‘Riverdale’: Cheryl Needs a Chainsaw in Sneak Peek at ‘Heathers’ Musical Episode (Video)

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Well [bleep] Cheryl gently with a chainsaw, because she is not messing around in this sneak peek at Wednesday’s “Riverdale,” which features The CW series’ cast performing “Heathers: The Musical.”

In the preview below, we find out Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) has rightfully been given the part of Heather Chandler, the HBIC from the ’90s cult classic, while Veronica (Camila Mendes) is taking on Heather McNamara and Betty (Lili Reinhart) is Heather Duke. But, as Kevin — once again the Riverdale High musical’s director — puts it, “Cheryl is the mythic bitch.”

And in the musical episode’s second teaser — which you can view above — Cheryl takes that title up to 11 when she finds out Toni has been set as the choreographer for the production, and she’s, uh, not too happy about her ex girlfriend being in charge of her dance steps.

“Um, does anyone have a chainsaw because what the-,” Miss Blossom says before the preview cuts out.

And Betty knows the cast has even bigger problems to worry about, as Evelyn has been appointed Kevin’s co-director and will surely be bringing her farm-girl attitude into all of this.

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Yes, “Riverdale’s” next musical episode — which follow Season 2’s take on “Carrie” — is sure to be “big fun” for everyone.

Watch the teasers above and below.

“Riverdale” airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on The CW.

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(Warning: This post contains spoilers from “Manhunter,” Wednesday’s episode of “Riverdale” Season 3.)

Welp, “Riverdale” just shook up all its key players and threw them out to different corners of the teen drama’s game board. (Too soon for a Gryphons & Gargoyles reference? Never.)

Wednesday’s installment in The CW’s dark take on Archie Comics ended with Jughead (Cole Sprouse) and Archie (KJ Apa), Veronica (Camila Mendes), and Betty (Lili Reinhart) in three very different places — both emotionally and geographically.

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A Gargoyle King-obsessed Jug and a still-wounded, but now exonerated, Archie are on the run. Veronica is heartbroken at home after Archie breaks up with her via phone, telling her even though she’s cleared his name, it’s not safe for anyone if he comes back because her dad still wants him dead.

And Alice has locked Betty up in the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, because she won’t stop poking at the parents’ involvement in the Gryphons & Gargoyles-related deaths mystery — which is where Betty sees that everyone in art class is working on portraits of the Gargoyle King. Great.

“Riverdale” showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told TheWrap these very separate paths are setting up his plan for next week’s very separated episode, “The Man in Black,” which he says after the fan-favorite Season 2 episode, “Tales from the Darkside.”

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“The next episode after the one this week is sort of a twist on a version of an episode we did last year that everyone really liked, which was three short stories rather than one woven-together story,” Aguirre-Sacsa told TheWrap Wednesday. “And it does find our characters on their individual journeys to stop the Gargoyle King. I really wanted to play with that [format] again.”

When asked if we’ll get to the identity of the Gargoyle King soon — seeing as we have just two episodes left until “Riverdale” goes on winter break — Roberto just said: “Yes.”

But “soon” is definitely a relative word, especially in a bonkers town.

“Riverdale” airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.

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Following Wednesday night’s “Riverdale” episode, ‘The Midnight Club” — in which fans were transported back in time for a homage to the 1985 John Hughes flick “The Breakfast Club” — star Camila Mendes says she has another idea for a special episode.

“I would love to do a ’40s episode,” Mendes told TheWrap in an interview on Thursday. “A very comic book original. Archie, Betty, Veronica. [A] slap stick, comic-book-feel episode. That would be fun.”

Seeing as Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s CW series is actually based on the comic book series starring Archie Andrews, Jughead Jones, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Reggie Mantle, the serpents, Josie and the Pussycats (and Sabrina Spellman), that sounds like the perfect idea for the next tribute installment.

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Of course the actual Archie Comics characters, which first appeared in print in 1941, led happier, sillier lives than the kids we see on the dark drama. The aim in those days was to capitalize on the love for the Andy Hardy movies starring Mickey Rooney. All the antics that happened there were wrapped up by the final illustrated page of each issue, and nothing ever got much darker in Riverdale than another love triangle twist between Archie, Betty and Veronica.

On Wednesday, Mendes, Lili Reinhart, KJ Apa, Madelaine Petsch and Cole Sprouse, among the other show’s stars, played their parents’ younger selves as high schoolers, when they were serving detention for a few Saturdays in the ’90s. The group discovered the dangerous games of “Griffins and Gargoyles,” which has now resurfaced years later and is taking the lives of Riverdale teenagers in the present day.

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In Season 2, the “Riverdale” cast took part in another special episode, putting on “Carrie: The Musical” at Riverdale High. So, Roberto, are you interested in Cami’s idea for, say, Season 4?

When TheWrap spoke with Mendes, she was promoting her new movie “The New Romantic,” in which she stars alongside Jessica Bardem and Vinnie Bennett. Carly Stone directed the movie and wrote the screenplay for it alongside Kyle Mann.

“Riverdale” airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.

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(Warning: This post contains spoilers for Wednesday’s episode of “Riverdale,” “The Midnight Club.”)

“The world was a different place, and we were very different people,” Alice Cooper (Madchen Amick) says, while recounting a blast from the past story for her daughter Betty (Lili Reinhart) on Wednesday’s episode of “Riverdale,” a flashback centering around the parents in Saturday detention appropriately titled, “The Midnight Club.”

The latest chapter of Season 3 of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s CW drama helps to move this whole Gryphons and Gargoyles plot forward by diving into the adults’ teen years, with the series stars playing their on-screen moms and dads: Camila Mendes as Teen Hermione Gomez, Reinhart as Teen Alice Smith, KJ Apa as Teen Fred Andrews, Madelaine Petsch as Teen Penelope Blossom, Cole Sprouse as Teen FP Jones and Ashleigh Murray as Teen Sierra Samuels.

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But it also manages to pack in many a reference to flicks from both the ’90s (the decade the clock is turned back to for the evening) and the ’80s (the decade in which John Hughes invented the teen movie).

Here TheWrap rounds up six of the best references in the tribute episode.

(Oh, and the fact some of the “Riverdale” parents are played by notable ’90s stars, like “Twin Peaks” alum Amick and “Beverly Hills, 90210” star Luke Perry, is just the cherry on top of this retro sundae.)

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1. Anthony Michael Hall

When it was announced Hall would play the principal in the flashback, it was clear Aguirre-Sacasa was going all in by booking one of the most well-known teen actors of all time. Second only to Molly Ringwald (a “Riverdale” parent who does not make an appearance in this episode) in the Hughes Hall of High School Cinema Fame, the actor is the living embodiment of ’80s movies.

2. The detention setting and opening scene

Which brings us to when Principal Featherhead is introduced. Hall enters the classroom — not a library, but we’ll take it — and tells the kids the rules for detention, also demanding they write a 1,000 word essay while serving time. The scene is a clear reference to Assistant Principal Vernon from “The Breakfast Club,” the show’s main homage for the evening (see poster above). See the iconic scene we’re talking about here.

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3. Many a direct shoutout

Because it’s the ’90s, but we’re loving on the ’80s here too, the cast name drops several staples of both decades here. There are direct shoutouts to the 1988 movie “Heathers,” former couple Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder, Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” phones with cords (if you didn’t know these were once a thing) among many other dated remarks that might make your parents feel old and remember their favorite movies from their teen years. Oh, and it’s clear G&G is a reference to Dungeons & Dragons — which became popular in the ’80s — right? OK, just checking you got that.

4. Secrets and Sins

The Truth or Dare scene from “The Breakfast Club” is another not-to-be missed moment from the 1985 classic, in which stars Hall, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nealson, Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez sit on the ground in the library and get really personally. Secrets and Sins is just a fancier name for the way for the “Riverdale” parents to open up to each other about their less than perfect lives.

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5. “A brain, and an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal”

There are six parents whose teen counterparts are the focus of “The Midnight Club” episode — with a few more who pop up as secondary characters — and five leads in “The Breakfast Club.” The kids never make a direct reference to the labels the “Breakfast Club” cast gives themselves in the letter read over the movie’s closing moments, but they pick on each other enough about their respective “cliques” and roles within high school society its clear who is what: Alice is a criminal, FP and Fred are jocks, Sierra and Hermione are princesses and Penelope is the brain. Wait, no basket case, actually. Well, maybe the part where everyone gets high while playing Gryphons and Gargoyles and someone may have murdered the principal makes them all that one.

6. The music, the hair, the clothes

From Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself” to Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” Alice’s rebel, grunge look to FP’s letterman jacket, the episode does a bang up job of throwing us into the past with its music and wardrobe selections. And the hair. OMG, don’t get us started on the hair. Yeah, we could cast any one of these kids in a “Sixteen Candles” remake right now.

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OK, those are the references we rounded up before the episode kinda gets off  its tribute train track and becomes all about the mysterious death of Principal Featherhead and the Gargoyle King. But it was fun while it lasted. (And don’t you forget about it.)

“Riverdale” airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW

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‘Riverdale’: Watch the River Vixens Serenade Archie and His Fellow Inmates to ‘Jailhouse Rock’ (Video)

‘Riverdale’: Watch the River Vixens Serenade Archie and His Fellow Inmates to ‘Jailhouse Rock’ (Video)

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Putting Archie in juvenile detention can’t keep him from playing football — or keep Veronica from cheering him on from the sidelines.

In a new clip released from this week’s episode of “Riverdale,” Veronica and the River Vixens serenade Archie and his fellow inmates in juvie with a performance of “Jailhouse Rock.”

“Who the hell is that?” one of Archie’s new pals says when the Vixens roll up, interrupting a football game that Archie put together to bridge the animosity between the Ghoulies and the Serpents.

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“That’s my girl,” Archie says, looking a little confused before the music starts and all the boys rally around the chainlink fence to watch the cheerleaders. Josie, Cheryl and Veronica then lead the Vixens in a stirring rendition of the Elvis Presley classic. Despite the boys’ approval, Veronica’s performance leaves her father Hiram less than pleased.

“Riverdale” stars KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Luke Perry, Mädchen Amick, Marisol Nichols, Madelaine Petsch, Ashleigh Murray, Casey Cott, Mark Consuelos and Skeet Ulrich.

Watch the clip above.

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(Warning: Spoilers ahead for the Season 3 premiere of “Riverdale,” titled “Labor Day”)

Say it ain’t so, Archie!

The return of “Riverdale” was an emotional rollercoaster for fans, as the Season 3 premiere saw Archie hauled off to juvenile detention with a two-year sentence after pleading guilty to a murder he did not commit. Ever the hero, Archie accepted the prosecutor’s deal for a lessened sentence even though his trial resulted in a hung jury. The boy-next-door doesn’t want to put his parents and friends through that again!

Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told TheWrap in an interview ahead of the premiere that we’re out of the courtroom for the season, but now everyone will be working together to try to free Archie. He also said that he was inspired by classic noir films like “Shawshank Redemption” for scenes in which Archie is behind bars.

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Aguirre-Sacasa also quelled our fears about Betty, who was left seizing on her porch at the end of the episode.

Betty’s very good at throwing herself into projects,” he said, adding that she and Jughead will be teaming up and focusing on the Gargoyle King mystery. “That’s one of the big mysteries, is are the seizures connected to the Gargoyle King? What is the Gargoyle King exactly?”

See our interview with Aguirre-Sacasa below.

TheWrap: You’ve said that Season 3 won’t be too heavy on the courtroom stuff with Archie. Now that he’s pled guilty and he’s in juvenile detention, what can you say about his fate?

Aguirre-Sacasa: “That’s it for the trial stuff. We are definitely going to see Archie in juvenile detention. You know, we always do kind of noir and crime stuff, and we wanted to do some — there are some great, obviously, classic noirs that are set in prisons and jails, so we wanted to do sort of like almost an homage to “Shawshank Redemption,” which is one of my favorite movies. And yeah, on the outside, we’re definitely going to see everyone working to get Archie out. Especially Veronica, who doesn’t want to be separated from her man.”

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Speaking of Veronica, she tells her dad in this episode, “You have no daughter.” So how is that going to affect the Lodge family? Hermione especially, dealing with this crazy family life and mayoral duties.

“Hermione’s definitely caught between the two of them. And you know, Veronica and Hiram, they did fight last year, but Veronica’s always been kind of a Daddy’s Girl, and I think in Season 3 we really see her stop being that, and start being a real rival to her father. Last year, it was all about Hiram and Archie, and this year it’s all about Veronica and Hiram.”

Another character I wanted to ask you about is Betty. We find out she’s been lying and hiding drugs all summer, and really avoiding the trauma from Season 2 — and then the episode ends with her having a seizure! How might this affect the rest of the season?

“I think you know, the good thing about this season is that after the premiere, we have a great murder mystery and a great sort of mystery and you know, shocking crime for Betty and Jughead to investigate. So Betty’s very good at throwing herself into projects. So she’s going to throw herself into that. And she’s also going to throw herself into helping her mom, who is getting deeper and deeper into this place called the farm.”

Yes — and in the trailer we saw the Gargoyle King right behind Betty. So is that related to the end scene when she is seizing and having this crazy vision of the babies floating?

“One aspect of this season is we’re going to see how all these things tie together — or if they do. And that’s one of the big mysteries, is are the seizures connected to the Gargoyle King? What is the Gargoyle King exactly?”

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I know you said you’ve been inspired by the first season of “True Detective.”


What I’m interested in is this game that Dilton and Ben are playing. What can you tell us about this game? Will that be part of the mystery?

“That’s a really big aspect of the season. You know, when I was a kid, or when I was a teenager, Dungeons & Dragons was huge. It was kind of when it first really broke out. And a lot of adults and parents were against Dungeons & Dragons because they thought it like led to Satanism and murder and suicide and cult behavior. So Griffins & Gargoyles is sort of Riverdale’s version of Dungeons & Dragons. How the game fits into all of this is also sort of part of this ‘True Detective’-like mystery.”

We also in the premiere see the return of the Ghoulies when the Serpents are trying to save Hot Dog. How much will that rivalry play into the rest of the season?

“It felt like last year we did a lot of stuff with the Serpents, and we did a significant amount of stuff with the Ghoulies. You know, Jughead is the Serpent King, Betty is the Serpent Queen. The Serpents are definitely in conflict with other gangs. That’s a world that we’re not leaving behind, but I’d say that Betty and Jughead are mostly focused on the mystery at first.”

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And then I had a question for you just about your day-to-day. How has it been balancing “Riverdale” and “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”?

“Brutal! Brutal, brutal, brutal. I mean listen, you know, I’m not gonna lie, it’s been exhausting and challenging and I don’t have weekends anymore and I don’t sleep. But I love the shows, so it’s easy to kind of throw myself into it. I have such great writing staffs, they make it possible. And really it’s like two groups of, two teams working at the best of their, at the top of their game. So that’s why it’s possible.”

We know not to expect a crossover at least anytime soon, but when working on two shows at the same time, do you find that an idea you had for “Riverdale” might not work there, but on “Sabrina” instead, or vice versa?

“That’s a really good question. Yeah, you know there’s always a little bit of cross-pollination that way. I will say that the shows are — because the genre is different, one is horror and one is pulpy crime, there’s not tons of overlap. But I think there’s no denying that they’re both products of their time. And you know, that they kind of refract what I’m thinking about and what the writers are thinking about. But they’re pretty distinct, I would say.”

We finally got to learn about the Gladys and Jellybean casting during New York Comic-Con over the weekend, which I know was exciting for fans.

“Yeah, absolutely.”

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Have they been on set already? What can you tease about how they’ll fit in?

“We just shot their first episode, and they’re amazing. I love them. I love them I love them I love them. They’re great. You know, Gina Gershon is an icon obviously, and she’s been in two of my favorite crime movies. She was in a movie called “Killer Joe” and she was also in one of the great modern pulp noirs, “Bound,” which I love. And she knew Skeet [Ulrich] — it’s amazing. And Trinity, who plays Jellybean, she’s great.”

And how will Betty get along with Jellybean and Gladys?

“Very good question. Probably not well, right?”

During our interview at TCA this summer, we talked about another musical episode happening in Season 3. Have you narrowed down which musical yet?

“I definitely still want to do it, it’s obviously one of my — it’s such a fan favorite episode, and we all love it. You know, we haven’t narrowed it down yet. We have a list, a running list, but it really has to be the perfect musical at the perfect time for it to work, or else it just won’t be as good as last season. And kind of no one wants that, you know what I mean?”

Yeah. So we talked about “True Detective,” you mentioned “Shawshank Redemption,” and obviously the flashback episode is inspired by “The Breakfast Club” — what, if any, other pop culture or pulp crime touchstones did you draw inspiration from for this season?

“We’re definitely, you know for Veronica… she says in the [Season 2] finale, she said she’s opening a speakeasy. And we’re really like… there are a couple of homages to like the movie “Casino,” a little bit younger, the Tom Cruise movie “Risky Business.” We’ve got some… You know the movie “Cabaret” or the musical “Cabaret” is obviously another inspiration. So we’re going to add a little bit of showbiz glamour to Riverdale with the speakeasy.”

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Welcome back to Riverdale, Bulldogs.

The CW shared the first teaser of the upcoming third season, and the footage promises steamy hookups, a new mystery, and new Serpent tattoos.

The 30-second video starts off with Veronica (Camila Mendes) telling her dad Hiram (Mark Consuelos) he’d better watch out.

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“We will survive whatever you have planned, because we are endgame,” Ronnie says — is she talking about her and Archie (KJ Apa)’s relationship or the Core Four in general? At Comic-Con last month, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa teased rough waters ahead for #Varchie.

We’re also treated to a shirtless shot of Archie who seems to be sporting a fresh Serpent tattoo on his right bicep. Does Arch make it out of jail (there’s a shot of our small-town hero behind bars in the video) to join the Serpents?

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It looks like other relationships will be heating up in Season 3, like Moose (Cody Kearsley) and Kevin (Casey Cott), who we see catch a smooch in the school hallway, and Alice Cooper (Madchen Amick) and FP Jones (Skeet Ulrich) lazing in bed together. Speaking of Alice, it looks like we finally found out where she’s been hiding her Serpent tattoo.

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Don’t worry: your favorite sleuthing duo Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Jughead (Cole Sprouse) are back in full force, and they seem to be exploring something dark and having to do with the strange farm that Alice and Betty’s sister Polly (Tiera Skovbye) get involved in. After watching this, we’re a little concerned for Betty, who passes out and is either seeing things or has gotten into some really dark trouble.

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The tease ends with a shot of the farm and someone who sounds like Jughead screaming for help. Looks like we’re gearing up for another fine year in Riverdale!

See the teaser video below. “Riverdale” Season 3 premieres on The CW on October 10.

Do what it takes to survive. New episodes of #Riverdale return Wednesday, October 10 on The CW! pic.twitter.com/nrPmpCDKVw

— Riverdale (@CW_Riverdale) August 29, 2018

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Now that Comic-Con 2018 has come to a close, it’s time to take a step back and process everything we learned over the weekend about “Riverdale” Season 3.

First off, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa promised at The CW series’ panel in Hall H Sunday that fans can expect a flashback episode early on in the upcoming season, in which the kids play their parents (so Lili Reinhart, who plays Betty, would be portraying her mom Alice, for example).

We can also look forward to another musical episode following Season 2’s “A Night to Remember,” in which the high schoolers put on a production of “Carrie: The Musical.” Casey Cott, who plays Kevin Keller, told us all about that episode right over here. But we can expect more music outside of the next musical episode, too. Kevin and Josie (Ashleigh Murray) will be living together in Season 3, now that their parents are dating. And while Murray said while that might cause some strain between the two friends (they have to fight over a bathroom like true siblings), we might just get a duet out of it, too.

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Aguirre-Sacasa teased that Episode 3 will be an important one, as it will address the budding romance between Alice (Madchen Amick) and F.P. (Skeet Ulrich) and how that affects Betty and Jughead (Cole Sprouse)’s relationship… considering those are their parents. It sounds like the third episode will be centered around other relationships, too. Aguirre-Sacasa said that Reggie (), who now has a job at Veronica (Camila Mendes)’s speakeasy below Pop’s, finds an “unlikely” romance.

Aguirre-Sacasa also confirmed one thing that fans have been waiting for throughout both seasons: Jughead’s mom, Gladys, and sister Jellybean will be introduced around Epiosde 8 or 9 of Season 3. No word on who will play those characters yet, but we can’t wait to see how their arrival shakes things up for the Jones boys.

As for our dear Core Four? Archie (KJ Apa)’s arrest might put him and Ronnie on the rocks, but Bughead is strong as ever. Reinhart said that at the beginning of the season we’ll see Betty stepping into her role as the Serpent Queen. Speaking of Archie’s arrest — we also found out over the weekend that Penelope Ann Miller will play Ms. Wright, the prosecuting attorney in charge of Archie’s case.

You can watch the Season 3 sneak peek that was played in Hall H above.

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(Spoilers alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve watched the “Riverdale” Season 2 finale, “Brave New World”)

The “Riverdale” Season 2 finale answered loose ends from the penultimate episode, in which we found out that the Black Hood has been Betty’s dad this whole time, and set up what’s sure to be an equally insane Season 3.

First off, Jughead is alive (!) and F.P. is trying to convince him they need to move to Toledo because the Ghoulies took out all the Serpents. But Jug later finds out that the Serpents are taking refuge at the Whyte Worm, which Hiram Lodge is trying to buy — it’s the last property he needs on the Southside for a full takeover.

But Ronnie has another idea. With the help of (now former Mayor) Sierra McCoy, she strong-arms her dad to give her the million dollars she received in ransom money from Nick’s parents, and then uses it to purchase the bar. She then uses the Whyte Worm to trade with Hiram for Pop’s with the hopes to use the Choklit Shop to bring the North and South sides together.

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Mayoral candidate Fred Andrews invites the remaining Serpents to stay with him and Archie for protection from the Ghoulies, who are working on Hiram’s tab, along with Penny, Cheryl’s mom and Uncle Claudius, and the new Sheriff Minetta. Oh, and he hopes that by giving the Southside residents refuge, he’ll earn some of their votes.

We also discover that Archie was right — there is a second Black Hood, who was responsible for the shooting at the Mayoral debate and crimes that Hal didn’t get to. It was the Serpent Tall Boy, who was conveniently taken down in the riots portrayed last week. It turns out that the suspicions of many was confirmed: Hiram was paying Tall Boy to act as the Black Hood to cause chaos.

The Mayoral race results are in: Hermione Lodge beat out Fred by a slim margin. Will their relationship get patched up next season? Maybe, considering Hermione definitely seems to be growing more suspicious of her husband and she came over to congratulate Fred on a well-run race.

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Hermione’s appearance at the Andrews home, and the discovery of Tall Boy’s crimes, inspires Archie to confront Hiram. Archie finally stands up to the mobster, threatening that some way, some how, he’ll make his bones by proving all that Hiram has done.

“Whatever you do, I’m gonna be there, watching,” Archie tells Hiram. “And when I do prove this, I’m just gonna come for you. And I won’t hesitate like I did with the Black Hood. I’m gonna make my bones once and for all.”

Jughead is then crowned the new Serpent King, because F.P. is read to retire, for real this time. His first act as King? To induct Cheryl to the Serpents — with a specialized red leather jacket, of course. Jughead’s next act as King is to ask Betty to be his Queen.

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But before we get to hear if Betty decides to follow her mom’s footsteps and accept Jughead’s invitation, we have to watch Archie’s inauguration as class president. And before Josie can even make it through the National Anthem, Sheriff Minetta comes in to arrest Archie for murdering Cassidy Bullock at Shadow Lake (yeah, that was the same episode as the infamous hot tub scene. But Archie didn’t kill the looter, Andre did). And OMG we were not expecting that.

As Archie is being led away by police, we see Hiram in the shadows, and we can practically hear him thinking “Check mate.”

Will Veronica hire Sierra McCoy to represent Archie? Will Betty and Jughead use their detective skills to clear his name? We have so many questions, but we’re sure that Season 3 will be just as much of a roller coaster ride as this season was, if not even bigger and with more surprises.

(Want to re-live a highlight from Season 2? Check out our Q&A with star Casey Cott about the “Carrie: The Musical” episode right over here).

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Camila Mendes, Laura Marano, Noah Centineo & Matt Walsh Star In ‘The Stand-In’ From Awesomeness Films

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EXCLUSIVE: Awesomeness Films has brought together Riverdale star Camila Mendes, Austin & Ally alum Laura Marano,  Noah Centineo (The Fosters), and Odiseas Georgiadis to topline The Stand-In, a film directed by Chris Nelson. Veep‘s Matt Walsh has also signed on to star in the pic, which is currently in production in New Orleans.
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‘Riverdale’ Star Camila Mendes Calls Photoshopped Cosmo Cover ‘Personally Insulting’

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“Riverdale” star Camila Mendes agrees with co-star Lili Reinhart’s criticism of their Cosmopolitan Philippines cover photos, which were photoshopped to make the women look thinner than they are.

“I think Lili and I were the most shocked — we were the most shocked about the fact that they would [do that] knowing how much we speak about body positivity to our fans, and how much we love to talk about that,” Mendes told People over the weekend.

“That they would then manipulate our bodies when we are literally preaching body positivity is so personally insulting, and it’s also insulting to the readers,” she continued. “You’re spreading a false message about what people look like, you know? If my waist was that slim then great, do whatever you want, but it’s not.”

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“And I’m so happy with the way that I am and I don’t think that was necessary. It’s never necessary to change your body. People know what I look like, I take photos on my own and I don’t edit them so people know. Stop trying to lie to people, you know?” she said.

In October, Mendes opened up on Instagram about her struggles with an eating disorder, and said that she was done with dieting.

“When did being thin become more important than being healthy?” the 23-year-old said in her caption. “At some point in my life, I allowed my obsession with being thin to consume me, and I refused to make room in my mind for any other concerns… I’m sick of the toxic narrative that the media consistently feeds us: that being thin is the ideal body type. A healthy body is the ideal body type, and that will look different for every person. I’m #donewithdieting– join me in this movement and share your story!”

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Earlier this month on International Women’s Day, Reinhart slammed the outlet for altering the way she and Mendes look.

“Today is International Women’s Day,” Reinhart said on Instagram. “Over the last year, we’ve seen an unprecedented movement for women’s rights, and one thing is clear: our time is now. We are phenomenal, and we will make the world a better place for women. But we still have a long way to go. Our fight is not over.”

“For example: This is me from Cosmo’s February shoot. This is how my waist was photoshopped for Cosmo Philippines,” she continued. “This is Cami for Cosmo’s February shoot. This is how her waist was photoshopped. Camila and I have worked incredibly hard to feel confident and comfortable in the bodies that we have,” she continued. “It’s an every day battle, sometimes. And to see our bodies become so distorted in an editing process is a perfect example of the obstacles we have to overcome. So we cannot stop fighting. Our battle has only just begun. We are f–ing powerful, beautiful, and strong… we aren’t going to hide behind photoshop to confirm to beauty standards.”

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“That’s why I’m calling out @cosmopolitan_philippines,” Reinhart added. “It’s sad that you felt our bodies needed to be slimmed down. But Camila and I are f–ing beautiful. As is. And you can’t ‘fix’ us. So, like every other day, women… go kick some a-. You are being heard. You are strong and sensational. And I would like to thank the OG @cosmopolitan for keeping our waists as they are in their magazines. Also would like to encourage celebrities and public figures to stop photoshopping their waists/noses/arms/legs in their photos. It’s only encouraging an unrealistic body image. It’s adding to the problem.”

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‘Riverdale’ Star Cole Sprouse to Star in CBS Films’ ‘Five Feet Apart’

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“Riverdale” star Cole Sprouse will star in CBS Films’ “Five Feet Apart,” an individual with knowledge told TheWrap.

“Jane the Virgin” star Justin Baldoni is directing the romantic drama. Academy Award-winner Cathy Shulman will produce under her banner Welle Entertainment alongside Baldoni via his company Wayfarer Entertainment.

The screenplay was written by Mikki Daughtry (“The Children”) and Tobias Iaconis (“Sleep Tight”). The movie will follow Stella and Will, two young people falling in love with each other but living on borrowed time.

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Sprouse currently stars as Jughead Jones on CW’s “Riverdale” — the show is currently in its second season and also stars KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes and Madelaine Petsch.

Before “Riverdale,” Sprouse starred on Disney Channel’s “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” alongside his twin brother Dylan Sprouse. He also starred in the spinoff, “The Suite Life on Deck.” He previously also starred as Ross’ son on “Friends” and the as the kid in “Big Daddy.”

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Sprouse is represented by WME, Authentic Talent and Literary Management and Wolf Kasteler PR.

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(Spoilers ahead for the Nov. 8 episode of “Riverdale,” “When a Stranger Calls.”)

When I try to convince my friends to watch “Riverdale” I have a tendency to refer to it as “trash TV” — it’s my way of trying to ease folks into a show that nobody takes seriously until they watch it. And while, yeah, “Riverdale” is definitely trashy, that label does a disservice to a show full of great, layered characters and really effective storytelling that really just cuts right through the heart sometimes.

This week felt like a peak in that regard — the show’s 18th episode, “When a Stranger Calls,” is the best of the series so far. It’s full of pain and misery, all earned rather than just being cheap, thanks to a pair of plotlines that feel all too familiar as Hollywood continues to come to grips with its problem of men using their power to hand out sexual abuse at seemingly every opportunity.

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The first of these, which most cleanly fits in with the main thread of this season in which a man wearing a black hood terrorizes the town, involves a man alleging to be the Black Hood himself attempting to blackmail Betty (Lili Reinhardt) into a more puritanical lifestyle (I say “alleging” because the policed deemed that the letter Betty received was not written by the same person who sent the initial Black Hood letter to Betty’s mom Alice (Madchen Amick). He tells her that he’ll kill her sister Polly if she doesn’t do what he says — and what he wants is to cut her off from those who are closest to her.

It starts by having her publish an old report about her self-righteous mother being arrested in high school. It continues with having her end her friendship with Veronica, who he claims is complicit in her father’s crimes. And it concludes, at least for this week, by having her break up with Jughead (Cole Sprause), who the Black Hood says doesn’t deserve Betty’s love.

He’s also stalking her, of course — he calls her on telling Archie (KJ Apa) about their conversations, something it would be really tough for him to know about even if he was following her constantly (which he seemed to be). This guy wants total control over Betty’s existence, and he’s seizing it through the most horrible means. And Betty has become a total wreck because of it, having no idea how to get out of this mess that he has put her into.

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Near the end of the episode he tells her that in order to get some insight into who he is, she has to go to an abandoned house. There she finds a black hood that he left her, and he tells her to look in the mirror. We’re the same, Betty’s terrifying stalker says as she trembles through the whole thing.

But while Betty’s new nemesis is an obvious and active evil, “Riverdale” this week pulls a masterful contrast by introducing a villain whose face is uncovered: Nick St. Clair (Graham Phillips), an old friend of Veronica (Camila Mendes) from the Big City who visits Riverdale because Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos) wants his rich family to invest in the SoDale project. Hiram charges Veronica with showing Nick a good time so he’ll encourage his parents to throw their money around.

So they have a party at Nick’s hotel room, with Betty, Archie, Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch), Kevin (Casey Cott) and the Pussycats, and they all do jingle jangle and have a great time — until Betty kills the vibe by staging a public falling out with Veronica per her stalker’s orders. Eventually only Veronica and Nick are left, and Nick — who had been flirting hard in her direction all episode — made his move. Veronica wasn’t having it, of course. She’s loyal to Archie. Then Nick brought up what he believed was the power he had over her: his ability to kill Hiram’s attempt to make a deal with Nick’s parents. Nick tries to blackmail Veronica for sex, and even attempts to force himself on her, but Veronica calls him a pig and leaves. This whole thing was an intense betrayal of trust for Veronica — they’d been friends for a long time and they had never crossed the line into romance. Nick decided that was a bad thing and tried to unilaterally change that dynamic whether Veronica agreed or not.

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The next day, Nick apologizes, and Veronica accepts – but Nick isn’t done. He moves on to Cheryl, who has clearly indicated she has a thing for Nick, and drops a roofie in her drink, then takes her back to his room to rape her. Fortunately, Veronica and the Pussycats break in and kick his ass before he actually does it, but good lord.

What a pair of arcs that was, mirroring so many stories told by women the world over from time immemorial about men taking advantage of whatever power they think they have. Men who use leverage and coercion instead of letting their victims make their own choices.  That Nick didn’t even give Cheryl a chance to consent even though she seemed to be giving him all the right vibes drives the point home — to these men, the woman’s consent or lack thereof is immaterial and irrelevant. Just like real life, as we see new versions of these stories in headlines every day. This episode very effectively illustrates that fact about very prevalent sort of man.

“When a Stranger Calls” would have been an excellent, hard-hitting episode in a vacuum, sure, but the coincidentally topical nature of those arcs makes it all the more powerful and its emotional turmoil all the more devastating. It’s this sort of thing that highlights why “Riverdale” is a truly good show — while it certainly tends to please the crowd with its trashier elements, the real hook is in how often its conflicts hit so close to home. And this episode is the very definition of close to home.

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Have you ever watched a show about teenagers and thought, wait, I didn’t look like that at 16? Us too. Here are some of your favorite stars who portray characters much younger than they are.

Katherine Langford

The breakout star of “13 Reasons Why” is 21 years old. Hannah Baker, the high schooler she plays who ends up committing suicide, is only 17.

Dylan Minnette

Minnette’s Clay Jensen plays the love interest to Langford’s Hannah. Clay is also 17 in the show, but Minnette is 20. Though only a 3 year difference, in that time teens turn to twenty-somethings that can vote and are in college.

Christian Navarro

Navarro’s Tony Padilla in “13 Reasons” is everyone’s favorite nostalgia-loving, good-haired guardian angel. But while his character is supposed to be 18, Navarro is 25. Talk about a super senior.

Alisha Boe

Boe plays 17-year-old cheerleader Jessica Davis on “13 Reasons,” but the actress is 20, just like Minnette. It’s clear from the way she delivers those dry one-liners that she has some more experience than her character.

Brandon Flynn

Rounding out the “13 Reasons” crew is Flynn, who plays 17-year-old bad boy Justin Foley. Flynn is 23, making him a whole kindergartner older than his character.

K.J. Apa

The main character in the CW’s “Riverdale,” Archie is only 15. Apa is 19. So while he’s the youngest on our list, he’s had time to grow up way more than most high school sophomores.

Lili Reinhart

The quintessential girl-next-door in “Riverdale,” based off of the “Archie” comics, is 20. That’s 5 years older than her character Betty. We’ve never seen a more put-together teenager.

Camila Mendes

New girl Veronica Lodge in “Riverdale” is of an age with Betty and Archie, but Mendes is 22.

Cole Sprouse 

The narrator of the murder-mystery, Sprouse plays Jughead on “Riverdale.” Jughead is also the same age as the rest of the sophomore crew, but the actor is 24.

Kit Harington 

Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow might know nothing, but we have a feeling Harington does. The actor, 30, plays the born-again hero who is supposed to be 14 at the start of the series.

Emilia Clarke

This mother of dragons is 30 IRL, but at the beginning of the series, Dany is only 14.

Jack Gleeson

We all love to hate the young King Joffrey, who is only 17 when he becomes protector of the realm. In the books, he was 13. Gleeson, though, is 25.

Lucy Hale

What a pretty little liar… when it comes to age. Hale is 27. Her character begins the show at 16.

Shay Mitchell

Mitchell plays another fourth in the girl squad on PLL. She’s 30, where her character Emily is 16 at the beginning of the series.

Ashley Benson

The actress is 27, whereas her character Hanna is 16 just like the rest of the group.

Troian Bellisario

The last of the PLL crew is also the oldest. She’s almost twice her character’s age at 31.

Jason Earles

Remember “Hannah Montana?” Remember Hannah’s annoying older brother? Yeah, he was 15. Earles is 40 now; he was 29 when he played Jackson.

Ian Somerhalder

The smoldering Damon in “The Vampire Diaries” was turned into a vampire when he was 17, but Somerhalder is 38.

Sophie McShera

McShera plays the young kitchen maid Daisy in “Downton Abbey.” McShera is now 32.


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If you love The CW’s “Riverdale,” then you’re probably well aware by now that the teen murder mystery show is based off the beloved Archie Comics. If you’re not an avid graphic novel reader already, here are the top five books to pick up (you can order them here).

Riverdale Volume 1

This graphic novel takes place in the same universe as The CW series. Written by writers of the show, the stories take place between episodes and expands on the show’s universe.

Archie Volume 1

Archie’s world was revamped a few years ago, leading to fresh interest in the beloved character. Fiona Staples–the artist of the sci-fi epic “Saga“–and writer Mark Waid teamed up to add comedy and drama to the origin story of Archie and the gang.

Afterlife with Archie Volume 1

If you’re a fan of “The Walking Dead” comics and want to dip your toes into the world of Riverdale, then this one might be for you. “Riverdale” showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Francesco Francavilla add zombies into the Archie universe, making for one of the most beloved horror comics of the day.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Volume 1

Since you’re a “Riverdale” fan, you’ve probably heard that there’s a new Sabrina the Teenage Witch show in the works from The CW, too. This graphic novel will be the basis for the upcoming spin-off, and is the second Archie horror book from Aguirre-Sacasa. Robert Hack illustrates.

The Best of Archie Comics Deluxe Edition

If you want to get an overview of the entire history of Archie, go this “Best of” collection. It covers 75 years of stories set in the Archie universe, including classics that help to set up “Riverdale” like the origin of Pop’s Choklit Shoppe and the Archie-Betty-Veronica love triangle.

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(Spoilers ahead for the season 2 premiere of “Riverdale.”)

I’m a connoisseur of trash entertainment (read this for reference), so it’s surprising to exactly no one who knows me that I love “Riverdale.” My trash affinity makes it tough sometimes to separate “things I like” from “things that are good” — I wouldn’t argue that “Fifty Shades Darker” or “Transformers: The Last Knight” are Good Movies, but they’re among my favorites of this year anyway.

I don’t usually worry that much about that distinction, content to enjoy what I enjoy without needing validation from others.

“Riverdale” was like that for me during season 1. I didn’t care if it was “good.” I just knew I had a great time watching it. But as I watched the premiere of season 2, it clicked in my brain that actually “Riverdale” is actually a great show, not just one that hits all the right notes for me personally.

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It starts with the way the main cast interacts with each other — the big four of Archie (K.J. Apa), Betty (Lili Reinhart), Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Jughead (Cole Sprouse) in particular — interact with each other at this point in the show. It took them a while in season 1 for everybody to fall into their current, family-like dynamic. When it began Archie and Betty were best friends and Betty secretly wanted to bang Archie; Veronica was new in town and seemed pretty sketchy; Jughead was just doing his own thing and nobody paid much attention to him.

But the tumultuous events of season 1 forged them into a unit, and they’re all best friends with each other in a very dedicated, “Fast and Furious” kind of way. They love each other! They’re family!

I’m sure they’ll have their issues with each other this year, “Riverdale” being a melodrama and all that — but it’s so good at avoiding the sort of cheap contrivances that usually causes rifts in a group like this on TV. It’s a small thing, but it’s the reason the show works on a number of levels.

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The season 2 premiere gave a great example of that when Archie and Veronica left the hospital so Archie could change out of his bloodstained clothes and get his dad (Luke Perry) something to wear if/when he survived the gunshot that so dramatically punctuated season 1.

Veronica comforts Archie by hopping in the shower with him — solid trash material — but afterward all is not well. Archie gets mad at Veronica because he’s generally in a bad mood because, you know, his dad got shot a few hours earlier. He tells her to leave and that he’ll see her at the hospital when he gets back.

Veronica starts to do just that, and a lesser show would have her walk out the door just to add a little extra drama. But instead she stops, turns around and gives a big speech about how she’s not going to let him be alone in his time of distress and they have a real tear jerker of a moment. It’s great, and it’s real.

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Likewise, Betty and Jughead have a big conversation about his tenuous relationship with the Serpeants. Betty really doesn’t want Jug involved with them, but she acknowledges that circumstances are far from ideal and that she can help him navigate these treacherous personal waters. There’s tension, but not a falling out. The way “Riverdale” so deftly handles these relationship dynamics feels so damn good.

In place of the personal melodrama among those four, the show wisely puts the drama were it belongs: on rich people, overbearing parents and corporate criminals, all of whom keep trying to keep our heroes down. And that’s where “Riverdale” delivers the thrills. I don’t know who’s out to murder everybody that Archie loves, but I do know that I’m absolutely terrified of the guy in the hood and whatever vindictive force, whether it be the Searpents or the Blossoms or the Lodges or whoever else, that he represents. Fred Andrews’s messed up dreams, in which he witnesses momentous occasions in Archie’s life only to have those occasions interrupted by the hooded gunman left me legitimately unsettled. And when he showed up at the end to murder Ms. Grundy, I actually screamed out loud. Speaking as an emotionally repressed dude, it takes a lot for, well, anything to make me scream.

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I could go on, discussing the show’s lush visual palette and technical craft (ooh, how I love those smoky interiors), but you get the point. This show is as good as TV melodrama gets, achieves maximum bang for it buck in delivering that melodrama without betraying the characters, and also it looks great.

“Riverdale” is no joke, and deserves to be in the discussion when we talk about what the best shows on TV are in 2017.

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OK, Pussycats, Southside Serpents and River Vixens, it’s (finally) time for the return of Riverdale, our favorite small town with big secrets. Here’s all you need to know before Season 2 premieres Oct. 11 on the CW at 8 p.m.

The Jason Blossom murder mystery

Let’s start with the resolution to the murder mystery that started off Season 1. The death of Jason Blossom rocked the little town of Riverdale, but it turned out that his killer was as close as the town’s iconic maple syrup.

Jason is twin to Cheryl Blossom, Riverdale High School’s resident mean girl and captain of the cheer squad, the River Vixens. Jason, before he died, was the school’s golden boy and football quarterback. He was dating Betty Cooper’s older sister, Polly, who got pregnant, causing the two sweethearts to plan to run away together.

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Cheryl was in on the scheme, and went with Jason to help fake his death so he and Polly could leave in peace (though that plan would have been foiled by Mr. and Mrs. Cooper anyway — more on that later), but their plan goes horribly wrong and Jason ends up dead for real.

It turns out that Cheryl and Jason’s father Cliff Blossom, the maple syrup baron of Riverdale, was using his maple syrup business as a front for a drug ring. When Jason found out about the drug trafficking and refused to take over the business from his dad, Cliff couldn’t handle the optics on the family name and shoots him, then planned to groom Cheryl for the position. But when he gets found out, he hangs himself.

All the ‘ships

On a lighter note … let’s talk about the relationships that emerge out of Season 1. The first and most talked about coupling off online has to be Betty and Jughead Jones, who fall in love while investigating Jason’s murder together. Yes, Betty began season one with eyes for Archie Andrews, but he doesn’t see her as anything more than friends and the forever girl-next-door.

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We aren’t expecting the Bughead relationship to be all smooth sailing as we begin Season 2, however, as the end of the first season saw Jughead switch schools and join the Southside Serpents. Plus, Jug has been feeling misunderstood by Betty recently, especially after she threw him a birthday party everyone knew he didn’t want.

Next we have the other half of the squad, Archie and Veronica Lodge, the bad girl foil to Betty’s crime-fighting goodie-two-shoes (though Betty has her dark side, too). When Veronica first moves to town, she and Archiekins end up in a closet together during a game of Seven Minutes in Heaven. Betty feels betrayed, so Archie and Veronica vow never to let feelings for each other come between their friendship with Betty.

But by the end of the season — after Archie’s forbidden relationship with Mrs. Grundy and then his failed relationship with Valerie — the sexual tension and bonding over annoying parents is too much to withstand, and Ronnie and Archiekins agree to be Riverdale’s very own Bey and Jay.

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The Serpents get a new recruit

So FP, Jughead’s dad, finally cleans himself up just in time to be implicated in Jason Blossom’s murder. As we recalled above, he’s not Jason’s killer, but he nonetheless confesses to the crime because Clifford Blossom threatened to harm Jughead if he told the truth. But a lot of what he confesses does end up being true: that he was working with Jason to deliver weed, and when he learned who Jason’s father was he decided to capitalize on the opportunity.

So when Jason and Cheryl were faking his death at Sweetwater River, FP kidnapped the twin and locked him in the Whyte Wyrm’s basement and then tells Clifford Blossom that his son is being held for ransom. It doesn’t turn out so well, though, when Cliff shows up, takes back Nana Blossom’s ring and then shoots Jason.

So FP’s name is cleared, though he refuses to snitch on other Serpents who might have been involved in the Blossoms’ drug ring. This causes them to show up to FP’s trailer jus tin time to interrupt Betty and Jughead from gettin’ it on after pronouncing their love for one another for the first time. Jughead–who had to transfer schools and his moving in with a foster family on the Southside–believes that’s where he belongs, and accepts the Serpents’ jacket offering, effectively joining the gang. Betty doesn’t seem too jazzed about it, though.

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Shots fired

And now for the grand finale. After spending a night at Veronica’s, Archie heads to Pop’s Chok-Lit Shop for an early breakfast, expecting his dad to discuss something serious. But when Archie gets up to hit the restroom, he returns to find an armed gunman robbing Pop. He looks at his dad, who is definitely giving Archie the don’t-be-a-hero-son look, but when Archie makes a move, the gunman points at his dad, and the season ends with a cliffhanger: will Fred live or die? And who sent that gunman?

Season 2 of “Riverdale” premieres Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. on The CW.

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