Many Archie fans are upset that Jughead will not be asexual in the CW series, Riverdale. His budding romance with Betty is also a main factor of concern for these fans. Here, we discuss why the producers made the right decision about Jughead's sexuality and his relationship with Betty.
Since the 1940s, the main romantic focus of the Archie Comics has been the love triangle between Betty, Archie and Veronica. Even though all three have had relationships with other people, it always comes back to that love triangle. One could say that the Archie/Betty/Veronice plot line is a little been-there-done-that. Since #Riverdale has taken on a much darker perspective with Jason's murder, it would only seem fitting that they deviate from the original love interests as well. It is so early on in the series, meaning the love triangle could still develop later on.
Speaking of love triangles, there might be a different one developing, albeit a slow development. In Episode 7 of Riverdale, Jughead puts his arm around Betty, which immediately catches the attention of best friend Archie. When he asks Jughead about it, he immediately brushes it off, but an undertone of jealousy is definitely noticeable. Jughead even has a nightmare about stabbing Archie in the back by pursuing Betty. It might be very subtle at this point, but a possible Betty/Jughead/Archie love triangle might just be exactly what the producers are planning. It would certainly be interesting to see that story unfold.
Since the very first issues of the Pep Comics, and eventually the Archie Comics, there has been a chemistry between Betty and Jughead. From early on in the comics, these two have had a very good friendship and occasionally flirted with each other. Their flirting, however, died down over the years. Nevertheless, a romantic relationship between Betty and Jughead has never been fully explored in the comics. The show is an excellent opportunity for that type of relationship to be explored.
Many fans have shipped this couple long before Riverdale was even thought of, so the producers are definitely making those fans very happy. It is safe to safe that a #Bughead relationship is what some people have been waiting for, for a long time.
Another aspect that has not been fully explored in the comics is Jughead being in a romantic relationship. He has never been in a fully committed, long-term relationship, and to see him with none other than Betty Cooper would be a great thing. Not only will fans finally be able to see what Jughead would be like, they can also see his capacity to love something other than hamburgers.
Betty, on the other hand, has the capability to love someone very deeply. This has been shown many times in the comics as well as in the show. In Riverdale, Betty is portrayed as somewhat depressed and going through a very tough, emotional time. Jughead is the one to be there for her and to help her through these tough times with her parents and her sister. It is evident in the seventh episode that they both make each other happier.
Seeing the two of them happy will also help cast a lighter atmosphere to the otherwise gloomy tone of the show. A bit of comic relief is absolutely necessary if you want to keep the audience interested. Seeing Jughead act all shy and goofy around Betty is a very smart way to keep up that comic relief. Episode seven is a good example of that when Jughead walks Betty home and comments that it is what people like them — who have gone through what they have gone through — are supposed to do.
Some fans of the show and comics commented that if he cannot even admit that they are dating, Jughead should not be dating at all. Making such a strong statement so early on without looking at it from every angle is very unfair to the characters, the producers and the show. Everything that happens in the show is done for a specific reason and nothing happens by coincidence or for no reason at all. One reason for Jughead not being able to say that they are dating is because he is shy and uncertain. Remember, it is his first relationship (like most of us) and he has absolutely no idea what he is doing. Another reason is that it could lead up to the development of his asexuality.
Cole Sprouse, who plays Jughead in Riverdale, has admitted that he argued creatively for Jughead to be asexual in the show. He said that it would something that he would love to explore, creatively. Keep in mind that it is still very early on in the show and Riverdale has already been approved for a second season. It is a definite possibility that Jughead could become asexual later on in the show and that his relationship with Betty is the start of this journey.
Don't worry, Bughead shippers. Contrary to popular belief, asexual people are still very much capable of falling in love. Asexual means that you are not sexually attracted to any person, but it has nothing to do with romantic attraction. Even though you are not sexually attracted to a person does not mean that you will not be romantically attracted to that person. So, even though Jughead might become asexual, it does not mean the end for Bughead.
Having said all this, I feel better about the future of Bughead. Unfortunately, it is unheard of that a relationship that starts off in the first season will last throughout the entire series without some bumps and bruises. It is also not for certain that Bughead is endgame, but the producers certainly do know what they are doing and all we can do is to trust them.
Don't forget to tune in on March 30th for Episode 8 of Riverdale!
What are your expectations for Bughead on this season of Riverdale?