Riley's Fate In 'I Know What You Did Last Summer,' Explained By The Show's Creator

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Riley's Fate In 'I Know What You Did Last Summer,' Explained By The Show's Creator

If you thought Margot's killer monologue couldn't possibly be topped as the most shocking moment of the I Know What You Did Last Summer season finale, the show proved that it had one more trick up its sleeve. In the final moments of the last episode, it's revealed that Riley is very much alive, or so it seems. At least, that's how she seems. Riley opens her eyes in the medical examiner's fridge, suggesting that, come Season 2, we'll be seeing a lot more of Riley's story.

I'm not exactly mad that Riley is (possibly) alive — in fact, I was pretty annoyed when the show killed her off, considering that she fought like hell, without an arm, in order to survive. Now that she is amongst the living, however, it brings up a ton of questions about what next season could hold. Did the honey somehow save her life? And could Dylan's new obsession with "rebirth" be less weird and emo and more, uh, legit?!?

The creator of I Know What You Did Last Summer, Sara Goodman, wouldn't confirm whether Riley is alive or not — but if she is, well, there's a good reason for it.

"Is she alive? Is she not alive? That's the question," Goodman tells The Dipp. "Riley has the purity. She’s the only character that had that purity — not because she’s a virgin, but because she’s the most honest of all of them. I wanted to find a way to keep that in the show, if it came back. I also wanted to make sure that we had a way into the cult that was visceral in our characters, and that felt like a way to do that. It felt like that was a way to keep Riley, who is the most beloved, in the show — as well as talk about the cult origins and their beliefs..."

Riley has the purity. She’s the only character that had that purity — not because she’s a virgin, but because she’s the most honest of all of them.

It's heavily implied that the cult will be a big deal moving forward. In the final moments of Season 1, we find Dylan in prison, reading what we can presume is the cult's missing bible to his fellow inmates. (Side note, why did the cult only create one copy of this bible that is supposed to fulfill some sort of prophecy?) Does Dylan's new Midnight Mass schtick mean he going to recruit more people into the mysterious religion that Clara and Allison's mom became so obsessed with?

(I'm not sure if it's the best idea for Dylan, a convicted murderer under the eyes of the law, to be allowed to run his own suicidal cult from prison. But that's just my opinion.)

One thing that I'm legit worried about is whether Dylan's cult will have an influence on Riley. It's clear that whatever Clara did to preserve Riley's body, it somehow saved her life. At least, that's what it looks like, given that Riley seems alive and okay — albeit a bit stickier. Will Riley, who was one of the more levelheaded members of the group (not a hard bar to clear) find herself wrapped up in Dylan's cult drama?

I hope not — but until I Know What You Did Last Summer scores a Season 2, we'll have to play the guessing game as to what Riley's big reveal really means. In the meantime, maybe we should all load up on an emergency stash of honey?

Images: Amazon Studios

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