Riverdale showrunner teases Season 2’s dark, new, Hitchcock-influenced mystery

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Sep 14, 2017

SPOILER WARNING: Riverdale Season 1 discussed below!

Following the release of yesterday’s new Season 2 trailer, Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has opened up about the new mystery at the heart of the show’s sophomore season.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Aguirre-Sacasa said he was anxious about going down the murder-mystery road again for Season 2, when the first season was mostly driven by the need to answer the question “Who killed Jason Blossom?” (Of course, other subplots had to do with the maple syrup drug trade in Riverdale, Hiram Lodge, and the Southside Serpents. And now we also have “Who shot Fred Andrews?”) That anxious feeling was because Aguirre-Sacasa felt that the Jason Blossom storyline had been done well, and he was afraid the next mystery would be but a pale imitation.

So they started talking about other genres they could use for Season 2. “Horror is something that has come up, but it feels like it’s almost too big for our world,” Aguirre-Sacasa said.

Even though the showrunner feels horror may be “almost too big” for the world of Riverdale (the possibility of zombies was even hinted at earlier this year), we’re told viewers should expect Season 2 to be influenced by movies like Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, as well as Alfred Hitchcock’s 1943 psychological thriller, Shadow of a Doubt.

“One of my favorite movies is Shadow of a Doubt, which is an Alfred Hitchcock movie which has often been described as Our Town with a killer on the loose. I was always obsessed with that idea. This season is a little bit of an homage to that. The big theme is what happens when you’re living with fear day in and day out that something terrible might happen. And how your life changes when you’re walking home from school and you see someone and you cross to the other side of the street. Or when you go to bed, you triple-check your front door to make sure it’s locked.”

We'll also find two big relationships being tested: Veronica and revenge-seeking Archie's, along with Jughead and Betty's. Speaking of Betty, according to Aguirre-Sacasa, she'll be at the heart of this season’s darkest storyline:

“I would say by Episode 4 and 5, Betty is absolutely in the heart of darkness. We’re putting her through the fires like never before. I can’t say too much because there’s a couple of big twists, but Betty is absolutely at the heart of the darkest story we’re telling this season.”

You know what that means, right? Dark Betty for the win! Riverdale returns Oct. 11 on The CW.