It hasn't been a walk in the park for the residents of Riverdale so far, but it looks like things are going to get even darker season 2. Archie, Veronica, Betty, Jughead, and the gang are going to be jumping from a murder mystery into a noir-tinged suspense story. Buckle your seatbelts Riverdale fans, season 2 already sounds like a twisty ride!
"It's edgier, it's sexier," said Madelaine Petsch, who plays Cheryl Blossom. "It's going to have a lot more of a thriller element this season."
Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa agreed when we spoke to him at this year's San Diego Comic Con. While the series had only filmed up to episode five at the time of the conversation, Aguirre-Sacasa was still able to share some intriguing tidbits about the show's darker tone now that the murder mystery of season 1 has been solved. Aguirre-Scasa said he's a big fan of the horror genre and is always trying to work horror elements into the show, but fans shouldn't expect to see any elements from the Archie comic Afterlife story in the beginning of season two.
"We start a pretty aggressive suspenseful noir storyline that has definite horror elements," Aguirre-Scasa said. "So it's a different kind of horror and I think there's also some psychological horror in the season."
A darker tone isn't the only difference in season 2, we'll also be meeting some new characters and seeing some new faces. Probably the most dramatic is the recasting of Reggie, who was played in season 1 by 13 Reasons Why actor Ross Butler. With Butler busy on different projects, Riverdale recast the role of Reggie with actor Charles Melton.
"Ross, because he was doing a couple of other shows, we only had him once every four episodes and we never really got to tell a big Reggie story," Aguirre-Scasa said. "That's one of the things we're going to be able to do."
We'll also see Veronica's father Hiram Lodge for the first time, played by Mark Consuelos. The whole cast gushed about Consuelos at San Diego Comic Con, and Aguirre-Scasa was glad that Hiram could finally be a part of the Riverdale world.
Plus with Jughead now straddling the line between the north and south sides of Riverdale, we'll be introduced to more characters from the "wrong" side of the tracks. One of these characters is Toni Topaz, played by actress Vanessa Morgan.
"We also just started filming on a new character named Toni Topaz, she's from the comic books and she goes to Southside High with Jughead. She's a part of the Serpents, which Jughead has just joined," Aguirred-Scasa said.
New characters, new mysteries and a new tone. It sounds like Riverdale's second season is going to be a wild ride.
"In season 2 we'll see a whole new side of Archie that we've never seen before," said star KJ Apa. "It gets gnarly real quick."
Watch the full interview with showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Casey Cott below:
What do you think of the new darker Riverdale? What new character are you most excited to see? Sound off in the comments!
(Photo courtesy of Sarah Boyce, video courtesy of Morgan Glennon)