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Spoilers for Riverdale below!
Riverdale loves to keep fans guessing, and the mystery surrounding the Black Hood this season is no different. After fans came up with elaborate and convincing theories about who the killer could be, the reveal during the season two Winter finale was kind of a letdown. As Betty and Archie hold the serial killer at gunpoint, he is shot by Sheriff Keller on the other side of the bridge. The killer dramatically falls to the ground, and Kevin’s dad confirms that he’s dead. Then, Archie whips off the mask to reveal that the Black Hood is . . . high school janitor Mr. Svenson. But was that reveal actually a fake-out? It seems so.
During the show’s musical episode, the mysterious season two villain makes a shocking return. As the high school puts on a production of Carrie: The Musical, Kevin is blackmailed with letters telling him to recast Cheryl as the title character . . . or else. After be begrudgingly obliges, everything goes up in flames during the musical’s big opening night. In the middle of one of the scenes, Alice turns around to find Midge, who took on the role of Carrie, murdered in cold blood. As her body hangs lifeless on the wall, a message written in blood reads: “I am back from the dead. All those who escaped me before will die.”
So, who exactly is the mystery villain, after all? Well, it seems like a fan theory about Hal Cooper may have been right. After the shocking revelation that Chic is not Alice’s son, but actually the real Charles’ (possibly psychotic) old roommate, Betty decides to let the Black Hood deal with him. She secretly hands Chic over to the masked villain for his probable execution before heading home. Although, that’s when the real drama starts to unfold.
When Betty returns home, she realizes that her dad is nowhere to be found. She asks her mom about his whereabouts, but Alice adds that he went looking for her. As Betty put the pieces together in her mind with a furrowed brow, we are left to wonder: is Hal actually the Black Hood? Guess we’ll have to wait (again) to find out.
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