Warning: Spoilers for Riverdale ahead
The Riverdale season one finale brought all the shocks and secrets it had promised, and then some. Right now, the town that seemed so perfectly quaint and strait-laced, is dark, brooding, and broken. At the heart of it all now lies a new mystery: Who shot Fred Andrews, and why?
Looking ahead to season two, the show is set to have some new things in store for fans. And while this season didn’t take the supernatural turn that the comic books did, it certainly took a darker route, leaving plenty of scope for things to come. Here’s an idea of what to expect:
Who Shot Fred Andrews?
Let’s start with the most pressing and important storyline, and the cliffhanger we were left with at the end of season one. Fred Andrews (Luke Perry), who is the most steadfast and stalwart member of Riverdale’s community, was shot by an armed robber at Pop’s diner. While it initially looked as though it was a heroic intervention gone sadly wrong, Jughead Jones’ (Cole Sprouse) voiceover told us it was actually a targeted shooting.
That now brings a whole lot of suspects to the fore. Hiram Lodge has learned of Fred’s love affair with Hermione (Marisol Nichols), and his return to town is imminent. Could he have hired a hit-man? Was the shooter aiming for Archie, who has been meddling in the Blossom murder and drugs investigation, or is shooting his father supposed to serve as a warning? Does the shooter come from the disreputable Southside? Most importantly of all, will Fred Andrews survive?
An Actual Arc for Archie
Finally. KJ Apa has played a solid role all season, but Archie is supposed to be the center of Riverdale. As, essentially, the hero of the piece, he wasn’t given all that much material to work with in season one. The finale certainly elevated the character, though, when he rescued Cheryl from her suicide attempt and took his relationship with Veronica one step further.
Now, Archie has to deal with the fact that someone has shot his father, and whether or not Fred survives, that person was aiming to kill. Trying to deal with the implications of that will be huge for Archie, especially if Fred doesn’t survive. We could well see the return of Molly Ringwald as Mary, Archie’s mom. Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa tells THR that this storyline will send the character on a season-long journey, which will no doubt mean he’ll learn a lot about himself along the way.
Added into all of this, will be his relationship with Veronica (Camila Mendes), which will be further complicated by the arrival of Hiram. Following Archie Comics canon, Sacasa has confirmed that Hiram will not like Archie from the off.
Hiram Lodge Arrives
We’ve been hearing about him all season long, and now Hiram Lodge is set to be released from jail and return to Riverdale just in time for season two. Played by Mark Consuelos, Hiram, we already know, is not averse to striking a deal or two, whether they’re legal or not. The finale of Riverdale season one saw Hermione Lodge proposing one such deal to Fred to buy him out of his construction business. Fred refused and was subsequently shot. The two events could or could not be linked, but this is Riverdale, so we make no assumptions.
Even so, Hiram’s arrival is set to cause unpleasantness for many. For a start, he hates Archie and Fred, and he also had ties to the drug trafficking that the Blossom family were involved in. His wife, Hermione, has already taken a darker turn. With her husband by her side, the pair will be the new power couple of Riverdale.