’Riverdale’ WonderCon 2017: EPs On Massive Season 1 Finale, Bughead & More

Riverdale WonderCon 2017 Roberto Aquirre-Sacasa Sarah Schechter Jon GoldwaterOne of the biggest new hits of the ongoing TV season is the Archie Comics live-action series Riverdale as it joined The CW’s big comic book TV line-up by bringing the Archie Universe to life. With only a few episodes remaining of Season 1, everything is starting to come full circle as we are getting closer to finding out who killed Jason Blossom while also following the lives of the people in Riverdale.

Last week Heroic Hollywood participated in the Riverdale press room where we chatted with the actors and producers behind the show to get some teases about what’s coming up in Season 1 and a little bit about Season 2. We had the pleasure to chat with executive producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Sarah Schechter and Jon Goldwater.

When asked about some teases for the big season one finale, Aguirre-Sacasa talked about how their first finale will be the most ambitious episode of the show.

“I think we wanted the finale to be the biggest, most dramatic episode of the season and it is. The other thing we wanted it to be about the relationships, the characters and the romances. Usually our episodes are shot over eight days, the finale was so big and ambitious that we shot it over ten days. We had one idea what the ending was going to be and then it kind of got bigger and bigger and exploded. There are lots of secrets to come out from the finale.”

The show-runner was also asked about Jughead’s sexuality and whether we might see that come into play in the future, given that Jughead is asexual in one of the recent comic versions of the character. While Aguirre-Sacasa spoke about that, he also discussed how the Betty and Jughead romance was setup before that particular comic version came out.

“We believe Riverdale as inclusive and as diverse as the world is and it should represent everything. It’s funny, when we started to work on the pilot and the episodes, it was about a year before Chip [Zdarsky] came out with the Jughead comic. The first thing we decided about the show was that Jughead and Betty were going to date. One was Archie’s best male friend and one was Archie’s best female friend, so that’s kind of how we built the season. But representation is important and it’s really important for us to show every kind of person and every kind of sexuality. We are working on that for season 2.”

More highlights from the full roundtable interview:

-How Riverdale sets itself apart from other shows that is in the same or similar genre.

-Whether the producers felt any pressure from comic viewers’ expectations when adapting the Archie Universe for live-action.

 “Chapter Nine: La Grande Illusion” — (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, DL) (HDTV)

ULTERIOR MOTIVES — Archie (KJ Apa) reluctantly agrees to escort Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) to her family’s official start of maple syrup tapping because he gets an offer that could help his future. Archie starts to become skeptical of the real reason the Blossoms are so eager to help him, however he gets some helpful information for Betty (Lili Reinhart) about her sister. Veronica (Camila Mendes) is trying to be nice and unbeknownst to her, befriends a classmate that her father’s illegal doings has hurt. Hermione (Marisol Nichols) is conflicted about telling Fred (Luke Perry) the truth. Meanwhile, Alice (Madchen Amick) is ready to get revenge on the Blossoms once and for all with the help of her two daughters. Cole Sprouse also stars. Lee Rose directed the episode written by James DeWille (#109). Original airdate 4/6/2017.”

Riverdale airs on Thursday nights at 9/8c on The CW. Make sure to check back at Heroic Hollywood after every single episode of Season 1 for our weekly reviews. Don’t forget to check out our other roundtable interviews with the stars of Riverdale, including Marisol Nichols (Hermione Lodge) and Mädchen Amick (Alice Cooper), KJ Apa (Archie Andrews) and Luke Perry (Fred Andrews).

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Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht is an online entertainment journalist who has been covering television and movies since 2010. In addition, he is also a podcast producer.