left us on Friday, and it took one of TV's biggest love triangles with it.
Elena (Nina Dobrev) may have chosen Damon (Ian Somerhalder) over his brother Stefan (Paul Wesley) several seasons ago, but the fans have never let Stelena die (and neither did the creators), or forgotten how the show started: with one girl, torn between the bad boy and the hero.
It's no longer about whether Archie finally chooses Betty or Veronica, but it's about how Archie feels about his friends dating, and about Veronica and Betty's friendship, and about Archie and Jughead's friendship.
Less competition, more casual exploration of various pairings.
"I think there's a reason why those shows are held up as the standard of the best coming of age shows of all time, you know?
And we should keep trying to make them, even if it's a struggle."So what has changed?
The Betty/Veronica/Archie dynamic is so iconic that Betty and Veronica are love triangle tropes themselves, and it's the most basic thing that most people know about Archie Comics.
So far, and Chief Creative Officer of Archie Comics, tells E! "We love the love triangle, and there's something so simple in the design of it, but we kind of that that rather than immediately set Betty and Veronica against each other over Archie, that we would kind of slow it down a little bit and truly build up Betty and Veronica's friendship more, especially in the first season." went a different route, throwing Archie's traditionally asexual best friend Jughead (Cole Sprouse) into the mix and having him kiss Betty (Lili Reinhart) in the sixth episode, and leaving Veronica (Camila Mendes) on her own for now."As Jughead and Betty's relationship deepens and develops before the end of the season, Archie is going to feel conflicted about that, because I do think that there is a part of Archie that kind of always thought, rightly or wrongly by the way, oh I kind of thought that I was meant to be with Betty, or she was meant to be with me, after I figured out my stuff and maybe Betty had figured out her stuff," Aguirre-Sacasa says.While not a lot of shows have started with the premise of one person torn between two other people, many shows have ended up with a triangle at the center that left fans arguing years after the shows said goodbye., which is currently on the air but recently killed its love triangle off.Why is it such a struggle to get shows like that to catch on, or to even get made in the first place?One of our theories is that maybe viewers' ideas of good love stories have evolved. News TV's Top Couple tournaments have resulted in finals between two gay couples, and this year, the winners were two teen boys from a Norwegian series called that became popular internationally in its third season for its highly praised coming out story.This seems to point to the idea that shows just about everyday life and love no longer work in this time of Peak TV., but it's exactly right that I think people's expectations of shows, with the amount of shows people can watch, I think you do want something a little bit extra," Aguirre-Sacasa tells us.