Riverdale may be taking the week of Thanksgiving off, but there are still plenty of theories and conspiracies to feast on before it returns November 29. For one, there’s the never-ending mystery of the Black Hood’s identity and how Betty will cope with the reveal of the man or woman behind the mask. There’s also Fred Andrews, who may not be out of the woods after he was nearly gunned down by the Black Hood in the season two premiere. And what about Madelaine Petsch‘s Cheryl Blossom, who has been seriously underused throughout season two thus far? It turns out that her story—and love life—is about to majorly heat up.
With plenty more to discuss, we caught up with K.J. Apa (Archie Andrews) and Madelaine Petsch to break down all those theories and more! Read on.
When you found out who the Black Hood was, what was your reaction?
K.J. Apa: I already knew. I guessed it. But everything is very…it’s hard to say.
Madelaine Petsch: I didn’t guess it. When I read it, it shocked me, but you won’t have to wait much longer. A couple more episodes and the mystery will be revealed.
Let’s talk about Fred Andrews. In last week’s episode, Archie casually asked if his dad was doing OK. My first reaction was, “Hmm, a line like that wouldn’t be in the script without it meaning something.” Right?
K.J.: There’s a reason for everything.
Should viewers be worried about him?
K.J.: I think at this stage, yeah. The reason for that scene was to give a little bit of concern for how he’s doing health-wise, I think, but yeah. For sure, they should be a little bit concerned.
In other random thoughts, feel free to confirm or deny: Since Cheryl and Archie both have red hair, is there a chance they could be related?
K.J.: I’ve wondered that before.
Madelaine: Well, we’ve kissed on the show, so let’s not give the incest thing any more fire than it needs!
K.J.: Yeah, but like, we didn’t know [then] that we could have been related.
Madelaine: I personally think no. I know plenty of other redheads that I’m not related to personally, so…
K.J.: True, true.
Madelaine: …that I grew up with, but you never know. It is Riverdale. My whole theory now is it’s Riverdale. Anything can happen!
What can you tease about the rest of the year?
Madelaine: Cheryl has an unexpected love interest coming into the picture very soon.
Is it a man or a woman?
Madelaine: We’ll find out. TBD!
And K.J., what about Archie?
K.J.: Archie is out for revenge right now. He wants [to take down] the Black Hood.