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You act like we’ve got the same set of options. You live in this pale pink world of milkshakes and first kisses, and “Am I going to date Archie or Jughead?” Except for when you’re exploring your BDSM sexuality, which again you’re allowed to do. But I’m not, because why? This is what I’ve got, Betty. Me, these woods, so please don’t come here and tell me it’s disgusting. If you can’t accept what I do, whatever I do then we’re just not really friends.
— Kevin to Betty[src]

Kevin Keller was a major recurring character on the first season of Riverdale. He has been promoted to a series regular for the second season.[1] He is portrayed by Casey Cott.

Kevin is a sophomore at Riverdale High School and the best friend of Betty Cooper. Along with that, he has become Veronica's G.B.F. (gay best friend). Kevin also struggles with his sexuality, as he doesn't have the same options as his friends do. Because of this, it often causes Kevin to act recklessly at times.

Early LifeEdit

Presumably, Kevin grew up in Riverdale alongside Betty Cooper, his closest friend. Nothing is known about his home life beyond the fact that his father is the sheriff of Riverdale. It has been implied his mother doesn't live with them anymore.[2]

Throughout RiverdaleEdit

Season 1Edit

Closeted Romance

Season 1 Episode 1 The River's Edge Kevin 2

Kevin lays on Betty's bed

Kevin assisted Betty, while she prepared for her outing with Archie, in which she would finally reveal her true feelings towards him. He reminded Betty that whiles nerves are acceptable, she must follow through. Just as Kevin looked out Betty's window, he made a shocking discovery, "Archie got hot", he proclaimed.

The next day, at school, he was introduced to Veronica Lodge. It was then that he informed her on the social scene of Riverdale. After being propositioned in the bathroom by Moose Mason at the Semi-formal, Kevin immediately alerted Betty. As the two of them arrived on scene of Sweetwater River, Moose made it known that he was not gay. They decided on skinny-dipping first and moving on from there, however, they never even made it to the water as Kevin stumbled upon the body of Jason Blossom, who had a bullet hole in his head.[3]

Season 1 Episode 2 A Touch of Evil Kevin questioning Betty's decision

Kevin and Betty in the front office

Now that Archie had turned down Betty, and the possibility of them being a power couple is no longer an option, Kevin wanted to revisit his theory of Archie being gay, since no straight man had that a body like Archie's. The conversation shifted to the topic of another body, Jason's. Kevin was fine, if anything, he was more traumatized from having to explain to his father why he and Moose were out at the river. Kevin joined Betty in the front office, where a beautiful bouquet of flowers awaited her. An apology was written on the card by "V". He wondered who this was, soon realizing that it was short for Veronica, who sought Betty's forgiveness and friendship. And while Betty was quick to forgive and forget, Kevin wasn't.

Kevin and Betty entered the classroom, where their teacher was assigning partners for a project. Moose volunteered to pair up with Kevin, as they needed to talk, though Kevin didn't seem too pleased. Moose was hoping that the two of them could arrange another get-together. Kevin declined his offer, but not before acknowledging how attractive Moose was, yet they cannot be together, as Moose had too many demons. Kevin told him it's better if Moose stick with what he knows best, which is girls.

Season 1 Episode 2 A Touch Of Evil Betty, Kevin, and Veronica

Betty, Kevin, and Veronica at lunch

During lunch, Veronica wonders what it was that Moose wanted during class when he volunteered to partner with Kevin, though she already knew the answer. Kevin states that he doesn't even think Moose knows what's going on with himself. Although sexuality is fluid, and he was admittedly handsome in a classic, pre-accident Montgomery Clift kind of way, Kevin questioned if someone named Moose could actually be that fluid. Regardless, Veronica "shipped it". Of course, she did, she was a big city girl with loose morals, Kevin said, though he instantly regretted saying it afterward. What Kevin really meant is that Moose had a girlfriend named Midge. Despite how awful it may sound. Part of him wished that Moose would just stay in the closet. The three of them then joined Archie at the lunch table, where they urged him to play a song for him. However, Betty stormed off in tears soon thereafter, with Archie chasing after her.

The next day in the student lounge, he and Moose were confronted by Reggie, who was outraged that he was being considered a suspect in Jason's death despite Kevin and Moose finding the body. Reggie wondered what they were doing down by the river, and if being the Sheriff's son gave him a free pass. However, Betty advised Kevin to ignore Reggie.

After attending the Pep Rally the prior night, Kevin watched as his father and Mr. Weatherbee entered the classroom for Cheryl, who claimed that she was guilty, though they had no idea of what she was guilty of.[4]

Season 1 Episode 3 Body Double Kevin in the lounge

Archie, Kevin, and Betty in the student lounge

After discovering that Archie was at Sweetwater River on July 4th, Veronica wondered if he was being considered a suspect. According to Kevin, all of them are suspects in the murder of Jason Blossom, even him, at least that's what he was told by his father. All the talk about death led to his next suggestion, of binge-watching "Making a Murderer" on "Netflix". Unfortunately, Betty has to work on the paper, and Veronica has a date. He was shocked to discover that she was going out with Chuck Clayton. He's one of the hottest students in school, and the varsity football coach's son. In Riverdale, that's the equivalent of dating a Kennedy.

Following Veronica's date, Kevin could hardly withstand asking her how it went. In passing, Tina Patel and Ginger Lopez asked Veronica about the "Sticky Maple" Chuck gave her during their date. While she was clueless as to what this meant, Kevin and Betty were very much aware of the meaning. A notification then hit his phone. It was a post of Veronica and Chuck, with maple syrup edited onto the photo. Chuck claimed to have given her a Sticky Maple, which is a slut-shaming thing in Riverdale, Kevin explained.

Season 1 Episode 3 Body Double Betty, Kevin, and Veronica breaking into school

Kevin, Betty, and Veronica breaking into school

Late in the night, with the help of Trev Brown, who pointed them in the right direction, Kevin, Veronica, Betty, and Ethel managed to sneak into the school after hours in order to find the team's "Playbook". They were surprisingly joined by Cheryl, who was wearing amazing thigh high boots, Kevin remarked. Just as Trev said, the found the Playbook in one of the lockers, which included Veronica, Ethel, and Betty's sister, Polly [5]

The Sheriff's Son and a Serpent

At the diner, Kevin, Betty and Veronica sat quietly as Jughead ranted and raved about the demolition of the Twilight Drive-In. It seemed Jughead could go on for hours, so Kevin stopped him, demanding that he desists with the Quentin Tarantino references. He then pointed out the oddity of Archie, Fred Andrews, and Ms. Grundy as they entered the diner together.

The following day, in the student lounge, Kevin was notably depressed as he didn't have a date for the drive-in, making out with your boy or girlfriend at the movies is in some way, a right of passage. He accepted Veronica's offer for to two of them to go together, but he wasn't too thrilled.

Back at his house, Kevin asked his father if he could use the truck for the night. Before handing him the keys, Kevin's father instructed him to stay in the truck due to all the dangers associated with that side of town.

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Kevin kisses Joaquin

At the drive-in, Kevin and Veronica sat in the back of the pick-up, cuddled up together as the movie played. To their surprise Cheryl arrived shortly after and she joined them in the truck. Kevin then ran into a Southside Serpents as he left the snack stand; the same serpent that he had previously made eye contact with. It wasn't long before he and Joaquin were making out in the back alley. Kevin gave him his number, however, Joaquin was startled to learn that he was the Sheriff's son. But the two of them agreed to keep it a secret.

Kevin returned home, with his father, to discover that the house had been broken into and all the details of Jason Blossom's murder had been destroyed.[6]

Murder Board

Season 1 Episode 5 Heart of Darkness Kevin in front of murder board

Kevin reconstructing the murder board

Kevin, Betty, and Jughead reconstructed Sheriff Keller's murder board, returning it to the state it was in prior to the stealing of the files, background checks, and all the video and audio tapes of police interviews. Unfortunately, there weren't any fingerprints left behind, so the police have no idea who the culprit is. Kevin then questioned and mocked Betty over her date with Trev Brown, wondering if mama Cooper was aware, and what it was that she was really hoping to accomplish. Betty states that her mother was out of town. She then admitted that it wasn't actually a date, rather an intelligence-gathering mission. They needed to focus on the one thing they had access to that Kevin's father didn't, that being the students at Riverdale high.

Several days later, Kevin, Betty, Jughead, Archie, Veronica and Valerie attended Jason Blossom's Memorial after receiving an invitation from Cheryl. At the memorial, Kevin witnessed an awkward moment between Penelope Blossom and Archie, as she touched his hair and caressed his face. He was then thrilled to see Cheryl enter the memorial in the same white outfit that she wore when taking Jason out to Sweetwater River, as he knew that drama was sure to ensue. [7]

Season 1 Episode 6 Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill! Kevin Host

Kevin hosting the variety show

Every fall, Riverdale High School puts on a Variety Show to showcase the talent of its students, this year, Kevin was selected as the host. Each student had to audition for a spot in the show, he started with Archie, who failed miserably, the stage fright got the better of him, as Archie rushed off stage. Even though it compromised Kevin's artistic integrity, after a few choice words with Veronica, who reminded him that he had heard Archie sing on numerous occasions, Kevin left a slot open for Archie if he still wanted it. The night of the 75th annual Variety Show had finally arrived, as host, Kevin welcomed everyone in attendance.[8]

Kevin learned from Betty that her sister, Polly had escaped from the Sisters of Quiet Mercy group home. The Coopers had yet to report the incident as they didn't want anyone to know about her pregnancy or that she ran away. Kevin agreed with Archie on getting the police involved despite her parents' hesitance, he suggested that they go to his dad, who would be discreet, but Jughead disagreed as his father would have to answer to the Blossoms. It wasn't long before the news of Polly's escaped spread, thanks to Cheryl, which Kevin alerted Betty and Veronica of.

Season 1 Episode 7 In A Lonely Place Kevin and Veronica in the woods

Kevin and Veronica in Eversgreen Forest

In an effort to find Polly before the Blossoms did, Kevin joined in on the search party throughout Eversgreen Forest, where he split off with Veronica. The two talked about her on-going feud with her mother. Veronica hated fighting with her mom, but she crossed the line with forging Veronica's signature in order to further her affair with Fred Andrews. He wonders what follows if Hermione doesn't break. Veronica explained that during similar situations in New York, she'd go on a partying bender with her favorite celebrity gal-pal, her best gay friend, and dimwitted arm candy, which would come to include Josie, Kevin, Reggie. He wonders if they should invite Betty as well, as she could probably use a distraction, though with the Blossoms joining the search, Veronica remarked that Betty would likely have her hands full.

The four of them spent the night out at a club called the Roving Eye, in which they danced the night away. After finding a booth to cool down in, Kevin asked if the partying was helping with her current dilemma. Veronica explained that everything was taken from them when her father was arrested, but her mother sat her down, and told her there was one thing that no one could ever take from her, which was her name, yet that's exactly what her mother did, as if it meant nothing.[9]

During a conversation being had by Kevin, Betty, Jughead, Veronica, Cheryl, Valerie, and Archie, in which they discussed Polly's current dilemma, Kevin referred to Cheryl's family as the "child snatching Blossom monsters".

Serpents Attack SoDale

Season 1 Episode 8 The Outsiders Kevin (2)

Kevin works on the SoDale site

The next day, after learning that Fred Andrews' crew quit on him the day of the SoDale project, Kevin, Archie, Jughead and Moose volunteered to help with construction and keep things on schedule until Fred could find a new crew. As they were about to start construction, Kevin pointed out to Hermione how much he loved her shoes. Unexpectedly, Kevin proved to be quite useful on the construction site, so much so that they suggested that he join the Riverdale Bulldogs, but Kevin preferred his contacts sports to be one-on-one. As the day came to an end, so did the construction, the boys returned to the trailer, but Moose forgot his phone on the project site, where he was attacked by two thugs, who warned him to stop construction.

Kevin, Archie, and Moose suspected that the attack could've been the work of the Southside Serpents, as they had lost their territory due to the construction. With the help of Joaquin, they infiltrated a Serpent hang out known as the Whyte Wyrm, where their plan consisted of them calling Kevin's father if they saw Moose's attackers. Once inside, Kevin was visibly terrified, though he managed to keep his composure, even as he lost a game of pool to Joaquin. Although the original plan was to call Kevin's dad, Archie decided to confront the Serpent that Moose pointed out as being his potential attacker, which didn't end well as they were vastly outnumbered. However, they were released by FP Jones, Jughead's father, and the leader of the Serpents.[10]

Season 1 Episode 9 La Grande Illusion Kevin Veronica

Kevin learning of Veronica's past

Kevin became increasingly disturbed as Ethel Muggs read an extremely dark poem in front of the class. This led Veronica to wonder if she was okay, to which Ethel explained that her household was under distress due to her mother and father's constant fighting. Hoping to cheer Ethel up, Veronica invited her to have lunch with her at The Pembrooke, Kevin would be there she said, much to Kevin's surprise as this was the first he had heard of it. After their chat with Ethel in the lounge, Kevin approached Veronica, wondering what was driving her sudden urge to help. Veronica realized that Ethel's poem was a cry for help, the likes of which she vowed she'd never ignore anymore, especially not after an incident that happened at her old school in New York, last year, where a girl named Paige transferred schools after Veronica and her best friend tormented her.

As planned, the next day, Kevin, Veronica, Ethel, Betty, and Hermione ate lunch together, however, Ethel wasn't hungry as her home life hadn't gotten any better. A couple days later, Kevin informed Betty and Veronica that Ethel's father nearly committed suicide after swallowing an entire bottle of pills.[11]

Inner-Circle

Season 1 Episode 10 The Lost Weekend Kevin at lunch

Planning Jughead's party

Having learned that Jughead never had a birthday party, Betty suggested that they throw him one, which Archie insisted was a bad idea because Jughead hates his birthday. Kevin remarked that everyone says that but no one means it. However, according to Archie, Jughead did mean it, he was a lone wolf. Just after Veronica announced that Jughead's 16th Birthday Party would be inner-circle only, Kevin spotted Chuck Clayton enter the cafeteria, fresh off his suspension, headed towards Ethel. Kevin commented that Chuck's lats may have gotten bigger, but not that he would really care considering that Chuck is evil incarnate.

The following night, as everyone awaited Jughead and Betty's return from the double-feature at the Bijou, Kevin briefly chatted with Veronica, who questioned why Joaquin was invited despite their previous agreement of inner-circle only. Kevin explained that since Joaquin was his boyfriend, that made him inner-circle. Veronica then mentioned that she had just returned from a meeting with her father's lawyer, between his upcoming hearing and his possible involvement in Jason Blossom's death, she was in a foul mood.

Season 1 Episode 10 The Lost Weekend Kevin wants a hug

Kevin offering Jughead a hug

As Jughead returned to Archie's house, Kevin greeted him with a hug and then introduced him to Joaquin, quickly followed by Betty bringing out a cake, and everyone celebrating as Jughead blew out the candles. Their quiet little gathering swiftly turned into a full blow house party as Cheryl and Chuck crashed the event, accompanied by a few dozen classmates, which led Kevin to wonder why they were doing it, Veronica surmised it was payback.

Jughead reveals to Betty that he does not consider Kevin a friend, and is thus as indifferent towards celebrating with him (and Joaquin) as he is with the party-crashers. Meanwhile, as Kevin and Joaquin made out in the kitchen, they were interrupted by FP, Jughead's dad, who Kevin was quite familiar with, having been kicked out of the Whyte Wyrm by him. FP then asked Joaquin to show him to the bathroom, leaving Kevin alone in the kitchen, until he ran into Veronica, who was unaware that FP was Jughead's father.

The high point of the night started when Cheryl and Chuck introduced a game they called "Secrets & Sins", a game in which they would reveal all their secrets, which Kevin watched suspenseful from the sidelines, that is until the situation turned violent between Jughead and Chuck, resulting in FP ending the party.[12]

Season 1 Episode 11 To Riverdale and Back Again Kevin's arms around Joaquin

Kevin and Joaquin at Homecoming

Kevin attended the annual Homecoming dance with Joaquin as his date. The two of them watched as Archie and Veronica performed "Kids in America" on stage. Afterward, He and Joaquin slow danced, leading Kevin to reveal that he had never brought a boyfriend to such an event, in fact, it was the first time he actually had a boyfriend. His past relationships consisted of brief hook ups with closeted guys. Just then, their dance was interrupted. After previously being asked by Betty were Archie and Veronica were, Kevin was asked by Jughead where Betty was. Before telling him that she headed out to the hallway with Archie and Veronica, Kevin joked about them needed tracking devices. He then spotted his father from across the room, talking to Mayor McCoy, to whom he revealed that Jughead's father had just been arrested for the murder of Jason Blossom.[13]

Breaking Up with Joaquin

Season 1 Episode 12 Anatomy of a Murder Kevin with Betty

Kevin and Betty arguing over Jughead and Joaquin

At school the subsequent day, after the shocking revelation that FP Jones killed Jason Blossom, Kevin asked Archie, Betty, and Veronica how Jughead was holding up because to him, the entire situation felt surreal. Jughead wasn't doing well, he was at the Sheriff Station being grilled by Kevin's dad, Veronica said. Kevin stated that his father was simply doing his job, of course, he would ask Jughead questions, but Betty was furious that he was even being interrogated because FP was clearly innocent. Kevin reminded Betty that he had confessed, but she believed he could've been coerced, or he was possibly protecting someone, like Joaquin, who Alice saw talking to FP during Jughead's party. Kevin stopped her right there, refusing to allow them to drag his boyfriend into the mess.

After learning from Archie's mother that FP used his one phone call from jail to contact Joaquin, Kevin called him over to Archie's house, where they asked him about his call from FP. Joaquin claimed he was simply given a warning to lay low, but they weren't buying it, so Kevin asked him again if he knew anything, but this time as the sheriff's son, instead of his boyfriend. Joaquin admitted that he had always assumed that FP killed Jason. Joaquin didn't see FP pull the trigger, but on July 11th, FP called him in the middle of the night for a cleanup job at the Whyte Wyrm. He met with FP in the basement, and that's when he saw Jason Blossom's body laying on the floor, they stashed the body in the freezer and cleaned up the mess. Veronica then asked Joaquin if her father had anything to do with the murder, but he wasn't sure, all he knew for sure is that he overheard a conversation pertaining to a rich guy between FP and Mustang, the same Serpent that Archie got into a fight with at the bar. They demanded that Joaquin take them to Mustang's place, and if he didn't, Kevin would tell his father about the cleanup job.

At the City Centre Motor Hotel, Kevin, Joaquin, Archie and Veronica discovered Mustang's dead body inside the bathtub. However, Joaquin couldn't stick around for when the police came, so he and Kevin quickly left the scene of the crime.

With the heat coming down, Joaquin thought it best if he left town, so Kevin accompanied him to the bus station. Before boarding a bus headed for San Junipero, he and Joaquin shared one last kiss. Joaquin then told him about a contingency plan he and FP thought up.

Season 1 Episode 12 Anatomy of a Murder the gang

The gang watching Jason's murder

That night, Kevin, Betty, and Jughead headed out to the highway off route 40, where Jason's car was torched, and under the old beat down Blossom Maple Farms sign was a duffel bag containing Jason's Varsity Jacket. Joaquin didn't know if it would help FP or hurt him, but whatever the case, when FP called him from jail, it was to tell him to forget about the plan as it was too dangerous. Back at Archie's house, they debated over the importance of the jacket, and why FP chose to keep it. If anything, it seemed like more incriminating evidence. Betty refused to accept defeat, so she began checking the pockets, and inside the lining of the jacket, she found a USB flashdrive, and so Kevin named her as Nancy Drew. On the flashdrive was surveillance video from the night Jason was murdered. Despite FP confessing to the murder, the video revealed that Jason's killer was his very own father, Cliff Blossom.[14]

Season 1 Episode 13 The Sweet Hereafter Kevin and Jughead at lunch

Kevin and Jughead talking about the drugs in Riverdale

Following the suicide of Clifford Blossom, and the revelations that he was not only responsible for the death of his own son, Jason Blossom, but that he was also involved in heavy drug trafficking, Kevin informed his friends that his father told him that more and more drugs were hitting the streets of Riverdale. Kevin's father and Mayor McCoy believed this to be the workings of the Southside Serpents. In exchange for FP Jones' cooperation, they'd show him some leniency. However, Jughead insisted that the Serpents weren't responsible as his father was sure of it.

The next day at school, Kevin approached Jughead, and Veronica at the lunch table as they chatted with Cheryl, telling them that they needed to see something bad. Kevin directed them to Betty's locker, which had been written on in pig's blood, which read "Go To Hell Serpent Slut!".

The following night, Kevin attended the 75th Anniversary Jubilee, where he sat in the crowd as Betty gave a speech about the impending turmoil that the town was facing, and how that if they didn't fix it, Jason's death certainly wouldn't be the last. Afterward, he gave her a standing ovation, along with the rest of the crowd.[15]

Season 2Edit

Kevin briefly appeared alongside his father in his graduation cap and gown, during Fred Andrews' hallucinatory vision, brought on by the gun shot he earlier sustained.

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Betty and Kevin gossiping

Meanwhile, in reality, Kevin arrived at Riverdale General Hospital after learning that Archie's father was shot at the diner by an unknown assailant wearing a black hood. He joined Betty in the lobby, where he asked about her relationship with Jughead, and if they had sex after the Jubilee. Betty informed Kevin that while she and Jughead didn't have sex, he did say that he loved her, and Betty reciprocated these feelings. Unfortunately, the night when downhill from there as Betty was concerned with Jughead possibly joining the Southside Serpents, which Kevin immediately warned her against. He advised her to review his past relationship with Joaquin, who was also a Serpent. Betty stated that Joaquin was nice, but only when he wasn't dumping bodies in Sweetwater River or mopping up buckets of blood, Kevin retorted.

After an awkward exchange of looks between the two, Kevin and Betty noticed Cheryl heading down the hall with someone on a gurney. From Cheryl, they learned that there was a terrible fire at Thornhill the prior night and that her mother was on the gurney. However, they did not learn the full truth, that Cheryl started the fire an in attempt to start over, as she created a cover story: After her ordeal at Sweetwater, where she attempted to kill herself, Cheryl was at home, asleep when the fire started. They believe the start of the fire was from a breeze knocking over a lit candle, which caught the curtains. Mrs. Blossom returned to Thornhill and rushed headlong into the blaze, risking her life to save Cheryl's (the real reason she went in was to save the family portrait), which unfortunately resulted in her suffering third-degree burns as well as acute smoke inhalation.

Kevin appeared in yet another one of Fred's dreams, this time at Archie and Veronica's Scottish themed wedding. He sat next to his father in the crowd as Veronica came down the aisle.[16]

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Kevin in the Blue and Gold offices

Kevin and Veronica sat in the Blue and Gold offices as Betty told them that they needed to host an event at Pop's diner that reminded the town of simpler times, like a throwback to when the shoppe first opened its doors. However, Veronica couldn't help but wonder why Betty was fighting so hard for the shoppe's survival, to which she explained that with everyone losing so much recently, she was hoping that at the very least she could save Pop's for everyone. It's where she first met several of her friends, Kevin included.

After learning from Mr. Weatherbee that Riverdale High's former music teacher, Ms. Grundy, was murdered in her Greendale home, Kevin, Veronica, and the entire River Vixen squad came together at Betty's behest to clean up Pop's vandalized diner in preparation for Retro Night. Afterward, as Retro Night commenced, Kevin assisted the staff of Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and the Vixens, in service.[17]

Cruising Fox Forest

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Kevin in Fox Forest with a guy

In the late hours of the night, Kevin passed over a bridge, going deeper into Fox Forest, where he met a young man of his liking. They were up against a tree, kissing and groping, when the sound of several gun shots echoed throughout the forest. Kevin's companion took off while he decided to further investigate. Upon his arrival at Lover's Lane, he found Midge, climbing out the passengers side of Moose's car, screaming for help as she ran into his arms. Kevin would then learn that they were attacked a man wearing a black hood. Fortunately for Midge, Moose's heroic actions in using his own body to shield her from the gun fire, left her unharmed.

The next day at school, Kevin met with his friends in the student lounge to discuss his finding of Moose and Midge at Lover's Lane the night prior. After hearing Midge's Banshee-like scream, he compared her appearance of being covered in Moose's blood to the 1976 American supernatural horror film, Carrie. Concerned with Kevin's well being, considering that he could've been shot as well, Archie questioned what Kevin was doing in the woods to begin with. Despite entering Fox Forest for a late night hook up, Kevin lied, telling his friends that he was on a late night jog. Archie now hoped that they could all agree that there was a killer on the loose, though everyone wasn't convinced. Veronica then interrupted to invite them all over to her place to officially meet her father.

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Kevin telling Betty he was at Fox Forest

With her knowledge and friendship with Kevin being greater than most, Betty was not convinced with his fabricated late night jogging story. He initially claimed that he was trying to get in shape for wrestling, but after realizing that Betty knew him too well to continue with his lie, Kevin confessed that he went cruising in Fox Forest. However, his claim to join the wrestling team still held true. In order to get out the house, just as he lied to his friends, Kevin told his father that he was jogging. Betty understood that he was lonely ever since Joaquin left town, but she hated cruising. Why couldn't he just use Grind'em, Betty asked, to which Kevin replied that no one is ever who they say they are online. At least there's no surprises when cruising. Betty reminded him that Moose and Midge were shot three hundred yards from Fox Forest, and the person who did it was still out there. After listening to Betty's concern, Kevin promised that he would refrain from going back to the woods.

After failing to show up at Veronica's home to meet her father, Kevin was confronted by Betty the subsequent day. He claimed that something came up. Something in the woods, Betty asked. Alluding to another cruising in Fox Forest. Kevin hoped that Betty wouldn't take what he was about to say the wrong way, but he asked how her how many years did he listen to her talk on and on about Archie, and now she's doing the same with Jughead. She didn't ask his permission to date them, but she did so regardless because she didn't need Kevin's permission nor did he need hers. Before leaving, he told Betty that what he's doing in the woods was none of her business.

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Kevin visiting Moose in the hospital

The next day, Kevin visited Moose in the hospital. Like many others before him, Moose wondered what Kevin was doing in the woods, though Kevin didn't respond to the question, instead, turning the question back on Moose, asking what he was doing in the woods with Midge, other than drugs, which everyone had already been made aware of. Moose claimed that the Jingle Jangle was Midge's idea. While Moose liked Midge, he wasn't always sure that they were the greatest match. He then look to Kevin, who had a troubled look on his face. Kevin told Moose that he hadn't been making great decisions lately. He'd been lying to his father and going into the woods despite knowing the dangers he faces while doing so, almost as if he didn't even care. Moose explained that guys like them, in a town like Riverdale, didn't have many options. So, even if they risk certain danger, they go for it because of the slightest chance that they won't be alone for the smallest amount of time. Growing uncomfortable with the discussion, Kevin prepared to leave, while doing so, Moose told him that he could come back whenever he felt like hanging out or talking.

That night, Kevin stopped by Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe before heading into Fox Forest on his so-called late night jog, unaware that Cheryl was watching him from her booth.

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Kevin yelling at Betty in Fox Forest

Kevin sat on a bench near the bridge as two men passed him. He politely smiled, then following them across the bridge, where he was startled by Betty and Cheryl. Betty was disappointed that he broke his promise. She wanted him to have more respect for himself. While they had been friends for a long time, Betty had no idea of the difficulties Kevin faced as being a homosexual male in such a small town. Betty acted as if they had the same set of options, when in reality, this couldn't be further from the truth. Kevin went on to say that she lived in a pale-pink world of milk shakes and first kisses, where her biggest romantic obstacle is whether she is going to date Archie or Jughead, except for when she exploring her BDSM sexuality, which again, she's allowed to do, but he's not. Fox Forest was all he had. So, he didn't need Betty telling him how disgusting she thought it to be. If she couldn't accept what he did, then they weren't truly friends.

The following night, Kevin went on another cruise of Fox Forest, during which time he approached a parked car with an unfamiliar man inside. Kevin asked how the driver was doing, then telling him that he was waiting for someone one. The driver offered him a ride, and so Kevin willingly entered the car. However, he was stabbed in the abdomen with a knife by the driver soon thereafter. Fortunately, this turned out to be a momentary vision of one possible outcome had he gotten in the vehicle. Still, on the outside of the car, Kevin denied to driver's offer for a ride. The driver asked if he was playing hard to get, then raising his voice and demanding that Kevin get in the car, which frightened him, so much so that he ran off.

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Kevin hugging his father

After a close call in the woods, Kevin returned home, only to be confronted in the kitchen by his father, who had learned all about his cruising of Fox Forest from Betty, who Kevin initially attempted to use as an excuse for why he returned home so late. With everything that was going on, Kevin's father needed to know that he was safe. He knew that there were some things they didn't talk about, but maybe it was time they start trying. The two of them then shared a long hug.

Kevin arrived at school the next day, heading straight towards his locker. He looked to Betty, who was just a few feet away, then turning away in the opposite direction as she attempted to speak to him. It became fairly apparent that Kevin was upset with Betty for going behind his back, to his father.[18]

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Kevin reading the Black Hood's letter

Kevin joined Betty in the Blue and Gold offices to tell her that while he was still upset about her telling his father, who then told his mother about cruising Fox Forest, he had re-upped his online membership to redstatemeat.com, so there would be no cruising in the foreseeable future. It was only after he stopped talking that he noticed something was severely wrong with Betty as she sat at her desk, emotionless. Betty explained that she found a letter from the Black Hood, addressed to her. In that letter, he explained that Betty's speech at the 75th Anniversary Jubilee inspired him. The town's sinners must show their contrition. If not, more suffering and bloodshed would surely continue. Enclosed in the letter was a cipher, which detailed where he will punish his next victim. It was a test that only Betty could solve. Kevin suggested that they turn everything over to his father, however, Betty was only willing to give up the cipher. The letter, she wanted to keep for herself, as it was meant for her, though Kevin didn't wan her involved in the case. He reminded Betty that she was dealing with a psychopath, and that she was merely a high school student.

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Code breaking party

The following night, Kevin, Betty, Jughead and Toni gathered at FP's trailer, where they joined forces in trying to decode the Black Hood's cipher. The symbols looked oddly familiar to Betty, but she couldn't quite place them, and struggled with this throughout the night. Toni remarked that maybe she should loosen her ponytail. As the trailer filled with awkward silence, Kevin informed Toni that Betty's ponytail was iconic and beyond reproach, though Betty was fine with the suggestion as she was willing to try anything. Jughead suggested that they look at the cipher from a more basic perspective, asking why the Black Hood chose to begin his killing spree now, which Kevin and Betty both had the answer to, but refrained from answering. From what little they knew of the Black Hood, he was obsessed with cleansing the town of sinners and hypocrites, seemingly attacking only Northsiders, which Toni referred to as fake news. An argument then erupted between Betty and Toni. Uncomfortable with the current environment he was in, Kevin decided to leave. Toni agreed that it would be best if she left as well.

The next day at school, Kevin sat alongside Cheryl as Mr. Weatherbee and his father entered the classroom to pull Archie out into the hallway for questioning.[19]

In the student lounge, Kevin learned from Veronica that an old friend of hers, Nick St. Clair, was coming up from New York for her parents' open house. They were the "will they or won't they?" of their jet set, Veronica stated. She went on to describe her friend as being an outrageous flirt, who she'd go on madcap adventures with, though they never dated.

A couple days later, Kevin got the chance to officially meet Nick in the music room at school, where he invited everyone to attend the party he was hosting in his hotel room at the Five Seasons.

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Kevin and Cheryl dancing at Nick's party

Later that night, Kevin attended the party in Nick's hotel room, along with Veronica, Archie, Betty, Cheryl, Josie, Reggie, Valerie, and Melody, where after having a few drinks, Nick recommended they kick up the party with some Jingle Jangle that he scored from Reggie. Every other night it's burgers and milkshakes at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, Veronica sought to cut loose and pretend for one night that they were normal. Cheryl agreed to partake, then looking to Kevin, hoping that he would join, as he does. High off the Jingle Jangle, Kevin and Cheryl danced on the couch together, though their drug fueled dance off was short lived due to an argument taking place between Betty and Veronica, during which time, Betty accused Veronica of being a bad person and a friend of circumstances.[20]

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Kevin, Josie, Veronica, Archie, and Betty at the gather

After Mrs. Cooper had learned of the use of Jingle Jangle at Nick St. Clair's party at the Five Seasons, she arranged a meeting, calling over all those who attended, as well as their parents. At the Cooper house, Kevin learned from Archie that Betty had broken up with Jughead. "#Bughead is no more, and Betty didn't tell me?". Mrs. Lodge then interrupted all ongoing discussion to inquire about the Jingle Jangle. Reggie admitted fault, then revealing that he acquired it from a teen on the Southside, who he suspected of being a Serpent and a student at Southside High. While they admittedly shouldn't have taken the Jingle Jangle, Nick should be the only one under interrogation given that he asked Reggie for the drugs, and later pressured everyone into taking it. Furthermore, he roofied and tried to rape Cheryl. Unfortunately, Kevin's father explained that prosecuting Nick would be difficult given that all the witnesses were high, as Jingle Jangle remained in the user's system for up to three days. After Mayor McCoy learned that Josie participated in the drug taking experience, she declared that her number one priority from that moment forward was taking over the Southside, even if it meant arresting every Serpent in sight.

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Kevin learning that Nick tried to assault Veronica

At school, Kevin learned from Veronica that Nick tried to assault her after the Penthouse party, but she put a stop to it. "I hope Nick St. Clair chokes on a silver spoon", Kevin remarked. He instructed Veronica to either tell her father or his father about the incident, but Veronica refused. If her father every found out about what Nick did, he'd put Nick's head in Mr. and Mrs. St Clair's bed, Godfather style. Veronica didn't want Nick's blood on her or her father's hands, so she had decided to keep quiet about the incident. As they rounded the corner, they ran into Betty, though neither of them was interested in what she had to say, with Kevin referring to her as "Benedict Betty".

As consequence to his drug use at Nick's party, Kevin was sentenced to community service at Pickens Park, as were his friends. The park was filled with such filth that he told Veronica that he wouldn't even go cruising there.

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Cheryl, Reggie, Veronica, Kevin, and Betty at the drag race

Kevin later attended the drag race being held near Herk Harvey bridge between Archie and Jughead and two members of a Southside gang called the Ghoulies. As Kevin sat alongside Reggie, Cheryl, Betty, and Veronica, he commented that while he wasn't at the kind of drag race he ever imagined himself going to, the guys were at least attractive. Believing that she was born for the moment, Cheryl took to the center of the road as flag girl, asking both drivers if they were ready before waving her flag, signaling the start of the race, which was later intercepted by Sheriff Keller and the police department. The race ended with the arrest of the Ghoulies and everyone else scattering.[21]

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Kevin expressing his concerns to Betty and Veronica

While walking the school halls that morning, Kevin shared his concerns for his father with Betty and Veronica. The town was turning on him. Despite his father's best efforts to catch the killer, the Black Hood was too elusive. What was he doing to deal with it, Betty and Veronica simultaneously asked. Kevin replied that he wasn't sleeping or eating. Kevin would also hear his father rummaging around the house at odd hours, when he would talk to himself. Not to mentuin that he had been leaving the house in the middle of the night, however, Kevin didn't know where he would leave to. What he did know was that his father's recent behavior was making him seem like a different person.

Hoping to cheer him up, Veronica suggested that they have a sleepover. Kevin mistook this to be an invitation to stay at the Pembrooke, however, Veronica corrected him by saying that she had never seen his house.

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Kevin and Veronica in his room

That night, Veronica stayed the night at Kevin's house, as planned. During which time, Kevin explained the rules of a fantasy tabletop role-playing game. Veronica then excused herself from the room as her phone began to ring, asking Kevin if he wanted anything while she was out. A glass of milk would be great, he replied.

Having grown tired of waiting for Veronica's return, Kevin headed downstairs to retrieve his own glass of milk. After doing so, he found Veronica in the basement, talking to his father. Afterward, he and Veronica returned to his room, where they spent the rest of the night. As Kevin slept, Veronica watched from the window as his father left the house in the late hours of the night[22]

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Jughead, Cheryl, Kevin, and Veronica at the secret Santa exchange

In the days leading up to Christmas, Kevin had arranged a Secret Santa gift exchange between him and his friends. On the day of the Secret Santa, Kevin, Archie, Betty, Reggie, Cheryl, Veronica, Jughead, Josie and himself gathered in the student lounge at school, where the exchange took place. He announced that it was Veronica's turn. She opened her gift from Josie, which awkwardly enough was a gift certificate for a couples massage. Hoping to lessen the awkward tension, Josie suggested that Veronica use the certificate to take someone other than Archie, given that they were no longer together, such as Betty or her mother. Thankfully, Betty was the last exchange of the evening, as the sudden awkwardness was too much to withstand. Based on the wrapping of her present, Betty immediately knew that it was Archie that picked her name. Betty unwrapped the gift to find and old read-a-long record that she and Archie used to listen to when they were younger, entitled "The Swiss Family Robinson". Archie informed her that he and his father found it while they were cleaning out the garage. Kevin was then pleasantly surprised when Moose and Midge entered the lounge to join them for the Holiday event.

On Christmas morning, Kevin and Josie sang "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" outside of Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe.[23]

Physical AppearanceEdit

Kevin is an incredibly handsome, young teenage guy with an athletic build, approximately standing somewhere around 6'1 or 6'2. He has short, dark brown 'slicked back' hair and light green eyes.

PersonalityEdit

Kevin is a nice, loyal, very outgoing and charismatic student who knows the social scene of Riverdale very well. Being an openly gay teenager, Kevin freely talks about other guys in public and has shown to have an interest in fashion as well. He has a tendency to make very blunt and honest statements about the people and events in the series. However, with the fact that Kevin has admitted that he struggles with his sexuality, it often results in him being often reckless at times.

RelationshipsEdit

AppearancesEdit

Season 1Edit

Season 2Edit

TriviaEdit

  • In Season 1, Kevin was the only recurring character to appear in multiple promotional images, including one for himself.
  • According to Kevin, until Joaquin, he had never had a proper boyfriend as he usually hooked up with closeted guys.
  • Kevin implies he is the only openly gay student at Riverdale High School.
  • According to Cheryl, Kevin used to be a "lonely, awkward, fat boy with acne.".[18]

NotesEdit

  • In the comics, he had blonde hair with blue eyes.
  • Kevin came from a military family and aspired to be in the military in the comics.

 Gallery Edit

See also: Category:Images of Kevin Keller

Promotional ImagesEdit

Season 1 ScreencapsEdit


Season 2 ScreencapsEdit

VideosEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Riverdale - Season 2 - Casey Cott Promoted to Series Regular - Spoiler TV
  2. Lasher, Amanda (writer) & Anders, Allison (director) (November 1, 2017). "Chapter Seventeen: The Town That Dreaded Sundown". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 4. The CW.
  3. Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto (writer) & Krieger, Lee Toland (director) (January 26, 2017). "Chapter One: The River's Edge". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 1. The CW.
  4. Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto (writer) & Krieger, Lee Toland (director) (February 2, 2017). "Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 2. The CW.
  5. Lawrence, Yolonda E. (writer) & Krieger, Lee Toland (director) (February 9, 2017). "Chapter Three: Body Double". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 3. The CW.
  6. Grassi, Michael (writer) & Piznarski, Mark (director) (February 16, 2017). "Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 4. The CW.
  7. Maxwell, Ross (writer) & Warn, Jesse (director) (February 23, 2017). "Chapter Five: Heart of Darkness". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 5. The CW.
  8. Williams, Tessa Leigh & Zwart, Nicholas (writers) & Adelson, Steve (director) (March 2, 2017). "Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 6. The CW.
  9. Allen, Aaron (writer) & Anders, Allison (director) (March 9, 2017). "Chapter Seven: In a Lonely Place". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 7. The CW.
  10. Cohen, Julia (writer) & Katzenberg, David (director) (March 30, 2017). "Chapter Eight: The Outsiders". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 8. The CW.
  11. DeWille, James (writer) & Rose, Lee (director) (April 6, 2017). "Chapter Nine: La Grande Illusion". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 9. The CW.
  12. Lundin, Britta & Paterson, E. Brian (writers) & Wilkinson, Dawn (director) (April 13, 2017). "Chapter Ten: The Lost Weekend". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 10. The CW.
  13. Aguirre-Sacasa, Robert (writer) & Sullivan, Kevin (director) (April 27, 2017). "Chapter Eleven: To Riverdale and Back Again". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 11. The CW.
  14. Grassi, Michael (writer) & Seidenglanz, Rob (director) (May 4, 2017). "Chapter Twelve: Anatomy of a Murder". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 12. The CW.
  15. Aguirre-Sacasa, Robert (writer) & Toland Krieger, Lee (director) (May 11, 2017). "Chapter Thirteen: The Sweet Hereafter". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 13. The CW.
  16. Aguirre-Sacasa, Robert (writer) & Seidenglanz, Rob (director) (October 11, 2017). "Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 1. The CW.
  17. Grassi, Michael (writer) & Anders, Allison (director) (October 18, 2017). "Chapter Fifteen: Nighthawks". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 2. The CW.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Maxwell, Ross (writer) & Sullivan, Kevin (director) (October 25, 2017). "Chapter Sixteen: The Watcher in the Woods". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 3. The CW.
  19. Lasher, Amanda (writer) & Anders, Allison (director) (November 1, 2017). "Chapter Seventeen: The Town That Dreaded Sundown". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 4. The CW.
  20. Allen, Aaron (writer) & Pressman, Ellen (director) (November 8, 2017). "Chapter Eighteen: When a Stranger Calls". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 5. The CW.
  21. Williams, Tessa Leigh & Anderson, Arabella (writers) & Kiley, Maggie (director) (November 15, 2017). "Chapter Nineteen: Death Proof". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 6. The CW.
  22. DeWille, James (writer) & Wilkinson, Dawn (director) (November 29, 2017). "Chapter Twenty: Tales from the Darkside". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 7. The CW.
  23. Boucher, Shepard (writer) & Seidenglanz, Rob (director) (December 13, 2017). "Chapter Twenty-Two: Silent Night, Deadly Night". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 9. The CW.

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