the fact that jughead is homeless by choice is so interesting to me. like we haven’t seen them interact that much onscreen but from what i can tell, there’s not really all that much animosity between jughead and his father. his dad got one of the realest smiles we’ve ever seen out of him. and yet jughead would rather live nowhere than live with the man.
and the really interesting thing to me is that his dad seems to respect that. it doesn’t look like he doesn’t care– i mean, he did show up the morning jughead had to move out to check up on him. but he doesn’t ask him to come home (not openly at least). he just sort of asks him what he’s gonna do now, and accepts the answer. it’s almost like he’s saying “hey, i’m here. i’m not gonna push you, but i’m here.”
like i’m not saying jughead sr. is father of the year material or anything; he was instrumental in destroying jughead’s second home, but that didn’t seem to be personal or anything. the fact that…
- his door is open to jughead yet jughead chooses to be homeless rather than live with him
- yet they can have perfectly civil conversations and even make each other laugh
- and he seems to accept and even respect jughead’s decision to fend for himself rather than let his father take care of him…
all that lends me to believe that jughead sr isn’t abusive or mean or anything. i don’t think jughead hates or even really dislikes his dad (he did sort of try to defend him when he talked to fred). i think there’s something a lot more complex going on between then two of them. it’s likely jughead just objects to what he does for a living and refuses to take part in or benefit from it. he would rather fend for himself than be fed and sheltered by criminal activity, and his dad doesn’t fault him for that.
but i can’t say for sure. all i know is that i really want to know more about the two of them. like right now.