Riverdale's second season is about to arrive on The CW, picking up where season one left off. Fred Andrews has been shot in Pop's Diner, and it wasn't an accident. Whether Fred lives or dies, the shooting is likely to be a strong plotline during season 2, as Archie struggles to come to terms with all that has happened. He and his friends are also highly likely to take it upon themselves to track down the shooter and discover their motives, just like they worked together to find out who killed Jason Blossom in season one.
Riverdale's freshman season had us hooked from the off with an intriguing murder mystery. Twins Jason and Cheryl Blossom headed to Sweetwater River, where Cheryl rowed her brother across the water for him to escape town. The next time anyone saw him, was when Jason washed up on the lake shore with a gunshot wound to the head. During the course of the season, it was discovered that Polly Cooper was expecting his baby, and an age-old rivalry between the two families meant that neither Polly nor Jason's fathers were happy about it. Later on, a deep family secret was revealed; the Cooper and Blossom families are actually related.
It was also revealed that Jason had uncovered a drugs ring that his father was running under the guise of a maple syrup business. Threatening his dad with exposure probably wasn't the way to go; Clifford Blossom killed his own son in cold blood, then took his own life to avoid recrimination. Though many had probably suspected it was Clifford who pulled the trigger, it still came as a shock when he hanged himself, and gave a shocking conclusion to the main plotline for season one.
Going forward, while the Blossom family might not be the central focus of season 2, they're still going to be important. When we last left them, Cheryl had set fire to the family home after a failed suicide attempt, and Polly was set to give birth to the Blossom baby. Cheryl takes the reins in season 2, with her mom now scared of what she'll do next. Still grieving for her twin, and trying to come to terms with both her father's betrayal and his death, we could well see both Clifford and Jason return in dream or flashback form as we often did in season one.
For the Cooper family, still reeling from the fact that they are, technically, Blossoms, season 2 will find them trying to piece their lives back together. Betty and Polly's brother, who was given up for adoption before they were born, will be returning to town. That's certain to cause some more ructions for the not-so-golden Cooper's. We've already been promised a 'broken' Betty who will be at the center of one of season 2's mysteries, and undoubtedly this will be in keeping with the darker tone of season two.
The last time we saw Jughead and his dad, FP, things were not going well. Jughead has been forced to move schools, and is now a fully fledged Southside Serpent. Though FP has been cleared of all murder charges, he remains in jail. Since Skeet Ulrich is promoted to series regular going into season 2, we can expect to see a lot more of him which will be interesting, as Hiram Lodge is also set to arrive in Riverdale. The two men know each other from high school, and Hiram has hired the Serpents to do work for him in the past. How, when, or even if FP gets out of jail, remains to be seen.
While Riverdale season one certainly delivered plenty of twists, turns, and intrigue, season 2 looks set to deliver even more, and with a darker edge to the whole show that will once more shroud Riverdale in mystery.
Riverdale season 2 will air on The CW from Wednesday, October 11th.