Riverdale has mastered the art of the cliffhanger – and Season 2’s was a doozy. After being elected as student body president, Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) found himself being arrested for murder, framed by crime lord Hiram Lodge. (His girlfriend’s dad and his sort-of ex-boss. NBD.) The season also brought big changes and challenges for Archie’s dad, Fred Andrews (Luke Perry) – who lost the mayoral election to Hermione Lodge – and Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse), who succeeded his father as leader of the South Side Serpents. (And, you know, nearly died a few times. But we’re past that.)
We spoke with all three guys at San Diego Comic-Con about where we go from here when Riverdale returns this fall.
The big question on everyone’s mind is what’s next for Archie after that bombshell arrest. While the cast couldn’t share specifics of what fans can expect, KJ Apa seemed excited to continue exploring this different side of Archie. “I think for Archie, obviously with this last season we went so dark with the character, which was pretty exciting for me,” he said. “I was stoked that we were going in that direction. Maybe we’ll be continuing down that road in prison.”
In typical dad fashion, Luke Perry interjected here with some positivity for his on-screen son. “Now wait just a minute,” he said. “I’m not convinced you’re going to prison yet. I just know you’re on trial. I like to think this is going to end a better way – just saying.”
As if Archie didn’t have enough to deal with already, it seems as though his relationship with Veronica might take a turn with all this new drama in their lives. “I think [the arrest] could definitely shake things up a little,” Apa shared. “I don’t know how either of them would cope with being separated. I have a feeling that things are gonna get a little gnarly this season between the two of them.”
On the positive side, Bughead (Betty and Jughead) will have smoother sailing ahead after a truly rough time of it in Season 2. “It seems like they’re gonna be pretty good this season, which is nice because last season was a sort of tempestuous period for them as Jughead sorted his stuff out,” Cole Sprouse said.
Of course, in this town nothing can be quite that simple. “Jughead’s mother and sister are in this season, and his relationship with his family – I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s going to affect his relationship to his girlfriend and the Serpents as well,” Sprouse said.
Watch our full interview with KJ Apa, Cole Sprouse, and Luke Perry below:
Riverdale Season 3 premieres on The CW on Wednesday, October 10.