Based on what we know about Riverdale‘s second season so far, it sounds like Bughead is going to be tested. Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told Entertainment Tonight that a new character named Toni Topaz is coming to Southside, and she’s going to get between Betty and Jughead.
“Bughead is pretty strong, and pretty undeniable, and pretty epic, but you know even the most epic of romances has trouble – and trouble often comes as a third party,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “So yes, it is conceivable that Toni will potentially test the limits of Bughead.” He also revealed that Toni, played by The Shannara Chronicles‘ Vanessa Morgan, is bisexual, “vivacious, exciting, and a bit of a disrupter” with “as large an appetite for hamburgers as Jughead Jones.”
On top of this potential love triangle, Betty and Jughead will be in separate schools, which could also cause a rift in their relationship. “Pray for Bughead,” Lili Reinhart said at Comic-Con, according to Bustle. “Season 2 is a split between Riverdale itself, so it effects Betty an Jughead’s relationship. Them being at separate schools… it takes its toll. It becomes a Romeo and Juliet situation.”
Cole Sprouse added on the same panel that class differences between Betty and Jughead would become more of an issue. The writers “looked at Jughead and were like, ‘Make him unhappy. Give him a treat. Now pull him back again,” he said. “Dark seems to be the buzzword we’re using for Season 2. Season 1 left him in a vulnerable position… Jughead makes understandable connections.”
This is all leaving us worried for the fate of Bughead on season 2. On the bright side, at least we know that Joaquin and Kevin’s relationship will probably survive.