[There are spoilers ahead for the latest episode of Riverdale, so if you haven't watched yet, don't say I didn't warn you!]
On the recent episode of Riverdale, we got even more receipts that Jughead might actually be dead. In one of the very last scenes, we saw the body, and we got the impression that Betty was the one who killed him. It felt like the first REALLY real confirmation that he was the one who died at the bonfire.
Up until now, I assumed Riverdale was going to pull a 180 on us and make us believe all season that he was no more, and then reveal in the finale that he wasn't actually the one who was killed, it was all some big stunt. It still could happen, but as the episodes go on it's looking even more unlikely. I mean, a dead body is hard to argue with. That would mean Cole Sprouse wouldn't be returning to Riverdale. That... can't be real, right? Here's what we know.
IF HE IS LEAVING THE SHOW, THEY'VE BEEN VERY GOOD AT KEEPING IT A SECRET.
Usually, when an actor decides to leave a show, it's news. Think about when Emmy Rossum decided to leave Shameless, for example. There was the news that she was leaving, then they filmed her final season, and there were tons of additional interviews about what it would be like once she was gone. It was very planned.
If Cole is leaving Riverdale, none of that has happened. That could mean two things: He's not leaving, or they've been keeping it a secret, which is possible, but unlikely. You would think someone would have heard something by now.
LET'S DO SOME DIGGING, SHALL WE?
We shall! So, if you look at Cole's IMDb page, there are no new projects announced after this current season of Riverdale. So it doesn't look like he'd be bailing to do another project or anything.
That said, he has taken breaks from acting before. He went to college like a regular student, and he has a whole photography thing going on on the side. So if he was leaving the show, he has other stuff he could be doing *other* than acting.
THE LILI REINHART FACTOR.
If you would have asked me six months ago, when it looked like Lili and Cole had broken up, whether he'd leave the show, I would have given you a "hell yes." Now that it looks like they're back together, that seems less likely...
OKAY, SO WHERE DO WE STAND WITH THIS QUESTION?
In my professional opinion, I still think Riverdale is going to surprise us and he won't be dead.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.