For decades - over seven of them - one thing has remains constant in the world of Archie Andrews; the iconic redhead has never been able to truly decide whether he wanted to commit to Betty, the girl next door, or Veronica, the raven-haired heiress.
Now, fans of the love triangle can look forward to having the answer resolved - sort of. Asked whether young mister Andrews will settle on Betty or Veronica when "Riverdale" unfolds on television, show runner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa had a definitive answer, though it's one he surely hopes it takes years to get to.
“In the series finale, we’ll finally answer the question,” Aguirre-Sacasa told The Wrap. “If Betty and Veronica even care about Archie at that point — they will as friends, but they’re not waiting around for him to make his decision.”
That said, Archie Comics fans should expect some different dynamics as the series unfolds. "There’s a reason the comic books have been around for 75 years,” Aguirre-Sacasa said of the never-ending love story. “There’s a reason why even shows that aren’t ‘Riverdale’ have love triangles. That will always be a little bit a part of it, but it’s not my bag. I don’t want Betty and Veronica to be fighting over Archie. The comic book has done that, there are fresher ways to tell that story."
Of course, readers were once given a glimpse of what would happen should Archie choose to commit to one of his girlfriends over the other. In 2009, Archie Comics launched "Archie Marries Betty" and "Archie Marries Veronica," a storyline based in two separate realities that played out in "Life with Archie." Each timeline told what happened when the titular teenager grew up and settled down with one of the two women he'd dated for years. Over the course of the series, fans were treated to "what if...?" styled stories showing what happened when Archie and the gang grew up, got married, found careers and started families. The series ended in 2014 with the death of Archie, an event that occurred simultaneously in both realities, resulting in the divergent timelines coming back together as one.
Premiering Jan. 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, “Riverdale” stars K.J. Apa as Archie Andrews, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy, Casey Cott as Kevin Keller and Ross Butler as Reggie Mantle.