Get ready to return to Riverdale.
The second season of The CW’s dark and moody take on characters from Archie Comics premieres this Wednesday, and that means Archie and the gang are back to get in more trouble—including Riverdale resident gay, Kevin Keller.
Kevin is the only openly gay character on the series, but it was his classic observation of “Archie got hot!” that started the series, and made him an instant fan favorite.
In the first season everyone in Riverdale was hooking up and getting action, whether it was Archie and Veronica or now Betty and Jughead (or “Bughead” as the fans call the couple). Even Kevin got hot and heavy, falling for Joaquin, a boy from the wrong side of the tracks who eventually left town at the end of the season.
Will Kevin be single for long? It doesn’t sound that way in a new Teen Vogue interview where Casey Cott—the actor who plays Kevin—reveals that he’s going to busy when it comes to boys in the new season.
“I think what’s cool about Kevin in season two is we kind of explore many different kinds of love interests, the same way that high schoolers do. Some are people you just meet, but are quick; sometimes you find a long-lasting relationship,” Cott explains. “We kind of delved into a few different kinds of relationships in Season 2. I think a bigger, more long-term relationship is coming for Kevin very soon.”
Could the “long-term relationship” be with Moose, the closeted football player he was with when he found Jason Bloom’s body in the river? Or does Kevin have his sights set on someone new?
In the interview Cott is asked how the fan reaction has been to Kevin, and that everyone from fans to friends have been “overwhelmingly just amazing.”
“I think all the credits for our show, at the end of the day, goes completely to our writers and to our producers, and to our directors. As actors, our art form is fulfilling their vision for the show. Roberto [Aguirre-Sacasa, Riverdale’s creator] has just written Kevin to be such a wonderful light, as I said earlier, and such a phenomenal, three-dimensional character. Playing him is such a joy,” he explains.
Kevin is close with his father, Sheriff Keller (Martin Cummins), but in a teaser for Season 2, Kevin confesses that he’s been lying to his dad.
“I know it’s dangerous, but I also can’t stop myself,” he reveals in the voiceover.
It wouldn’t be Riverdale without a little bit of danger.
Riverdale premieres Wednesday, October 11 on The CW.