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Riverdale Season 2 Is Exactly the Campy Teen Horror You Want It to Be

I won’t bury the lede here: In the premiere episode of Riverdale’s second season, Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse) finally eats a hamburger.

Of course, this being The CW’s dark, neo-noir take on the classic comic, he’s eating it in Pop’s with a pool of blood still glistening on the floor after a masked man shot Fred Andrews (Luke Perry) in last season’s finale. (Someone surely could have mopped it up in the hours between shooting and burger eating, but where’s the drama in that?) So guided along by Jughead’s Hunter S. Thompson-meets-J.D. Salinger narration, we’re re-introduced to Riverdale with Archie (KJ Apa) anxiously driving his fading father to the hospital and later running his own bloody hands through his hair as his friends assemble at his side.

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