If spring break on Riverdale Season 4 is any indication of where the core four will be, come the show’s return after the mid-season finale, they could be short one important member. Jughead appears to be dead in all of the latest flash forward scenes and if that’s the case, it means Cole Sprouse is leaving Riverdale. But could that actually happen at this point?
Jughead is as much a part of the series as any one of the main characters and although Season 1 was very much The Archie Show, Cole’s role as Jughead is integral to one of the biggest Season 4 storylines. Sure, there are plenty of those to go around right now, but Jughead’s mystery is starting to take center stage in the grand scheme of things.
But will Cole Sprouse be leaving Riverdale?
If Jughead dies on Riverdale, then that means Cole is leaving the show. It's hard to believe that either of those things could happen, though. Cole has been an important part of the show since its beginning and this season especially, his storyline is important in propelling the show forward. There is still far too much going on at Stonewall Prep for Jughead to abruptly be killed off and for Cole to be off the show for good.
The Riverdale cast spoke to MTV ahead of Season 4 about what fans can expect from the main storylines this season. They revealed that there will be a battle of the bands episode featuring Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead in a comic-inspired version of the band The Archies. Since that hasn't yet happened, Jughead just might survive the mid-season finale. And if he does, then Cole is likely safe this season too.
Cole and Lili Reinhart dealt with break-up rumors before Season 4 began.
Like their Riverdale counterparts, Cole and Lili Reinhart are a couple in real life. For fans, it adds to the fun of watching Bughead as a thriving romantic pairing. Before the season began, however, there were rumors that Cole and Lili had split up. If that was the case, then Cole’s Riverdale exit might have made more sense.
Luckily, Lili clapped back at those rumors by posting plenty of Instagram photos with Cole and proved that they are still very much together. It was never confirmed that Cole would even leave the show if they did break up in real life, but the fact that they are still going strong makes it even less likely that Cole is leaving Riverdale.
Jughead’s future on Riverdale looks grim.
Even so, Jughead seems to be in a bit of trouble right now. Assuming the flash forwards which show him dead aren't what they seem, he could still be in trouble at Stonewall Prep. His classmates and even the faculty members have proven themselves untrustworthy and Jughead is essentially alone in uncovering the truth about his professor’s suicide and about the Baxter Brothers novels.
If Cole isn't going anywhere, Jughead still has a foggy future on Riverdale. Hopefully the rest of the core four can get him out of his jam before the season is over.
Watch Riverdale on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.
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