When you weren’t looking, “Riverdale” became the pop-culture obsession you didn’t know you needed. Based on the Archie comics, the CW series takes place in the present and offers a subversive look at Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their circle of friends, exploring the darkness that lurks beneath the small town’s wholesome image. A worthy successor to shows like “The O.C.” and “Gossip Girl,” “Riverdale” swooped in and filled a void in the teen soap opera genre, quickly becoming a guilty pleasure you didn’t really have to feel bad about watching.
Spoiler alert: After solving the Jason Blossom murder, Archie’s dad Fred (Luke Perry) was shot in the stomach by an unknown assailant at the end of last season and taken to the hospital, giving Archie and his buddies a brand-new mystery to unravel. The action for season two kicks off where season one ended and we’re sure things are about to get much darker.
The series was created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, chief creative officer of Archie Comics, who also serves as executive producer alongside Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. The cast includes K.J. Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Madelaine Petsch, Mädchen Amick, and Skeet Ulrich.
There are a bunch of questions we’re looking forward to having answered when the series returns. Will Fred survive last season’s shooting? How will the attempted murder affect Archie? Will he get the necessary emotional support from his girlfriend? With Veronica’s father back in the picture, what secrets will she learn as she inevitably tries to become a member of her family again? Will Jughead’s mom and sister make their debut in the new season? And will the much-rumored supernatural elements finally find their way into the series? We’ll find out when “Riverdale” returns to the CW and Netflix on October 11th.