We’ve been ready 5 months to seek out out if Fred Andrews died after being shot at Pop’s, and whereas the Riverdale season 2 premiere, titled “A Kiss Earlier than Dying,” did reply that query, it additionally posed many extra. Let’s speak in regards to the episode’s largest moments.
Archie Steps Up
A lot of the premiere centered on Archie (KJ Apa) coping together with his dad’s capturing. Whereas Fred (Luke Perry) frolicked in surgical procedure, Archie stayed robust and centered on catching his father’s shooter. Arch’s associates lauded him for saving his dad (Jughead dubbed him “Pure Coronary heart the Highly effective”), however the redhead was hiding one thing.
He later admitted to the opposite members of the core 4 that he’d been paralyzed by concern after his dad was shot and he thought he hadn’t carried out sufficient to guard Fred. With Fred’s pockets lacking, Archie fearful the assailant would come after his dad, so he vowed to guard him so long as the masked man was nonetheless on the market.
Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones and Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper on Riverdale Dean Buscher/The CW
Veronica Lodge, the Greatest Girlfriend Ever
Veronica (Camila Mendes) stayed by Archie’s aspect, regardless that she informed Betty (Lili Reinhart) she wasn’t good at dealing with grief or comforting folks. After some steamy (actually!) bathe intercourse, Archie tried to push Veronica away, however she wouldn’t permit it. The brand new couple was robust after weathering their first disaster collectively, however Veronica had different issues ready for her at residence — not the least of which was that she thought her dad and mom would possibly’ve put a success on Archie’s dad.
By episode’s finish, her father, Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos), had returned. Hermione (Marisol Nichols) had already warned V to get again in keeping with the household, and Hiram appeared to again up that sentiment. Two minutes of display time and we’re already fearful of him? Uh oh.
The Unofficial Serpent
Talking of fearful girlfriends, Betty was involved that Jughead (Cole Sprouse) was going to affix the Southside Serpents. Juggy assured Betty that he wasn’t, though donning the leather-based jacket and using his dad’s bike helped him really feel near his father whereas he was in jail. Jughead might need thought he wasn’t in mattress with the Serpents, however when he requested them to research who shot Fred, he got here residence to discover a bloodied, tied up man who’d been crushed inside an inch of his life. The Serpents wished Jughead to inform his dad that they’d carried out what Juggy requested of them, as a result of based on their code, “with or with out the jacket, you’re a Serpent.”
Luke Perry as Fred Andrews, Madchen Amick as Alice Cooper, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy, Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge, and Casey Cott as Kevin Keller Artwork Streiber/The CW
Cheryl in Cost
Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) resurfaced on the hospital after burning her home down. She lied and informed everybody that the hearth was an accident and her mom had rushed in to avoid wasting her. Then, she threatened to inform the reality about what occurred within the barn the evening her father died if her mom ever breathed a phrase of the hearth’s true origin. And, in case it wasn’t clear, Cheryl made certain her mom knew she’s in cost now.
The Kiss of Life
Fred spent the vast majority of the premiere unconscious, however whereas he was out of it, Archie’s life flashed earlier than Fred’s eyes — Archie graduating highschool, taking up the household enterprise, proposing to and marrying Veronica. After Cheryl gave him the “kiss of life,” Fred awoke and informed Archie he got here again to guard him.
A Acquainted Face Is Murdered
Simply because Fred Andrews survived doesn’t imply the Riverdale premiere ended with out bloodshed. Whereas Archie was fearful the masked shooter would return to complete off his dad, the “angel of loss of life” was really within the close by city of Greendale caring for his subsequent sufferer: Ms. Grundy, the music instructor who was as much as her previous methods of creating out with teenage boys. The shooter shocked her in her residence and killed her. And identical to that, we now have a homicide.
Riverdale airs on The CW Wednesdays at eight p.m. ET.
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