It all began with the murder of Jason Blossom, heir to a maple syrup empire involved in a seedy drug-smuggling ring. And as Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and Archie worked to solve the mystery of their classmate’s death, the town plunged deeper into darker waters.
The first season ended with the revelation of Jason being murdered by his own father and his subsequent suicide, but the final moments closed with what’s sure to propel the second season after Archie’s dad Fred Andrews was shot by a masked assailant.
Jughead actor Cole Sprouse spoke with TV Line about the upcoming second season, promising that the show will continue down this tragic path.
“I think the whole show is going to be getting darker and stranger,” said Sprouse. “We’re going to be leaning into a lot of those qualities that a lot of people ended up loving in the first couple of episodes — this heavy cinematography, this overbearing coloration, this really dark content that’s kind of over-the-top and campy, but it’s taken very seriously.”
The fact that Riverdale will continue “campy-yet-serious” tone is great to hear, considering it struck a perfect chord between absurd and drama. Considering the severity of the material and the fact that these are high school teens, it should lean heavily into those campy elements.
It’s worked for shows like Twin Peaks and Fargo, and now Riverdale gives it a distinctly teenage flavor. Expect to learn more about Riverdale’s second season in the coming months as it gears up for its premiere in the fall.
Riverdale may look like a quiet, sleepy town, but there are dangers in the shadows... Based on the characters from Archie Comics, RIVERDALE is from Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, in association with Berlanti Productions, with executive producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa ("Supergirl," "Glee"), Greg Berlanti ("Arrow," "The Flash," "Supergirl," "DC's Legends of Tomorrow"), Sarah Schechter ("Arrow," "The Flash," "Supergirl," "DC's Legends of Tomorrow") and Jon Goldwater (Archie Comics).