Warning! The following contains spoilers for the Season 2 finale of Riverdale. Read at your own risk!
Riverdale closed out a wild Season 2 with an even wilder ending that has us clueless as to where things are headed come Season 3. Obviously, we know what happened, and of course what could happen, but how do these major events all play into Season 3? Here’s our breakdown of the season finale’s biggest moments and how they set the stage for what could be an explosive next season of Riverdale:
Archie Was Arrested For Murder
While Archie Andrews is guilty of a lot of things, murder is not one of them. Unfortunately, Hiram Lodge now effectively runs Riverdale and was able to frame Archie for killing one of those home invaders his own goon took care of at the cabin in Shadowlake. Hiram’s play was, of course, a response to Archie’s veiled threat he made about taking him down earlier in the episode, which Archie was probably regretting as he was being escorted out of the school gymnasium. Can a class president still hold office from a jail cell?
Archie’s arrest is certainly relevant, although perhaps not in the way Riverdale fans may expect. Hiram can frame Archie for murder all he wants, but with no evidence to directly tie him to the crime, even the crooked Sheriff Minetta can’t make a charge like that stick. Archie’s friends and attorney Sierra McCoy will undoubtedly make sure the show’s leading character walks free before too long, and get him back out on the streets to find a way to take Hiram down for good. After all, now that Veronica is against her dad, Archie doesn’t have much reason to play nice.