For all of the great things about Riverdale, one aspect that it has not been particularly concerned with lately is offering a realistic portrayal of the high school experience. That could be because nobody really goes into Riverdale hoping for that sort of thing, but either way, the show is going to start dedicating a lot more time to school in its upcoming third season.
That reveal was dropped during the show’s Comic-Con panel today, during which Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa noted that the next season will see the character’s entering their junior year, so like with real life, everybody is going to start thinking about college. “We’re going to try to infuse this season with a lot more high school stuff,” Aguirre-Sacasa notes, adding, “We’re going to talk about SATs, applying to colleges, advisers, extracurriculars, etc.”
Luckily, if you watch Riverdale for the dark drama and not for the SAT prep, season three will also have plenty of that. A teaser reel shown during the panel featured a weird ceremony of some kind, and Aguirre-Sacasa says that Netflix’s Wild Wild Country inspired a storyline coming this season about the mysterious cult The Farm. Plus, Penelope Ann Miller is joining the cast as the district attorney putting Archie on trial for murder, which sounds a lot more exciting than talking to advisers about college, and there are plans for another musical episode.
Here’s a trailer for the show’s next season: