The Big Shock in “Riverdale” is Probably a Fake-Out

Matthew Loffhagen
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Spoiler alert: if you haven’t seen the latest episode of “Riverdale”, you probably want to get on that before watching this video. It’s an episode that’s designed to shock and horrify you, and the experience isn’t quite the same if you’re just reading spoilers on the internet.

I’ve recently had a change of heart regarding “Riverdale”. After resisting the show’s bonkers plot twists and nonsensical melodrama for a season and a half, I’m now willing to embrace all the wackiness. I see that, actually, this kind of gritty soap opera drama is kind of the point of the show.

That said, I’m not going to just roll over and accept every shock plot twist that seems to change the direction of the show. I know a fake-out when I spot one.

Long story short for anyone who might actually be reading this despite having not seen the episode, Jughead is dead. He’s been beaten to a pulp, and his lifeless corpse has been shown on camera. There is no going back.

Riverdale Jughead Dead
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Except, in a world where the Black Hood can return from the dead, why can’t Jughead?

Death is Meaningless in Riverdale

This episode also features the unmasking of the killer at the heart of this season’s mystery. We’ve already seen the Black Hood unmasked and killed, but he was a different guy that time.

The Jughead issue feels like something similar; an opportunity to shock the audience that will be rolled back the very moment that the writers feel they need another shock.

I suspect it’ll be the next episode. We’ll see Jughead alive and well (or, at least, alive and in the hospital), having been saved from death by some kind of medical maguffin.

Cheryl Red Hood
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Heck, at this point I wouldn’t be surprised if Sabrina the Teenage Witch showed up, magically resurrected Jughead, then looked directly at the camera to remind the audience that her Netflix show is coming soon.

Nothing is off the table, and I find it hard to believe that The CW would really let the writers kill off one of the most important characters “Riverdale”, mid-season, just for a surprise twist.

This reminds me of the first time Glenn “died” in “The Walking Dead”. Eventually, he popped up again, because he only appeared to get torn apart by zombies.

TV writers can do whatever they like. I’m expecting that Jughead will make a full recovery before too long.