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‘Riverdale’ Is Ready to Graduate

When Riverdale premiered in 2017, everyone who watched the show focused on the sex — not only between Archie Comics’ canonical teen characters, but also between Archie and now-hot Miss Grundy. A teacher-student romance? Angsty Jughead? Closeted Moose? Riverdale sounded like it would be just a dark reimagining of a sunny children’s comic-book series … until it took off in a much wilder, pulpier direction. As Vulture’s Rebecca Alter writes, “Riverdale took tropes from gothic horror, fantasy, telenovelas, soap operas, comic books, gay art-house films, dark high-school comedies, musicals, and mafia movies and smushed them together into a pop-culture polycule.” Next week, the show will air its last episode. Rebecca met with the core cast — including KJ Apa, Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart, Cole Sprouse, Madelaine Petsch, Charles Melton, Casey Cott, Vanessa Morgan, and Drew Ray Tanner — earlier this summer to discuss what it was like to surf the Riverdale wave, on-set relationships, superpowers, evil nuns, and all.

—Madeline Leung Coleman, culture features editor, New York

They’re Finally Ready to Graduate Riverdale began as a dark spin on Archie Comics. It’s ending as one of the weirdest teen soaps ever made.

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