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Riverdale‘s season 1 finale featured the tragic shooting of Archie’s father Fred (Luke Perry) at Pop’s Diner. In the exclusive image from the premiere, below, Archie (KJ Apa) attempts to get his father medical help before it’s too late.
While it’s unclear who shot Fred, executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa says more details will be clear when the show premieres on Oct. 11. “We don’t know everything that happened in that diner in the finale,” he teases. “In our first episode back in our premiere, we’re back in that diner and seeing everything that happened in that diner with Fred and Archie and that gunman and poor Pop Tate who’s also traumatized by the events. It’s really a psychological exploration of Archie after that as well.”
The red-headed hero becomes focused on revenge much like some other comic book heroes. “It’s much like Bruce Wayne and Peter Parker in that it does pivot towards heroism and there are definitely hero moments for Archie,” says Aguirre-Sacasa. “But first it goes dark.”
Aguirre-Sacasa promises, though, fans will get an answer on Fred’s future. “We will reveal his fate at the end of episode one,” says the EP. “Episode one is almost a special episode. It’s a little bit like the Buffy the Vampire Episode episode ‘The Body.’ It’s structurally a little bit different.”
Riverdale returns Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.