“Sexy Archie” -- I’m sorry, Riverdale -- returns to The CW this week with the Season 2 premiere of the Archie Comics-inspired teen drama, “A Kiss Before Dying.” The episode title and synopsis promise us some closure to one major question left from the Season 1 finale, but there are plenty more left to answer in this next season of Riverdale -- and here are the biggest ones we need to see resolved!
Does Fred Andrews survive? Why was he shot?
As you may recall, Riverdale season 1 ended with a major cliffhanger, as Archie’s dad Fred Andrews (Luke Perry) was mysteriously shot in Pop Tate’s Chock-Lit Shoppe. It appeared during that episode that it was an instance of being in the wrong place at the wrong time -- Fred stepped in during an attempted robbery -- but promos for Season 2 have suggested that Archie is worried his father may have been specifically targeted. Who would want Fred Andrews dead? That mystery will last throughout the season, but showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa reassured fans at Comic-Con International in San Diego this past July that we will learn in the season premiere whether Fred lives or dies.
Will Jughead thrive in the Southside? What will it mean for him to be a Serpent?
After his father was arrested for his role in the murder of Jason Blossom, Jughead was remanded into the care of child protective services and sent to Riverdale’s poorer Southside neighborhood to live with a foster family. How is Jughead handling this transition, and his new life as a Southside Serpent? Promo pictures have shown him continuing to wear the gang’s leather jacket. Does his gang membership drive a wedge between him and Betty? Or are his new pals at Southside High taking over for Betty, Archie and Veronica? New character Toni Topaz, another Southside Serpent, had a fling with Jughead in the comics, and it seems that she’ll be causing trouble for Betty and Jughead as she brings Jughead into the Serpent lifestyle.
Does Dark Betty return? Will Betty and Veronica manage to stay friends?
We’ve heard that Riverdale gets even darker this season -- although how that’s possible is anyone’s guess, as season 1 was plenty dark itself. We even had Dark Betty, Betty Cooper’s black wig wearing minx side ready to murder a man. This season, Camila Mendes has said that “you might see a little bit more of a Dark Veronica.” How dark does Veronica go? What triggers this transformation? Mendes also mentioned that there’s a big Betty and Veronica fight, and it’s not about Archie, nor any other man. Whatever it is, it’s bound to alter the friendship between her and Betty.
Will we see Sabrina?
Since the announcement of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a companion series to Riverdale, it’s possible we’ll see Sabrina this season. After all, her hometown of Greendale is just on the other side of the Sweetwater River. It would make a nice link between the series and encourage more viewers when Chilling Adventures debuts in 2018.
Will Cheryl escape her family’s dark past?
Cheryl burned down her family’s manor house, Thornhill, at the end of last season. While this seems to symbolize a rebirth for Cheryl as a phoenix rising from the ashes of her family’s dynasty of terror, what does this mean for Cheryl and her mother? Where will they live? Will they even live together, or will the dramatic family history and loss of both father and son drive them further apart?
What does Hiram Lodge want?
While Cheryl’s family has grown smaller, the Lodge family gets larger in Season 2 as Veronica’s father, Hiram Lodge, returns to Riverdale. In the comics, Hiram Lodge is a fairly self-serving businessman, but didn’t stoop to crime to make his money. In Riverdale, Mr. Lodge has already been arrested. How dark are his shady dealings? Will this keep him from being a real father to Veronica? And how will he take it when he finds out about his wife and Fred Andrews?
Who is having sex with who?
As we ended season 1, Archie and Veronica were well on their way to a strong, physical relationship -- but how strong are their feelings for each other? Jughead and Betty were about to consummate their physical relationship before they were interrupted by the Southside Serpents, and Betty looked nervous when Jughead put on his new leather Serpents jacket. Will our favorite ships survive Season 2? How will new characters Toni Topaz and Nick St. Clair affect these relationships?
Will Kevin Keller get to kiss more boys?
Kevin thankfully won’t be the only out queer character this season; Toni Topaz is bisexual. But there aren’t a ton of boyfriend options for Kevin now that Joaquin has left town for San Junipero (yes, we all got that joke, Riverdale writers). Kevin did get to smooch Moose in the series premiere, but Moose has a girlfriend and their discovery of Jason Blossom’s corpse might have ruined any romance there was. Fingers crossed Kevin will get some more action now that actor Casey Cott is a series regular.
Speaking of Moose’s girlfriend… Midge Klump has only been alluded to so far; we’ve yet to see her appear in the show. Cole Sprouse did post a behind the scenes black and white photo of Moose and a girl on Instagram, among several other shots of the cast. It’s since been removed, but that was presumably Midge -- begging the question as to when we'll see her on screen.
Will Jughead eat more burgers?
He needs to. He loves them so much Netflix gave us a steamy promo of Jughead eating burgers back in May. We only got to see Jughead eat one burger last season; following logic, he needs to eat at least two burgers in Season 2.
There’s plenty of plot to explore in Riverdale Season 2 and beyond. While Riverdale invokes Twin Peaks as an influence, thankfully it’s much more willing to give us both compelling mysteries and answers.
Returning October 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CW, Riverdale stars K.J. Apa as Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy and Casey Cott as Kevin Keller.