Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Riverdale” season two, episode one, “A Kiss Before Dying.”
“Riverdale” made an emotional return Wednesday night as much of the episode centered around Fred Andrews’ fate after being shot during the season one finale.
But after the relief that came with Archie’s dad Fred surviving, fans of The CW show were hit with a surprise during the episode’s final minute: the shocking return of Ms. Geraldine Grundy and her subsequent murder.
Fans were overwhelmed.
— Ladybuglizzie (@sagevalentine) October 12, 2017
— Maria Paz (@wolfdolant) October 12, 2017
Oh no Mrs. Grundy is back… hahaha never mind. 😤😱😐😂👏🏻#Riverdale
— 🌞Brittany🌞 (@brittlynn2k16) October 12, 2017
— Alexis Missel (@AMissel01) October 12, 2017
— Gregory Van Loan (@gregoryvanloan) October 12, 2017
We last saw Ms. Grundy leave town in the aftermath of the discovery of her illicit affair with Archie.
As the music teacher at Riverdale High School, Ms. Grundy started sleeping with her underage student Archie the summer before his sophomore year. The two were together and heard a gunshot the day Jason Blossom was presumed to have been killed.
Betty became suspicious of Ms. Grundy, and she began to investigate the music teacher with Veronica’s help. The two discovered that the only record of a Ms. Grundy was an old woman who died seven years prior, a nod to the original character from the comics. They later broke into her car and discovered an ID that read Jennifer Gibson and a gun.
Archie confronted Ms. Grundy. She told him that she had left an abusive husband and changed her identity to escape.
Later that same evening, Archie stopped by the school with a cello bow he gifted to the teacher. The two were then interrupted by Betty, her mother Alice, and Fred. After confronting Ms. Grundy about engaging in statutory rape, the parents agreed to let her leave if she quit her job and completely left town.
She packed up and left on episode four and hadn’t been seen since.
She is still teaching music when the second season starts.
In the final moments of the episode, the camera pans to a cute little house in Greendale. A teen boy is playing the piano before looking up to ask none other than Ms. Grundy how his playing is.
She tells this boy named Ben that he is making progress and then walks him to the door, telling him to come again the following day. Before he leaves, she grabs him by the shirt and kisses him on the lips. She is still engaging in predatory relationships with underage teenage boys.
As she turns back from the door, she finds some music sheets on the floor and notices that the window is open. She is approached from behind by what looks to be the same man who shot Fred. He lifts her up with a sharp object pressing into her throat, slicing her neck open.
Her death may have been a surprise, but some fans are seriously glad she won’t be back for good.
— -ℂS (@ContempCraig) October 12, 2017
— baylee (@pearsonsmariano) October 12, 2017
— em (@emmaelizabet_h) October 12, 2017
We don’t know why Ms. Grundy was a target or what this villain wants, so we’ll have to stay tuned to see what happens next Wednesday. Welcome back to Riverdale.