Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa says the sophomore season of the show will be even scarier than the first. The CW's comic book adaptation was a surprise hit that turned the world of well known characters Archie Andrews (KJ Apa), Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse), Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart), and Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) into a more than just your typical high school drama.
The first season of Riverdale revolved around the mysterious death of Jason Blossom (Trevor Stines) and who killed him. The plot and film noir style led fans to compare the show with David Lynch's Twin Peaks and Veronica Mars. Much of the first season of Riverdale revolved around the young characters losing their innocence and finding out people in their lives (especially their parents) are not who they appear to be. The season concluded with a shocking cliffhanger as well, leaving the fate of Cliff Andrews (Fred Perry) unclear.
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According to ComicBook, Aguirre-Sacasa says that despite the fact that the murder mystery was solved, the stakes even higher for season 2.
Season 1 was a murder mystery: it was who killed Jason Blossom? It was a crime that happened in the past. And until the very end, it was not like our characters were in danger. They were sniffing around a mystery but it wasn’t until the last few episodes when you felt like ‘Oh my God, something really bad could happen.’ Season 2, it’s still noir and it’s still crime, but it’s much more like a suspense thriller and you feel like our characters are at risk in a much more visceral way. So it’s I think a scarier season in that way.
The darkness was what drew in many fans to Riverdale in the first place. It differentiated the show from so many other teen dramas and gave the characters higher stakes. The show's second season will take that a step further, adding influences from horror and thriller films in the episode titles where the first season looked to more classic dramas and noirs.
There are a lot of different elements at play that will make Riverdale season 2 as wild of a ride as the first. There's promise of a new looming threat as well as the introduction of a big player (and potential big bad) in Mark Consuelos' Hiram Lodge. On top of all of that will be how Archie reacts to seeing his father shot in front of him. Crime, drug trafficking, and gangs were all part of Riverdale's seedy underbelly, but all that is about to be exposed. It seems like this small sleepy town will be getting a pretty big wake up call.
Riverdale returns on Wednesday, October 11 at 8PM on The CW.