12:35pm PT by Chris E. Hayner
Comic-Con: 'Riverdale' Adds Another Comic Book Character as Season 2 Trailer Unspools
This story is about a town, and it's a story that just keeps getting darker and darker.
As the first season of The CW's Riverdale came to an end, with Fred Andrews (Luke Perry) gunned down and bleeding in Archie's (K.J. Apa) arms, viewers were left with no idea where season two of the series would lead. Thanks to the show's panel at San Diego Comic-Con though, the picture is coming into focus.
The trailer for season two (watch below) focuses heavily on the aftermath of the shooting at Pop's, opening with Archie carrying his father into the hospital, screaming for help. The rest of the gang quickly arrives, finding Archie covered in blood and utterly lost as he tries to figure out what happened. Upon recounting the events of the shooting, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) suggests that it may have been a hit rather than an act of random violence. "It was like the angel of death had come to Riverdale," Pop Tate (Alvin Sanders) says.
As for whether or not Fred survives the shooting, viewers won't have to wait long to find out. "We're going to find out Fred's ultimate fate at the end of the premiere," executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told the Comic-Con crowd. "The first episode is basically Archie, the gang, all the town sitting and waiting to find out what's going to happen with Fred."
The event will also mark a change in Archie, who through almost everything managed to be a beam of positivity in season one. "There's a switch that goes off, and I think it's a different side of Archie we haven't seen yet," Apa says.
But there's more to Riverdale than Archie. As the world continues to grow with the show's 22-episode order in season two, the other characters will get more time to develop and shine. That includes Jughead, who finds himself enrolled in a different school and on the verge of joining the Southside Serpents.
"I think Jughead for season two is placed in the middle of two worlds that are starting to collide and erupt," Sprouse says. "As the season progresses, it's going to start forcing him to pick a side, which is difficult for him."
That, of course, is going to cause some strain on his relationship with Betty (Lili Reinhart). "It gets tested. His character is now very much the outsider," the actor adds. "He started as an intellectually foreign character at the beginning of season one. Now he's away from the rest of the cast."
That will also usher in a bit of a change for Betty. Whereas season one saw Dark Betty, Reinhart admits the new episodes will see "tortured soul Betty." That doesn't mean their relationship is over, though. As Betty deals with her issues, Reinhart says she still leans on Jughead for support. However, she also looks to Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Archie. "You definitely see more of Betty and Archie's friendship and support system," Reinhart says.
Viewers will also see a darker side of Veronica when an ex-boyfriend from New York comes to town and turns her world upside down. "Dark Veronica is much darker than Dark Betty," executive producer Sarah Schechter reveals.
There's also some new characters coming to Riverdale when the series returns in the fall. Actress Vanessa Morgan will take on the comic book role of Toni Topaz, a bisexual Southside Serpent whom Jughead encounters at his new school.
"She's sort of Jughead's guide into the Serpent world. There's a lot about her that makes it seem as if she's got a lot of the same interests as Jughead. She's almost like a female Jughead," Aguirre-Sacasa says.
The producer also teased the possibility of Jughead's mom and sister arriving in the second half of season two, as well as Sabrina Spellman, otherwise known as Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Riverdale returns Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. on The CW.