Anchoring the lineup of Archie Comics speakers during this weekend’s Coast-To-Coast Comic-Con, was Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Chief Creative Officer of Archie Comics and showrunner for CW’s Riverdale. He spoke on how he felt that Archie was now entering into a new golden age for their expanded universe.
He spoke of his gratitude to viewers for taking to Riverdale as a modern re-imagining of the Archie characters in their effort to solve the murder of Jason Blossom. The current initial arc of the murder case will definitely be resolved by the end of the first season. In addition, Sacasa said:
We’ll be teasing in the big bad for season 2. It’s someone who has long, deep ties to the Archie universe. It’s definitely a character people know. I think it’s a character that people won’t see coming.
So while that’s not a lot to go on, but we’re putting our money on Alexandra Cabbot with her magic cat, Sebastian. Sure, it could also be Sabrina, however that touches on something else that Sacasa teased about – that of more live-action projects beyond Riverdale. He couldn’t go into specifics, however also spoke of San Diego Comic-Con being a target timeframe for new announcements. Of all of the other properties, the probable next step would be Sabrina with her own series, which would pull her out of the running for a major player in Riverdale.
Sacasa also touched on the Riverdale companion comic, stating that it won’t be a direct adaptation of the episodes of the series, but rather will be made of up scenes and storylines that didn’t make it into the show. They could have been omitted for cost reasons, or editorial decisions. It will, however, exist squarely in the universe of the CW Riverdale and will reflect happenings from the series.
We’re now six episodes into the thirteen episode first season, so the upcoming episode, A Lonely Place will mark the halfway point. The description for the March 9th episode is:
When a major piece of evidence is mysteriously destroyed, new rumors begin to swirl as to who was really behind Jason’s murder. Tensions build when Jughead’s (Cole Sprouse) father returns to the fray and it’s revealed that he and Fred (Luke Perry) have some unresolved issues between them. Meanwhile, Veronica (Camila Mendes) takes matters into her own hands after her fight with Hermione (Marisol Nichols). Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) approaches Betty (Lili Reinhart) with an unexpected proposal that leaves Betty torn. KJ Apa and Madchen Amick also star.