Netflix 'On My Block' season 2 opening scene teases Ruby's fate and grounds you in the reality of inner city life

To say the previously aired season 1 of the Netflix original ended on a cliffhanger would be the understatement of the year


                            Netflix 'On My Block' season 2 opening scene teases Ruby's fate and grounds you in the reality of inner city life

The Netflix gods have blessed us with a teaser for the upcoming episode of its original series 'On My Block'. It is not technically the trailer we were hoping for, but the 3.48-minute video is the cold open for the new season scheduled for March 29 premiere and if its anything to go by, we are in for another emotional roller coaster.

Major spoilers for season 1 ahead

To say the previous season ended on a cliffhanger would be the understatement of the year. The show, which focuses on a group of teenage friends born and raised in a rough inner-city Los Angeles neighborhood, saw each of them go through their own individual turmoil, and unfortunately, one of them got shot – fatally or not, we will learn in the upcoming season. 

Even though they are finally openly together, Oscar and Monse are heartbroken about their friend's current state. (Netflix)
Even though they are finally openly together, Oscar and Monse are heartbroken about their friend's current state. (Netflix)

The cold open has the camera sweeping the streets of the neighborhood and silently and powerfully shows how dangerous the neighborhood actually is. We see children walking and riding their cycles past countless make-shift memorials without batting an eyelid.

The lives that were lost are countless and among them, is someone close to Jasmine (Jessica Marie Garcia), one of the biggest comic reliefs on the show. While the show, despite addressing difficult topics, maintained a relatively lighthearted tone in season 1, it may not be able to do the same in season 2. 

With Jasmine mourning a huge loss and Oscar obviously feeling guilty about his friend’s fate while Monse (Sierra Capri) helps him through it, there is not much we can expect in terms of lighthearted fun. That being said, we did see Jamal (Brett Gray) playing with the piles of money that he discovered from his treasure hunt, and he is definitely overjoyed. This is a clear indicator that Ruby has survived the shot. I mean, no amount of money could make him this happy if his friend is dead, right?

Jamal's treasure hunt ended in him finding great fortune (Nicola Goode/Netflix)
Jamal's treasure hunt ended in him finding great fortune (Nicola Goode/Netflix)

Ruby (Jason Genao), after yearning for Olivia (Ronni Hawk), the girl he was crushing on for so long, got to enjoy barely a few minutes of intimacy with her, at her Quinceanera. The man that his friend Cesar (Diego Tinoco) was tasked with killing, returned to end things in his own terms at the party, but the bullet that was meant for Cesar was blocked by Ruby.

In the cold open we see a formally dressed Ruby with closed eyes, lying in what could be perceived as a coffin – classic misdirection. His eyes open just as the scenes close, meaning he has definitely survived the gunshot.

However, in the video we also see his mother and grandmother staring at a photo of him with Olivia before exchanging a sad glance. Could this mean that Olivia is no longer in the show?

She was one of the more disliked characters on the show, and during the long break since season 1, many have asked for her character to be killed off. But could the creators Lauren Iungerich, Eddie Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft really have killed her off, just as she was warming up to the idea of her and Ruby being a couple? We hope not. Well, we will get all the real answers come March 29.