Riverdale: Could Pop Tate Be the Gargoyle King?

OK, to tell you the truth, I'm still a little undecided about this whole Griffins and Gargoyles thing going on in this season of Riverdale. However, I am admittedly somewhat intrigued about who the Gargoyle King is. And, I have my own theory. I think it's Pop Tate (Alvin Sanders).


This theory is based on a couple of things:

First, we know G &G has been going on in Riverdale since at least the 1990s, when Riverdale's parents were the ones still in high school.

Second, if Jughead's (Cole Sprouse) theory about the Gargoyle King controlling everything that happens in Riverdale is correct, then that person needs to have some long-term connection to the city.

Assuming, of course, the current Gargoyle King isn't a copycat or some character that hasn't been introduced yet, the fact the game has been around since at least the 90s means the king must be older than the first set of high school students to play it. After all, someone had to create the game, distribute it and pre-plan the results. It stands to reason that person would have been an adult in the 90s and Pop is one of very few people on the series who would be old enough to fall into that category.

Also, if you pay attention, Pop seems to wind up in the center of everything, even if it is in the background. His diner is essentially neutral territory in a divided Riverdale and has been a staple in the community for years. It also gives him a great base to operate from because just about everyone in town comes to the diner, letting him overhear plenty of conversations.

Granted, this is Pop Tate we're talking about and he would seem like the least likely person to be a bad guy. But, this show has shown it isn't afraid to re-imagine the Archie Comic characters. If the series can turn the elderly Miss Grundy (Sarah Habel) into a young, sexy teacher with a thing for teenage boys, Pop Tate would hardly be off limits. And, he receives just enough screen time (enough to remind us he's there but not enough to make him a major character) to be the perfect surprise bad guy.

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