Riverdale has left us on a midseason cliffhanger over Jughead’s Death.
In episode 9 of season 4 of Riverdale titled ‘Tangerine’ we see a flashback at the end of the episode that shows Jughead wounded badly and bleeding from his head as Archie sits beside him before turning to Betty and yelling, “He’s dead, what did you do Betty?”
However, this season of Riverdale majorly revolves around two things —1) who killed Jughead? 2) and if he is really dead?
Meanwhile, in an unexpected turn of events, we witness Betty, Archie and Veronica being arrested from their biology class by Sheriff FP Jones (Skeet Ulrich) for the spine chilling murder of his son, Jughead but the truth is Jughead maybe faking his own death in Riverdale. Here’s how!
Jughead isn’t dead
According to the recent developments in Jughead’s storyline, the fans are convinced that Jughead isn’t actually dead and that he may be faking his own death. Well, how, you may ask? Indeed this is all linked to the Baxter Brothers mystery books and his new Stonewall Prep assignment that asked him to write ‘the perfect murder.’
And for most fans, well it is way beyond imagination that Betty would kill her own boyfriend Jughead.
The Little Details One Needs To Pay Attention To
In a recent episode, Jug’s dead body was shown lying in the coroner’s office as FP and Betty looked on with minimal levels of upset and distress at his pale and lifeless body, lying on a slab.
Besides, it was not quite the traumatic reaction one would expect from his dad and his girlfriend, leading fans to suspect something was up. Perhaps, a cover-up or a series of staged events.
How It All Started
Jughead meets the original author of the mystery book by the Baxter Brothers Francis J. DuPont at Stonewall Prep. DuPont tells Jug that he wants to hire “young and clever minds” for this job.
In the audition, everybody has to write the first three chapters of the next Baxter Brothers novel and an outline for the rest of it, theme – ‘The Perfect Murder.’ And what better way to do it than to enact it? People presume, Jug is only reenacting the scene of the ‘Perfect Murder’ and will emerge alive in the following episodes to come.
Did Betty actually kill Jughead?
Remember when Polly nearly claws off the face of a nurse named Betty, she swears to her sister that she doesn’t remember anything that just happened.
The real Betty (Lili Reinhart) then finds out that Polly got a call from someone before that freak scene, and when the house phone rings, Alice answers. Minutes later, Alice tries to stab Betty.
Fortunately, Betty figures out that her mom is in a trance and snaps her fingers to get her out of her hypnotic state.
Meanwhile, Charles tracks the phone calls to Shankshaw prison, which also turns to be the home of Evelyn. However, Betty pays her a visit and learns that with a simple magic spell, Alice and Polly became Betty, with the motive to kill the evil Betty. What’s that trigger word? “Tangerine,” said 3 times. (much like “Bloody Mary” of 2019.)
However, Betty, unsure of what kind of impact the words will have on her, asks Charles to say it, after which she goes into a deep state of trance where she can imagine her younger self from the day she kills her cat.
Following, Betty goes into hypnotism and stops her younger self from murdering her cat with a rock. All of a sudden Betty wakes up in the middle of the night and shatters her bedroom mirror.
The scene moves to four weeks ahead in the future and Betty is holding the same rock standing near dead Jughead as Archie checks his pulse and says, “He’s dead. What did you do, Betty?!”
Twitter Thread of Fans Reaction
As favourable as the idea sounds that Dark Betty could kill the man she loves, it is also very unlikely for her to do so as he is the love of her life.
Moreover, Riverdale returns with episode 10, titled ‘Varsity Blues’ on January 22nd, 2020. So, until then, we guess we just have to wait and anticipate what the next flash-forward brings.