The CW‘s popular drama Riverdale stole the show at San Diego Comic-Con this year. The show, which is set to enter its third season, held its panel in the biggest hall the convention has to offer and was moderated by Kelly RipaRiverdale also had the honor of being featured at the prime time of Sunday morning with long-time fan favorite Supernatural. At the panel, the CW released a highlight reel and an exclusive first look at Season 3.

Season 2 ended on a major cliffhanger when main character Archie (KJ Apa) was framed and arrested for murder. All of Archie’s friends faced their own share of trials and tribulations to make for a complex story line that the show is famous for. The sneak peek for Season 3 seems to be keeping the head-spinning plots that always leave fans wanting more.

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The sneak peek begins with Archie and his friends sharing milkshakes and trying to enjoy Labor Day after “the worst summer ever,” but the fun teenage montage quickly shifts to something much darker. Betty discovers that her mother has joined a terrifying cult, but that’s not all the town of Riverdale has to contend with. During the panel, showrunner Robert Aguirre-Sacasa said that the town is “trying to maintain a peace between the Serpents and the Ghoulies and Hiram that quickly gets disturbed in our first episode back.” Shifting dynamics in the Lodge and Jones families will cause trouble for Veronica and Jughead respectively. Apa and co-star Camila Mendes tease that Archie’s trouble with the law might spell trouble for couple Archie and Veronica.


For all of the drama that is to come in Season 3, Aguirre-Sacasa said that a core theme of the new season will be friendship. The group of friends were often at odds with each other in Season 2, but the showrunner has said that Season 3 will see the characters rebuild those bonds. Aguire-Sacasa also teased that the main teenage cast will play younger versions of their “parents” in a flashback episode and that there would “definitely” be another musical episode in the future. Riverdale  will return to the CW on October 10, 2018.

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