Juan Riedinger Joins Riverdale As Archie’s New Nemesis

by Erik Amaya

With Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos) seemingly defeated, Archie (KJ Apa) needs a new opponent for shirtless boxing matches and wrestling demonstrations. And according to Deadline, he has one in the form of actor Juan Riedinger. The Claw vet will play “Dodger,” a seemingly new creation for the series as the Archie Comics canon somehow lacks for a Dodger. It remains to be seen if he will rise from the Serpent ranks, take over the Ghoulies, or find some new animosity with Riverdale’s red-haired golden boy.

The season will also see Jughead (Cole Sprouse) transfer to an upper crust private school as the rest of the gang face down their eventual spring break bonfire.

Also, you can expect Hiram will be working things behind the scenes even as all of the kids prepare for graduation. It would seemingly mark this season as the last for Riverdale, but maybe the series will execute some time-jump so we can avoid ill-considered “Sweetwater University” seasons.

Riverdale returns October 9th on The CW.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.

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