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16 Exciting Things We Just Learned About "Riverdale" Season 2

Toni Topaz is here, queer, and guiding jughead into Southside Serpent life.

Posted on July 22, 2017, at 6:10 p.m. ET

The Riverdale panel at San Diego Comic-Con revealed a BUTTLOAD OF FUN AND TERRIFYING FACTS about Season 2. So let's dive right in, shall we?

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Spoilers for Season 1 ahead. Obviously.

1. We'll find out by the end of the Season 2 premiere whether Fred Andrews (Luke Perry) survived the shooting that happened at the end of last season's finale.

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The panel screened a sneak peak of the episode that showed Archie (K.J. Apa) in his blood-stained letterman jacket, talking to his friends about the shooting. They appear to be at a hospital, which at least should indicate that Fred didn't die at the scene of the crime. There's also speculation in the clip that the shooting may have been a hit.

2. We don't know yet what happens to Fred, but we can expect a darker version of Archie to come out in Season 2.

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3. With Archie in an emotional place, Veronica (Camila Mendes) will be forced to step up for her boyfriend in a way she might not be prepared for.

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4. And with Veronica's dad, Hiram (Mark Consuelos), back in the picture, Veronica will be trying to become a member of her family in a whole new way — and learn their secrets.

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5. Betty (Lili Reinhart) will also be going through some big things. "Last season we saw some dark Betty, but this season it's more like tortured soul Betty," Reinhart said.

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6. Jughead's sister, Jellybean, and his mom, Gladys, may appear in the second half of the season — but their casting is crucial, so producers are waiting to find the right fits.

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7. Jughead will be at a crossroads in Season 2. He'll be forced to choose between his friends and his family's affiliation with the Southside Serpents. That decision will have massive repercussions.

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8. Toni Topaz, a character from the comics, will be joining the show and will be played by Vanessa Morgan. The character will be a student at Southside High, and is also confirmed as bisexual.

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9. Toni will act as Jughead's guide to entering a life with the Southside Serpents. The stars also teased that her role might lead to some trouble in Jughead's relationship with Betty.

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Betty and Jughead become very Romeo & Juliet in Season 2.

10. Kevin (Casey Cott) will be getting a new love interest in Season 2.

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He'll also still be emotionally recovering from the last one.

11. Josie (Ashleigh Murray) will also be getting a love interest as well — Reggie, who is now being played by Charles Melton after Ross Butler left the series.

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12. Veronica's ex-boyfriend from New York, Nick St. Clair, will be coming into town. He'll bring out Veronica's dark side, and "dark Veronica is way darker than dark Betty," Mendes said.

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13. Nick will also reportedly do something bad to Veronica, and Episode 5 of Season 2 will feature the girls of Riverdale coming together in friendship to fight against it.

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14. Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) will get "colder and meaner in Season 2," according to Petsch.

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15. She also "takes the reigns back" from her mother, who seems to have not made it out of the fire at Thornhill in great shape, based on the sneak peek.

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16. The cast and creators wouldn't say if there will be any supernatural elements in Season 2. But creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa did mention that they've been discussing "one prominent supernatural character." Three guesses who that might be...


We'll find out more when Riverdale Season 2 premieres on The CW on Oct. 11. In the meanwhile, here are some Season 1 bloopers and that Season 2 sneak peek!

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Archie's dad's name is Fred. An earlier version of this post misstated his name.

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