‘Riverdale’ may introduce witchcraft and ‘Lovecraftian horrors’

Riverdaleadapted the teen dramedy of Archie Comics into a murder mystery soap opera. It doesn’t bear much resemblance to the comics, but it’s deliciously bonkers.And season 2 may go even further, transformingRiverdale into a supernatural drama.

Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa discussed the idea in an interview withEntertainment Weekly, referencing his work on the zombie apocalypse comicAfterlife with Archie.“There will definitely be a big genre element to season 2, he said. Its going to make people go, Theyre not really doing that, are they?

Apparently he considered adapting Archie as aBuffy-style supernatural show, but optedto make ateen soap instead. Heexplained that it’s easier to introduce supernatural elements later, whereas “once youre supernatural, its going to be hard to go back to non-supernatural.”

Aguirre-Sacasa confirmed a few Afterlife with Archie Easter eggs inRiverdale, but it doesn’t sound like we’re getting a full Afterlife adaptation.However, Sabrina the Teenage Witch may join the showin future seasons. Aguirre-Sacasa has even devised a neat way to introduce magic to the world ofRiverdale.The towns of Riverdale and Greendale (Sabrina’s home) are separated by the Sweetwater River, which could act as a barrier between the magical and non-magical worlds. “On the other side of the mythic river, which is sort of like the River Styx, theres magic and witches and dark Lovecraftian horrors.”

“Lovecraftian horrors” is not something we ever expected to associate withArchie, butAguirre-Sacasa is clearly a fan.

He added that he hopes Sabrina will arrive inRiverdale “sooner rather than later.” So, she could appear in season 2, or we may have to wait for a spinoff. In more concrete news, the season 1 finale will introduce another Archie characterwith “a darker origin,” hinting toward the genre shift in season 2.

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