[SPOILERS for those not caught up on Riverdale ahead.]
Jughead Jones' (Cole Sprouse) life is only going to get more complicated when Riverdale returns with its second season. In a somewhat unexpected turn of events too, Jughead's story and life wound up being one of the most interesting and emotional aspects of the show's first season, with Sprouse emerging as one of the show's central MVPs. From his surprisingly sweet romance with Betty (Lili Reinhart) to the tumultuous relationship with his father (Skeet Ulrich), Jughead's personal turmoil helped to give the season a hefty amount of emotional relatability and resonance.
While his relationship with Betty ended on solid ground in Riverdale's season finale episode as well, not everything was sunshine and roses for Jughead fans, when he decided to join the Southside Serpents. That life decision isn't the only major change that Jughead will be dealing with in the new season either, as he moves from Riverdale High to a new part of town and new high school in Southside High.
According to Cole Sprouse, that move will lead to a bit of an inner conflict with Jughead in the new season, as he winds up feeling torn between the parts of Riverdale that his friends still live in, and the new part of town that he genuinely finds a place for himself in. While speaking with Access Hollywood, Sprouse teased:
“I think he feels like he fits a lot better there and that’s something that is going to be a dilemma he’s going to be dealing with a lot in season two. Season two places him with one foot on each side of Riverdale, which is the north and the south, and he’s the character right in between the two. So, he serves as kind of the middle man and we’ll see where that really places him.”
What will be interesting to see is just how exactly Jughead's own personal confidence and sense of identity changes and evolves in the new season when he moves to a high school that doesn't just automatically cast him as an outsider. How that affects his friendship with Archie, Veronica, and his old Riverdale compatriots, along with his relationship with Betty, may prove to be even more interesting to watch and monitor as well.
Of course, he won't be the only character dealing with some major life changes in the new season. The Riverdale season 1 finale's shocking ending left the fate of Archie Andrews' (K.J. Apa) father, Fred (Luke Perry), hanging completely in the balance. The series' creative team has already teased how that will affect Archie's mental state in the new season, and there's no telling how much Jughead's move may further disrupt his friend's outlook on life. About the only thing that's for certain, is that after spending nearly an entire season coming together and learning to mend old wounds, the lives of Riverdale's heroes are about to be thrown into disarray once again.
Riverdale season 2 airs this fall on The CW.
Source: Access Hollywood