Riverdale season 3: Gina Gershon, Trinity Linkins cast as Jughead's family

Meet Jughead’s mom and sister.

Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa teased the incoming season 3 at New York Comic Con on Sunday alongside Luke Perry, KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, and Mädchen Amick. While most of the divulged details were things fans have already known — assuming you’ve remained glued to the pulse of everything Archie Andrews — they did reveal that Gina Gershon will be playing Gladys Jones, mother of Jughead (Cole Sprouse), and Trinity Linkin will be playing Jughead’s little sister, Jellybean “JB” Jones.

“She just joined. It’s a very new thing,” Reinhart said of Gershon, but Aguirre-Sacasa confirmed Reinhart will have scenes with the new casting additions. What that means for Betty getting to meet the Jones matriarch is still to be seen, but it can’t be a calming situation.

On the upside, Reinhart also teased of Bughead, “so far so good.” So Jug’s Serpent mom can’t be too much of an impasse for high school sweethearts… right?

In a press release, the CW describes Gladys as “a ‘businesswoman’ who runs the salvage yard (chop shop) that doubles as a Serpent compound, and the Serpents all snap to attention when she gives them an order. A Serpent with a GED, she acts as Fagin to a crew of teenaged car parts thieves.”

As for Jellybean, “she is wise beyond her years, and her favorite bands are Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath. Jellybean lives with her biker mom in Toledo where they run scams to make ends meet. And like mother like daughter: Jellybean — who goes by JB now — is quite the little con artist herself.”

FP Jones (Skeet Ulrich), Jug’s dad, “is a little bit adrift now that he’s not the king of the Serpents,” Aguirre-Sacasa told the NYCC crowd. “I think Gladys is gonna shake that up a little bit.”

Riverdale returns for its third season Wednesday, Oct. 10, on the CW. Gladys and Jellybean will make their debut on the Dec. 12 episode.


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