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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.


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.


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.

Alanna Bennett is an entertainment reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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