From Bleeding Cool reporter Madeline Potts:
On July 22nd the Riverdale cast took the SDCC stage for the second time and dished on the shows cliffhanger finale and its upcoming 2nd season.
The panel began with a gag reel and an exclusive clip featuring Archie pulling his dad into an emergency room from the upcoming season and every fan (myself included) had chills in the audience. The cast; KJ Apa (Archie Andrews), Lili Reinhart (Betty Cooper), Camila Mendes (Veronica Lodge), Cole Sprouse (Jughead Jones), Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl Blossom), Ashleigh Murray (Josie McCoy), Asha Bromfield (Melody Valentine), and Hayley Law (Valerie Brown) as well as showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and writers from the show, then took the stage and discussed everything from craft services, “Bughead,” and the shows second season. Here are some highlights from the panel:
●The panel began with the moderator giving the cast and crew a pop quiz. Fans learned fun tidbits such as, Petsch takes the most selfies between takes and according to Sprouse “KJ has a warriors gut, he consumes so much food, it’s disgusting!”
●When asked about the shows epic cliffhanger it was revealed that, “We’re going to find out Fred’s ultimate fate at the end of the premiere. The first episode is Archie and the gang waiting for what’s going to happen.”
●When asked if Archie would have a dark side in the upcoming season, Apa replied; “It’s a completely different side of Archie that we haven’t seen yet.”
●It was also revealed that we will be getting 22 episodes in the second season has compared to the first seasons 13.
●When asked how Jughead is going to deal with his switch to South Side High, Sprouse replied, “Jughead, for season two, is placed in the middle of two worlds that are starting to collide and erupt. He’s going to have to pick a side.” “His character is now very much the outside. He started as an intellectually different character at season one and now he’s physically away which is a really strange place for him to be in.”
●When asked whether or not Jughead will fit in with the South Side, Sprouse replied: “He has an idea of fitting in. He thinks he’s a special snowflake and he’s going to stick out. Which may be dangerous for him.”
●The showrunners also teased that we may get to see Jughead’s mom and sister Jellybean during the second half of season 2
●But what about Betty? Reinhart dished that “this season is tortured soul Betty. It’s heart wrenching for my character and my sweet little Betty.”
●With Betty going through so much after season one, who is she going to turn to in her darkest time? Reinhart revealed that “she finds a different comfort in all of hem. You see more of Betty and Archie’s friendship and support system.”
●As for Betty’s ponytail, “She’s going to loosen it a little bit.”
●Mendes discussed Veronica’s relationship with her family following the return of her dad, Hyrim, “I think there’s a side of Veronica that wants to know he’s better now and wants him to be a good person. Veronica is just trying to be a part of the family. I want to be a lodge I want to be a part of this family.”
●Mendes also revealed that in the upcoming season “Veronica has an ex from New York coming and he brings out Veronica’s dark side.” and that “dark Veronica is much darker than dark Betty.”
●It was also revealed by the cast and crew that Britt Morgan will be Penny Peabody in the upcoming season. As well as the return of Reggie, now played by Charles Mellon.
●It was also revealed that Tony Topaz (a comic book favorite) will be joining the Riverdale cast. Although there was no mention of a name (it’s rumored that Vanessa Morgan will be taking the role), the cast teased that “The actress playing her came in for another part. She felt like she belonged in Riverdale. Vanessa Morgan. She is a student at South Side high. She’s a serpent and Jughead a guide into the serpent world. She’s like a female Jughead. She’s trouble. She’s trouble for Jughead, I don’t know, I don’t know.”
●Following the comic books lead, the showrunners confirmed that, yes, Toni will be bisexual in the show, “We thought it would be fun to have a bisexual character from the comics on the show.”
●So what about Kevin, how is he coping with Joaquin leaving? Cott revealed that “The first new episodes are fun for Kevin to deal with that heartache. There will be a new love interest that comes into play.”
●Murray also revealed that Josie may have a new love interest on the way; “Josie might be batting a couple eyelashes at Reggie Mantle. But we’ll see.”
●Most importantly how is “Bughead” going to deal with Jughead’s move to the South Side? Reinhart divulged that “it’s scary for Betty she doesn’t want lose her man. Or have him get into any danger.” Sprouse revealed that “Betty is like a ride or die. The relationship will be tested through the first real narrative. Season one was the origin story for a lot of these characters. It’s really stressful and dark. Betty has to either be there for this kid or call it quits, for the betterment of herself.” We also got a hint that there may be a pink leather jacket in Betty’s future.
●Veronica and Archie may also be facing a bit of a bump in their newly formed relationship, “Veronica is being challenged to step up and be a strong girlfriend. She’s helping him go through something very traumatic” There may even be a steamy scene between the pair in our future, showrunner Aguirre-Sacasa revealing that Veronica and Archie will have the hottest scene and it will be in episode one of season 2.
●The Pussycats (Murray, Bromfield, and Law) also revealed that in episode 2.02 the pussycats will be performing a classic. It was also confirmed that Veronica is still apart of the Pussycats during the second season.
●Murray discussed that she would “like to see more interaction between Josie and her father (Reese Alexander)” in the upcoming season.
●So what about Cheryl’s house? Petsch revealed that Cheryl does indeed have a house in the second season. She also mentioned that (during the second season) “Cheryl gets colder in season two. She’s going to take the reigns back.”
●The cast and writers also discussed the shows attention to realistic female friendships and revealed that “2.05 is a big episode for girls sticking together. Sinclair does very bad things and it involves Veronica and Cheryl. It brings all the girls together to fight it.”
●About the comics as source material…Hayley: “I think a lot of us are big fans of them.” Cole: “It would be really inappropriate not to read the comics. We were given a huge package of research materials. Archie has been around 75 years. We have the huge benefit of having the largest source material we could for these character. Which we all did.”
Riverdale will be returning to the CW for its second season on October 11th at 8/9c. The complete first season will be available on Blu-ray and DVD August 15.