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10 burning questions you have after the Riverdale finale

"Nooooo" isn't a question, but it's an appropriate post-finale response.

By Patti Greco
Riverdale

This post includes spoilers for the season one finale.

The Riverdale finale ended with a major cliffhanger — Fred Andrews getting shot by a masked man at Pop's — and raised many questions. For starters, why was Archie going to the bathroom to wash his hands? Was that supposed to be a dirty joke? Or am I the dirty joke? Anyway, onto more pressing issues:

1. Will Fred Andrews live? I mean, he'd better. It'd be 28 percent less fun to watch Riverdale if I can't yell "Dylan" at my TV every now and then. But if I'm being honest, I think he's going to die. It seems as if the show is setting Archie up to break bad (he punched through solid ice — this kid's soul is not made of cotton candy) and his father's death would allow for that breaking point.

2. Is it OK to be Team Archie? Maybe you already were, but not me. I found him to be simple and insincere, and — all at once, now — his music sucks. Jughead, on the other hand — he was my brooding king in a stupid hat. Now I'm torn. The ice scene did something to me. Also, Archie seems better at sex, or at least more confident in his abilities, than Jughead. I guess we have Ms. Grundy to thank for something.

3. Oh yeah, where's Ms. Grundy? This isn't really a question raised by the finale, but still. We're supposed to believe she just left and that's the end of it? Such a fart-in-the-wind story line.

4. Will Jughead become a Southside Serpent? Jughead may have had trouble undressing during foreplay, but he did not have trouble putting on that leather jacket. Wear it well, he did. Betty wasn't happy about it but I was wiping drool from my chin. Story-wise, Jughead becoming a Serpent makes perfect sense: He's searching for a family, he wants to belong, he's scared. Plus, it'll open the show up to some love-triangle action ...

5. Are Betty and Archie going to be a couple in season two? You know Betty is going to console Archie after whatever happens with his father. On top of that, Archie and Betty are either going to bond over their concern for Jughead — or Archie and Betty are going to turn on Jughead for joining a gang that could be responsible for Fred's shooting. Perhaps Veronica, tossed aside as she'll be, will turn to Jughead for comfort (remember, both of their dads are criminals so they have things in common) and we'll get some double love-triangle action. What would Ronnie and Jughead's couple name be? Rughead?

6. Who shot Fred? On the surface, it seems like a robbery or a random act of violence — otherwise, why was the guy going after Pop at first? But surely there's more to it. This is Riverdale, after all, and you don't need a speech to know what that means. (But Betty might give you one anyway.)

7. Is Hermione a supervillain? She's always been shady, but in a pathetic "I used to be rich and now I have to hide my diamonds in a couch cushion" kind of way. Now she's coming across as evil. Did she have something to do with Fred's death? Will she and Hiram be the new Blossoms in town?

8. What was Fred going to tell Archie? Archie thought his dad asked him to Pop's so he could scold him for being a naughty boy with dirty hands — but Fred didn't seem pissed at all. He seemed proud (I'm telling you, that hand-washing thing was a dirty joke!). So what was Fred planning to tell Archie? That he'd sold the construction business? Surely, once Archie finds out that the Lodges had any bad blood with his father, it's going to hurt his relationship with Veronica. So much for being soul mates.

9a. Why did Cheryl really burn down her house? There's still a lot to unpack with Cliff Blossom's death. Did he really kill himself or was his death staged? Did Penelope have anything to do with it? Did ... Cheryl? Maybe the house fire was a cover up. Maybe, as Cheryl said, they needed to start fresh — but it wasn't just from Jason's murder, it was from something bigger that we don't even know about yet.

9b. Did Cheryl get Grandma Blossom out of the burning house? Or was she only concerned with saving brooches?

10. Is a zombie apocalypse off the table? Jason looked pretty real under that ice. Never say never.

Via: Cosmopolitan US