The “Riverdale” Black Hood Killer Reveal Ends a Deeply Unsatisfactory Mystery


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Finally, after months of stringing audiences along with the mysterious plot surrounding the Black Hood Killer, “Riverdale” has put us out of our misery.

A lot of fan theories have arisen surrounding the killer, but now, the answer is clear: the Black Hood Killer was Mr Svenson all along!

Wait, who?

You’d be forgiven for not knowing who Mr Svenson is, especially considering that he wasn’t actually a character in “Riverdale” at the time that the Black Hood Killer first debuted in the show.

Svenson has shown up here and there in a few episodes, but he’s never been a particularly important part of the plot, and there’s a reason for that: he was only added to the show as a way of tying up the Black Hood mystery when the writers got bored of it.

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According to showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa:

“There had been a small but steady contingent of fans who kept asking us to bring Mr. Svenson to the halls of Riverdale. It was something that we tried to do on and off for a few months. Then when we were talking about the Black Hood, and who the Black Hood could be, we made a list of all the likely suspects – or the most unlikely suspects – and Mr. Svenson was at the top of the list. We were like, “We better start introducing him immediately if this is going to happen, or people are going to be like, ‘Who?’” … When we introduced the Black Hood as the guy who shot Fred, we did not know conclusively who his identity was going to be. Very early on we started coming up with different possibilities and different scenarios.”

So it seems that, in coming up with the Black Hood mystery, the creative team behind “Riverdale” decided to introduce a mystery killer before they’d actually figured out what the solution to the mystery would be.

Then, they jammed Mr Svenson into the story so that they could eventually reveal him as the killer.

How disappointing. This show could have done something really interesting with the premise that was built around the Black Hood, had the writers planned things in advance.

As it is, the entire story arc falls somewhat flat, as it’s now been tossed aside without a satisfying conclusion because it stopped being interesting.

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It’s the “Lost” issue all over again; a television show that’s consumed so much with providing questions to hook in readers, that not enough effort is put into creating satisfying answers.

This kind of thing weakens “Riverdale” as a whole, and it’s annoying and frustrating that TV sows keep trying to get away with this kind of thing.

The next time “Riverdale” tries to set up a big, longrunning mystery plot, bear this in mind: the writers are probably making it up as they go along.