The Season 2 premiere of Riverdale is nearing closer and closer and as we approach new episodes, our curiosity abut what to come has reached peak interest. The Season 1 finale left us with a major cliffhanger and a series of OMG moments, making the wait for more that much harder. One thing is for sure when it comes to this show: the fandom is strong with this one. Riverdale Season 2 theories have been popping up since before the series even hit our TV screens, and they're only getting even more extreme (and believable) as time goes on.
Just when we thought Riverdale couldn't get more crazy last season, it kept outdoing itself. It proved it's not just just your avergae soapy teen drama, it's a hotbed for all things insane, sinister, and way beyond your typical high school experiences. We know we're in for more drama in Season 2 and stuff is gonna get dark, but what are some theories about our beloved Riverdale residents that actually add up? We heard it all last season, especially while theorizing about who killed Jason Blossom (Betty and Polly are the same person, Ethel killed Jason, etc.), but what about the mysteries of Season 2? Here are some ideas that you shouldn't rule out just yet.
1. Hermione Shot Fred Andrews
If you haven't seen the Season 1 finale (but really, why would you be reading this?), Fred Andrews got shot and now everyone's all, "Who did it?" Another day in Riverdale, another crime to solve. Tumblr user quirkyanya's proposals regarding the upcoming season made the rounds when she speculated Hermione is behind what can be described as attempted murder. Or just murder. OK, maybe Mrs. Lodge didn't pick up the gun and do the deed herself, but perhaps she hired someone to make the hit. "I have a suspicion that she hired someone to shoot Fred Andrews, because he was involved too much and not selling his business to her. Nobody would suspect her because the entire town is on a Serpent witch-hunt," they wrote.
2. Betty Becomes a Serpent
Stand by your man, as the song says. Jughead has already put on his jacket, but what about his best girl? quirkyanya also pointed out that this could be a possibility, writing, "Betty might transfer to Southside High and be an active member of the Serpents, shattering the Mayor McCoy’s, the towns and everyone’s perception of her as the perfect role-model and representation of Riverdale."
Will Bughead be the unlikely King and Queen of the Southside Serpents eventually?
Lili Reinhart has already weighed on in on Betty's affiliation with the Southside gang, telling Seventeen, "I think with Jughead mixing up in the Serpents leads Betty inevitably into that world. It's like she doesn't have a choice. It's her boyfriend. She's going to go where he goes at this point."
She also tweeted this last May:
3. Betty = Witch
The Riverdale universe has got to have some supernatural elements, considering Sabrina the Teenage Witch is a part of it and a spinoff element is in the works. But is Sabrina the only one in this coven? Betty has a dark side -- I mean, #darkbetty is a widely used hashtag at this point -- so, does that part of her personality mean more? Tumblr user babixxi notes that magic could be in the Cooper's genes, writing, "We know Alice definitely has some secrets she’s not telling her family, so what if one of these secrets is that her side of the family actually had magic running throughout the generations?" "When she digs her nails in her hands, she’s literally suppressing the magic that she doesn’t know she has," they added.
Tumblr's betty-and-jughead also proposed the concept of a "bewitching" Spellman family connection as well.
4. Cheryl's Love Interest Is...?
Good new for Cheryl Blossom in Season 2 -- the fiery River Vixen will be getting a love interest. But who's it going to be? Madelaine Petsch already told Forbes that it's going to be "nothing that anybody expects." Many fans are guessing that her new flame will be Southside Serpent Toni Topaz (Vanessa Morgan). Even Vanessa is shipping them.
In addition to that widespread theory, Tumblr's ladybughead has another bizarre long shot in mind: Boy Scout Dilton Doiley.
Will we see something akin to The Walking Riverdale on our TV screens sometime in the future? We're pretty certain that supernatural elements will take hold of this, er, somewhat realistic narrative at some point. Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is the creator of Afterlife With Archie, a comic that deals with the undead's invasion of the town, so why wouldn't that material make it into the show itself? People love zombies and this theory has been floating around every since Cheryl had her disturbing Jason vision. Roberto told EW that he wanted to make a more "grounded" series, but we can't help but agree with the notion that the idea might be hinted at considering he explained that the town on the other side of the river, Greendale, is where the magic is at. We're not saying we should expect an apocalypse anytime soon, but... this show is beyond. Who knows?