Congratulations, Bugheads! After a brutal battle that began with 64 shows, a winner of EW’s Fall TV Preview cover battle has been crowned and the throne now belongs to Riverdale!

The stars — K.J. Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Madelaine Petsch, Ashleigh Murray, and Casey Cott — thanked fans in a special video (above) filmed during their winning photo shoot.

The series, a reboot of the classic Archie comic strip and otherwise known around the EW offices as Sexy Archie, will be the subscriber cover of the massive issue and offer fans juicy new details on the super secretive season 2 (hint: things are getting real dark in Riverdale), including everything we learned during a visit to the Vancouver set.

In order to get your Riverdale cover of EW in your mailbox on Sept. 15, make sure to subscribe here by Sept. 3!

The CW series beat out Shameless, American Horror Story, and Stranger Things in the nail-biter of a final four. (Revisit how every round played out here.) Fellow CW series Supernatural won EW’s first-ever cover battle in 2016.

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