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Riverdale Reunites Archie and Veronica—But What’s Next After That Bonkers Finale?

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This post contains spoilers for the Riverdale Season 2 midseason finale.

Riverdale bid its fans farewell until the new year Wednesday night with a zany, action-packed midseason finale: Archie and Veronica reunited after just one episode apart; Jughead chased Penny Peabody and her drug game out of town (for now); and Betty and Archie solved the mystery of the Black Hood—just in time to almost get murdered themselves. Oh, and before Veronica took Archie back, he and Betty kissed—just one of many happenings this week that I’m guessing will come back to bite when the series returns next year.

Before we look toward the future, it’s worth hitting pause to ask one crucial question. We finally know now who the Black Hood is—but was that reveal really worth all the buildup?

Riverdale fans have spent half a season wondering who lurks below the killer’s mask. In a two-part reveal, we learned that all along, it was . . . the janitor, Mr. Svenson. He’s been lurking in the shadows for quite some time, though we only learned his name two weeks ago, when he startled Josie as she attempted to divine the identity of her own stalker. (Still no word on that, by the way—unless it’s all been the fault of Cheryl, who apparently likes to draw pictures of her and Josie together.) After so many weeks of wondering, the reveal feels a little rushed—especially given Svenson’s abrupt introduction.

In short, his story goes like this: he was the sole survivor of an old murder case, in which the entire Conway family was killed. He pointed out his family’s killer; a mob subsequently buried that man alive. The only problem? Svenson had fingered the wrong guy. So his solution, as far as I can tell, was to attack sinners throughout the town—before finishing with himself. Thankfully, Sheriff Keller gunned Svenson down before that could happen.

All told, this story line will likely do little to affect the show’s characters and their relationships in the long-term—as opposed to the damage that could have been reaped if a more significant character had turned out to be the killer. Still, it appears this ghoulish ordeal has changed one character for good: Betty Cooper.

The first half of the CW drama’s second season has offered occasional traces of the Dark Betty we first met in Season 1—minus the black wig. But so far, Riverdale’s resident ponytail lover has yet to full-on break bad again. That might be set to change, though: at the end of Wednesday’s finale, we saw Betty save the black hood she had been mailed before staring menacingly into the flames of her fireplace. Did the serial killer get into her head with all his talk of justice? Archie and Veronica might be back together, but Jughead seems to have remained steadfast in his commitment to leaving Betty behind—so she’ll need a new hobby in the season’s back half. Also, she might want to tell Veronica about that kiss with Archie before her friend inevitably finds out some other way.

Going into the second half of Riverdale’s Season 2, we got a few more clues in the finale about what might happen next—not the least of which was that creepy moment right after Veronica took Archie back, when a stalker started taking photos of them from behind a bush. Viewers were looking through the photographer’s perspective during the reveal, so we don’t know anything about that stalker’s identity yet—but we’re guessing whoever they are, they’ll make themselves known when the show returns. Perhaps it’s a stooge of Penny Peabody’s; Jughead might think he’s chased her out of town, but I’m guessing she’ll be back to fight another day for her turf in Riverdale.

And then there’s the Lodge family business, which Veronica is finally poised to join in earnest. Like Jughead, who has thrown himself headfirst into That Southside Serpent Life, Veronica has vowed to work in lockstep with her parents and Lodge Industries—as long as she doesn’t have to do anything illegal. Here’s hoping she isn’t in over her head—but knowing this show, it’s almost certain she is.

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