When Archie Comics made their debut back in the 1940s, one of its central storylines revolved around a love triangle. Archie, an all-American teen, was torn between two of his best friends: girl-next-door Betty Cooper and raven-haired rich kid Veronica Lodge. He was drawn to Veronica’s beauty but enjoyed Betty’s unwavering affection, and often went back and forth between the two.
The CW will reintroduce that iconic Archie narrative with Riverdale, but with a modern update: The revamped adaption won’t pit Betty and Veronica against each other. As a result, the two will be “much closer” than in the source material, Lili Reinhart, who plays Betty, previously told TVLine. Still, their first meeting is certainly packed with tension, as evidenced by a new sneak peek for the series.
In the video, Betty and Archie (K.J. Apa) are at their local diner. She’s just about to tell Archie she has feelings for him, when in walks a mysterious new girl who catches his attention. It is, of course, Veronica (Camila Mendes), who’s waiting on an order for her and her mom. She starts talking with Betty and Archie, telling them she’s just moved to Riverdale from New York and she’s “filled with dread.” “I’m Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but this place is strictly In Cold Blood,” she says, causing Archie to laugh as Betty stares at him, clearly agitated.
The clip seems to suggest that there’s still very much a rivalry, but perhaps it won’t be as vicious. Betty and Veronica are only a few of the women in Archie’s life in The CW version. When it first kicks off, he’s embroiled in an illicit fling with his music teacher, Miss Grundy (Sarah Habel). Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch), another love interest from the original comics, will also be in the mix.
The fact that Betty and Veronica won’t be devoting much screen time to fighting over a boy was one of the more refreshing changes to come out of The CW’s reworking, but it will be interesting to see how fully they pull back. The love triangle was a hallmark of the comics and drove much of its plot, so eliminating it entirely risks alienating longtime fans. Instead, the focus seems to be on the secrets surrounding Jason Blossom’s murder, which could make for a promising thriller and perhaps a suitable substitute. We’ll have to wait to see how things pan out.
Riverdale premieres Thursday January 26th with ‘Chapter One: The River’s Edge’ at 9pm on The CW.
Source: Television Promos