Riverdale Season 2 is set to return on October 11. Ahead of its highly-anticipated premiere, Madelaine Petsch teased fans on what to expect when the hit teen drama returns to The CW this fall.
In an interview with TV Line, Madelaine Petsch, who plays Cheryl Blossom on Riverdale, revealed that her character won’t be joining the “sad breakfast club” in Season 2. Although Cheryl has developed a soft spot for Veronica (Camilla Mendes), Petsch explained that she’s just not ready to be part of her gang just yet.
After all that Cheryl has been through last season, it’s perfectly understandable if she ended up being more guarded than she usually is. Petsch added that she can see Cheryl’s behavior getting worse come Season 2.
“I actually think she’s going to become even colder and even meaner in Season 2. After what happened in Season 1, she’s just done. She’s so shut down and broken,” Petsch explained.
Petsch added that Veronica had no problems including Cheryl to her circle, in fact, she even wanted to, but Cheryl found it difficult to be buddies with another alpha female.
“Veronica wants Cheryl to become a part of the gang, and Cheryl wants so badly to become a part of the gang but she’s so egotistical and there’s so much going on in her head that she doesn’t do it,” Petsch said.
If you thought Cheryl Blossom’s life turned upside down last season, Riverdale executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa teased that things are only about to get worse for Madelaine Petsch’s character in Season 2. The showrunner told Entertainment Weekly that discovering her father killed Jason Blossom was only icing on the cake.
“There’s so much she’s going to have to unpack about her father being the murderer and realizing that it’s just her and Penelope now. It’s not going to get much easier for Cheryl in season 2,” he said.
As fans may recall, the penultimate episode of last season revealed that Clifford Blossom (Barclay Hope) killed his own son presumably after he found out about his father’s real business—trafficking heroin. The Riverdale Season 1 finale then showed Cheryl tried to kill herself and eventually burning the Blossom’s house down.
“It’s the only way we can truly start over, be purified,” she told Penelope before setting the house on fire.
Now that Cheryl and Penelope are the only surviving members of the Blossom family, the Riverdale executive producer teased that there is going to be a definite power struggle between the two. After all that has happened, he said that Cheryl would finally stand up for herself and refuse to take crap from her own mother.
“In the finale, Cheryl is baptized in ice and purified in fire. When we pick up with the Blossoms, it’s just Cheryl and Penelope. And they’re two very formidable, if slightly imbalanced women. They’re locked in a power struggle. Where in a lot of season one Cheryl’s parents were very cruel to her — and she took it — I don’t think Cheryl’s going to be taking any more crap from Penelope. I think it’s a new world order in Thornhill and we’re going to play that power struggle between them.”
Riverdale was officially renewed for Season 2 back in March. According to TV Line, the Archie Comics-inspired drama was among the firsts to score an early pickup from The CW, alongside Arrow, Supernatural, and Jane the Virgin among others. The renewal, however, did not come as a surprise following the show’s high ratings in the 18-34 demographic. Riverdale is reportedly The CW’s second highest rated non-superhero show, after Supernaturals.
Riverdale Season 2 premieres October 11. Tune in for more spoilers and cast updates.
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