[SPOILERS for those not caught up on Riverdale ahead.]
Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has teased the title of the season 2 premiere episode, and it could possibly hold a clue for what to expect. Riverdale‘s freshman season solved one cliffhanger and left us with one more. Once it had been revealed that Clifford Blossom had killed his son, Jason, the show then had to answer the question of why he did it. That was resolved in the season finale, when it was revealed that Jason had threatened to expose the Blossom family’s drug trafficking ways.
Just when fans were thinking that was the end of season one, all tied up in a nice neat bow, along came a truly shocking event that set the stage for season two. When Archie and Fred Andrews met at Pop’s diner for breakfast, an armed robber burst in and shot Fred, something that was later revealed to be a deliberate act.
Showrunner Sacasa took to Twitter today to reveal that work on Riverdale season 2 has begun, and that the premiere episode will be titled “Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying”:
Firstly, the chapter title points toward the continuing arc of events for Riverdale as a whole; in keeping with the arc one would expect to find in the Archie comic books on which Riverdale is based. But it’s the picture and title that really intrigues us. The picture of an upturned milkshake on a table flooded with blood, hints that Riverdale’s season 2 premiere will pick up right where it left off – in Pop’s diner.
As yet, there is no confirmation either way of Luke Perry returning in Riverdale season 2, but the title could suggest Fred Andrews’ son giving him one last kiss goodbye before he dies in his arms. While Perry was present at upfronts last week, we all know better than to take that as confirmation of his continued involvement in season 2. Fred’s injuries looked pretty severe, and if we couple that with Camila Mendes’ comments that we’re going to see a darker Archie in season 2, it’s a logical progression to assume that Fred will die in the season 2 opener.
That said, this being Riverdale, full of mystery and intrigue, the title could refer to any circumstance at all; Cheryl kissing her old life goodbye, for example, as she watches Thornhill burn to the ground, or something happening to Polly as she gives birth. Riverdale‘s first season got progressively darker as it went on, and it seems as though season 2 will pick that right back up when it returns next year.
Riverdale season 1 is available for streaming on Netflix. Season 2 premieres on The CW this fall.
Source: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa