For much of Riverdale season 1, we’re seeing the show have a few things in common with Pretty Little Liars. Going into season 2, could we see the CW series move things in a direction where it’s compared more with The Walking Dead? It’s a crazy world, so anything is possible.
Actually, there’s a pretty easy route in which it could happen. Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is the man responsible for writing Afterlife with Archie, a fantastically scary take on the classic comic world that started with a zombified version of Jughead’s dog. There have been little references throughout the first season to it, and Aguirre-Sacasa tells Entertainment Weekly that he originally was looking at Afterlife with Archie as one of the first pitches for the show:
“There’s a chance that happens … Ultimately we ended up starting with a more grounded, less supernatural version because we thought we could always go there, but if we started there, it would be hard to take that away.”
Really, our thinking is that it’s not a good idea with this show just because no matter when you do it, it’ll be hard to go back. The metaphorical toothpaste will already be out of the tube and there’s no safe way to squeeze that back in there. The best thing to us that the show could do is create a fun Halloween tribute to that comic where there’s a dream sequence or an alternate universe of some sort. It’d be a fun thing to see the cast play around with, but Riverdale is one of the few dramas on The CW that isn’t overly supernatural in some way. Nobody’s got superpowers, spaceships, or a set of fangs. It’d be nice for the show to continue to have that presence, since you’re certainly not going to find it anywhere else.
Please Riverdale, stick with what you got. If you want to make a Sabrina, the Teenage Witch spin-off to play around with that and incorporate more supernatural stuff there, we’re all for it. It can be like the DC – CW universe where Arrow is the more ground show and The Flash has the superpowers — it does tend to bleed over here and there, but not too often. Over the back half of this season in particular, they’ve allowed the two shows a chance to shine on their own.
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