Here’s Camila Mendes’ Idea for ‘Riverdale’s’ Next Special Episode

Now that the show has gone ’90s, actress tells TheWrap she wants to go even further back in time

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Following Wednesday night’s “Riverdale” episode, ‘The Midnight Club” — in which fans were transported back to the 1990s for a homage to the 1985 John Hughes flick “The Breakfast Club” — star Camila Mendes says she has another idea for a special episode.

“I would love to do a ’40s episode,” Mendes told TheWrap in an interview on Thursday. “A very comic book original. Archie, Betty, Veronica. [A] slap stick, comic-book-feel episode. That would be fun.”

Seeing as Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s CW series is actually based on the comic book series starring Archie Andrews, Jughead Jones, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Reggie Mantle, the serpents, Josie and the Pussycats (and Sabrina Spellman), that sounds like the perfect idea for the next tribute installment.

Of course the actual Archie Comics characters, which first appeared in print in 1941, led happier, sillier lives than the kids we see on the dark drama. The aim in those days was to capitalize on the love for the Andy Hardy movies starring Mickey Rooney. All the antics that happened there were wrapped up by the final illustrated page of each issue, and nothing ever got much darker in Riverdale than another love triangle twist between Archie, Betty and Veronica.

On Wednesday, Mendes, Lili Reinhart, KJ Apa, Madelaine Petsch and Cole Sprouse, among the other show’s stars, played their parents’ younger selves as high schoolers, when they were serving detention for a few Saturdays in the ’90s. The group discovered the dangerous games of “Griffins and Gargoyles,” which has now resurfaced years later and is taking the lives of Riverdale teenagers in the present day.

In Season 2, the “Riverdale” cast took part in another special episode, putting on “Carrie: The Musical” at Riverdale High. So, Roberto, are you interested in Cami’s idea for, say, Season 4?

When TheWrap spoke with Mendes, she was promoting her new movie “The New Romantic,” in which she stars alongside Jessica Bardem and Vinnie Bennett. Carly Stone directed the movie and wrote the screenplay for it alongside Kyle Mann.

“Riverdale” airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.