If you grew up reading the Archie comics, you know their stories follow various escapades of Archie Andrews and his friends in the town of Riverdale. These friends mainly include his foodie friend Jughead, who brings comic relief to the story, and two women, the girl-next-door Betty Cooper and the enigmatic Veronica Lodge who vie for Archie’s affections.
When The CW announced they were coming out with ‘Riverdale’, my expectations ran to a high school drama full of romances, betrayals and ‘oh my god’ moments. Well, the show did not disappoint in these aspects, but it also added so much more, that it had viewers ravenously return to Season 2 to see how the story plays out. First off, the show made Jughead the narrator, and it is his inquisitive but calm voice that guides us through what is happening in the town of Riverdale, and with our favorite characters. They tweaked the characters a bit too, to get away from making the show a light drama to inducing moments of darkness underneath, to make it all the more irresistible.
With a stellar cast, who brings our favorite characters to life, we see that Riverdale is like many of the American towns that we see in television shows (think ‘Twin Peaks‘) — idyllic on the outside, rotten on the inside. Season 2 brings some new arrivals to this town and a dangerous killer who personifies the darkness that has lurked at the heart of Riverdale. I bet you want to rush to the bit about where you can watch ‘Riverdale’ Season 2, to know what unfolds, or where you can re-watch it, just to hang out with your favorite characters, but be patient as we briefly refresh your memory about the plot of Season 2. (Spoilers Ahead!)
What is Riverdale Season 2 About?
When Season 1 of ‘Riverdale’ ends, all respite at solving the murder of the town’s golden boy, Jason Blossom, is shattered as Fred Andrews, a pillar of the community, is shot by a masked gunman. We head into Season 2 with this incident threatening to plunge the town into darkness. Since ‘Riverdale’ is centered around a host of primary characters, it is best to recount the story by following their arcs.
First off, let us take Archie Andrews, our hero of the story. Archie gets more in touch with his dark side in this season, as he begins to spin out of control after his father gets shot. We empathize and understand how he feels powerless. However, procuring a gun for oneself is never a solution and it causes more problems than it solves. Even more disturbingly, he starts a vigilante group called The Red Circle which comprises of members of Archie’s football team. They try and keep the peace in Riverdale, and protect it from the Black Hood, but instead of helping, the situation leads to more embarrassment.
But the most disturbing part comes when Archie begins to work for Hiram Lodge, Veronica’s father. What starts out as minor errands that any boyfriend might do, to try and get in the good books of their girlfriend’s father, Hiram and Archie’s relationship increasingly take a turn towards something more sinister, with Archie taking a blood oath, all the while being pestered by an FBI Agent to turn up information on Hiram.
Despite remaining loyal to Hiram, almost being his lapdog, Archie confronts him about manipulating him after his father’s shooting. Hiram is not one to take things sitting down, and the season ends with Hiram pinning the murder of Cassidy Bullock, who attempted to rob the Lodge country house, on Archie, when in reality, Hiram’s henchman, Andre, had committed the crime.
Archie’s best friend Jughead Jones does not seem to have a very good time either. He tries his best to get his father, FP Jones, out of prison, since he took the fall for Jason Blossom’s murder. He enlists the help of Penny Peabody, called the snake charmer, but this turns real toxic as Penny tries to manipulate him. The violence between the two escalates so badly that a gang war breaks out between the Serpents, Jug’s gang, and the Ghoulies, whom Penny is manipulating. Jughead is hospitalized, but on the bright side, he does get together with Betty and becomes the Serpent King.
This brings us to Betty, who has it really bad this season. Her only solace is in the sheets with Jughead. And why not? It turns out that her father is the Black Hood, and has been terrorizing the town, murdering sinners, after her speech stirred up the darkness in him. To further complicate matters, her elder sister, Polly seems to be a member of a cult now, calling themselves the Farm, and her mother is waging war against Southside High and the Serpents, whose king Betty is now dating. To top it off, she tracks down Chic, who she believes to be her long lost brother. This guy is genuinely creepy and turns out not to be her brother. However, he calls trouble to the Cooper household, forcing Betty and her mom to cover up the death of a drug dealer. So yeah, tough season for her.
Her BFF Veronica too is torn throughout the season. Although she wants to believe that Hiram has changed, she grows weary of her parents’ manipulations and ultimately takes a stand against them. However, for some time, it seems as though Veronica might give in to her dark side and become a true Lodge after all. This brings us to Hiram, who was teased to be a shady businessman, but in true over the top ‘Riverdale’ style, he is portrayed as someone with proper criminal ties. He is a crime boss, and his plan is to take over Riverdale, by running a private prison where he will cook drugs with help from the Blossom family, and then distribute it using the Ghoulies.
With a drug ring, and a serial killer, Riverdale quickly becomes akin to a war zone in Season 2, and you do not want to miss out on new budding romances between Cheryl and a spunky Serpent girl called Toni, or the part where Alice embraces her old serpent days. However, the highlight of the season for me will always be how Veronica’s sleazy old friend, Nick St. Clair, whose family has underworld connections, is beaten up by a gang of Riverdale’s girls for attempting to rape Veronica and then Cheryl. It is very reminiscent of the beatdown in ‘Death Proof’. Anyway, Season 2 has a lot going on, action-wise, and emotionally, not to mention some character developments in leaps and bounds. New alliances are made and lines are drawn, and yeah we get it, we won’t keep you waiting any longer to find out where you can watch this season.
Is Riverdale Season 2 on Netflix?
If reading the plot of ‘Riverdale’ Season 2 has you itching to dive right in, and you happen to have a Netflix subscription, then you are in luck. The premium content providing platform has the show, and you can stream ‘Riverdale’ Season 2, here.
Is Riverdale Season 2 on Hulu?
If you have a Hulu subscription and want to watch the show, we have some bad news for you. The streaming platform does not happen to have the content, but we have some excellent recommendations that can fill in for the show. ‘Riverdale’ is all about the unity among teenagers as they fight darkness and corruption in their town. This is very similar to Hulu’s popular ‘Runaways‘ which sees teenagers pitted against their evil parents, trying to stop their plans. If you thought Riverdale High was tough, check out ‘Freakish‘, where high schoolers have to fight mutant creatures when they find a chemical plant accident has left them trapped in their school to fend for themselves.
Is Riverdale Season 2 on Amazon Prime?
Amazon Prime has one of the best libraries, when it comes to streaming content, right after Netflix. And their decision to constantly keep improving is the right way to go, since they still have a lot of shows that are not available to them. ‘Riverdale’ happens to be one of these shows. If you are a Prime subscriber and want to watch the series on this platform, then you can purchase it at $2.99 per episode, or buy the entire Season 2 for $29.99. Confused as to what to do? Well, we have crunched the numbers for you. Season 2 has 22 episodes, so if you buy each episode, unless you are selecting specific episodes, your total will come to $65.78. Obviously, the clear choice is to buy the entire season, which is way cheaper. You can watch ‘Riverdale’ Season 2, here.
Where Can I Stream Riverdale Season 2 Online?
If you don’t have a subscription to Netflix or Amazon Prime, there is no reason to worry. We have got that covered. You can still stream and watch the show from various sites. Firstly, it is a CW show, so their official site will let you watch ‘Riverdale’ Season 2. If you do not have a subscription with them, that’s okay too. Head over to Vudu or FandangoNow. You can own the entire Season 2 of ‘Riverdale’ at $29.99 at the former and at $33.99 at FandangoNow. It is obvious that we suggest you save money and opt for Vudu.
Can I Watch Riverdale Season 2 Online For Free?
‘Riverdale’ is shaping up to be one of those CW shows that could potentially run for a long time. Obviously, you might be unwilling to invest at this point and want to watch it for free just to see how it goes. Well, we do have a solution for that. You can try Netflix’s free trial and use it to watch ‘Riverdale’ Season 2. However, it has 22 episodes and the trial period is just for a week, so you have to be ready to binge it if you wish to watch it for free. As always, we strongly urge you to pay for the content you consume and show some love for the artists who work hard to make ‘Riverdale’ a success.
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