Riverdale has always had a bit of a mystical element to it at times. Or, at least, the feeling that magical realism invokes when watching the show. Though, the show has never outright attempted to step into the mystical. It almost took a turn for some very real magic at the end of season one.
Talking with Entertainment Weekly, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said, “During season 1 of Riverdale — before Riverdale exploded and found its footing as sort of a noir, crime, pulp show — we had said, ‘Maybe season 2 will be like [the comic] Afterlife With Archie. We’ll do a big genre switch and it will be horror, and it will be Afterlife and Sabrina could come and be the antagonist. There was even a time when we talked about the season 1 cliffhanger being the arrival of Sabrina.”
Aguirre-Sacasa penned the Afterlife with Archie series, which sees the zombie apocalypse kick off in Riverdale after Sabrina resurrects Jughead’s dead dog (which then bites him and you can see where this is going).
He then explains that he wanted to keep magic out of Riverdale.
“For various reasons, and I think partly because Riverdale found its footing as more crime show, that felt less and less like the right fit. It felt like if Riverdale is crime and pulp and all that stuff, then Sabrina could be horror. It felt like there was a separation between Greendale and Riverdale — magic should exist in Greendale, but not in Riverdale. That was the thought.”
Tell that to the Gargoyle Man.
Riverdale returns for season three on Wednesday, October 10th at 8/7c on the CW. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina hits Netflix on October 26th.