This Is Everything We Know About Riverdale Season 2

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Riverdale ended its freshman season by tying up loose threads — and unraveling families in the process. Fans finally learned the identity of Jason Blossom's (Trevor Stines) killer, and while it was shocking, it was also so sad. While pretty much everyone in town was a suspect in Jason's death, Clifford Blossom (Barclay Hope) was revealed as the one who shot his own son to protect his heroin trade. (Guess it wasn't just a "maple syrup blood feud" the Blossoms were dealing with.) While Jason's mysterious murder kicked off Riverdale, solving the crime opened up a million more questions. What will F.P.'s (Skeet Ulrich) fate be? Did Fred (Luke Perry) survive that gunshot wound? And what will become of Jughead (Cole Sprouse) and Betty (Lili Reinhart) now that Jughead is toying with loyalties to the Southside Serpents?
We'll have to wait and see if these questions — and more — will be answered in season 2. Fortunately, we won't have to wait until the sophomore season premieres for clues as to what is to come on Riverdale. Thanks to spoilers from the show's producers, we have just enough juicy info to hold us over. Click through to see what we can expect.
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Get Ready To Meet Dark Archie

While we don't know if Fred will survive the gunshot from the unseen assailant, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa teased to Entertainment Tonight that the incident will make Archie go dark. He told the site:

"The way we’re thinking of what happens in Pop’s in the last moments of the finale is really the equivalent of Bruce Wayne seeing his parents gunned down in Crime Alley, or Peter Parker learning that his beloved Uncle Ben was shot by a robber. That really set those two characters on their hero’s journey. For Archie, he is the hero of our show, but before he gets to that heroic journey, it’s going to be a journey more of revenge, and a journey of darkness and violence begetting violence."

Hmm... that doesn't sound like it bodes too well for poor Papa Andrews, no? While a dead Fred would royally suck, at least we will be getting a deeper Archie in season 2. (Umm, thank God.)
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We May Meet Betty's Secret Brother

Now that we know a secret Cooper is out there, we have to meet him and put Veronica's "blonde Adonis" theory to the test. Fortunately, Aguirre-Sacasa told Entertainment Tonight that we most likely will:

"I think in season 2, you know, when you say there’s a secret, mystery brother out there, I think eventually you have to pay that off," the showrunner told the site. "I think he’s going to be a very different character than Polly, but again, it’s going to kind of put the Cooper family unit under the microscope and really yet again test it."
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Fred Might Actually Be Dead

Or, at least, super hurt. Aguirre-Sacasa hinted to The Hollywood Reporter that Fred getting shot will change everything in Riverdale, not unlike how Jason's murder affected everyone:

"That journey is for sure the spine of season two," said the showrunner. "And the question of who shot Fred and why is absolutely at the forefront of the beginning of our season."
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Jughead Has A Godfather Moment

Juggy seems to be following in F.P.'s footsteps — much to the horror of his girlfriend Betty. That will be a very big deal going forward: Aguirre-Sacasa told TVLine that he likened Jughead putting on that Serpent jacket to the ending of The Godfather.

The showrunner also told TVLine that we should be worried about a rivalry that will put Jughead — and everyone else — in dangerous positions:

"I can tell you that there’s a civil war brewing between the north side of Riverdale and the south side. That’s something that will really be playing out and complicating our characters’ lives throughout the season."
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We'll See Polly's Twins In Season 2

Season 1 of Riverdale didn't end with the birth of the Blooper babies, but Aguirre-Sacasa did promise TVLine that the maple syrup heirs would not be born offscreen. If you thought that the baby shower was dramatic, just imagine the awkward tension at the kids' first birthday party.
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We'll Meet A New Reggie

Bittersweet news: actor Ross Butler won't reprise his role as Archie's archrival Reggie for the show's sophomore season — though he will continue to play Zach on 13 Reasons Why when that heads to Netflix for a second season. You can get one last look at Reggie as we know him now in this deleted scene.