With Riverdale's season 2 premiere now in production, the Archie Comics Twitter account has confirmed that '80s teen movie icon Molly Ringwald, who played Archie's mom Mary Andrews in the show's first season, will return in season 2.
Seen below, Archie tweeted an image featuring Ringwald sandwiched between Cole Sprouse (who plays Jughead Jones on the show) and KJ Apa (Archie himself).
Ringwald appeared in three episodes of the first season as Mary Andrews, Archie’s mom and Fred Andrews’s estranged wife.
Last week’s season finale left Fred’s future in doubt, so it seemed all but assured that we would see more of Mary in the second season.
With Jughead dealing with his father being away and his mother unable or unwilling to take him in at her home out of town, though, it seems unlikely that both Archie and Jughead will be doing a foster parents storyline at the same time. It would just be redundant. Instead, to keep the suspense alive and prevent anyone from just assuming that Fred will live, it sounds like Riverdale will bring Ringwald back.
Of course, whether Mary will have to relocate to Riverdale will likely hinge on Fred's fate. If Perry's character recovers quickly, his ex-wife could return to Chicago; if he dies, or spends a significant amount of time in hospital care, she may have to remain behind (since it's unlikely the show would pull Archie out of town to join his mom).
The first season of Riverdale found our characters reeling from the tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom. For many who had seen their home as perfect, safe, and innocent, the investigation into Jason’s murder peeled back the layers of their hometown to reveal a place bubbling over with secrets, mysteries, and scandals. Archie Andrews (KJ Apa), for instance, grew from a sweet, all-American kid into a young man acutely aware of the darker side of life—he broke his best friend’s heart, had a forbidden relationship with his music teacher, and grappled with whether he wanted to follow in his dad’s salt-of-the-earth footsteps.
On the positive side, Archie repaired his friendship with Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse), found some success as a musician—thanks in part to Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray) and her band, the Pussycats—and found a new romantic interest in femme fatale Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes). New to town, Veronica spent the season trying to atone for her “bad girl” past, all the while wrestling with her beloved father’s criminal legacy—and contending with a mother, Hermione (Marisol Nichols), who might not be as innocent as she claimed. Veronica became fast-friends with Archie’s girl-next-door neighbor, Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart), who did some growing up of her own this season.
After Archie’s rejection, Betty threw herself into running the school paper, “The Blue and Gold,” where she discovered a better romantic match in sardonic outsider Jughead. Together, they tracked down Betty’s sister Polly (guest star Tiera Skovbye), who had been sent away by their overbearing mother Alice (Mädchen Amick). Under the guise of writing for the school paper, Betty and Jughead investigated Jason Blossom’s death—which led to them discover that Jughead’s father—FP Jones (guest star Skeet Ulrich)—was involved with covering up Jason’s murder. Meanwhile, Jason’s twin sister Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) ruled the school as Riverdale High’s venomous, merciless Red Queen—until she learned the true identity of Jason’s killer. As the town breathed a collective sigh of relief that Jason’s killer had been found out, another terrible crime occurred, in a space that had been considered one of the town’s safest, most innocent places. If Jason Blossom’s murder revealed the slimy underbelly beneath Riverdale’s surface, as we enter Season Two, the shooting of Fred Andrews threatens to plunge the entire town into utter darkness.
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).