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Why Riverdale's Black Hood Mystery Probably Isn't Over
It’s all been leading up to this, Riverdale fans, the unmasking of the Black Hood serial killer. As the seconds ticked down on the season 2 winter finale “Silent Night, Deadly Night,” it was easy to assume the murdery CW soap would leave that mystery as an unresolved cliffhanger, to be picked up once again in 2018. That seemed especially plausible as newly-confirmed hunky dad Sheriff Keller (Martin Cummins) shot the morality-obsessed murderer dead. What a perfect place for a fade-to-black, right?
But, no, Keller managed to make it to the now-deceased serial killer and remove his titular black hood to reveal… Mr. Svenson (Cameron McDonald) the janitor?! Yes, Svenson seemed like the obvious choice once he crept onto the scene in “Tales from the Darkside,” but, that’s why I’m calling bull. This “twist” is so unsurprising, every fiber of my Riverdale-loving being is convinced Svenson’s death won’t mark the end of the Black Hood’s torment of our eponymous town, because the janitor probably isn’t the real Black Hood Killer. Or, at least, Svenson isn’t the only Black Hood Killer.
If you don’t believe me, keep reading for all the mounting evidence against the Svenson case.
Alice’s long-lost son Chic (Hart Denton) has long been the leading Black Hood suspect for a number of reasons, chief among them, the killer’s obsession with Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart). While Riverdale shoehorns in the reveal Grandpa Cooper helped brutally murder the man wrongly accused of being the Riverdale Reaper, therefore supposedly explaining the obsession, the logic doesn’t exactly track.
Why would Svenson, who’s allegedly guilty for causing the wrong man’s execution, be so fixated on Betty, and only Betty, when so many of progeny of the people who committed that crime against still populate Riverdale? Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch), whose grandma Nana Rose (Barbara Wallace) was also indirectly involved in the lynch mob, should be getting stalked too. Yet, nothing is apparently happening to RHS’s queen bee.
On the other hand, the Black Hood’s bizarre behavior makes lots of sese if he’s really Chic — especially that strange “We are the same” business from “When A Stranger Calls.” There’s no reason for Svenson to be so obsessed with proving he and Betty are the same, since she never wrongly caused a man’s death. Chic, however, has every reason to want to prove he and his justice-obsessed little sister are two peas in a pod.
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