Tim Stack
September 15, 2017 AT 08:30 AM EDT

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While things are getting waaaaay darker this season on Riverdale, one couple is actually heating up amidst the terror. Archie (KJ Apa) and Veronica (Camila Mendes) are kicking things up a notch in season 2.

“We’re even more sexual now,” says Mendes. “Death brings out certain passions or thirst for life. So they’ve definitely been friskier. But I think now because of all this darkness and stuff in Archie’s life and Veronica’s as well, their relationship does feel more grounded. It has more substance than just physical.”

Adds executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, “It’s sort of a bit more primal and volatile than say Jughead and Betty are.”

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Also affecting their relationship is the arrival of Veronica’s father, Hiram (Mark Consuelos). “I think he’s investing a little bit in Archie and Veronica doesn’t know what he’s up to,” says Mendes. “And Veronica’s gonna turn into daddy’s little girl trying to impress him.”

Riverdale returns Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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