EXCLUSIVE: 'Riverdale' Romance Rundown -- All the Details on Season 2's Love Interests!
By Jennifer Drysdale
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Riverdale's getting a little more romance in season two!
ET's Leanne Aguilera sat down with the show's cast at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, where they spilled all about Josie's, Kevin's and Cheryl's new romantic interests -- and a couple of love triangles!
Riverdale fans have already met the first new love interest of the season, as Ashleigh Murray revealed that love with Reggie Mantle might be in the cards for her character, Josie.
"She might be getting a little love, and a potential suitor is Reggie Mantle, who is played by our new and lovely Charles Melton. He's phenomenal," she gushed of the new cast member, who will be replacing 13 Reasons Why star Ross Butler in season two. "He might be able to bat some lashes at me."
As for Kevin, he's clearly got a few issues to work out after his biker beau Joaquin skipped town in the first season finale.
"I think first he's going to kind of deal with the breakup, the bus -- he has a real, wild fear of buses now," Casey Cott joked. "He's got a new love interest coming now, which I really don't know who it is, but [executive producer] Roberto [Aguirre-Sacasa] has told me that there's a new [guy]. Hopefully he's going to be in good hands, not scary, Serpentine hands."
"I mean, my last love interest turned out to mop up blood and put dead people into lakes and stuff," he added. "I'm looking for someone who is maybe a little more honest and kind."
While Kevin's relationship is hopefully a little more normal, it seems Jughead and Betty's romance will be turning into a love triangle -- with the newly-announced Toni Topaz!
"She's the girl that Jughead meets at Southside, so obviously people are going to think that there's a little bit of a rivalry there, and that's possible, but I don't think we should just set up Toni to be a villain," Lili Reinhart said. "You know, she's a really cool character, she's a really cool girl. I don't think she's out to cause trouble. But, you know, things might happen. Jughead is spending a lot of time at Southside, and Betty's at Riverdale High."
"I also think people have talked about her as a potential villain just romantically, but there's also the very real possibility that her kind of siren-like call to Jughead, [and] deeper Serpent lineage, is also kind of trouble," Cole Sprouse added. "It has nothing to do with romance, but rather his inclusion with a person he finds a friend, who is also a Serpent, is trouble."
Veronica might also find herself in a love triangle, as her ex-boyfriend is expected to make his Riverdale grand entrance.
"I'm excited about that! I'm excited about the casting of that," Camila Mendes confessed. "I'm excited about that story, but that actual character is trouble."
"He's a 10 out of five on the Serpent scale!" Madelaine Petsch chimed in, before KJ Apa revealed what his character, Archie, might think of a new man in town.
"It seems like Archie would be a little bit intimidated, for sure. But I think his main reaction is just to fight," he said. "Like, 'Let's go, bro.'"
As for Cheryl, who may be homeless after burning her house down last season -- but "she's staying at the Tipton. She's with London, they're best friends," Mendes laughed, looking at Sprouse -- it seems her "icier" personality in season two might just warm someone else's heart.
"Cheryl gets an unexpected love interest as well!" Petsch yelled. "Finally!"
"What she looks for in a person, who knows? Cheryl just needs love," she said. "I think she just really wants to be loved, and she'll just take it however she can get it."