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Even though we were twins, I used to demand I have my own birthday party. Until one year, out of the blue, Jason convinced me we had to combine them into one. It wasn't until years later, I found out why. It was because no one wanted to come to mine. And Jason didn't want me to know. He protected me. Every single day. I wish, that day at the river, I had protected him. I'm so sorry, Jay-Jay. We failed you. All of us.
Cheryl at Jason's memorial[src]


Jason Blossom is a recurring character on The CW's Riverdale. He is portrayed by Trevor Stines.

Jason was the son of Clifford and Penelope Blossom, and the twin brother of Cheryl Blossom. He was captain of the school water polo team and a member of the Riverdale Bulldogs. He supposedly died under mysterious circumstances when he fell from a boat into Sweetwater River on July 4th, prior to the start of the series. But as it turns out, he died a week later around July 11th when he was shot by an unknown assailant, who was later revealed to be his own father, Clifford Blossom. He is also the late father of Polly's twins, Juniper and Dagwood.

After his body was found, Jason was buried in the cemetery on the grounds of Thornhill. Prior to the discovery of his body, his parents buried an empty casket. During the third season, the Farm dug up Jason's body in efforts to gain Cheryl's loyalty. Unable to part with him again, she kept his corpse hidden inside Thistlehouse. However in "Chapter Sixty-Six: Tangerine", Cheryl was finally able to let go of Jason and gave him an Viking funeral on Sweetwater River.

Early Life

Jason grew up in Riverdale, alongside his twin sister, Cheryl Blossom. Prior to the start of the series, he was in a relationship with Betty Cooper's sister, Polly. According to Betty, he meant the world to her but she meant nothing to him. The relationship ended badly, Cheryl speculated that Jason was likely the reason that Polly suffered a nervous breakdown and was sent to live in a group home.

When Jason and Cheryl were younger, their mother would take them upstairs into their rooms, where she would tell them bedtime stories about the Sugarman, her very own concocted version of a child's Bogeyman, in an attempt to turn an all-too-real monster into something less. Little did Jason know at the time, the Sugarman was real, and looking to protect them from the danger that followed was their mother, who sent Jason and Cheryl into their rooms whenever he would visit Thornhill.

Throughout Riverdale

Season 1

Disappearance at Sweetwater

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Jason's corpse at Sweetwater River

Jason disappeared under mysterious circumstances on July 4th. That morning, he and his sister drove out to Sweetwater River together at dawn. They held hands and walked towards the water's edge. Cheryl asked her brother if he was scared, to which he gave a slight smile and shook his head. The pair rowed a boat. According to Jughead, that was the last certain thing anyone knew, as Boy Scouts stumbled upon a distraught and soaked Cheryl huddled on the rocks near the water. She claimed she dropped her glove in the water and he tried to retrieve it for her, tipping the boat over in the process, thus drowning. However, Moose and Kevin later discovered his body, which washed up on shore, while at the lake together. They noticed a bullet wound in Jason's forehead, revealing that his death was not an accident.[1]

Who Killed Jason?

Led by Sheriff Keller, the police, opened up an investigation into Jason's death and carried out an autopsy on the body. Somehow, the results led them to Cheryl, who went with them willingly, claiming that she expected that they'd find out she was guilty. It emerged that Jason did not, in fact, die on July 4th, as previously thought, but a week later.[2]

When questioning Cheryl, she said that Jason wanted to leave Riverdale and never come back. She helped him come up with the plan at Sweetwater River so that their parents wouldn't go looking for him. They made all the way to Greendale in the boat and then Jason left, saying he would contact her in a month, but he never did.[3]

Afterlife with Jason

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A zombified Jason appearing in Cheryl's dream

While Cheryl slept in his bed, Jason appeared in her nightmare as a ghostly figure. Like a Gothic heroine, Cheryl slowly crept down the steps of her family mansion. She entered the main room, where Jason's coffin laid, only to discover that he was not in it, but the roofing of said coffin was riddled with bloody scratch marks. As she turned around, Jason reached out for her throat, Cheryl let out an ear piercing scream in response. Of course, it would soon turn out to be a dream.

During his memorial, Cheryl appeared unexpectedly, wearing a white dress, the same dress she wore on that fateful morning of July 4th, as she held an emotional speech about her brother. Later on, after the memorial, Betty and Jughead discovered from his grandmother, Rose Blossom, that he had intended to marry Polly. [4]

Romeo & Juliet

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Jason's varsity jacket

According to Polly, Jason's parents forced him to break up with her, they didn't approve of the relationship. But when Jason learned that Polly was pregnant with his child, he was extremely happy. They had planned to run away, start their family in a new and beautiful place. They were going to meet on the other side of Sweetwater River, on July 4th, but things did not go as planned. It was later revealed that Jason's car was left on the side of the highway of route 40, when Betty and Jughead went to check it out, the vehicle was there just as Polly said, inside, they discovered Jason's varsity jacket and drugs. After realizing that they had stumbled upon evidence, Betty and Jughead call the authorities, but by the time they got there, the vehicle was up in flames.[5]

Jason appeared during a dream sequence of Jughead's, best described as some kind of idealized, make-believe version of the American dream. He and Polly sat across the table from Jughead, Betty and Veronica. Hal and Alice Cooper were there as well. They appeared to be one big happy family. [6]

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Jason receiving Nana Rose's blessing and her ring.

According to Polly, what started out as a casual conversation blossomed into an epic-forbidden romance. She was a Vixen and he was a Bulldog. They had a wonderful relationship until their family's drama got into the mix, which tore the couple apart, as Jason's parents had forced him to break up with Polly. However, the break up was short lived as Polly revealed that she was pregnant with his child. This led to a secret engagement with Nana Rose's blessing, and her heirloom ring. At Pop's shoppe, they'd made plans to run away together and start a new life, but first, they needed cash. With that in mind, Jason made a one-time drug delivery deal for the Southside Serpents. They gave Jason an address upstate, where he was to deliver the drugs in exchange for money. However, the drugs never made it as Jason was murdered and the drugs went up in flames with his car. [7]

The Blossom Empire

Via flashback, Jason, Cheryl, Cliff and Penelope sipped upon the very maple syrup that their family founded Riverdale on. As the heir to the Blossom family empire, Jason was set to inherit the Blossom Maple Farms, however, his untimely demise sparked a turning point, which led many to wonder who would inherit the family business in his place. [8]

Last summer, Jason approached FP Jones at the Whyte Wyrm, a known hangout for the Southside Serpents. He went to the bar in search of a ride and money, so that he could skip town with his pregnant girlfriend. He and FP made a deal, in exchange for a vehicle and some cash, Jason would make a drug delivery for the Serpents. Unfortunately for Jason, FP eventually learned that he was the son of Cliff Blossom, leaving him to wonder why a rich kid like Jason would need the help of low life gang member. Jason explained that Cheryl was going to row him out to Sweetwater River on July 4th, tip the boat, and claim that he drowned.

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Jason's body

While he did make it to the other side of the river unscathed, Jason was kidnapped by Mustang, who tied him up in the basement of the Wyrm and attempted to torture information out of him. The plan consisted of them getting word to Jason's father that he was alive and well, but that his safe return would be reliant upon a large amount of money being paid forward by the Blossoms. Clifford visited him, but rather than wishing for his son back, he snatched Nana Rose's heirloom ring from a pocket in Jason's shirt, before shooting him in the head.

Afterwards, FP and Joaquin DeSantos cleaned up the scene, stuffing him in the freezer, and later dumping his body at Sweetwater River.[9]

Season 1 Episode 13 The Sweet Hereafter Jason under water

Jason at Sweetwater river

Having gone through so much in the past few months, Cheryl had lost her will to live. After getting her affairs in order, she headed out to Sweetwater River, where she saw Jason last, and began pounding on the top layer of ice that had frozen over the water. As the ice gave away, Cheryl went under. It was there that she briefly hallucinated seeing Jason underwater with her. As a rotting corpse, with a hole in his head, he slowly reached out to Cheryl.[10]

Season 2

After Fred Andrews suffered a gunshot wound during a supposed robbery at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, Fred had a number of odd dreams during his drift in and out of consciousness — one of which included Jason, who sat in the crowd, alongside his father, as Archie and Veronica got married.[11]

Season 4

The Haunting of Thistlehouse

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Jason's corpse

Cheryl takes a seat in front of Jason’s rotting corpse and reads the Riverdale Register, where she discovers that the town will in fact be having a 4th of July parade.

Jason appears in Archie's dream. He sits at the table alongside Cheryl, Penelope, Clifford, Reggie, Hiram, Hermione, Alice, Hal, Pop Tate, Kevin, Tom, Sierra, FP, Jellybean, Toni, Jughead, Betty, and Mary in his dining room. Archie asks where his father is, to which Arti replies that Archie was supposed to go get him.[12]

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The Blossoms in Cheryl's nightmare

At Thistlehouse, Cheryl awakens to find her mother, father, brother, and her Nana Rose standing at the end of her bed. Penelope is holding Julian the doll explaining that they’ve come to give Cheryl’s body to Julian.

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Jason and Julian

Jason's body is discovered by Uncle Bedford in the ancestral chapel, sitting in his wheelchair with Julian in his arms. This discovery leads Bedford to threaten Cheryl and attempts to strangle her, but he is killed by Tonito save Cheryl.[13]

During the very cold night of the ice storm, Jason is transported in his wheelchair by Toni to the dining room after Nana Rose told a gruesome story of cannibalism perpetuated by Blossom family on Cheryl's direction. Aunt Cricket and Cousin Fester, who came to investigate the disappearance of Uncle Bedford, are almost as terrified of the sight of Jason's corpse as of the possibility of having eaten Uncle Bedford in the meatpie.[14]

Farewell, Jason Blossom

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The Blossom triplets

After a therapy session with the school counselor, Cheryl decided to end the Haunting of Thistlehouse and find out once and for all who wants to drive her cuckoo bananas. Sitting between Jason and Julian in the living room sofa, Cheryl poisons the whole house with gas. Penelope is forced to come out and be tried by her daughter in front of Nana Rose, Toni, Jason, Julian, Juniper and Dagwood.

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Jason's funerary pyre

To continue the healing process, Cheryl decides it is time to say goodbye to her brother. After inviting Archie, Veronica, Betty and Jughead to attend, as they saved her from attempting suicide, Cheryl sets fire to the boat on which she laid Jason and the pyre is pushed by Jughead and Archie into the waters of Sweetwater River. While the corpse is consumed by fire, Cheryl cries and says she would have liked Toni to have known the real Jason.[15]

Physical Appearance

Jason was a moderately slim young man of medium stature, around 6' 1", with pale skin, red hair, and steel blue eyes. Ironically, despite his leading position on the Riverdale Bulldogs, he was not an especially muscular individual. He was often seen wearing his blue and gold varsity jacket though. According to Veronica Lodge, Jason was "crazy handsome", and Cheryl agreed, saying that he was the "handsomest".

Personality

As Jason was killed prior to the start of the series, not much information about his personality was known at first. His personality was deduced through his interactions with other characters. He bullied Jughead at school from time to time. However, according to Cheryl, he was the best brother anyone could've asked for, and was a genuinely nice person who didn't deserve to be tortured and murdered. Jason was very protective of his loved ones, especially Cheryl. When they were younger, Cheryl insisted on having separate birthdays from Jason despite the fact that they were twins, until one year, he randomly recommended that they combine their birthdays into one. It was not until years later that Cheryl discovered the reason for this was that no one would come to her birthday. Jason protected her feelings whenever he thought it was needed.

Relationships

Other Relationships

Clifford Blossom

Turns out, maple syrup was a front for his true business. Transporting heroin from Montreal on his trucks. A narrative quickly emerged. That Jason Blossom learned about dear old Dad's drug running, and threatened to expose the truth. Which led to Jason's abduction at the hands of a Southside Serpent named Mustang. And then to Jason's murder at the hands of his father.
Jughead Jones and Alice Cooper about Jason and Clifford[src]


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Clifford and Jason moments before his death

The father-son relationship between Jason and Clifford Blossom was riveting, to say the least. Little is known of their relationship but it is presumed it was filled with hatred despite the fact that according to Cheryl, Jason was the golden-boy who could do no wrong. Jason was being groomed by his father to take over the family business. However, Jason didn't share this desire and this led to his demise, at his own father's hands. Upon learning of his father's illegal transportation of heroin to Montreal on the maple trucks, Jason attempted to run away and start his life over with his then pregnant fiancée, Polly Cooper. Unfortunately for Jason, his father learned of his plan to run away, ultimately resulting in Jason's untimely death.


Penelope Blossom

How dare you, Alice Cooper! Printing my son's autopsy? He was tortured and shot, and thrown in the river like a piece of garbage.
— Penelope scolding Alice for printing Jason's autopsy[src]


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The mother-son relationship between Penelope and Jason is mostly shrouded in mystery. It is currently unknown exactly how close they were before his untimely death, but Penelope was devastated to learn of Jason's murder. Notably, Jason was the family heir, who according to Cheryl was the golden-boy. So it can be presumed that Penelope looked favorably on him. Although, approaching Jason's death, their relationship seemed to have soured as Jason was set to leave town, going so far as to fake his own death in order to be rid of his parents.

Appearances

Riverdale

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Katy Keene

Season 1

Trivia

  • Jason was in an independent study program with Geraldine Grundy while at Riverdale High School. She considered him to be inspirational.[16]
  • According to Cheryl, Jason always adored the drive-in.
  • Jason is older than Cheryl by three minutes.
  • Jason has never spoken on-screen and, to date, he only did it in the prequel novel, Riverdale: The Day Before.
  • Jason's dummy was created by Sandra Lindala and Emersen Ziffle of Lindala Schminken FX. Throughout Riverdale, the dummy has been modified for script requirements.[17]
    • Three faces were sculpted based on the features of Trevor Stines. The first is puffier and has a bullet wound in the forehead, and was used in the first season. The second head, used in Season 3, has mouth and eyes sewn shut. The third, used in Season 4, has its mouth and eyes open again and the wound has been closed, ideally sewn by Cheryl.[17]
    • Body hair is individually punched and the wig, made of real hair, is glued so that it can be combed.[17]
    • The dummy of the first season was heavier for underwater scenes. Subsequently, the weight was removed with a poseability to the body aimed to make it "multi-functional".[17]

Notes

  • In the Archie Comics, Jason Blossom is Cheryl's arrogant twin brother and make their first appearance in Betty & Veronica #320 in October 1982. The same month, Jason also appears in Jughead #325, in the story titled "Barely Friendly".
  • In the comics, the Blossoms live in Pembrooke, the rich side of Riverdale and Jason and his rich friends refer to the other side's citizens as "Townies".
  • In the 2019 Blossoms 666 comic book, Jason and Cheryl have another twin, Julian. In this series published by Archie Horror, the three of them compete for the title of Anti-Christ.
  • In the comics, Jason's love interest is Betty, not Polly despite Veronica was closer to his social status. This often cause him to fight with Archie, who's also in love with Betty.

See Also

Gallery

Images

See also: Category:Images of Jason Blossom

References

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  13. DeWille, James (writer) & Correa, Gabriel (director) (November 13, 2019). "Chapter Sixty-Three: Hereditary". Riverdale. Season 4. Episode 6. The CW.
  14. Anderson, Arabella (writer) & Pillai, Alex (director) (November 20, 2019). "Chapter Sixty-Four: The Ice Storm". Riverdale. Season 4. Episode 7. The CW.
  15. Paterson, Brian E. (writer) & Correa, Gabriel (director) (December 11, 2019). "Chapter Sixty-Six: Tangerine". Riverdale. Season 4. Episode 9. The CW.
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  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 How ‘Riverdale’ Created Jason Blossom’s Extremely Well Preserved Corpse - Decider
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