Riverdale Season 1 Episode 11 Recap: Betty Loves Jughead, and Jason Blossom's Killer Is Almost Revealed


Last night’s episode of Riverdale was truly epic. Not only did Molly Ringwald and Luke Perry remind us why they ruled the ’80s and ’90s (more on that in a second), but Betty declared her love for Jughead and we got our biggest clue yet about Jason Blossom’s killer. Is your head spinning? Good, because things are about to get even more mind-blowing.

At a recent panel at the Paley Center for Media, creator and executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa revealed that the killer has been planned from almost the beginning. “It was really early on,” he revealed to the sold-out audience. “Three weeks into the writers’ room, we pitched [the outline] for season one. [Studio executives] said you can’t go into the season without telling the writers who killed Jason. We had three possible suspects, and one of those people who we talked about is the killer.”

The Riverdale cast, however, didn’t find out until they sat down at the table read for episode 12 (which airs on May 4). On the red carpet, Marisol Nichols (Hermoine Lodge) told us she couldn’t believe who it was at first. “I didn’t see it coming,” she said. “But then in hindsight, I went, ‘Oh! OK…’ Then I had to re-read the script again because when we do reveal it, it goes through so many twists and turns. I was like, ‘OK, is this the killer? Are we sure now?’ It’s really good. Juicy!”

Nichols’ on-screen daughter, Camila Mendes (Veronica Lodge) had a similar reaction: “I was terrified and shocked! But I had expected it in some way. We all had our suspicions. We’d all considered this person before, but we didn’t know for sure because it’s Riverdale. Anyone could have done it. When I read it for the first time, it made sense, but it was still shocking. It ties everything together.”

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Of course, in last night’s Riverdale, most of the town is led to believe that it’s Jughead’s father, FP Jones, who’s the culprit. But by the end of the episode, Archie and Veronica realize their best friend’s dad was framed. So, did the episode foreshadow the real killer? “I don’t think people will figure it out just yet,” K.J. Apa (Archie Andrews) told us. “I really don’t think so.” Apa’s co-star, Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl Blossom) thinks otherwise. “A lot is foreshadowed,” she said. “A lot.”

Surprisingly, Apa is ready for the story to wrap up, even though it was fun to guess whodunit. “I don’t even really care about the Jason Blossom murder anymore because something happens in our very last episode that is the craziest, most mind-blowing thing,” he teased. “It involves Archie…”

But before we get ahead of ourselves and try to figure out what might happen to Archie, the question still remains: Who killed Jason Blossom? Betty’s parents—Hal and Alice Cooper—seem to have one of the biggest motives, considering their daughter Polly was in an unhealthy relationship with Jason. “Even if she is the killer, I know there would be a way to examine that and explore it and find out why,” Madchen Amick (Alice Cooper) explained. “I don’t put it past her to have a very gut reaction and taking somebody out. By the end of season one we’re going to find out that there’s an even deeper, darker secret to the Blossoms and the Coopers, and it complicates things even more.”

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Speaking of dark secrets, the Blossom mansion continues to put Disneyland’s Haunted House to shame now that we’ve seen Clifford Blossom’s eerie collection of red wigs. “Wasn’t that insane?!” Madelaine Petsch said. “I wasn’t allowed to touch them because the props department is very particular about them, but we had to mention it because the wigs just got more and more extreme as the episodes went on. Like, ‘There’s no way he can grow hair like that!’ We just had to comment on it, and I’m so happy we did. Honestly, it was my favorite scene of any part of the show.”

In real life, Petsch is having a good time bonding with her fake family. “Nathalie [Boltt] plays my mother and is so funny and super hippy-dippy,” she said. “She’s the complete opposite of Penelope Blossom and super wild and care-free. And Barclay [Hope], who plays my dad, Clifford, is very straight-laced. They are both so sweet and really great actors to work with.”

Speaking of great actors—if you grew up a fan of 90210 or John Hughes movies, then there was nothing better than seeing Luke Perry and Molly Ringwald walk arm-and-arm into Riverdale High’s school dance. For Aguirre-Sacasa, there was so much material to work with that he had to leave some of the best lines on the cutting room floor. “It’s so funny because in that sequence when they walk in together, there were even more slightly meta lines,” he told us. “At one point Molly says, ‘Gosh, do you remember what it was like to be in high school? Saturday detention? People forgetting your birthday?’ I loved that! The episode [just started] to run too long. We’ll have to save it for the DVD.”

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Of course, one priority in the episode was exploring the deepening romance between Jughead and Betty, with Betty telling her mom that she loves him. But is Betty really in love with Jughead or is it more of a loving friendship? “I’m not too familiar if they are too distinct,” Cole Sprouse (Jughead Jones) said. “I think it is genuine. The end of the season deals with that quite a bit. I think that’s also one of the discussions that in talking to the writers is going to be a focus. We’re also directly confronting the age-old love triangle of the Archie Comics, which of course is going to reappear and complicate quite a bit.”

According to Lili Reinhart (Betty Cooper), there’s plenty to root for. “I think she’s in love with him,” she said. “She says, ‘I love Jughead,’ not ‘I’m in love with Jughead,’ and I think there’s definitely a difference between those two things. But I do think that at that point in time, she’s falling in love. I really love them together, I really do. Some people either love them together or hate them together, but they make each other happy, you can’t deny that.”

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So what is it about these two beautifully complicated souls that have set fans into a frenzy? “They have a connection, unlike all the other characters where their darkness kind of intertwines, and that’s beautiful,” Reinhart explained. “When they can still love each other through the darkness, that’s amazing. How he kisses her hand was actually my idea. I was like, ‘That just shows the love. When you show someone such a vulnerable side of yourself, when they physically can kiss it to show you they love every part of you, that is love.'”



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