A Riverdale death is on the horizon, and we’re totally going down a speculation rabbit hole trying to guess who it will be.
According to the bosses, another Riverdale death is likely. All season we’ve been chasing Jason Blossom’s murderer, but there could be more to uncover.
Executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa confirmed (sort of) rumors at a press screening of upcoming episodes. He said, “Yes, there is truth to that rumor,” but wouldn’t say which character is going to get it. Some of the main cast, including KJ Apa (Archie), Cole Sprouse (Jughead), Luke Perry (Fred Andrews) and Skeey Ulrich (FP Jones) were also in attendance at the press event. Aguirre-Sacasa was tight lipped when it came to confirming if it was any of them, however.
This news comes on the heels about Riverdale delving into zombie territory. As some Archie fans know, there is a spin off series, Afterlife with Archie, that features our favorite sulk, Jughead. Jughead becomes part of the undead, and the comic follows his life as a zombie. He’s turned as a result of a spell cast by Sabrina (the teenage witch).
While Aguirre-Sacasa isn’t confirming that the finale will be the pivot point into that particular direction. But he does say it’s going to be the start of something big. He says, “If the rumored death happens, it would go to set up season 2.”
We already know he’s on board to take Riverdale in a supernatural direction, so the signs are all pointing to a season 2 arc which follows Afterlife with Archie.
If this tracks, it might mean the next to get the axe (or bullet, or toxic bite) will be Jughead.
According to the Archie mythology, Jughead is bitten by his beloved pet. The dog died and Jughead recruited Sabrina to bring him back from the dead. Jughead contracts the zombie-bug, causing an epidemic to sweep the town.
What if we aren’t looking at just one character death, but the death of the whole gang? Although I’m not betting the farm on that theory, the signs are pointing to a shake up. Aguirre-Sacasa has hinted to EW, “Afterlife or not, there will definitely be a big genre element to season 2. It’s going to make people go, ‘They’re not really doing that, are they?’”
The season finale of Riverdale at 9/8c Thursday on The CW.