The second season of Riverdale became available on DVD and Blu-ray on August 7, 2018.
The first season of RIVERDALE found our characters reeling from the tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom. For many who had seen their home as perfect, safe, and innocent, the investigation into Jason's murder peeled back the layers of their hometown to reveal a place bubbling over with secrets, mysteries, and scandals. Archie Andrews, for instance, grew from a sweet, all-American kid into a young man acutely aware of the darker side of life—he broke his best friend's heart, had a forbidden relationship with his music teacher, and grappled with whether he wanted to follow in his dad Fred's salt-of-the-earth footsteps. On the positive side, Archie repaired his friendship with Jughead Jones, found some success as a musician—thanks in part to Josie McCoy and her band, the Pussycats—and found a new romantic interest in femme fatale Veronica Lodge. New to town, Veronica spent the season trying to atone for her "bad girl" past, all the while wrestling with her beloved father Hiram's criminal legacy—and contending with a mother, Hermione, who might not be as innocent as she claimed. Veronica became fast-friends with Archie's girl-next-door neighbor, Betty Cooper, who did some growing up of her own this season. After Archie's rejection, Betty threw herself into running the school paper, "The Blue and Gold," where she discovered a better romantic match in sardonic outsider Jughead. Together, they tracked down Betty's sister Polly, who had been sent away by their overbearing mother Alice. Under the guise of writing for the school paper, Betty and Jughead investigated Jason Blossom's death—which led them to discover that Jughead's father—FP Jones —was involved with covering up Jason's murder. Meanwhile, Jason's twin sister Cheryl ruled the school as Riverdale High's venomous, merciless Red Queen—until she learned the true identity of Jason's killer. As the town breathed a collective sigh of relief that Jason's killer had been found out, another terrible crime occurred, in a space that had been considered one of the town's safest, most innocent places. If Jason Blossom's murder revealed the slimy underbelly beneath Riverdale's surface, as we enter Season Two, the shooting of Fred Andrews threatens to plunge the entire town into utter darkness.
|1||"Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying"||Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa||Rob Seidenglanz||October 11, 2017|
|THE ANGEL OF DEATH — As Fred’s life hangs in the balance following the shooting at Pop’s diner, Archie struggles with the emotional aftermath of what he witnessed. Meanwhile, as Veronica steps out of her comfort zone to support Archie, she learns that her father Hiram has arrived to Riverdale earlier than expected. Elsewhere, at Pop’s diner, Pop Tate recounts the chilling details of the shooting, which leaves Jughead and Betty questioning the gunman’s true motives. Lastly, after running into Cheryl at the hospital, Betty and Kevin are surprised to learn about the fire at Thornhill.|
|2||"Chapter Fifteen: Nighthawks"||Michael Grassi||Allison Anders||October 18, 2017|
|SAVING POP’S — With the gunman still at large and the residents of Riverdale on edge, Betty leads the charge to save Pop’s after learning that the diner may be forced to close its doors forever. Meanwhile, the gang becomes increasingly concerned for Archie’s well being after noticing a string of unusual behavior from him. Elsewhere, Betty and Veronica approach Cheryl and Josie for their help saving Pop’s, while Jughead’s attempt to find FP a new lawyer may have some serious repercussions. Finally, when a past betrayal unexpectedly comes to light, Veronica finds herself at a crossroads with Hiram and Hermione.|
|3||"Chapter Sixteen: The Watcher in the Woods"||Ross Maxwell||Kevin Sullivan||October 25, 2017|
|TAKING A STAND — Frustrated by the lack of progress made in catching his father’s shooter, Archie takes matters into his own hands in order to send the gunman a message. Meanwhile, Veronica is thrilled when Hiram’s attempt to start fresh means she gets to introduce him to her friends, including Archie. Elsewhere, Jughead starts his first day at Southside High and is befriended by a Southside Serpent named Toni, while Kevin’s attempt at having a little fun causes Betty to grow concerned for his safety. Finally, an unexpected turn of events leads the town to realize their darkest chapter may be far from over.|
|4||"Chapter Seventeen: The Town That Dreaded Sundown"||Amanda Lasher||Allison Anders||November 1, 2017|
|TERROR IN RIVERDALE – When Archie’s attempt to take matters into his own hands spirals out of control, Mayor McCoy calls an emergency town hall meeting to deal with the growing chaos in Riverdale. Meanwhile, when Betty finds herself at the center of a deepening mystery, her decision to keep some parts of it from Jughead causes further friction between the two. Elsewhere, Veronica grows concerned for Archie when she realizes the lengths he would go to seek revenge against the person terrorizing Riverdale. Finally, tensions between the North and Southside finally come to a head and leads to an unexpected showdown.|
|5||"Chapter Eighteen: When a Stranger Calls"||Aaron Allen||Ellen Pressman||November 8, 2017|
|GRAHAM PHILLIPS (“The Good Wife”) GUEST STARS AS VERONICA’S OLD FRIEND NICK ST. CLAIR — When Alice publishes a fiery piece in the Riverdale Register blasting the Southside, Jughead is forced to take matters into his own hands to try and keep the peace. Betty turns to Archie for help after receiving an ultimatum that could potentially destroy some of her closest relationships. With their SoDale open house fast approaching, Hiram and Hermione enlist the help of an unlikely ally to get some potential investors on board. Finally, Veronica welcomes her old friend Nick St. Clair to Riverdale, but his plans for a wild night with the gang quickly takes an unexpected turn.|
|6||"Chapter Nineteen: Death Proof"||Tessa Leigh Williams & Arabella Anderson||Maggie Kiley||November 15, 2017|
|THE SUGARMAN — After a charge led by Mayor McCoy threatens to further escalate tensions between the North and Southside, Jughead along with Archie, tries to put a stop to a dangerous alliance being considered between the Serpents and a long-time rival. Betty turns to Veronica for help when she’s thrust into the center of a burgeoning mystery surrounding The Sugarman. Finally, Cheryl confronts her mother Penelope after a traumatic run-in forces her to make a stark realization.|
|7||"Chapter Twenty: Tales from the Darkside"||James DeWille||Dawn Wilkinson||November 29, 2017|
|A TEST FROM THE BLACK HOOD — Riverdale remains on edge after a chilling letter from the Black Hood challenges the town’s residents to remain sinless for 48 hours – or he’ll strike again. Meanwhile, Jughead and Archie’s friendship gets tested after Penny Peabody unexpectedly calls in a favor that Jughead owes her. Elsewhere, Betty and Veronica team up to investigate someone who Betty thinks could be the Black Hood killer. Finally, things take an unexpected turn for Josie when a secret admirer takes things one step too far.|
|8||"Chapter Twenty-One: House of the Devil"||Yolonda Lawrence||Kevin Sullivan||December 6, 2017|
|FP GETS RELEASED FROM PRISON — When Jughead learns that FP is getting released from prison, he and Betty organize a welcome home party with the Serpents to ease him back into his former life. Meanwhile, Archie and Veronica reach a crossroad in their relationship, but are forced to push their issues aside after Jughead and Betty ask them to take over the Black Hood investigation.|
|9||"Chapter Twenty-Two: Silent Night, Deadly Night"||Shepard Boucher||Rob Seidenglanz||December 13, 2017|
|A SHOWDOWN WITH THE BLACK HOOD — After snooping around for Christmas gifts, Veronica uncovers a major secret Hiram has been keeping from her. Fallout from Jughead's encounter with Penny Peabody creates tension between him and FP. Meanwhile, a defiant Cheryl takes matters into her own hands after Penelope tells her they cannot afford Christmas this year. Finally, Betty and Archie's vow to take down the Black Hood once and for all leads to a dangerous showdown.|
|10||"Chapter Twenty-Three: The Blackboard Jungle"||Britta Lundin & Brian E. Paterson||Tim Hunter||January 17, 2018|
|NEW YEAR, NEW DRAMA — Tensions mount when the sudden shut down of Southside High forces Jughead and his fellow serpents to transfer to Riverdale High. Veronica ensures Hiram and Hermoine that she’s still on board with their plans for SoDale. Archie is conflicted when he is asked to gather some information on Hiram’s suspicious business dealings. Betty sets out on a quest to find her long-lost brother, Chic.|
|11||"Chapter Twenty-Four: The Wrestler"||Greg Murray & Devon Turner||Gregg Araki||January 24, 2018|
|WINNING OVER HIRAM LODGE — Amidst preparations for the town's annual Picken's Day festivities, Jughead interviews Toni's grandfather and learns some shocking details about Riverdale’s history. In an attempt to get closer to Hiram, Archie tries out for the Riverdale wrestling team after learning of Hiram's love of the sport. Meanwhile, Betty unearths some dark secrets about her brother Chic, and Veronica and Josie clash as they prepare for their Picken's Day performance.|
|12||"Chapter Twenty-Five: The Wicked and The Divine"||Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa||Rachel Talalay||January 31, 2018|
|FORGIVE ME FATHER FOR I HAVE SINNED – As preparations for her confirmation ceremony get underway, Veronica becomes concerned that Archie, who's agreed to be Hiram's “intern,” may be learning too much about her family's secret business dealings. Jughead and FP lead the charge after an incident at Pickens Park leads to increased tensions among the Serpents. Meanwhile, Chic helps Betty deal with her inner darkness, while Archie finds himself in over his head after a high-stakes poker game with Hiram’s shady inner-circle goes awry.|
|13||"Chapter Twenty-Six: The Tell-Tale Heart"||Michael Grassi||Julie Plec||February 7, 2018|
|CODE OF SILENCE — Betty turns to Jughead for help when the consequences of a hasty decision come back to haunt her. Veronica organizes a face to face meeting after tensions between Hiram, FP and Jughead spiral out of control. Elsewhere, Archie is forced to make a tough decision after Agent Adams takes things one step too far.|
|14||"Chapter Twenty-Seven: The Hills Have Eyes"||Ross Maxwell||David Katzenberg||March 7, 2018|
|A WEEKEND ESCAPE AT THE LAKE HOUSE — When Hiram suggests that Veronica and Archie head up to their lake house for the weekend, Veronica decides to invite Betty and Jughead to join them. Determined to uncover Hiram’s plans for Riverdale, Jughead uses his time at the lake house to press Veronica about what she may know. Back in Riverdale, Cheryl makes a surprising connection with an unlikely friend, while Josie lands in hot water after revealing a secret to Kevin.|
|15||"Chapter Twenty-Eight: There Will Be Blood"||Aaron Allen||Mark Piznarski||March 14, 2018|
|FAMILY TIES — After learning that his dad is considering running for mayor of Riverdale, Archie begins to grow concerned that the Lodges may have found their newest pawn in Fred. Meanwhile, Betty becomes increasingly suspicious of Chic's strange behavior and enlists Kevin's help to figure out what Chic is hiding. Finally, Cheryl and Penelope are surprised when they learn that Clifford left a secret will, and Jughead makes a major discovery in his quest to take down Hiram.|
|16||"Chapter Twenty-Nine: Primary Colors"||James DeWille||Sherwin Shilati||March 21, 2018|
|A HOUSE DIVIDED — In the aftermath of Hiram's newly announced plans for Riverdale, Jughead resorts to drastic measures to voice his opposition. After making her own big announcement, Hermione's friend Andy Cohen comes to town to lend a hand. Meanwhile, Veronica goes against her parent's wishes to keep a low profile when she decides to run for student council president. Elsewhere, Mary arrives in Riverdale just as tensions between Fred and Archie reach a breaking point. Finally, following a series of mysterious events, Cheryl begins to fear that someone is out to get her.|
|17||"Chapter Thirty: The Noose Tightens"||Britta Lundin & Brian E. Paterson||Alexis Ostrander||March 28, 2018|
|UNWELCOMED GUESTS — Just as the town's mayoral race gets underway, Riverdale High's own student council election heats up. Archie steps up to help after learning that Hiram's mobster associates have come to Riverdale to stir up some trouble. Meanwhile, things take a dangerous turn for Alice, Betty and Chic when an unexpected guest shows up at the Cooper residence. Finally, Toni, Veronica and Josie team up to solve a strange mystery involving Cheryl.|
|18||"Chapter Thirty-One: A Night to Remember"||Arabella Anderson & Tessa Leigh Williams||Jason Stone||April 18, 2018|
|RIVERDALE HIGH PRESENTS “CARRIE THE MUSICAL” — As Riverdale High begins rehearsals for its upcoming production of "Carrie the Musical," the arrival of an ominous letter forces director Kevin to make a difficult decision about the show. Jughead uses his cover as the musical's documentarian to solve the mystery behind the letter. Meanwhile, tensions between Betty and Veronica continue to escalate just as Alice announces she is joining the musical to spend more time with Betty. Elsewhere, Hiram enacts a devious plan to further drive a wedge between Fred and Archie, while Cheryl channels Carrie White during a showdown with her mother.|
|19||"Chapter Thirty-Two: Prisoners"||Cristine Chambers||Jennifer Phang||April 25, 2018|
|THE BEGINNING OF THE END — After an incident at Riverdale High leaves the town on edge, Archie leads the charge to uncover the culprit. Meanwhile, the reveal of a devastating secret leads to a violent showdown between Chic, Jughead, Betty and Alice. Elsewhere, Veronica takes matters into her own hands when someone from her past comes to town seeking revenge. Finally, Hermoine and Cheryl conspire to take down Sheriff Keller.|
|20||"Chapter Thirty-Three: Shadow of a Doubt"||Yolonda Lawrence||Gregory Smith||May 2, 2018|
|DEBATE NIGHT — As the town's mayoral race between Fred and Hermoine heats up, Hiram sets his sights on a new ally – Sheriff Minetta. Betty turns to Cheryl for help when she has a suspicion about the Black Hood. Meanwhile, the reveal of a dark secret forces Archie and Jughead to try and ease tensions between the Bulldogs and Serpents. Finally, on the eve of the mayoral debate, a mysterious message leaves everyone on edge.|
|21||"Chapter Thirty-Four: Judgment Night"||Shepard Boucher||Cherie Nowlan||May 9, 2018|
|RIOT NIGHT — When an incident at the Sheriff's Station triggers an all-out war between the North and the Southside, Archie and Jughead find themselves in the fight of their lives. Meanwhile Veronica makes a devastating discovery about Hiram, just as someone from his past arrives in Riverdale looking for revenge. Finally, Betty comes face to face with the Black Hood.|
|22||"Chapter Thirty-Five: Brave New World"||Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa||Steven A. Adelson||May 16, 2018|
|ELECTION DAY – With Fred trailing in the polls, Archie steps in to lend a hand in his dad's mayoral campaign. Veronica stays one step ahead after uncovering Hiram's latest scheme. Elsewhere, Cheryl finalizes her emancipation from her mother, while FP makes a surprising announcement to Jughead and the Serpents. Finally, Betty confronts her darkest demons.|
THE CW PICKS UP FRESHMAN DRAMA "RIVERDALE" WITH EARLY RENEWAL FOR 2017-18 SEASON
March 7, 2017 (Burbank, CA) – The CW Network has given an early renewal to its acclaimed freshman drama, RIVERDALE, for the 2017-18 season, it was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW.
On a competitive Thursday night, RIVERDALE posts tremendous ratings gains on a delayed viewing basis, particularly with its young skewing audience, growing 78% in adults 18-34 and 85% in women 18-34 in Live+7 day ratings over Live+Same Day. In the few weeks since its premiere, the buzzy drama has quickly become one of The CW’s most streamed shows on the network’s digital platforms, including The CW app and CWTV.com.
Based on the characters from Archie Comics, RIVERDALE is from Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, in association with Berlanti Productions, with executive producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa ("Supergirl," "Glee"), Greg Berlanti ("Arrow," "The Flash," "Supergirl," "DC's Legends of Tomorrow"), Sarah Schechter ("Arrow," "The Flash," "Supergirl," "DC’s Legends of Tomorrow") and Jon Goldwater (Archie Comics).
- Writing for Season 2 of Riverdale began on April 10, 2017.
- Before Riverdale had found its footing as sort of a noir, crime, pulp show, there were potential plans of a genre switch to horror, even introducing Sabrina Spellman as an antagonist in the second season, with season 1's cliffhanger being the arrival of Sabrina. Ultimately, Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and his team decided against it for various reasons.
- Charles Melton replaced Ross Butler in the role of Reggie Mantle, as Butler left the series due to commitments on 13 Reasons Why.
- Season 2 of Riverdale started airing in the show’s new time slot of Wednesdays at 8pm ET.
- Season 2 episodes of Riverdale become available for streaming on UK Netflix on Thursdays at 8am GMT.
- Filming for Season 2 began on June 22, 2017, and ended on April 1, 2018.
- Season 2 has a confirmed order of 22 episodes.
- The mid-season finale aired on December 13, 2017.
- On January 24, 2018, it was announced that the first musical episode of the series would air this season, and it was revealed to be "Carrie: The Musical".
- The season finale aired on May 16, 2018.
- Filming for the Season 2 finale wrapped up on March 27, 2018.