The First Trailer for Riverdale's Third Season Is Sexy and Scary as Hell

Your guess is as good as ours as to what this thing from Riverdale is.
Your guess is as good as ours as to what this thing from Riverdale is.
Image: The CW

It’s been clear for some time now that Riverdale is going to get decidedly darker and weirder (even by Riverdale standards) in its third season. The first trailer’s just dropped and, well, just look at that thing up there. It’s a thing from the show.

Riverdale’s teased a baby-sacrificing ritual and alluded to the rise of a cult in the cozy little town, but it appears that there’ll be much more going on for Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and the rest. Archie’s in jail trying to survive riots; Jughead’s in the woods discovering semi-nude, unconscious people; and Betty seems to be at least partially involved in some sort of mesmeric ritual that causes her to pass out. Watch the trailer for yourself:

Also, there’s a lot of heavy petting and, of course, that horrifying horned demon thing that’s likely to be a big part of the show. Riverdale returns to the CW on Oct. 10.

io9 Culture Critic and Staff Writer. Cyclops was right.

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Isn’t this a high school drama?

Just what IS this show?

I watched a couple/few episodes when season 1 was new and got a bit bored and moved on.

Is that a scrubs fantasy or someone’s cosplay? Or is there actually something other going on in this show?