Who killed Jason Blossom? We’ll finally find out in tonight’s episode of The CW’s Riverdale. It’s also the penultimate episode of the show’s first season. “Chapter Twelve: Anatomy of a Murder” debuts on Thursday, May 4 at 9 p.m. ET. Read on for a preview of the episode and to watch a trailer.
In the previous episode, “Chapter Eleven: To Riverdale and Back Again,” Betty’s mom Alice had Archie and Veronica break into FP Jones’ home. When they snooped around, they didn’t find anything connecting Jughead’s dad to Jason’s murder. But just moments later, FP was arrested because a gun was found at the home.
Did Archie and Veronica just not see the gun or was it planted there? Archie, Betty and Veronica are not convinced the FP is the murderer and try to get their parents on their side in “Anatomy of a Murder.” Jughead, who can’t believe his friends would really break into his dad’s home, also doesn’t think his dad would commit murder.
That’s not all that’s going on in the new episode. Cheryl tries to answer one of her own mysteries. Why didn’t her mom treat her as well as she treated Jason? It really doesn’t make sense, especially when Cheryl’s father told her that she will carry on the Blossom name better than Jason would have.
There have been countless fan theories online about who killed Jason and you’ll find out if you were right tonight. Lili Reinhart, who plays Betty, told Teen Vogue that she’s heard from fans who think Betty could be the killer.
So many people have been tweeting me lately saying that actually Betty is the killer,” she told the magazine. “They’re like, ‘I think Betty’s the killer.’ And they haven’t really explained why they think that. I think they just think, ‘Betty […] gets it from Alice, so she’s the killer.’”
This week’s episode title comes from the 1959 Otto Preminger classic starring James Stewart, which centers on a rape case. The film earned seven Oscar nominations and is widely considered one of the best courtroom dramas ever made.
DATE: Thursday, May 4, 2017
TIME: 9 p.m. ET
CHANNEL: The CW. Click here to find your local The CW affiliate and type in your zip code.
EPISODE DESCRIPTION: “Chapter Twelve: Anatomy of a Murder” – “Archie (KJ Apa) and Veronica (Camila Mendes) are shocked to learn of the arrest but know they need to come clean to their parents about what they uncovered. Still hurt by the betrayal of his friends and torn over who to trust, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) reluctantly joins them in a quest for truth. Meanwhile, Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) confronts her mom about why she treats her so much worse than she ever did with Jason. Lili Reinhart, Luke Perry, Madchen Amick, Marisol Nichols also star. Rob Seidenglanz directed the episode written by Michael Grassi.”
K.J. Apa as Archie Andrews
Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones
Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge
Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper
Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom
Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy
Luke Perry as Fred Andrews, Archie’s father
Madchen Amick as Alice Cooper, Betty’s mother
Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge, Veronica’s mother
Tiera Skovbye as Polly Cooper, Betty’s sister
Hayley Law as Valerie Brown, a member of the Pussycats
Skeet Ulrich as FP Jones, Jughead’s dad
Molly Ringwald as Mary Andrews, Archie’s mom
Created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on Archie Comics characters
Executive Producers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Berlanti, Amy Myrold, Jon Goldwater and Sarah Schechter
Produced by Archie Comics, Berlanti Productions, CBS Television Studios & Warner Bros. Television
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