'Riverdale' season 4: Stars tease a BARCHIE romance, more football and reveal the focus on high school
The San Diego Comic-Con 2019 saw 'Riverdale' stars speak about what's in store for each of their characters. The fourth season of the CW teen drama is set to hit screens this October, and ahead of the premiere, here's what fans can expect:
Archie Andrews (KJ Apa): "There is lots more football"
"There's a lot going on this season," said Apa. "I do know that we are probably going back to the first season. Lots more football, I don't know what's going on with the boxing, he (Archie) still hits the gym. I think there's going to be a lot more stuff between Archie and Reggie (Charles Melton) and even Mad Dog (Eli Goree) coming into the football team, the Riverdale Bulldogs," he said.
"Certain storylines become more important as we start shooting the rest of the season," he added. "There is an idea of starting a band called 'The Archies'.
Talking about how he copes with the absence of Fred (Luke Perry). "It means Archie will spend a lot more time with his mom, Mary Andrews (Molly Ringwald). It's going to be nice to see Archie's and Mary's relationship."
Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse): "Working with the FBI sets up the ground for the flash forward"
One of the plot points in season 3 involved Jughead being asked by the FBI to help take down the Farm, a group of individuals who share the same beliefs and are led by Edgar Evernever (Chad Michael Murray). The group is often referred to as a cult.
"I think he would be flattered," says Sprouse. "It looks as if the majority of his investigations are going to be done with the Feds and it sets the ground for the flash-forward we saw in season 3.
Talking about season 4, Sprouse said that the idea was to switch up the genre every season. Talking about his involvement with the Serpents, Sprouse said: "I don't think for now, that was something we explored in the last season. Jughead was relieving control to someone else, but we cut that scene and I think we're going to play around with that for a little bit."
Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart): "Think there is a possibility of a Barchie Romance"
"Betty definitely has a lot going on with Charles Cooper (Wyatt Nash)", Reinhart said. Charles came in season 3 where it was revealed that he was Betty's brother and that he was working with the FBI to investigate and take down the farm.
Talking about how season 4 would unfold, Reinhart felt that the focus would be on friendship. "I hope to see her lean on Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes)."
With 'Riverdale' showrunner, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa teasing that the fourth season would shift the focus back to high school, Reinhart was asked if a Betty-Archie romance would rekindle. "I don't know, it is a possibility," she said. "I think Jughead is going off to prep school and that creates a distance which involves the mystery of the season, whatever may that be, it might bring some people closer together, it may pull people further apart."
Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes): "A new member of the Lodge family will appear"
"There is an extended family that I know will appear in the season, that I am really excited for and I wish I could tell you more," said Mendes when asked if there are new Lodges who make their way to 'Riverdale'.
Echoing Reinhart's thoughts about rekindling her romance with Archie, Mendes said "A 100%" when asked if there would be a love triangle just like in season 4, just like in the first season.
The actress also spoke about the need to shift the focus back to high school along with the twists and drama that comes in as part of the show. "If we are doing a season 5, then we wouldn't be in high school anymore."
'Riverdale' season 4 will premiere on CW on October 10, 2019.