When Riverdale returns for season 2 this fall, Betty will be at the center of the show's new mystery. Last time fans saw Archie and the gang, they'd just pieced together who killed Jason Blossom, officially wrapping the series' first whodunnit. But as the cast and crew have made abundantly clear, the teen drama's next chapter will be darker, scarier, and potentially more dangerous — a heavier direction primed by its final few episodes.
However, who will be driving Riverdale's next chapter hasn't been as firm. Jughead had seemingly embraced the Southside Serpents' criminal network, a shattered Cheryl had torched her mansion, Archie was up against an unprecedented threat to his family, and Betty was left scrambling to hold everything together while facing a shocking development of her own. And apparently, the hits will just keep on coming.
In a recent interview with Comicbook, Lili Reinhart, who plays Betty, said the character becomes entangled in something that causes her to break. As she told the outlet:
"Dark Betty I feel like doesn’t exist anymore. It’s like this season just her darkness kind of envelops her a little bit. Betty is, without giving anything away, a very big focal point of the mystery in season 2 and it takes a toll on her, just like it did with Cheryl in season 1. Betty gets wrapped up in something that she never asked to be wrapped up in and this kind, sweet, gentle person is pushed to her limit."
This reinforces comments Reinhart made late last month, when she told Comicbook that she'll be "thrown into something that she never imagined." Viewers have, of course, seen glimpses of "dark Betty" before: Early on in season 1, she handcuffed and tortured Chuck Clayton after discovering he and his fellow football players had harassed and humiliated numerous girls at Riverdale High, including her sister Polly. She eventually shook it off, but this time around, it sounds like she won't be quite as strong.
That's especially concerning given that the stakes will be much higher. Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa previously said that while season 1 was very much a thriller, Archie and co. weren't in any immediate danger until the end, but that won't be the case when Riverdale comes back. With the premiere just under two months away, details are scarce about what the plot will entail, but one thing's for sure: Riverdale is miles away from the innocent town once depicted in the comics, and Betty could be the one leading it to the deep end.
Riverdale season 2 premieres October 11 on The CW.