By Natalie Abrams
March 29, 2017 at 02:27 PM EDT
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Seriously, what’s the deal with Archie, Betty, and Veronica? As Riverdale nears the end of its freshman run, the love triangle at the center of the Archie comics source material is all but nonexistent.

While the series started off with Archie (KJ Apa) being attracted to new vixen Veronica (Camila Mendes), much to Betty’s (Lili Reinhart) dismay, The CW drama has since steered away from the thruple, instead initially exploring Archie’s own romance with a much younger version of Miss Grundy (Sarah Habel) and subsequently following Betty’s blossoming, if not all together random relationship with Jughead (Cole Sprouse). Still, that doesn’t mean the show won’t be circling back around to the trio in the future.

“That will always be at the heart of any Archie story,” executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa tells EW. “It’s just finding the right way to play it at the right temperature so you don’t burn it out too fast. You invest in all the characters, and you want them all to be happy — to me, that’s when a love triangle’s at its best, when you want all of the couplings to exist.”

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In other words: Have patience! For now, viewers can look forward to more tension over the new relationship between Bethead — Bughead? You decide. “I would say that it’s still a very new relationship,” Aguirre-Sacasa says. “But given the circumstances of what they’re doing, which is investigating a murder, and given that they’re both from very different worlds — Betty’s the perfect girl next door, the cheerleader, and Jughead’s the outsider from the wrong side of the tracks, the misfit, the loner — their relationship is going to be tested sooner rather than later.”

Riverdale airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.

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