Cheryl Blossom will be even meaner? Is that even possible?!
In the season finale, after a suicidal Cheryl Blossom sends a cry-for-help text to the Riverdale gang saying that she wants to be with her dead twin brother, Archie, Jughead, Betty, and Veronica run off to go find the former Queen Bee. They find her on the frozen lake, where she last saw Jason alive, smashing open a hole so that she can take her own life.
The gang calls out to her, she stands up and faces them. Then the ice underneath her feet gives way and she plunges into the icy water. Though he broke his hand in the process, a heroic Archie was able to smash through the ice with his bare hands, pull the drowning Cheryl from the water, and used CPR to bring her back to life.
After all of that, it seemed like Cheryl and the gang bonded, providing an opportunity for the redhead to eventually join them. Will that happen in Season 2?
“I would love to see that, but I actually think she’s going to become even colder and even meaner in Season 2,” Madelaine Petsch told TV Line. “After what happened in Season 1, she’s just done. She’s so shut down and broken.” She added, “Veronica wants Cheryl to become a part of the gang, and Cheryl wants so badly to become a part of the gang, but she’s so egotistical and there’s so much going on in her head that she doesn’t do it.”
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 (KJ Apa), 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’s salt-of-the-earth footsteps. On the positive side, Archie repaired his friendship with Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse), found some success as a musician—thanks in part to Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray) and her band, the Pussycats—and found a new romantic interest in femme fatale Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes). New to town, Veronica spent the season trying to atone for her “bad girl” past, all the while wrestling with her beloved father’s criminal legacy—and contending with a mother, Hermione (Marisol Nichols), who might not be as innocent as she claimed. Veronica became fast-friends with Archie’s girl-next-door neighbor, Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart), 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 (Mädchen Amick). Under the guise of writing for the school paper, Betty and Jughead investigated Jason Blossom’s death—which led to them discover that Jughead’s father—FP Jones (guest star Skeet Ulrich)—was involved with covering up Jason’s murder. Meanwhile, Jason’s twin sister Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) 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.
Based on the characters from Archie Comics, RIVERDALE is from Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, in association with Berlanti Productions, with executive producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Supergirl, Glee), Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Sarah Schechter (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) and Jon Goldwater (Archie Comics).
The second season of Riverdale will air on Wednesdays at 8:00-9:00 PM.