Some questions surrounding teenager Jason Blossom's murder were answered on last week's Riverdale, but the drama in this fictional town is just getting started. As tensions come to an all-time high just before the Season 1 finale on Thursday, May 11, fans have a few pressing questions on their minds. One: Will there be a new murder mystery to set up Season 2? And two: What in the hell will actually happen in Riverdale Season 2? I caught up with the cast at The Paley Center's Riverdale event in Los Angeles. They hinted at why Season 1 will be wrapped up neatly, while also opening a whole new can of worms — leaving fans (hopefully) hooked for next season. Spoilers ahead!
By now, fans know the truth behind Jason's murder. Originally, Riverdale citizens speculated that he accidentally drowned in a river while rowing with his sister Cheryl. With a gunshot to Jason's head, it was ultimately revealed that Jason's own father, Clifford Blossom, shot him. But before law enforcement could get to him, Jason took his own life. Now, there are speculations that the new mystery will surround drug lord Hiram Lodge and his tie to the Blossom family. Although the cast doesn't give away any specifics, it suggests there's a new mystery ahead including serious trouble for Archie (KJ Apa).
According to Madelaine Petsch (who plays Cheryl Blossom), fans will know the exact setup for Season 2 after the Season 1 finale. "We’ll give a little taste of that at the end of the finale episode," she says. Without giving specifics away, Casey Cott (who plays Kevin Keller) hints that the plots in Season 2 will be even crazier and perhaps more addicting than in Season 1. "The ideas for Season 2 are amazing, and I know that fans are gonna be if not just as into it, more into it. It’ll be very amazing, new, great stories," he says.
But when talking specifics, Petsch does suggest that Archie will completely go off the deep end. "Archie goes into full destruction mode in Season 2. No holds barre," she says. "I’m very excited." According to Archie's on-screen dad, played Luke Perry, Archie's story really goes there. "It’s deeper deep end than you would think. It’s gnarly deep end, I was surprised," Perry says. Apa doesn't even refute their claims.
"Our last episode sets up Season 2 for Archie. The whole trajectory of his life is gonna change," Apa says. "You’ll see it when you watch. It’s gonna be good." The actor says his storyline in Season 2 calls for some "challenges" when it comes to acting. "The storylines are gonna be on a bigger emotional scale than the storylines he was dealing with in Season 1."
He also insinuates that Jason's murder, although wrapped up in Season 1, will be part of Archie's spiral. "It's included," he says. "I hope [Archie] can make the right decisions." Will Archie be involved in some shady business with Veronica's (Camila Mendes) dad Hiram? Only time will tell.
Until then, a few of the actors are hoping their characters see brighter days. "I definitely hope Cheryl finds love, not even in a relationship, but some sort of friendship," Petsch says of her character. "I’d like to see more of the three girls working together."
Lili Reinhart (Betty Cooper) and Cole Sprouse (Jughead) are also pulling for fan-favorite 'ship Bughead to make it work. "I do hope they pull through, as long as they keep making each other happy," Reinhart says.
But are happy days actually possible in Riverdale? To no one's surprise, it's not looking probable.