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How Did 'Riverdale' Season 1 End? Refresh Your Memory Before Season 2 Starts

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As we get ready to dive back into the drama of Riverdale for its second season, teasers and spoilers have been all over the internet suggesting Season 2 will be even darker and more dramatic than Season 1. As awesome as that sounds, and with all due respect to the show's writers, it's hard to imagine how Riverdale could possibly get any more suspenseful than it was during its first run last spring. That being said, now is as good as time as any to revisit how Riverdale Season 1 ended before you throw yourself into the dramas of the main crew all over again.

Some of the most thrilling moments of the season took place during the final episode, and tons of storylines were finally wrapped up. Between fires, (almost) drownings, shootings, and serpents, the Season 1 finale episode of Riverdale was messy AF. Of course, Season 2 will pick up right where Season 1 left off, so it's important to make sure you're all caught up on what went down in the last episode so you're not lost and confused, especially since Riverdale's showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has already said Season 2 will feature "potentially the darkest storyline we’ve told." Warning, Season 1 spoilers ahead.

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First and foremost, the most important thing to happen in the Season 1 finale took place in the final moments of the episode when Fred Andrews was shot and left for dead in Pop's Diner. Naturally, we have no clue who the masked man who attempted to murder Fred was, nor do we know what his motives were. Obviously — much like Season 1 did with the murder of Jason Blossom — most of the new season will be devoted to solving those mysteries.

Indeed, Riverdale's executive producer, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, has mentioned the mystery of who shot Fred is “certainly what drives us right out of the gate." Moreover, the shocking final scene of Season 1 allows Riverdale to dive headfirst all over again into the “deeper secrets of the town and its history," says Aguirre-Sacasa. In other words, prepare for some dark twists and turns this season. Cole Sprouse, the actor who plays Jughead on the show, even hinted at the show's Season 2 theme earlier this year when he told TVLine,

I think the whole show is going to be getting darker and stranger. We're going to be leaning into a lot of those qualities that a lot of people ended up loving in the first couple of episodes — this heavy cinematography, this overbearing coloration, this really dark content that's kind of over-the-top and campy, but it's taken very seriously.
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Next, fans of the show should be prepared to see the aftermath of Queen Cheryl's burning down Thornhill. After finding out her drug lord father was the one who killed her brother Jason, then discovering said father had killed himself in their barn, and finally, trying to drown herself only to be saved by Archie (jeesh, Cheryl had a tough go of it during Season 1), the crimson-haired beauty decided enough was enough and burned her family's mansion to the ground. Where she and her mother will pick up when Season 2 begins is yet to be seen, but something tells me Cheryl won't lose that signature edge of hers.

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The final, and perhaps most ominous, detail to recall from the Season 1 finale is that Jughead puts on a Southside Serpents jacket and it seems to fit a little too comfortably, if you know what I mean. (I mean Jughead might become a Southside Serpent.)

Whether or not Jug actually joins his father's gang at the end of Season 1 is still a mystery, but, judging by recent pictures of him in a Serpents jacket, it seems pretty likely. Something tells me Betty isn't going to be too thrilled about it either. Let the drama ensue.

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Riverdale returns to The CW on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 8:00 p.m. If you can't wait that long, then you can always binge-watch Season 1 on Netflix or watch the Season 2 teaser trailer on repeat.

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