New character brings Sticky Situation to ‘Riverdale’



Art by Joanne Jun

As well as Jason Blossom’s murder in Season 1 of “Riverdale” making this small town “lose its innocence” (Jughead Jones; Cole Sprouse) There is another villain in town. He answers to the name “Sugarman.”Archie (KJ Apa) and his friends have tried saving their beloved town multiple times throughout Season 1.

 In the Season 1 finale of “Riverdale”, Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch) lights Thornhill Mansion on fire to try and start a new beginning. At the same time, Archie’s Dad (Luke Perry) got shot by a mysterious killer, FP (Forsythe Pendleton) is in jail and Jughead (Cole Sprouse) officially becomes a South Side Serpent.

The Archie comics, which the show is based off of, do not feature the Sugarman. “Riverdale” is expected to turn into a thriller. A new series of  Archie comics by Roberto Aguirre Sacasa the chief producer called “Afterlife with Archie” features Archie and the gang in a zombie apocalypse. There was another comic based off of “Afterlife with Archie.” It is called “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.”

 In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Sacasa says, “Afterlife or not, there will definitely be a big genre element in Season 2. It’s going to make people go, they’re not really doing that, are they?”

It would make sense if the Sugarman is what Sacasa referred to as “The big genre element.” The big genre element means that the show would turn more into a horror show rather than a thriller. The show, as of now is classified as a thriller. When the sugar man comes into the show, many Riverdale will be similar to “American Horror Story”

On August 15, 2017, Sacasa posted a crayon-drawn picture on twitter. It had a multi-colored, sinister looking being carrying a bag that is labeled sugar.There are also two kids, a boy and a girl labeled “Jason” and “Cheryl.” Underneath the drawing, Sacasa writes, “Lock your doors Riverdale, the Sugarman is coming.” A house sits in the background making fans think that it is The Blossom Residence; Thornhill Mansion. The Sugarman’s connection with The Blossoms is unknown.

Some people even think this supernatural being was inspired by the notorious Freddie Krueger. Other fans think the being is just hungry for the Blossom’s maple syrup. Back in Season 1 of “Riverdale”, viewers learned about The Blossom family business, a maple syrup farm; hence the name, “Sugarman.”

  Fans will not find why the Sugarman enters Season 2 until October 11, 2017. Just remember to take Sacasa’s words of advice: “Lock your doors, Riverdale, the Sugarman is coming.”