Riverdale Cast Teases Possibility of an Afterlife With Archie Episode


The CW's "Riverdale" could get a little spooky someone soon. The new series -- which explores the seedy underbelly of Archie Comics' famous hometown -- has a lot more gritty, realistic elements than its comic book counterpart, but that doesn't mean an "Afterlife with Archie" adaptation is out of the question. During a set visit, "Riverdale" stars KJ Apa (Archie Andrews), Camilla Mendes (Veronica Lodge), Cole Sprouse (Jughead Jones), Ashliegh Murray (Josie) and Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl Blossom) offered their thoughts on the "Afterlife with Archie" comic book series and discussed whether or not it would be adapted for the show.

"There has been a little bit of talk about some of that stuff for Halloween episodes," Apa revealed, adding, "I'm not sure how that's going to pan out. We haven't really given it too much thought, but I think that's a really good idea. That's going to be awesome."

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"I think that would be so much fun!" said Mendes. "And it does feel like we could do that, and… we could find a way to do it that wouldn't be too far of a stretch. For sure."

"I would love it. You know, I'd love it as long as it doesn't break the theme and mood of the show," Sprouse shared. "That, to me, has kind of been the balance we've had, because Jughead is the narrator, which is a super kind of film noir angle, but he's also kind of the comic relief. The balance that the writers and a lot of the creative have been finding with the tone of the show is a balance between where comedy is appropriate and where we have to keep the moodiness and the tone and all of that. So, if we can manage to find a way to inject 'Afterlife with Archie' into the show in a way that's not heavy handed or done in a shoddy way, then hell yeah -- I'd love to see that stuff! That's awesome. I mean, I personally would love to be able to be a zombie, because I know Jughead is the zombie in 'Afterlife with Archie,' so yeah. I'd love to see all of that stuff.

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Murray was especially excited at the prospect.  "Yes!" she said with a laugh when asked if she'd be interested in an adaptation. "Yes I would! I mean, even outside of this world, I have big crazy weird dreams of wanting to be a vampire, like a la Kate Beckinsale in 'Underworld.' So, if I had the privilege of doing a Halloween episode in an epic costume and have fangs? Oh, yes, absolutely, I would love to do that! I hope we do!"

"It's a very good question! You might see a zombie Jason," joked Petsch. "That was a really, really good question. I love 'Afterlife with Archie' and I would love to do that. Originally, we had talked about doing a Halloween episode that was like that. Unfortunately, we don't air around October at all, so we won't be able to do that, but -- knowing the writer and knowing that he is the writer of 'Afterlife with Archie' -- he would love to do that, and I'm sure he'll find ways to sneak everything in, so he will definitely sneak that in as well."

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Here, Petsch is referring to Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who co-created "Afterlife with Archie" with Francesco Francavilla. Aguirre-Sacasa is also a producer on "Riverdale," so it's entirely possible that he could bring his "Afterlife with Archie" story to the show. However, it doesn't look like an "Afterlife with Archie" adaption will happen anytime this season; if "Riverdale" goes on to have a second season, though, there is a better chance they'll be able to adapt the critically acclaimed story, perhaps as a Halloween episode.

Starring K.J. Apa as Archie Andrews, “Riverdale” will debut Thursday, January 26 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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