Okay, so only one of my theories was right. But that’s okay! There’s still time for me to be retroactively right on one of the other ones because, let’s be honest, it’s Riverdale and anything is possible. To quickly review, I predicted that:
- The Black Hood would be unmasked.
- Sabrina would be introduced.
- The Black Hood is Betty’s biological father
So, here’s my thing. I don’t think Joseph Svenson is the real Black Hood. I don’t think this saga is over yet. It seemed too easy. Every little piece just fell perfectly into place, and some part of me wants to believe it’s a misdirection. The pair of green eyes was such a major recurring thing in the episodes leading up to this reveal, and for them to just completely drop that in favor of a “it was the janitor the whooole time!” ending doesn’t feel right. Or maybe, like the rest of us, the writers wanted this Black Hood subplot to be over and just did what they could to end it as quickly as possible.
With that in mind, here are a few questions I have now that Riverdale is on a brief hiatus:
1. Who is the real Black Hood?
If we’re going to go ahead and assume that Svenson isn’t the Black Hood, then who is? Listen, Svenson as the Black Hood isn’t the worst idea in the world. In fact, it actually makes a lot of sense. Driven to insanity by his own childhood mistake, he snaps, leaning radically in the other direction, trying to purify the town. But what if the Black Hood is actually the innocent man’s son? What if it’s someone else who was involved in the killing? And, while we’re throwing out wild theories, what if Riverdale really did go full on Wes Craven? In other words, what if there are two killers?
We’re only nine episodes into the new season of Riverdale, and the Black Hood has already been unmasked. But we still have 13 episodes to go, and – as we’ve already learned – a lot can happen in 13 episodes of Riverdale. On the flip side, the Black Hood storyline might just be a catalyst for what’s to come. Season one of Riverdale was only 13 episodes, and with 13 episodes left, it’s not impossible that the writers are crafting a brand new storyline that starts after the midseason hiatus, which leads to our next question…
2. Where the hell is Sabrina?
I’m getting impatient. Sabrina was supposed to show up at the end of season one. We’re almost halfway through season two, and the most we’ve gotten is a few references to Greendale, and a shot of the signs that separate the two towns. But, hear me out here: what if the Penny Peabody story is actually the catalyst to introducing Sabrina? We know that this particular snake charmer has friends everywhere. Since the Serpents banished Ms. Peabody to Greendale, who’s to say she doesn’t run into Sabrina at one point or another? As is the case with all CW shows, nobody is ever really dead or gone until they’ve either been blasted into space or 100 feet into the ground. But even then, it’s never a sure thing.
*ahem*, that means you, Zombie Jason.
3. Who was taking those pictures?
Of course, how could I not mention those mysterious photographs at the end of the episode, taken by an unknown follower. Is it Hiram, or someone he hired to keep tabs on Veronica? Is it somebody related to Archie? Is it the real Black Hood? All I know is – much like the season one finale – Archie thinks everything is hunky-dory again, but it is most certainly not.
4. What’s going on with Betty?
The one plot thread that Riverdale refuses to commit to is Betty’s potential depressive, bipolar, or dissociative identity disorder. After the season one episode, “Body Double,” in which Betty has an actual dissociative episode, the writers were content to just let the characters mention Dark Betty once in a while and leave it at that. But, seeing her hold that Black Hood at the end leads me to a few theories about what’s to come. Firstly, I think we’re going to be seeing a lot more of Badass Betty, at the very least. “Dark” Betty is already becoming kind of tired, so I’d like to see the writers explore Betty’s psychology with a bit more weight and consideration in the episodes to come.
Another theory that pops into my head involves the Black Hood being Betty’s real dad. I know I keep getting caught up on this, but I want so badly for it to be true. Riverdale is already obsessed with every bad person and bad deed to be related in some way. Why not make the Black Hood Betty’s real dad? That’d be such an insane, out-of-left-field twist, it’d fit right into Riverdale’s landscape of insanity.
5. Which new characters are we going to see?
We already know that the Northside and the Southside are going to be forced together during the midseason premiere, which will most definitely lead to the introduction of some new characters and relationships. But we also know that Alice Cooper is going to visit her distant son, Chic Cooper. We know that the character will be played by Hart Denton, but we don’t know who his father is, or much else about him, for that matter. In the comics, Chic is a secret government agent with a cat named Caramel (no, I’m not making this up), and introducing an espionage angle to Riverdale might actually be kind of awesome.
But there are hundreds of Archie Comics characters to choose from, and Riverdale has done an amazing job at incorporating them in original and unexpected ways. Here’s a few I’d like to see show up in the rest of season two and beyond:
- Elmer Benjamin Fludsnüt
- Adam Chisolm
- Leroy Lodge
- Jinx Malloy
- Frankie Valdez
- Maria Rodriguez
- Sandy Sanchez
There are a lot more I’d list if I could/wanted to, but these are the major ones that come to mind.
Bonus: Episode Titles
Here are all the upcoming episode titles that have been released:
- Chapter Twenty-Three: The Blackboard Jungle
- Chapter Twenty-Four: The Wrestler
- Chapter Twenty-Five: The Wicked and the Divine*
- Chapter Twenty-Six: The Tell-Tale Heart
- Chapter Twenty-Seven: The Hills Have Eyes
- Chapter Twenty-Eight: There Will Be Blood**
- Chapter Twenty-Nine: Primary Colors
*Sabrina? Is that you?
**The real Black Hood, perhaps?
What’s your favorite episode of the new season so far? See you in January!
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