We've spent almost five months worrying about Jughead (Cole Sprouse) on Riverdale after the Season 3 finale's ominous flash flash forward to spring break senior year that saw Betty (Lili Reinhart), Veronica (Camila Mendes), and Archie (KJ Apa) covered in blood, burning their clothes and Jughead's iconic hat, and swearing to never talk to each other again after high school graduation.
The Season 4 trailer confirmed that our fears were valid as the brief clip showed Jughead buried alive in an unknown location while a search party is looking for him. The upcoming episodes will include flash forwards to that obviously insane spring break, but other than that, the details about what's going on with Jughead and his fate this season are sparse.
So TV Guide went to set to ask the cast what they think happened to their always-hungry sleuth. We found out that Reinhart is already in the know but all she'd tease is that Episode 4 has a flash forward to pay attention to. Mendes doesn't know and was too afraid to guess in case she was right, but the parents were more forthcoming with their ideas. Marisol Nichols doesn't have anything specific, but she's betting on something supernatural (and we don't blame her at all). An alternate Jughead from an alternate universe? Anything is possible with this show.
Mark Consuelos offered an interesting thought; Maybe the blood isn't Jughead's. He's convinced it is probably Hiram's, because that's what all actors do, and Jughead is absent for other reasons. Since Hiram has been a villain on the show for two consecutive seasons, it is possible that the foursome decided that something had to be done to stop him from torturing them during their last year of high school.
Who do you believe when it comes to Jughead's fate in Season 4?
Riverdale premieres Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 8/7c on The CW.
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