In “Riverdale,” Betty Cooper is on a mission to find out who killed Jason Blossom — and figure out what happened to her sister Polly in the meantime. To do this, she’ll team up with Jughead Jones, and the unlikely duo will work together to uncover the corruption at the heart of Riverdale. During a set visit, Lili Reinhart (Betty) and Cole Sprouse (Jughead) discussed how their characters would approach the show’s central mystery.
“Betty does have a very strong relationship with Jughead throughout the season. They work together to try and figure out what happened to Jason and who killed him, because they think that the Blossoms and the sheriff are hiding something,” Reinhart revealed. “They think their town is corrupt, so they want to know what really happened to him, because they think the police are lying to them, and — since they’re high schoolers and they can talk to Jason’s peers — they try and get the inside information and kind of work together to solve the mystery a little bit.”
As to what Betty feels she can do to combat the corruption, Reinhart said, “Be on the inside! Her sister dated the kid who was murdered, so that’s why she’s so set on trying to find out what happened to her sister, because she thinks her sister can give her a lot of insight as to who would have hurt Jason, and that’s why she teams up with Jughead, because she wants to figure it out for herself and just to make sure the police aren’t lying to her and the Blossoms aren’t trying to cover up anything that they did.”
Sprouse also weighed in on why Jughead helps Betty out — and revealed what’s in it for him. “It’s because Betty has the journalistic resources from her parents and the background of her lineage and Jughead is an objective character on the outside very much of their school society and of their society at large,” he explained. “It gives him an interesting angle to approach writing about the town, writing about the students, writing about how people treat him and — by association — treat the rest of their classmates and the citizens of Riverdale.”
“It’s pretty obvious that Betty’s relationship to the journalism of the show is very much driven by her relationship with her mother, whereas Jughead — without saying too much — has a different angle for it,” he added. “Jughead really approaches a lot of this — a lot of his motivation, in my opinion, is driven by him trying to figure out quite a bit about himself and how he stands in society and where he fits in and how people are treating him. It’s the classic if you’re a bully in school, it’s probably because the person is hurting a bit at home. Jughead is trying to figure out other people, or he’s being quite cynical to other people, or he’s pushing away from other people because doesn’t understand himself, and I think a lot of that writing is going on through that.”
Starring K.J. Apa as Archie Andrews, “Riverdale” airs Thursdays at 9 pm on The CW. The series also stars Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Ross Butler as Reggie Mantle and more. “Breakfast Club” alum Molly Ringwald will also recur as Archie’s mother Mary.
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