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: 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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