Warning: This article contains spoilers from the Riverdale season 1 finale.
Just when things seemed to be settling down – or settling down as much as they could in Riverdale – the first season of The CW’s new drama ended with a bang … literally.
Fred Andrews (Luke Perry) found himself the victim of an armed robbery attempt at Pop’s (or was it just a cover to get to Fred?) and bleeding out on the floor, cradled by his teenage son, Archie (K.J. Apa). As perhaps the one decent parent in all of Riverdale, it seems like Fred Andrews was simply too good for the world.
Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa recently spoke to Vulture about the decision to target Fred and how the event will affect Archie in season 2:
“We knew we needed a big cliffhanger at the end of the season and we talked a lot about who that might involve. As we started talking about characters and relationships, in a weird way it was always about Archie and Fred, in terms of the theme of the show: Riverdale is not the town that you thought it was, and it had fallen into criminality and darkness. The one who always defended it was Fred. He’s chosen to stay and start a business and raise his son there. He was always representative of Riverdale, so what could we do to show the stake in the heart of Riverdale? Fred was a symbol of that.”
And although Fred found himself at gunpoint, it’s Archie who will feel the fallout the most:
“This is a huge impact for Archie, obviously. What happened to Fred is like Bruce Wayne seeing his parents gunned down in Crime Alley in Gotham City. It completely changes him and it galvanizes him and gives him purpose.”
Even though the season finale never truly revealed whether or not Fred died, comparing the event with Bruce Wayne losing his parents sure makes it seems like Fred is not long for this world. But Aguirre-Sacasa did say: “Luke [Fred] is in the season-two premiere.”
Riverdale season 2 will premiere sometime in October in its new timeslot: Wednesday nights at 8/7c on The CW. The complete first season will be available on Blu-Ray and DVD starting on August 15.
10 Saturday Morning Cartoons That Could Make Successful Movies
If the Smurfs or Transformers movies have taught us anything, old Saturday morning cartoons are the new grade-A meat for the movie studios. Cartoons can be turned into animated movies, just look at the success of the Spongebob Squarepants movies, but they can also make successful live-action adaptations. Well, with Power Rangers coming out soon, an idea so silly it might as well have been a Saturday morning cartoon it’s time for studio execs to take a look at some of these hidden classics. There’s clearly a lot of money to be made adapting beloved children franchises.
I want to point out a key word to all of you guys in case you get mad at my list. I don’t necessarily know if all of these cartoons could make good movies, but I’m pretty sure they could turn a profit and be considered successful. Some of these can be enjoyable and they’re ones you might not necessarily expect. If I forgot about your favorite Saturday morning cartoon, head to the comment section and let me know!
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