Archie & Veronica Will Break Up, Plus Other Season 3 Riverdale Predictions

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Season 2 of Riverdale pushed the characters of Archie Comics to peak darkness. Boy-next-door Archie (K.J. Apa) was arrested for murder. Betty (Lili Reinhart) took down her serial killer dad, but not before stopping by the Whyte Werm for a very uncomfortable strip tease. Oh, and Veronica (Camila Mendes) straight-up drugged and kidnapped a guy, while Jughead (Cole Sprouse) exacted a literal pound of flesh from one of his enemies.
Oh those youths.
Yep, the iconic comic book characters were pushed to some seriously deranged places in season 2 — and, if you're a Riverdale fan, you loved every second of it. Fortunately, season 3 is promising just as much craziness.
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As confirmed by spoilers for the new season, there's oodles of romantic drama, a possible cult, and a brand-new enemy for Archikens. Season 3 of Riverdale may not return until October 10, but that doesn't mean we're not analyzing everything there is to know about the new season. Click through to read up on what we think is going down when the small town with pep calls us home.
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Prediction #1: Archie & Veronica Will Split

At the end of season 2, both Bughead and Varchie (that's Betty/Jughead and Archie/Veronica, for the uninitiated) were on solid ground. That's perfect for foursome booths at Pop's, but not exactly the most thrilling thing for a soapy drama. Good news, though: Things are getting a shake-up in season 3, at least, according to Mendes' interview with Us Weekly.

"[Archie and Veronica] are going to struggle in their relationship … and there might be someone else," teased Mendes to the outlet at San Diego Comic-Con.
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Prediction #2: Reggie & Veronica Will Hookup

Veronica's new man might be someone we already know: Archie's notorious frenemy Reggie (Charles Melton). Sure, Veronica did punch him in the face during season 2 — but hey, things got heated! Never forget the sexy dancing these two did at the only club in Riverdale, back when the character was played by Ross Butler in season 1.

This is more than just pure speculation, though. Showrunner Aguirre-Sacasa shared at the SDCC panel that Reggie would work at Veronica's new speakeasy and strike up an "unlikely romance." Perhaps with his new boss?
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Prediction #3: We'll Get Major Shawshank Redemption Vibes

You thought that Castle Rock was the only show on TV that could nod to Stephen King's famous work of prison fiction? In an interview with TVLine, showrunner Aguirre-Sacasa teased that "the prospect of Archie on trial is pretty delicious" and that the show would explore a "prison noir element." There's nothing Riverdale loves more than referencing famous films (remember that major Zodiac connection?) so I'm thinking that we'll get a little bit of the iconic prison movie sprinkled into season 3.
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Prediction #4: Betty Will Have To Save Her Family From A Cult

It's as if Riverdale knew about Refinery29's Cult Fridays.

Vulnerable following the reveal that hubby Hal (Lochlyn Munro) is the real Black Hood, Alice (Mädchen Amick) is recruited to join "The Farm" by daughter Polly (Tiera Skovbye). In a new teaser for season 3, Alice and Polly are seen engaging in some fire-based ritual that involves babies Juniper and Dagwood. Betty does not look particularly thrilled by what's going down in her backyard, which makes me think that she'll have to pull her fam out of another terrible situation.

Showrunner Aguirre-Sacasa also teased the cult situation, stating during the SDCC panel that season 3 was inspired by Netflix's Wild, Wild Country and NXIVM, the "horrific Allison Mack cult."
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Prediction #5: The Cult Leader Will Be The New Chic

Hey, remember Betty's brother Chic (Hart Denton), who was not actually Betty's brother Chic? His unsettling stare might be welcomed back into Betty's home after the young sleuth meets a new person with powerful influence over her mother's life. Edgar, described in a casting breakdown as "a new-age health guru," will recur on the series, and could be much more problematic than his "wise, comforting presence" initially suggests.
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Prediction #6: More Shirtless Archie Scenes

TV shows have to stick to a budget somehow, and one way Riverdale could cut costs in its third season is by slashing Archie's costume budget. Don't worry: Apa is totally onboard.

"I’m just more comfortable without [a shirt] on, to be honest," Apa admitted during a San Diego Comic-Con panel.
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Prediction #7: Betty's Going To Ace Her SAT

According to Aguirre-Sacasa at the SDCC panel, this is the year that the Riverdale kids will start thinking about their futures. (Save for the several episodes in season 1 in which Archie seriously thought his biggest problem in life was choosing between football and music.)

"It's junior year, it's the first time they're thinking of college and we're going to try to infuse this season with a lot more high school stuff," Aguirre-Sacasa said during the panel. "We're going to talk about the SATs, applying to colleges, advisers, extracurriculars, etc."

If there's an SAT storyline, you know that Betty will crush that standardized test. But could she be granted opportunities for the future that some people in her life (like her boyfriend Jughead) are not? If Betty is thinking about going away to school, there's a chance Juggy might not be able to follow.
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Prediction #8: The Gargoyle King Is A Riverdale Grown-Up

While I'm partial to the theory that Claudius Blossom (Barclay Hope) is the one wearing that crazy costume, it could also be any member of the Midnight Club, or a different student who was playing G&G at the time of Principal Featherhead's death. What seems clear, however, is that it's someone from the parents' generation who is to blame.
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