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Goodbye Riverdale! See how the Riverdale teens changed from season one to season seven

From wide-eyed newcomers to seasoned performers.
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As the iconic series Riverdale draws its final curtain after an exhilarating run, fans are left with a whirlwind of emotions.

From the first mysterious note from the Black Hood to the heart-pounding adventures of the Midnight Club, the show has taken us on a rollercoaster ride through the lives of Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Jughead Jones, and the rest of the ensemble.

Watch Below: Jughead Jones’ “I’m a weirdo” speech

But as we bid farewell to the fictional town that has become a second home, it’s impossible not to look back and marvel at how far the cast members themselves have come.

When Riverdale first graced our screens, the young actors were relative unknowns, their faces fresh and their talents untested on such a grand stage. Now, as the series comes to its long-anticipated conclusion, the transformation of the cast from wide-eyed newcomers to seasoned performers is nothing short of remarkable.

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KJ Apa as Archie Andrews

KJ Apa, the New Zealand native who brought the beloved Archie Andrews to life, has undergone a profound evolution. From the fiery-haired, all-American teenager to a young man navigating the complexities of love, friendship, and ambition, Apa’s portrayal has captivated audiences. 

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Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper

Lili Reinhart’s portrayal of the intelligent and resilient Betty Cooper has been a cornerstone of the show’s success. As Betty delved into the mysteries of Riverdale and her own family, Reinhart’s on-screen growth reflected her real-life development into an advocate for mental health awareness and body positivity. The stark contrast between Betty’s internal struggles and Reinhart’s public journey underscores the depth she brought to her character.

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Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge

Camila Mendes, who gave life to the fierce and sophisticated Veronica Lodge, has seamlessly transitioned from the sheltered girl of privilege to a self-assured woman charting her own path. Mendes’ evolution mirrors Veronica’s journey of self-discovery, as both the character and the actress broke free from preconceived notions to become forces to be reckoned with.

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Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones

Cole Sprouse’s enigmatic portrayal of Jughead Jones added layers of complexity to the show. The brooding writer and outsider’s transformation from a loner in a beanie to a young man grappling with societal expectations and his own identity resonated deeply with audiences. Sprouse’s growth from his child-star days to a respected performer has paralleled Jughead’s transformation, making his character all the more relatable.

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Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom

Madelaine Petsch, the fiery-haired actress who portrayed Cheryl Blossom, has left an indelible mark with her portrayal of the complex and often enigmatic character. Cheryl’s transformation from the queen bee of Riverdale High to an individual seeking acceptance and healing mirrors Petsch’s journey as an artist unafraid to explore vulnerability and authenticity.

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Casey Cott as Kevin Keller

Casey Cott’s portrayal of Kevin Keller, Riverdale’s openly gay character, has been a beacon of representation and inclusivity. As Kevin navigated love, friendship, and self-discovery, Cott’s growth as an actor coincided with his character’s journey. 

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Vanessa Morgan as Toni Topaz

Vanessa Morgan, who breathed life into the outspoken and talented Toni Topaz, not only enriched the narrative with her performance but also championed the importance of racial diversity in media. Morgan’s evolution as an actress parallels Toni’s transformation from a supporting character to a vital and resonant presence within the Riverdale community.

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Drew Ray Tanner and Charles Melton as Fangs Fogarty and Reggie Mantle

Drew Ray Tanner, who portrayed Fangs Fogarty, and Charles Melton, who stepped into the role of Reggie Mantle, both contributed layers of depth to the show’s ensemble. Their characters evolved from mere acquaintances to integral members of the core group, mirroring their own growth as performers within the Riverdale universe.

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