If you haven’t seen the season finale of Riverdale, you might want to catch up on what you missed and get back to this article later. There are spoilers ahead.
The Riverdale season finale was one hell of a cliffhanger: Fred Andrews got shot in the abdomen. While fans are biting their nails, hoping Archie’s dad will survive the incident, the recently revealed premiere title implies he may not make it out alive.
On Wednesday, series creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa revealed on Twitter the official title of Riverdale Season 2 Episode 1: A Kiss Before Dying. “Here we go. Season Two of #Riverdale is officially underway! Are you ready?” he captioned a looming image of a spilled milkshake presumably in blood. The episode was written by Aguirre-Sacasa himself but it didn’t indicate who the director will be.
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) May 23, 2017
Riverdale Season 2 Episode 1: Is Fred Dead?
According to Comic Book, A Kiss Before Dying is a reference to Ira Levin’s 1953 novel of the same name which has already been adapted into a movie twice, in 1956 and 1991. The title itself suggests the worst could happen to Fred when the show returns. But there could also be more to it than just that. The publication explains:
“There’s a story element in A Kiss Before Dying that involves a man killing someone else in order to replace them, stealing their identity as part of a gambit to join up with a wealthy, powerful family. An unplanned pregnancy adds some chaos to that plan, which is interesting in the face of Jason Blossom and Polly Cooper; both are members of wealthy and/or powerful families, and Jason was recently murdered (albeit by his dad) after impregnating Polly.”
The novel isn’t the only thing that hints at Fred’s death, though. The accompanying photo of a spilled milkshake apparently points to the same thing too. It comes from Life With Archie #36 which sees Archie shot to death inside of Pop’s. Originally, the liquid spilled over the beverage wasn’t blood but just the milkshake itself. While it was the son that died in the graphic novel, this could be a hint that Episode 1 would end in the same manner but with the old man dying instead of Archie.
That is bad news for those who were praying for Fred’s survival. Fortunately, there’s good news to balance it out: Riverdale is making room for more love teams in season 2. Ashleigh Murray and Madelaine Petsch, who play the role of Josie McCoy and Cheryl Blossom in The CW hit respectively, recently confirmed their characters are getting new love interests when the show returns.
New Surprising Romances Are Coming
Speaking to E! News, Murray revealed Josie and Reggie would become an item in Season 2. However, she notes it might not be entirely for love. “I justify it as it could be more of an elitist move as opposed to a move of the heart,” the actress told the outlet. “That’s what I think in my mind. It’s like if Josie’s going to walk the halls with somebody on her arm…Just like Veronica says, some arm candy’s great, and Reggie’s great arm candy.”
Meanwhile, Petsch also spilled some beans on what happens to Cheryl. Comparing her character to Mad Max’s Furiosa, she details the Blossom heiress is “so broken down that I think season two…she’s deciding she’s done, and she’s going to be colder and meaner than ever.” But she’s also up for some romance as “there’s going to be a little bit of an unexpected love interest for Cheryl, finally.”
Petsch did not reveal which character will be paired to Cheryl. But in the comics, her significant others were Dilton Doiley, Riverdale’s smartest student aka the weapons-hoarding Boy Scout leader Boy Scout leader; and George, the winner of a dating ‘contest’ Cheryl participated. The former is portrayed by Major Curda while the latter has not debuted yet on the TV series.
As usual, we’ll have to play the waiting game to know who Cheryl’s love interest is. But we’re excited to know she’s getting one next season.
Riverdale Season 2 Episode 1 premieres in the fall, likely 8 p.m. ET/PT on Wednesday nights.