Riverdale came to a dramatic conclusion this week, as the first season wrapped up and lead character Archie (KJ Apa) was left cradling his father in Pop’s, following a shooting that Jughead (Cole Sprouse) promised was anything but a random attack.
Speaking to TV Guide, creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has teased of next year’s second season: “I started thinking of Bruce Wayne when he sees his parents gunned down in Crime Alley. He makes a vow. Peter Parker, when his uncle is shot by a burglar he makes a vow.
“We really want to start this idea that Archie is going to be the hero of our series, we really need to give him a galvanizing moment unlike he’s ever experienced. It felt like that is Fred being shot before his eyes, Archie’s worst fears coming true.”
He continued: “It sort of speaks to a different Archie in season two. He’s no longer the kid who has to choose between football and music, Valerie or Veronica and all of this stuff. This is a guy who is going to be on a quest for revenge and hopefully towards heroism.”
The showrunner also teased a “new world order” following Cheryl’s shocking actions in the last episode, and the arrival of Betty’s mystery brother.
Riverdale will return to The CW in the US and Netflix in the UK for season 2 next year.