Riverdale, Season 3 Fan Theories That are Shocking, But Genius
August 11, 2018
It’s been three months since the epic
, season 2 finale aired and fans are still reeling from all of the bombshells. The premiere date for Riverdale season 3 is getting closer and closer, and we’ve been counting down the days until we finally get some answers. But if you’re anything like us, patience is not an easy feat. Who’s the other Black Hood? What’s up with these new characters? And WTF is “the farm?”
Some detective-like fans might have the answers. Although their predictions are unconfirmed, they make a lot of sense. We’ll have to wait until Oct. 9 to find out if they’re right, but for now, read up on all of the shocking
Riverdale, season 3 fan theories and see if you can come up with any of your own.
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The Coopers are part of a Satanic cult
The biggest WTF moment of the season 3
trailer came at the very end when Betty saw her sister and mother holding Polly's twins over a fire. With the women dressed in all white and chanting in a circle, the scene gave us major cult vibes. Remember the mysterious "farm" that Polly kept talking about on season two? It sure looks like it's going to become a bigger plot line this time around.
At San Diego Comic-Con, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
told the audience that he was inspired by the Netflix documentary Wild, Wild Country and Allison Mack's cult and thought it would be interesting to explore on the show. So it's pretty much confirmed that "the farm" is a cult, but some fans think it's especially sinister.
Last season, Nana Blossom was poisoned (most likely by Penelope and/or Claudius) with tannis root. Tannis root is a fictional herb that was featured in the movie
Rosemary's Baby. But here's the kicker — the herb was used by members of a Satan-worshipping cult! They gave the tannis root to a woman who was pregnant with the Devil's spawn. Yeah... scary! With Polly and Alice holding the babies over a fire, it sure did look like a child sacrifice was about to go down... just sayin'.
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Reggie and Sweet Pea are brothers
It's pretty much confirmed that episode four of season 3 is going to be a flashback episode in which the main cast play younger versions of their parents. Roberto posted an Instagram photo of the script cover that featured the comic characters posed just like the movie poster for
The Breakfast Club, which suggests that the episode will take place in the 1980s. But it wasn't the photo itself that spurred a theory — it was the tags.
Charles Melton, who plays Reggie, was tagged on the character that is presumably his dad, Ricky Mantle. But right above his tag is one for Jordan Connor, who plays Sweet Pea. The tag suggests that Sweet Pea will be in the episode, but how? Well, one fan thinks they're both tagged because Reggie and Sweet Pea have the same father!
Sweet Pea has a brother named Oliver in the comics, and "Sweet Pea" is what the cartoon character Popeye used to call his girlfriend, whose real name is Olive! Reggie and Sweet Pea also seem to
really hate each other, so is there something going on between them? We'll have to wait and see!
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Clifford Blossom faked his death
Clifford Blossom committed suicide on season one after the police found out about all of his illegal activities. But did he really? The appearance of his twin brother, Claudius, on season two was suspicious to say the least. And some fans think everything is not as it seems.
prediction is that Clifford faked his own death by killing his twin instead and making it look like a suicide. That way, he could continue to run his shady business without any suspicion. The theory would also explain why "Claudius" and Penelope Blossom became close so fast and why he was spotted wearing Clifford's old pajamas.
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Betty's real brother is alive and we've seen him before
If you got to the end of season 2, you found out that Chic isn't actually Betty's brother; her bro was actually Charles, who allegedly died from a Jingle Jangle overdose — but that's just Chic's side of the story. Some fans think Betty's long-lost sib is still alive, and we've actually seen him around Riverdale more than once.
Ben has been featured in a few episodes so far, but only as a minor character. Well, that's about to change. Roberto told
, "I can tell you he is going to continue popping up. There is a resonance as to why he keeps popping up, but stay tuned. There will be more sightings." Entertainment Tonight
Could he be Betty's real brother? With that blonde hair, it's definitely a possibility.
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The new characters will mess with the Coopers
Season 3 will bring two new characters into the mix: a father and daughter named Edgar and Evelyn Evernever. From the casting description, we know that they're going to try and get close with the Coopers. Edgar's reads, "Male, late 30s to Early 40s, open ethnicity. A recent arrival in Riverdale with his daughter Evelyn, Edgar is a new-age health 'guru' who has helped Alice get her life together after the events of season two. He's attractive, in a neighborly way, and charismatic — a wise, comforting presence. MAJOR RECURRING GUEST STAR."
Sounds fishy already. But Evelyn seems to be even more suspicious. Her casting call reads, "Female, late teens to early 20s to play late teens, open ethnicity. Otherworldly, seemingly omnipresent, and a bit odd. She's eager to befriend Betty, and is surprisingly insightful for her age, but may be hiding dark secrets about herself. (While not required, a possible direction for the role is a girl who is physically reminiscent of Betty.) MAJOR RECURRING GUEST STAR."
So both the father and daughter
really want to be friends with Alice and Betty. But did you catch that last part? They're exploring the option of having someone who looks like Betty to play the part of Evelyn, so could this mean that the new family is possibly related? Only time will tell.
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Hal Cooper has a twin
After a whole season of teasing, we finally found out that Hal Cooper was the Black Hood. He admitted it himself, but there's another Black Hood still at large. Who could it be? Some fans think they have the
In one episode, Alice tells Hal, "I'm allergic to peonies, but how would you know that? We've only been married for decades."
It seems just like a classic slip-up, but it could have a deeper meaning. The line might suggest that Hal forgot his wife's allergy because he isn't really Hal... he's his twin! We know that twins run strong in the Blossom bloodline, which Hal is somewhat part of, and
someone has to be the other person who's going around and shooting people. So it honestly makes a lot of sense.
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Penny Peabody is Betty's real mom
theory has us a little shook. Penny Peabody, the Serpent who's got major beef with Jughead, looks a lot like Betty... even more than Alice does. One possible explanation for the scary-close resemblance? She's actually Betty's real mom!
Alice used to be a Serpent, so it's more than likely that she and Penny knew each other. Some have suggested that after she failed her son Charles, Alice wanted to redeem herself. Thus, she took Penny's baby away from the Southside to raise her and give her a better life. Considering how violent Penny has been, it would explain the real reason why Betty has a dark side.
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Veronica and Reggie are going to hook up
Bad news for Varchie fans; it sounds like Ronnie and Archie are going to hit a rough patch on season 3. Roberto
told the audience at SDCC, "I think they're going to run into some problems." He wouldn't elaborate any further, but he did also mention that Reggie will start working at Veronica's speakeasy and become a part of "an unlikely romance." We smell drama!