Riverdale Season 2 Finale: All the questions we have ahead of Season 3

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And so Riverdale Season 2 has concluded. It wasn’t with a bang, nor with a whimper, but rather, something that’s a little bit in between.

This deliberately understated final episode didn’t quite deliver all the twists and turns we’ve come to expect from Riverdale, nor the explosive cliffhangers of Season 1, but there’s more than enough to set up next year’s third season.

Here, then, are five questions we have after watching the Riverdale Season 2 finale, Brave New World.

My final Riverdale article of the season! Quite possibly my final Riverdale article (of this type) full stop, actually – I’ve got no idea if this ongoing, week-to-week coverage is something I’ll be continuing at Metro for Season 3.

Hopefully, it will (I say, months after I’ve actually finished it, when the week to week stresses are a faint memory), because I do like the show, but if not, that’s not the end of the world: I’m sure I’ll have some other Riverdale, and maybe Sabrina, content at some point anyway.

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Riverdale season 2: Who is the second Black Hood? What is the darkness?

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Every so often, Riverdale brings up the idea of ‘the darkness’ – the darkness in Betty, or in Chic, and in the Black Hood, now revealed to be Hal Cooper. It’s what prompts Hal to kill people, Chic to be creepy, and Betty to occasionally wear a black wig. But what is it? 

The truth is, though, it’s deliberately vague: a hinted at but not explicitly defined mental illness that can be used as a broad motivator, without any of the responsibility to present a real mental illness with care. It’s a bit of a weak offering from Riverdale; the sooner ‘the darkness’ is forgotten about, the better.

I’ve finally worked out how to balance genuine theories with loving sarcasm and critique, just as the series is coming to a close. Ah well. Next year.

In any case, here’s my Metro article discussing Riverdale season 2, episode 21 Judgment Night, and the five questions we have now – concerning the identity of the second Black Hood, Hermione Lodge, and more.

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Riverdale Season 2: Is Hiram Lodge the brains behind the Black Hood?

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At the end of this episode, we saw that Hiram was manipulating Reggie and the Black Circle – and possibly has been for quite some time. Hiram always seemed like the sort of guy to have a lot of different irons in the fire, so it begs the question: what if he’s been doing the same with the Black Hood?

It makes sense, after all – the chaos created by the Black Hood is exactly what’s convinced the town to support Hiram’s plans for a private prison. Maybe Hiram has been the brains behind the Black Hood all along?

Riverdale! Enjoy.

This week’s post discusses the possibility that Hal Cooper has a twin brother, whether or not Hiram Lodge is the secret mastermind behind the Black Hood murders, questions just how much Veronica knows about her parents (it’s a running theme), and more.

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Riverdale Season 2: Is Hal the Black Hood? And will he kill Sheriff Keller next?

We know now the Black Hood is going after the victims who previously escaped him, as well as those he perceives to be sinners. With Midge and Chic dead, that leaves a couple of obvious victims next – maybe Moose, or indeed Fred Andrews. 

But it feels more likely that he’ll target Sheriff Keller. 

He’ll find himself in the crosshairs because of his affair with Mayor McCoy, but from a narrative perspective, it makes sense: Keller is exactly the sort of prominent supporting character whose death would create emotional stakes, but not represent a massive change in the same way killing Archie’s dad would. 

Next week, then, Sheriff Keller should probably be worried about more than just his job.

Here’s my piece on this week’s Riverdale episode, which I’d love if people could share around a bit.

This particular article ponders whether Hal is the Black Hood, if Sheriff Keller is likely to be his next victim, and more. (Like, for example, why Cheryl and the River Vixens have a special funeral outfit. Actually, it’s less a question, because the reason is obvious – it is Extremely Extra, in a way that suits both Cheryl and Riverdale, so it makes perfect sense – and more of a celebration.)

And, yes, if you’re thinking that the above picture has very little to do with the above text, then… well, then you’d be correct. These things happen, you know how it is.

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Riverdale Season 2: Everything we need to know after the musical episode, AKA Riverdale’s best episode ever

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There’s something about Riverdale’s exaggerated aesthetic and over-the-top sensibilities that make it almost uniquely suited to a musical. You could easily imagine it becoming an annual tradition, with the series covering a whole host of different musicals. It’s pretty much exactly the apotheosis of Riverdale’s already idiosyncratic style, and it’d be brilliant to see the show have another try at it.

Indeed, this week’s episode was already probably the best episode of the show so far on its own terms anyway. It married the distinct tone and feel of the quirky teen drama with the musical genre in a pretty much perfect way – and, as ever, opened up a lot of questions about the future of the show. From Archie’s relationship with his dad to Cheryl’s conflict with her mother, and of course the blood-curdling return of the Black Hood, this episode gave us a lot to consider.

It is in no way an exaggeration, to my mind, to say that the musical episode was the best episode of Riverdale ever, and I’d love to see them do another one. Genuinely, I really properly loved it; after a run of episodes that I found quite frustrating, this was such a breath of fresh air that really made me want to engage with the show again.

What’d be a good one to do next year, do we think? My knowledge of musicals is, sadly, sorely lacking. Les Mis, maybe? That’s sort of it. Phantom of the Opera, actually, seems like it could fit pretty well within Riverdale‘s Extremely Extra aesthetic.

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Riverdale Season 2: Five questions we have after the Christmas special

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It’s been an exciting nine weeks, but we’ve now reached the midseason finale of Riverdale. And as ever, we have some questions about the hit show. In fact, after a Christmas-themed episode that saw Jughead taking on Penny Peabody, Archie and Betty confronting the Black Hood, and Veronica learning the truth about her parents, as well as an exciting cliffhanger, we have more questions than ever. 

Here’s everything we need to know after Riverdale’s midseason finale, Chapter Twenty-Two: Silent Night, Deadly Night.

And a very Riverdale Christmas, to all of you at home.

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Riverdale Season 2: Five Questions we have after episode 7

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The latest episode of Riverdale was another entertaining offering from the subversive teen drama – but it also opened up a lot of questions. 

As Jughead is drawn deeper and deeper into Serpent activities, an affair between Sheriff Keller and Mayor McCoy is revealed, and the Black Hood swears vengeance, there are a lot of questions to ask – and a lot of answers we need to find. 

Here are five questions we need answering after the latest episode of Riverdale, Tales from the Darkside.

Each and every one of these is actually labelled “five questioned we need answering” over at Metro, because it took me the duration of the series – significantly over six months! – to realise that “five questions we have” is a better grammatical formation of what I was trying to say. I’m not sure what I was going for in the first place.

Something kinda, I guess, not threatening obviously, but direct and emphatic and a little “woah” while still being serious, you know? Hopefully you know, because then at least someone would.

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Riverdale Season 2: Five questions we have after Death Proof

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The latest episode of Riverdale was another entertaining offering from the subversive teen drama – but it also opened up a lot of questions.

As the Southside Serpents are drawn into a conflict with the Ghoulies, Betty gets closer to uncovering the identity of the Black Hood killer, and the mysterious Sugarman is revealed, there are a lot of questions to ask – and a lot of answers we need to find.

Here are five questions we need answering after the latest episode of Riverdale, Death Proof.

It took me ages to work out how I was meant to spell “Ghoulies”, and I’m pretty sure I still got it wrong.

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Riverdale Season 2: Five questions we need answering after episode 5

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With Jughead joining the Southside Serpents, a dark figure from Veronica’s bourgeoisie past, and conversations with the Black Hood killer, there are a lot of questions to ask – and a lot of answers we need to find in upcoming episodes. 

Here are five questions we need answering after the latest episode of Riverdale, When A Stranger Calls.

Here’s another Riverdale article –  in hindsight, it’s interesting to see how the series shaped out, and how some of my predictions were pretty much on point. That says more about Riverdale that it does about me, though, I suspect.

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Riverdale Season 2: Five questions we have after The Town That Dreaded Sundown

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With growing conflict between Betty and Jughead, Archie descending further into the darkness, and a reveal about the Black Hood killer, there are a lot of questions to ask – and a lot of answers we need to find. Here are five questions we need answering after the latest episode of Riverdale, The Town That Dreaded Sundown.

Here’s my another Riverdale article! One thing I do actually quite like about Riverdale is the way that, more or less, each episode title is a reference to a movie; it’s grounding the show in those sort of genre allusions and shifts that make the show work (when it does work, that is).

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