[SPOILERS for Riverdale season 1ahead.]
The first season of Riverdale almost looked very different according to star K.J. Apa who plays Archie Andrews in the series. Riverdale, which aired in January on The CW, also stars Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy, and Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom and is based on the Archie Comics following the adventures and dramas of the teens and their parents in the town of Riverdale.
When it was revealed in the penultimate episode that Clifford Blossom (Barclay Hope) killed his own son Jason Blossom (Trevor Stines), fans thought they were going to get a break from the dramatic tension with the big mystery solved. That was not the case though in the explosive season 1 finale when Archie's father, Fred Andrews (Luke Perry), was seemingly fatally shot at Pop's by a masked man in front of his own son while they were getting breakfast.
Now, in an interview with Flicks and the City, Apa reveals that the shocking scene was kept in such secrecy that even they thought the season was going to end differently until Apa and Perry were sent the real ending the night before they shot the scene. Here is what Apa said in the interview:
“We actually had a completely different ending while we were shooting. Actually, only me and Luke [Perry] got sent the ending the night before we actually shot that scene. Me and Luke sat down, we had a chat about it and we spoke to the writers and kind of just got it done. No one else actually knew about it except us at that time.”
While the fate of Fred is still up in the air, we know that in the second season of Riverdale things are going to get even darker for Archie as he grapples with what happened to his father, Cheryl is going to turn into an even stronger heroine after surviving her icy swim in the river and burning down Thornhill, Betty is going to be fighting to keep her relationship with newfound love Jughead alive as he's pulled towards the dark side of the serpents and there may even be a hint of the supernatural with Sabrina the Teenage Witch making a possible appearance.
Riverdale season 2 premieres October 11, 2017 on The CW with the first episode titled 'Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying' written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
Source: Flicks and the City