Riverdale is adding the character Evelyn Evernever to its ensemble in season 3. The show's season 2 finale ended with Archie Andrews being framed for a crime that he didn't commit by his mentor-turned enemy Hiram Lodge (aka. his girlfriend Veronica's dad), and arrested by the Riverdale police. In addition to giving rise to the #FreeArchie hashtag, this turn of events set the stage for season 3 to focus on Hiram's scheme to tighten his grip on The Town With Pep - with help from his own "Legion of Doom", including Penny Peabody, Sheriff Minetta, and Penelope and Claudius Blossom.
Season 3 will further introduce some new faces to the Riverdale universe, while also giving certain established players more to do. Vanessa Morgan (Toni Topaz) and Charles Melton (Reggie Mantle) have both been upped to series regular status for season 3, and it looks like a character from the Little Archie comic books will be joining them as a member of the show's recurring ensemble.
According to the Riverdale casting breakdown posted by THS, Evelyn will join the series in season 3. Described as a "Major Recurring Guest Star", Evelyn is Betty Cooper's new neighbor "but may be hiding dark secrets about herself". The casting call (which is open ethnicity) further notes that Evelyn is "otherworldly, seemingly omnipresent and a bit odd". Lastly, the breakdown notes that casting someone physically reminiscent of Betty herself (Lili Reinhart) is a "possible direction for the role".
Evelyn Evernever is a somewhat obscure character who originated in the Little Archie comics that ran from the mid-1950s through to the early '80s. The Little Archie version of Evelyn tended to keep to herself, with her doll Minerva being her only "real" friend. More recently, Evelyn appeared in the Betty & Veronica Spectacular comics. In that series, the character was a teenager who not only kidnapped Archie, but was eventually revealed to be the first person that Archie had ever kissed when he was younger.
Based on the season 3 casting breakdown, Evelyn may also wind up being Archie's first kiss in the Riverdale universe. One imagines that will stir up painful old feelings for both Archie's lifelong bestie and (obviously) Veronica, especially if Evelyn ends up looking like Betty on top of that. It's very much the sort of melodramatic development that Riverdale does best, and would re-imagine the character for the show's universe in a fitting manner. Of course, in the wild world of Riverdale, "dark secrets" could refer to something far more sinister than having made out with the Andrews boy next door.
Riverdale season 3 premieres Wednesday, October 10 on The CW this fall.