He’s playing one of our faves from the Archie comics — Jughead Jones — and in the comics, his character is asexual — but that’s not a given on the show at all.
Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa spoke with MTV about Jughead’s arc and how Riverdale is an origin story (which basically means that things you see and know from the comics, might not even be on the show for a while).
“Cole and I have talked about it a ton,” he shared. “The way we’re treating Riverdale, especially Season 1, is it’s an origin story. So I think all of the kids are discovering themselves, and a big part of that is discovering their sexuality, their sexual selves.”
He added, “Rather than have everything fully formed — for instance, we’re not going to start with Archie’s band or Jughead’s asexuality or any of the things that have become canon — those are all stops on the way to the journey until the show catches up to 75 years of Archie history.”
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