[SPOILERS ahead for Riverdale season 1.]
Riverdale creator/showrunner Robert Aguirre-Sacasa has revealed additional season 2 episode titles that further hint at the darker tone and influences for the second chapter in Archie and friends' story. As Chief Creative Officer of Archie Comics, Aguirre-Sacasa has been one of the main players responsible for the multimedia Archie property's exploration of darker genre territory in recent years. While Riveradale has given the franchise a Twin Peaks-inspired Noir spin on the small screen, spinoff comic series such as Afterlife with Archie and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina have taken the brand into supernatural horror territory.
While season 1 laid a foundation that could allow Riverdale to go "fully supernatural" one day, season 2 is instead expected to push further into Noir/thriller territory following the shocking events of the season 1 finale. In case there was still any doubt that life for Archie will be darker in season 2, the season 2 episode titles revealed so far are lifted directly from classic horror/thriller titles - including one that Aquirre-Sacasa has a significant history with.
Having previously announced that the Riverdale season 2 premiere will be ominously titled "A Kiss Before Dying" (followed by an episode titled "Nighthawks"), Aguirre-Sacasa has now unveiled the title for the fourth episode of Riverdale season 2 - as was written by Amanda Lasher (Sweet/Vicious), a new addition to the show's writers room in season 2. This news comes but a couple weeks after the showrunner unveiled the title for the new season's third episode with a separate Twitter post (also included below).
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) June 29, 2017
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) June 13, 2017
"The Town That Dreaded Sundown" is the title of a cult 1976 horror/thriller about a serial killer who terrorizes a small town in Texas. Aguirre-Sacasa actually wrote a "meta-sequel" to the film in 2014, also (somewhat confusingly) titled The Town That Dreaded Sundown. Given that someone attempted to murder Archie's dad Fred in the Riverdale season 1 finale (and may have even succeeded), it stands to reason that either a killer or would-be killer is on the loose in season 2. That would make the title of episode 4 all the more appropriate. Aguirre-Sacasa's post also alludes to the rivalry between Archie and Reggie Mantle (now played by Charles Melton), which is expected to be a bigger element in season 2 than it was in season 1.
"The Watcher in the Woods" also gets its title from a horror/thriller - the cult 1980 Disney movie of the same name - though it's less clear exactly what influence that film will have on Riverdale season 2. Being the son of the town sheriff, it does come as little surprise to learn that Kevin Keller will find himself in trouble in this darker and more dangerous season. Then again, maybe this episode title is a misnomer and that mysterious figure in the woods shown here is just Joaquin DeSantos (Rob Raco), feeling lovesick for his ex-boyfriend Kevin but not wanting to let him know he's back in town. One never knows with Riverdale...
Riverdale returns on Wednesday, October 11 on The CW.
Source: Robert Aguirre-Sacasa