The CW's Archie Comics-based television series doesn't debut until next week, but that hasn't stopped the television network from releasing photos for its second episode — which is titled “A Touch of Evil.”
The images feature Cheryl and Archie as lab partners, which should be super-awkward since her twin brother just mysteriously died and Archie was an earshot of the incident. The stills also include Veronica sitting by herself in science class, Betty and Kevin Keller as lab partners, Archie with a black eye and dressed in his football uniform.
As new details of Jason’s death begin to emerge, Archie (KJ Apa) pleads with Miss Grundy (guest star Sarah Habel) to come forward with what they heard at Sweetwater River. Betty (Lili Reinhart) makes an effort to mend her friendship with Archie but takes a different stance with Veronica (Camila Mendes), who is trying to make up for her actions. With rumors around her brother’s death running rampant, Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) deals with the pressure in true Queen Bee fashion, while tensions boil over when Jughead (Cole Sprouse) stumbles upon a secret Archie was hoping to keep hidden. Finally, plans for the annual fall pep rally move forward with a performance by Josie (Ashleigh Murray) and the Pussycats and a special appearance by Mayor McCoy (guest star Robin Givens.) Marisol Nichols, Madchen Amick and Luke Perry also star.
“Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil” was directed by Lee Toland Krieger, written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and will air Thursday, February 2 at 9/8c on The CW!
Riverdale stars KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy, Luke Perry as Fred Andrews, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, Ross Butler as Reggie Mantle, Casey Cott as Kevin Keller, Mädchen Amick as Alice Cooper, and Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge.
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Supergirl, Glee) writes and executive produces, along with exec producers Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Jon Goldwater. Lee Toland Krieger directs.
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Riverdale premieres Thursday, January 26 at 9/8c on The CW!