‘Riverdale’ Season 2: Is the ‘Black Hood’ Friend or Foe?

Reggie Mantle, Archie Andrews and Dilton Doiley (photo from @thecwriverdale/ Instagram)
Reggie Mantle, Archie Andrews and Dilton Doiley (photo from @thecwriverdale/ Instagram)
“Riverdale” season 2 is living up to its promise of offering darker episodes, introducing a new character known as the Black Hood. The masked assailant invaded the small town in the finale of the first season and has been preying on the so-called sinful people on Riverdale.

After that celebrated shooting of Fred Andrews (Luke Perry) at Pop’s Chocklit Shoppe, most were under the impression that Hiram (Mark Consuelos) and/or Hermione (Marisol Nichols) were behind because Fred refused to sell his shares. Also, there is the brewing romance between Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) and Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), a relationship that unsurprisingly does not have the full blessing of Ronnie’s dad.

The attention to the Lodges eventually got diverted after the Black Hood returned the wallet of Fred Andrews to Alice Cooper (Madchen Amick) along with a note outlining he was indeed behind the attacks.

The Black Hood targeted Fred Andrews because he was an adulterer, Geraldine Grundy (Sarah Habel) because she was a child-predator and attacked Moose Mason (Cody Kearsley) and Midge Klump (Emilija Baranac) for being drug and sex-addicted teenagers. With the reason behind the attacks out in the open, who will the masked vigilante target next?

Is he a Cooper?

The consensus right now is that the Black Hood could very well be Chic Cooper (Hart Denton). For those who are not aware, Chic is Betty Cooper’s (Lili Reinhart), long lost brother. Chic was given up for adoption when Alice and Hal Cooper (Lochlyn Munro) were still a young couple in high school.

Factoring in the note and wallet delivered to Alice Cooper, it seemed to be the perfect alibi. However, most may have forgotten the fact that Betty’s mom is the editor and co-owners Riverdale’s local newspaper.

Hence, it was the best way to introduce himself and warn the folks of “Riverdale” to be careful as he intends to clean up the town of lies, dark secrets and sins.

The Black Hood is a different character

For those who followed the Archie comic books, the Black Hood was a masked vigilante and took up crime fighting to atone for his sins, MTV.com reported. However, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa made it clear that it will not be the same character and made it clear that the Black Hood is more like a Zodiac Killer.

With the spate killings, Archie has taken things personally. He put up a neighborhood watch-style group called the Red Circle, something that comic readers will also find familiar. The name of the group is somehow associated with the Black Hood in the comics but it looks like “Riverdale” has tweaked the script a bit to place both on opposing sides.

At some point, Archie and the Black Hood will cross paths. It will be a key confrontation where both could end up aligning or in conflict. With only three episodes in the bag, there is still a lot to look forward to.

“Riverdale” Chapter 17 titled “The Town That Dreaded Sundown” airs this coming Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET/ PT on The CW. Check out the trailer below.