Before the show returned it was heavily rumoured that fans would be in for a darker season than last year’s, which itself was filled with murder and mystery.
Sure enough, having revealed who killed Jason Bloom, the season two premiere set up a new mystery – who is the Angel of Death?
Viewers were already left wondering who was the man that shot Fred in last year’s finale, but it has now been confirmed that we are looking at a serial killer.
Music teacher Ms Grundy returned at the end of the episode, back to her old tricks of kissing teenaged students.
But after her pupil-lover left her alone in her Greendale home, the same Man in the Black Hood appeared to throttle her to – we assume – death.
Creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has said the new season will definitely answer “who shot Fred and why”, adding that the motive is just as important as who did it.
It’s safe to assume that the big reveal won’t come until much later on in the season, but we’ve already identified a few key suspects.
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Riverdale: Hart Denton is joining the cast as Chic Cooper
Who is the Angel of Death killer?
It has already been revealed that Betty’s long-lost brother Chic Cooper will join Riverdale part-way through season two, with 24-year-old model Hart Denton joining the cast of the Netflix hit.
Betty only learned about Chic in the season one finale, when her mother Alice confessed that she gave a baby up for adoption during high school.
But why would Chic be the killer? A popular theory is that he is FP’s son – is it possible that Chic has had a secret relationship with his father this whole time and was helping him get revenge on Fred?
Riverdale: Ms Grundy was killed in the first episode of season two
Ms Grundy’s ex-husband
It seems odd that the show would bring back Ms Grundy only to kill her off without explanation, but we think we might have figured out why.
While she was seeing Archie, the music teacher revealed that she moved to Riverdale to get away from her abusive ex-husband.
Could it be that Mr Grundy found out his ex was involved with Archie and was trying to kill him when he shot Fred?
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Riverdale: The Southside Serpents were all sacked by Fred
A Southside Serpent
Fred fired the Serpents working on his construction crew in season one, which led Archie to wonder: “What if one of them was pissed off enough to do something?”
Jughead’s “surrogate dad” told him, “Serpents don’t wear masks”, but is he to be believed?
The Serpents are gang members with easy access to guns after all – but that doesn’t explain Ms Grundy’s death.
Riverdale: Hiram Lodge is out of prison and reunited with wife Hermione
Someone hired by Hiram or Hermione Lodge
We doubt very much that it’s Hiram or Hermione hidden underneath the black hood, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t behind the murders.
Hiram could have put a hit on Fred for not selling his shared of the company back to him, while Hermione might have ordered the shooting to cover up her affair.
As for Ms Grundy’s death, that could be down to Veronica’s overprotective parents wanting to make sure the music teacher would never come between their daughter and Archie.