Thoughts From the Riverdale Episode "Silent Night, Deadly Night"

Synopsis: Still on the mend from their break ups with Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Jughead (Cole Sprouse), Archie (K. J. Apa) and Betty (Lili Reinhart) spend their Christmas break tracking down the Black Hood. Meanwhile, Jughead decides to push back against the "snake handler."

The episode first aired December 13, 2017.

My Thoughts:

1. Does anyone really believe they finally found/killed the Black Hood? I personally think Mr. Svenson (Cameron McDonald) was being set up by someone else and, while he did point a gun at Betty and Archie, I suspect he was doing so under duress.

2. I'm also a little suspicious of Sheriff Keller (Martin Cummins) considering he did shoot and kill an unarmed man. Granted, he may have thought there was a weapon involved and, he was trying to stop a serial killer from escaping. But, there's something that is a bit fishy about it and I can't help but wonder if he killed Svenson as a way of covering something else up. I still have this suspicion the Black Hood is secretly working for Mayor McCoy (Robin Givens).

3. One thing that intrigued me was the revelation Svenson accused the wrong person of killing his family. That means two things to me. First, it makes it more likely Svenson was one of the Black Hood's victims (perhaps the Black Hood is a relative of the man he wrongly accused) rather than the Black Hood himself. Second, the real killer is likely still alive and may come into play at some point in this series.

4. I think the Betty, Veronica and Archie triangle is about to get interesting. He's obviously in love with Veronica and she is in love with him. But, Betty, who is definitely hurting after her breakup with Jughead, could end up being a problem since it's obvious she still has feelings for Archie too. It also doesn't help that I think she might be on the verge of a mental breakdown as well.

5. Speaking of Jughead, I have to applaud him for rallying the younger serpents and running Penny Peabody (Brit Morgan) out of town. However, I somehow suspect we haven't seen the last of her and that decision is probably one that is going to come back to haunt him.

Final Opinion: The main job of a mid-season finale is to provide the viewer with something that will bring them back for more. This episode accomplished that and I did enjoy it as a result.

My Grade: A


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