The Season 1 finale of The CW’s Riverdale may have just aired in mid-May, but that hasn’t stopped fans from creating theories as to how Season 2 will begin. After all, the freshman season’s finale left off with a major cliffhanger. Fred Andrews, played by Beverly Hills, 90210 star Luke Perry, was shot. Will this leave Archie (KJ Apa) without a father?
Although Fred’s fate has not yet been determined, that hasn’t stopped Perry from thinking about what he would like to see happen in the upcoming season. Perry spoke with TVGuide.com following the Season 1 finale to discuss what he would like to see in Season 2. He said,”I’d like [Fred] and Archie to spend more time, like, doing father-son stuff.” Perry went on to explain, “Fred wants to spend time with Archie.” There is one specific activity Perry would like the father-son duo to participate in. “I’d like to see them go fishing. That’s my big one I’m shooting for.” TVGuide.com also reported that Archie will find himself seeking revenge against the person responsible for shooting his father, so fishing may not be a top priority of his.
While the audience is not guaranteed to see more of Fred based on the fatal cliffhanger, one character that viewers will definitely see more of in Season 2 is Josie, played by Ashleigh Murray. Season 1 gave fans a brief glimpse into Josie’s family life, as well as her passion for music, but Josie noticeably had less screen time than the rest of the main characters in the first season. Murray spoke with TV Insider and promised that “the chances are very high” of more Josie in Season 2. She said, “There’s been a lot of deliberate talk of Josie being in Season 2 more.” Murray explained that her character will interact more with the core four, which are Archie, Betty (Lili Reinhart), Veronica (Camila Mendes), and Jughead (Cole Sprouse).
Mendes also spoke with TV Insider about her hopes for the upcoming season. Season 1 ended with Veronica and Archie beginning a relationship, which Mendes believes will lead to “more conflict in [Veronica’s] life.” In regards to the new relationship, she said, “Obviously there’s something very traumatic that happens at the end of Season 1 and I think that’s gonna have to be something that they push through as a couple or not.” When asked if the show should continue the love triangle between Archie, Veronica, and Betty, Mendes said, “I think it’s one of those things that… we should always hint at. We should always keep it alive.” She also pointed out that the love triangle is important because it’s “a staple of Archie Comics.” Veronica’s estranged father will also reemerge in her life, which Mendes is looking forward to exploring. She said, “I’m sure there’s a lot to unpack in that relationship.”
Riverdale will return on The CW this fall and will air on Wednesday nights. Season 1 is currently available to stream on The CW app and Netflix.