The following article contains spoilers for the season finale of the CW’s Riverdale!
If you were among those sucked into the dark and twisted new teen world of Archie Comics presented on The CW’s Riverdale, you no doubt watched riveted as the show wrapped up its first season murder mystery in the finale in May (if not, get thee to Netflix where the first season is available for streaming). But the mystery reveal was by no means the biggest moment of the season’s end, as the show delivered a shocking scene in its last moments that fans won’t get to see resolved until season two. As it turns out, this wasn’t always going to be the intended ending.
At last month’s MCM London, convention star KJ Apa, Archie Andrews himself, spoke about the show’s cliffhanger ending that involves Archie and his father Fred Andrews (Luke Perry) saying: “We actually had a completely different ending while we were shooting.”
The reasoning makes sense, as the shocker ending could easily have leaked, so limiting who was in the know preserved the secret.
“Actually, only me and Luke got sent the ending the night before we actually shot that scene,” Apa said. “Me and Luke sat down, we had a chat about it and we spoke to the writers and kind of just got it done. No one else actually knew about it except us at that time.”
So how could the show have ended? Apa clammed up when pressed for details but does admit “it had something to do with the Blossoms.” Intriguing words for sure, as the Blossoms already had plenty of drama of their own in that final episode. In addition to losing their patriarch, Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch) attempted suicide and then decides to burn down the Blossom mansion instead.
It’s possible, then, that Apa means the show could have concluded with just these crazy Blossom antics, but instead decided to push further into the especially distressing conclusion it left us with. We’ll never know.
Riverdale‘s second season premieres on The CW on October 11.