Riverdale: The show where anything can happen. Quite literally. Last season we saw an almost real life version of Dungeons & Dragons and a cult rise. Oh and turns out Betty’s mom is an undercover FBI agent. Who knew.
So where could a writer possibly take the story next season? That’s what we wanted to know when we sat down with Riverdale‘s executive producer, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa at the New York Comic Con 2019 roundtable.
First things first, what challenges came while writing this season?
According to Aguirre-Sacasa, the biggest question circling in the writer’s room was what to do when the kids graduate.
It felt like rather than try and artificially keep the kids in school for another calendar year, it was ‘let’s push forward to see what happens and how we can follow their story.’
With this came the inevitable question of whether we will see a crossover between Riverdale and its other ‘co-shows’. Since the pilot premiere of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, fans have been itching for a crossover. Looks like they weren’t the only ones. Aguirre-Sacasa too has been dying to write a crossover.
I keep trying to make a crossover happen but I think it’ll be more likely a Katy Keene crossover, which will probably be the kids going to New York, which will be very fun.
Yes I agree, an episode where the characters take a spontaneous trip to the Big Apple is always fun to see. As for what’s happening in this season, Aguirre-Sacasa assured us that things will be a lot quieter in Riverdale. Of course, since it is still a CW show, drama is pretty much a given. But it sounds like the story will be a lot more character-driven rather than plot-driven like it was in season three.
I feel that in the end we landed that story [Griffins & Gargoyles] . I won’t lie though, by the end of the season, the storytelling was so baroque and complicated, you almost couldn’t breathe in the episodes because there was so much stuff happening.
I think this season we’re loosening it up a little bit. There’s still a cool retro element that we’ll introduce in episode three, but yeah, it’s a little bit more psychological and slower paced.
As for what the next Riverdale musicle will be? Maybe a throwback to an old Aguirre-Sacasa project… American Psycho.
Riverdale is currently airing on CW and the CW App Wednesdays 8/7c.