When it comes to the game of love, things have always been a bit tricky for Archie Andrews. In the days of "Archie Comics," he was constantly torn between Betty and Veronica -- but in The CW's "Riverdale," things are a bit more complicated.

Yes, Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Veronica (Camila Mendes) are among those vying for Archie's (KJ Apa) affections -- but they're far from the only ones. As a matter of fact, there may simply be too many love interests for Archie to juggle.

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During a visit to the "Riverdale" set, Screener tried to figure out all the women in Archie's life -- so follow along and see if you can keep up...


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One of the two women who's always after Archie in the comics, Betty's unrequited love is strong in the first episodes of "Riverdale." After all, how can she compete with Veronica, the mysterious new lady in town? Luckily, she has history on her side -- but if that's not enough, Betty is prepared to live with it for now.

"She's such a kind soul -- and you can't force someone to love you," Reinhart says. "She kind of comes to terms with that."

If it's meant to be, it'll happen. What's most important is Betty and Veronica aren't going to let a boy tear apart their new friendship.

"We didn't want to make it seem like these women had nothing better to do than fight over a man," says Reinhart. "Especially one that in the comics picks one one day and the other the next."


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She's a big-city girl, moving to the small town of Riverdale -- and that's definitely going to intrigue Archie. But with his mind and other bits spread between so many women on the series, it's never going to be as simple as Betty or Veronica.

While there's clearly an attraction between them, one even Betty sees, Mendes reiterats that they won't let it interfere in their friendship.

"They’re always going to be working on their friendship... Whatever rivalry happens, it’s going to happen because of Archie," Mendes says. "But it’s never really going to get in the way of the essence of their friendship."

Miss Grundy

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A relationship between a teacher and student is practically guaranteed when it comes to an angsty teen drama. Of course, it rarely ends well -- unless you happen to be a show called "Pretty Little Liars." Still, Archie and Miss Grundy (Sarah Habel) are going to be keeping things hot and heavy from the beginning, should the show's trailers be any indication.

The Pussycats

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What's that? Archie getting involved with one of the Pussycats? Though Archie already has too many love interests to handle, it's a definite possibility that's not going to sit well with Josie (Ashleigh Murray).

"She will start to figure out how to soften around him, but it's difficult -- because he starts to push in on one of her bandmates... Because everybody thinks Archie is cute," Murray teases. As for Josie herself, don't expect sparks to fly with Archie just yet.

"I think right now she's just too focused on music, and trying to find acceptance for herself and her parents, and where she's going to be after she gets out of high school," the actress says.


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Could Archie be hooking up with "Riverdale's" resident Blair Waldorf? If not, it won't be for the lack of trying on Cheryl's (Madelaine Petsch) part.

"You don’t see a lot of interacting between Cheryl and Archie in the beginning, and as it unfolds, they’re having a couple of scenes where you see her kind of flirting with him, testing the waters, seeing if there’s even an interest there," Petsch says.

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As for whether it will amount to anything, she continues, "I’ve heard whisperings that there will be a lot more of that as the season continues..."

"Riverdale" premieres Thursday, Jan. 26, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

Posted by:Chris E. Hayner

Chris E. Hayner is equal parts nerd, crazy person and coffee. He watches too much TV, knows more about pro wrestling than you do and remembers every single show from the TGIF lineup. You may have seen him as a pro-shark protester in "Sharknado 3." His eventual memoir will be called "You're Wrong, Here's Why..." TV words to live by: "I'm a firm believer that sometimes it's right to do the wrong thing."