‘Riverdale’ Season 2 Episode 1 Preview: Photos, Plot and Trailer

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KJ Apa as Archie Andrews and Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge in ‘Riverdale’ (Photo: Dean Buscher © 2017 The CW Network)

The CW’s Riverdale returns to kick off season two on October 11, 2017 at 8pm ET/PT. Season two picks up with Fred fighting for his life and the gang discovering more secrets about their town. Season two episode one titled “Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying” was directed by Rob Seidenglanz from a script by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

The season two cast includes KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge, Mӓdchen Amick as Alice Cooper, Luke Perry as Fred Andrews, Casey Cott as Kevin Keller, Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy, and Mark Consuelos as Hiram Lodge.

The “Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying” Plot: THE ANGEL OF DEATH — As Fred’s (Perry) life hangs in the balance following the shooting at Pop’s diner, Archie (Apa) struggles with the emotional aftermath of what he witnessed. Meanwhile, as Veronica (Mendes) steps out of her comfort zone to support Archie, she learns that her father Hiram (Consuelos) has arrived to Riverdale earlier than expected. Elsewhere, at Pop’s diner, Pop Tate (guest star Alvin Sanders) recounts the chilling details of the shooting, which leaves Jughead (Sprouse) and Betty (Reinhart) questioning the gunman’s true motives. Lastly, after running into Cheryl (Petsch) at the hospital, Betty and Kevin (Cott) are surprised to learn about the fire at Thornhill.

The Riverdale Plot: The first season of Riverdale found our characters reeling from the tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom. For many who had seen their home as perfect, safe, and innocent, the investigation into Jason’s murder peeled back the layers of their hometown to reveal a place bubbling over with secrets, mysteries, and scandals. Archie Andrews, for instance, grew from a sweet, all-American kid into a young man acutely aware of the darker side of life—he broke his best friend’s heart, had a forbidden relationship with his music teacher, and grappled with whether he wanted to follow in his dad Fred’s salt-of-the-earth footsteps. On the positive side, Archie repaired his friendship with Jughead Jones, found some success as a musician—thanks in part to Josie McCoy and her band, the Pussycats—and found a new romantic interest in femme fatale Veronica Lodge. New to town, Veronica spent the season trying to atone for her “bad girl” past, all the while wrestling with her beloved father Hiram’s criminal legacy—and contending with a mother, Hermione, who might not be as innocent as she claimed.

Veronica became fast-friends with Archie’s girl-next-door neighbor, Betty Cooper, who did some growing up of her own this season. After Archie’s rejection, Betty threw herself into running the school paper, “The Blue and Gold,” where she discovered a better romantic match in sardonic outsider Jughead. Together, they tracked down Betty’s sister Polly (guest star Tiera Skovbye), who had been sent away by their overbearing mother Alice. Under the guise of writing for the school paper, Betty and Jughead investigated Jason Blossom’s death—which led them to discover that Jughead’s father—FP Jones—was involved with covering up Jason’s murder.

Meanwhile, Jason’s twin sister Cheryl ruled the school as Riverdale High’s venomous, merciless Red Queen—until she learned the true identity of Jason’s killer. As the town breathed a collective sigh of relief that Jason’s killer had been found out, another terrible crime occurred, in a space that had been considered one of the town’s safest, most innocent places. If Jason Blossom’s murder revealed the slimy underbelly beneath Riverdale’s surface, as we enter Season Two, the shooting of Fred Andrews threatens to plunge the entire town into utter darkness.

More on Riverdale Season 2:
KJ Apa and Cole Sprouse Interview
Camila Mendes and Lili Reinhart Interview
Madelaine Petsch and Ashleigh Murray Interview
Casey Cott and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Interview

Riverdale Season 2 Episode 1
KJ Apa as Archie Andrews and Luke Perry as Fred Andrews (Photo: Dean Buscher © 2017 The CW Network)
Riverdale Season 2 Episode 1
Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones and Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper (Photo: Dean Buscher © 2017 The CW Network)
Riverdale Season 2 Episode 1
KJ Apa as Archie Andrews (Photo: Dean Buscher (Photo © 2017 The CW Network)
Riverdale Season 2 Episode 1
Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom (Photo: Dean Buscher © 2017 The CW Network)
Riverdale Season 2 Episode 1
Asha Bromfield as Melody, Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy, and Hayley Law as Valerie (Photo: Dean Buscher © 2017 The CW Network)
Riverdale Season 2 Episode 1
Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge (Photo: Dean Buscher © 2017 The CW Network)