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16 Exciting Things We Just Learned About "Riverdale" Season 2

Toni Topaz is here, queer, and guiding jughead into Southside Serpent life.

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The Riverdale panel at San Diego Comic-Con revealed a BUTTLOAD OF FUN AND TERRIFYING FACTS about Season 2. So let's dive right in, shall we?

1. We'll find out by the end of the Season 2 premiere whether Fred Andrews (Luke Perry) survived the shooting that happened at the end of last season's finale.

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The panel screened a sneak peak of the episode that showed Archie (K.J. Apa) in his blood-stained letterman jacket, talking to his friends about the shooting. They appear to be at a hospital, which at least should indicate that Fred didn't die at the scene of the crime. There's also speculation in the clip that the shooting may have been a hit.

4. And with Veronica's dad, Hiram (Mark Consuelos), back in the picture, Veronica will be trying to become a member of her family in a whole new way — and learn their secrets.

5. Betty (Lili Reinhart) will also be going through some big things. "Last season we saw some dark Betty, but this season it's more like tortured soul Betty," Reinhart said.

6. Jughead's sister, Jellybean, and his mom, Gladys, may appear in the second half of the season — but their casting is crucial, so producers are waiting to find the right fits.

7. Jughead will be at a crossroads in Season 2. He'll be forced to choose between his friends and his family's affiliation with the Southside Serpents. That decision will have massive repercussions.

8. Toni Topaz, a character from the comics, will be joining the show and will be played by Vanessa Morgan. The character will be a student at Southside High, and is also confirmed as bisexual.

9. Toni will act as Jughead's guide to entering a life with the Southside Serpents. The stars also teased that her role might lead to some trouble in Jughead's relationship with Betty.

12. Veronica's ex-boyfriend from New York, Nick St. Clair, will be coming into town. He'll bring out Veronica's dark side, and "dark Veronica is way darker than dark Betty," Mendes said.

13. Nick will also reportedly do something bad to Veronica, and Episode 5 of Season 2 will feature the girls of Riverdale coming together in friendship to fight against it.

16. The cast and creators wouldn't say if there will be any supernatural elements in Season 2. But creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa did mention that they've been discussing "one prominent supernatural character." Three guesses who that might be...

We'll find out more when Riverdale Season 2 premieres on The CW on Oct. 11. In the meanwhile, here are some Season 1 bloopers and that Season 2 sneak peek!

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Archie's dad's name is Fred. An earlier version of this post misstated his name.

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