Dynasty returned Friday with the first of that which ought to have been last year’s closing episodes that feels appropriate, as it set the stage for a few finale-level dramas.

Let us start with the four words on each fan’s thoughts: Who’s at the casket? Friday’s premiere started using a two-year flash ahead, through which Fallon was shown paying her respects at a person’s funeral.

“We know it’s certainly not Fallon,” showrunner Josh Reims tells TVLine of the corpse in question. “As the season advances, we will see a couple more people at the funeral to rule them out. We are going to find out in Episode 13 whose funeral it is.” If the season airs without a fracture, which is currently the plan, that big reveal will arrive on Friday, July 30. A nice summer treat!

Now for a somewhat more pressing matter: Is there any hope for Blake and Cristal’s toxic marriage today that he knows about her affair with Father Collins, and she about his Laura Van Kirk? This depends on your definition of the term”hope.”

“In some ways, we are making them more powerful than ever this season,” Reims states. “Clearly there will be ups and downs, but you’ll find them working together over they have in the past. Toxic is not a wrong word, but I think that the audience will be rooting for them.”

You can expect to see far more of Ryan (aka”Scorpio”), who surprised Sam in Atlanta this week, increasing a couple of red flags in the procedure.

“My big panic was that all these celebrities we had in the past two episodes would not be accessible when we resumed, but we were able to lock [Lachlan Buchanan] down to get a bunch of episodes,” Reim states. “He and Sam do have a comparatively long relationship narrative, although everything will naturally blow up in its own lovely Dynasty way. It involves a strip club, that’s all I can say.”

And with Anders closer than uncovering the facts about Adam’s sordid past, the estranged Carrington came (mostly) clean to Kirby in a moment of despair.

“It will make her look a little differently, but what I enjoy about that bunch is they’re two equally damaged individuals,” Reim states. “Whereas some personalities would hear that and say they never want to speak to him, Kirby knows that everybody has demons. She doesn’t react like she’s horrified, and it is a twist on what you would anticipate. She goes on a fairly crazy path herself this season.”

Next week’s episode gives us Fallon and Liam’s long-awaited nuptials, and if tonight’s closing scene was any sign, Trixie’s brother Evan will make it an affair to remember.

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