New images from the Riverdale season 3 episode 'Outbreak' offer the first look at Gina Gershon and Trinity Likins as Jughead Jones' mom Gladys and little sister Jellybean, respectively. The CW officially announced that Gershon and Likins would be joining the Archie Comics TV series' cast for season 3 during the show's New York Comic Con panel back in October.
Gladys left Jughead (Cole Sprouse) and his father FP (Skeet Ulrich) in Riverdale and moved away with Jellybean to Toledo prior to the events of Riverdale season 1. FP's alcoholism has been cited as one of the big factors that contributed to the strife within the Jones household before FP and Gladys separated, though it's long been hinted that their relationship became toxic for other reasons too (see also: the unresolved romantic tension between FP and Alice Cooper). Jughead even called Gladys up once in Riverdale season 1, though the character didn't actually appear onscreen during their conversation (nor could she be heard).
Last week's Riverdale season 3 episode, 'Manhunter', ended with Jughead and Archie (KJ Apa) hitting the road, as Archie - whose name had just been cleared by his girlfriend, Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), after Veronica found evidence that proved he had been framed for committing murder - decided it was the only way to avoid causing Veronica even more pain and/or spurring on the wrath of her father, Hiram (Mark Consuelos). The pair will make their way to Toledo during the episode 'Outbreak' (which airs on December 12), bringing them face to face with Jughead's long-missing mother and sister. You can check out photos of Gershon and Likins as Gladys and Jellybean from the episode in the space below.
As these images show, Gladys runs a salvage yard (or chop shop) in Toledo that doubles as a Serpent compound. Jellybean or JB, as pictured above, also works on at her mom's business and is described as being not only "wise beyond her years [but also] quite the little con artist herself". Gladys certainly doesn't look like someone you would challenge lightly and the character's description on Riverdale further confirms that "the Serpents all snap to attention when she gives them an order".
It's probably fair to assume that the Jones family reunion isn't going to be a happy affair, even before taking into consideration the fact that Archie and Jughead are on the run from all the madness that's happening in Riverdale. Speaking of which: the 'Outbreak' synopsis reveals that, while Archie and Jughead are away, Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) will uncover more of the truth about Griffins & Gargoyles. Meanwhile, Veronica will team up with Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch) to help Betty with her investigation by grilling their own parents and getting to the bottom of what they really know about The Gargoyle King.
Riverdale continues with 'The Man in Black' this Wednesday, December 5, on The CW. 'Outbreak' airs a week later on December 12.
Source: The CW