account of the fact that he was still in jail, awaiting trial for his Bernie Madoff-like scheming, but he was still a major player on the show. Being behind bars didn’t stop Hiram from secretly buying out and tearing down the local drive-in, and possibly sending thugs to sabotage construction when he heard that Hermione was macking on Fred Andrews. Mark Consuelos of the the recently cancelled baseball drama Pitch will be the face of the mysterious and possibly deadly businessman.
I saw a couple episode of Pitch and I can’t really say much about Consuelos’ acting abilities. From what I remember, his character didn’t really have an active role in the series, but he apparently impressed Aguierre-Sasca by asking the “right questions” about the character. Only time will tell if he’s the right actor for the part.
A much more angsty Archie
Archie has had a pretty easy go of it this season: the new hot girl in town became his girlfriend, he developed his musical talents, and he helped save the day multiple times. Seeing his father get gunned down in the middle of Pop’s is definitely going to affect his happy-go-lucky nature, and in an interview with Glamour magazine, Aguirre-Sasca likened the shooting of Fred to be “the equivalent of Bruce Wayne seeing his parents gunned down and he vows to become a bat to fight crime.”
In another interview with Hollywood Reporter, Aguirre-Sascaa added that Archie will be on a season-long journey surrounding his desire for revenge before “turning to the light” to become a true hero. After boring subplots with Archie centering around talent competitions and stage fright, it’ll be exciting to see Archie get a more transformative story arc, even if it means he’s probably going to go through some serious angst. All I ask is that he doesn’t start doing faux-lisophical narrations at the beginning of episodes.
Maybe some really weird Archie’s mysteries?
Aguiree-Sasca wrote the Afterlife with Archie series, which sets the Archie characters in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, and he’s hinted before that he’d like to insert some supernatural elements in Riverdale, like maybe some plot points from Afterlife with Archie, or introduce Sabrina Spellman as a recurring character. Some fans have taken upon themselves to suggest Dove Cameron for the role. I have no idea what a Dove Cameron is, but Google tells me she was in some Disney sitcom called Liv & Maddie and played the lead role in the Disney Channel original movie The Descendants, which doesn’t really impress me much. Can’t Melissa Joan Hart reprise her role?
Riverdale has pitched itself as a teen Twin Peaks, and if they start adding magic to the mayhem, the description will finally be accurate. I was about to write that it might be tricky for Riverdale to blend supernatural elements in a show otherwise grounded in reality, but then I remembered that if Cheryl Blossom can show up to her brother’s funeral to delivery a eulogy in the exact outfit she wore when he went missing, anything can happen on Riverdale as long as it delivers excellent drama.
See you all whens season two premieres!