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Everything you need to know about 'Riverdale' season 2

Will Bughead last?

By Peggy Truong
Riverdale season 1 finale Betty and Jughead

With Riverdale season one in the bag — a bag full of insane surprises and Archie’s glistening abs — all eyes are now on season two, and we need to know what Cheryl’s up to next and whether or not Bughead will turn into Rughead! In the meantime, here’s what’s been discussed so far:

1. Archie is going to get dark. As showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (RAS) tells Entertainment Tonight, Archikins is going on a “hero’s journey” à la Bruce Wayne and Peter Parker, but before he goes on that journey, he’ll take on elements of revenge, darkness, and violence begetting violence. “So it’s going to be a really different Archie for season two,” he says. “That’s really exciting.”

2. Season two will pick up where season one left off. RAS confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that while Archie’s journey to darkness will be the “spine” of the second season, finding out who shot Fred will “absolutely” be the focus of the beginning.

3. A "civil war" is coming. Betty aptly provided this forecast in the season finale, telling Jughead she doesn’t want to “let a civil war rip us apart” as he inches closer and closer to the south side. Sorry, Betty. It’s happening. RAS reveals to both TV Line and ET that the war will occur between the north side of Riverdale and the south side. Does this mean Jughead will have some tough decisions to make if he joins the Serpents during this time of war? Will there be a nice story arc about forbidden love?

4. You guessed it: Betty and Jughead’s relationship will be on the line. RAS tells ET that as Jughead “sort of” follows F.P.’s footsteps, there might be some distance between himself and Betty. A “central conflict” will threaten their relationship, and yes, it’s really too bad considering the fact that their relationship graduated to “I love you” levels in the finale.

5. Betty’s secret older brother might make an appearance. It’s not definite, but RAS tells TV Line, “I wouldn’t be surprised, and that’s all I’ll say about that.”

6. The birth of Polly’s twins will happen on season two. “I don’t want to say too much, but no, that is absolutely not something that will happen off-screen,” RAS tells TV Line. Yes! Another set of twins to get excited about. Love it.

7. There will be some new faces. Mark Consuelos will play Hiram Lodge, who is a hop, skip, and a jump away from getting out of prison to join Hermione and Veronica at their fancy apartment. Right off the bat, Hiram will not approve of Veronica and Archie’s relationship, RAS tells THR, adding that Hiram and Hermione will be a “power couple” in season two (think Frank and Claire Underwood on House of Cards). Meanwhile, Reggie Mantle will be recast while Ross Butler heads to a second season of 13 Reasons Why on Netflix. Thanks for the memories and the abs, Ross.

8. Sabrina the Teenage Witch and those zombies you keep on hearing about might still have a chance to enter the Riverdale world. In an interview with Comicbook.com, RAS says while there was a lot of discussion about introducing Sabrina in season one, the show ultimately left her out because she risked overshadowing every other storyline (“it’s such a big idea to introduce the supernatural into a natural world”). He says the second season will continue to hint at supernatural elements, much like the first season with visions of Jason as a zombie and ghost and Archie’s visions of werewolves, which might open a door for Sabrina. “Or that might just be to make it more like Twin Peaks and the way they dealt with the supernatural,” he says.

9. Filming officially commenced in June 2017. On June 20, Mama Cooper (Madchen Amick), shared a photo of the cast getting together to do the first-ever table read for season two. According to Mama Coops, the first three episodes will be “EPIC.”

Some initial observations: someone really likes chips and guac enough to bring it to a table read; Hiram (Mark Consuelos) and Hermione are SITTING TOGETHER, as are Bughead; the new Reggie (Charles Melton) is there; Luke Perry is missing (or he went to get more chips because there’s an empty chair at the end of the long table); and KJ Apa cannot take a serious photo. See?

10. Veronica and Archie are getting married! Or not, as the presence of Jason Blossom and Fred Andrews (whose fate remains unknown at this point) suggests that the wedding scene is likely part of a dream sequence. Photos from the Vancouver wedding set were leaked on June 26, showing Veronica in a gorgeous wedding gown, Betty in a blue bridesmaid dress, and Jughead and Archie in matching kilts. Naturally, fans are freaking out.

11. There will be 22 episodes in season two. In the first episode, titled 'A Kiss Before Dying', director Rob Seidenglanz shared this ominous pic to his 'gram of Archie's jacket covered in blood. The question is, is his his blood or someone elses?! Other eps titles that have been spilled so far include: “Chapter Fifteen: Nighthawks”, “Chapter Sixteen: The Watcher in the Woods”, and “Chapter Seventeen: The Town That Dreaded Sundown”.

Fun fact: 'The Town That Dreaded Sundown' is title of a horror film by showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Garcia - and Reddit users this this could foreshadow the death of a ~major~ character.