Warning: spoilers for Riverdale are forward!
After theorizing about the identity of the Black Hood (see: zooming in on everybody’s eyes to see in the event that they’re inexperienced), it’s revealed in the course of the season two Winter finale that Riverdale‘s notorious serial killer is none apart from the freakin’ Riverdale High School janitor, Mr. Svenson. Fairly than popping hypothetical Champagne bottles and rejoicing that the present’s bloodiest thriller was lastly solved, I – and the rest of the internet, for that matter – shortly realized one thing: there isn’t any approach in hell Svenson is definitely the one and solely Black Hood. I am simply not buyin’ it.
Following the show’s big musical episode, followers are much more satisfied that the Black Hood reveal from earlier this season was a complete faux out. After Kevin is blackmailed to recast Cheryl because the lead in Carrie: the Musical, the Black Hood “comes again from the lifeless” to kill her understudy, Midge, in chilly blood. Whereas it may very well be potential that Mr. Svenson had an accomplice (or a number of accomplices for that matter), it appears extra probably that he was by no means the killer to start with.
In case you want further convincing to throw your naivete out the window and see that the highschool janitor is unquestionably not Riverdale’s mysterious hooded killer, I’ve two items of exhausting, photographic proof that ought to do the trick.
By far some of the notable traits of the Black Hood is his eyes; they seem to be a shiny inexperienced hue that starkly contrasts in opposition to the colour of his darkish face masks. Every time he murders somebody (or makes an attempt to take action, within the case of Fred Andrews), we get an up-close take a look at his supergreen, cruel eyes peeping by means of the holes in his hood. To refresh your reminiscence, here is what they seem like:
Now, Svenson’s eyes are most positively not that very same in-your-face inexperienced colour – they’re extra of a deep hazel. On prime of that, his eyebrows look like barely extra groomed than the Black Hood’s bushy, so-not-on-fleek brows. To be truthful, I assume you do not actually have time to squeeze in a threading appointment once you’re too busy plotting murders and whatnot. See under for your self.
To additional drive dwelling this level, enable me to remind you of when Archie and Veronica confront Mr. Svenson at college to ask about his true id (aka Joseph Conway). Although Veronica is definite that he is the Black Hood, Archie appears to be like into the janitor’s eyes and confirms that he is not the identical man who shot his dad at Pop’s diner. He straight up says it himself – Svenson is not the Black Hood.
The Fingernails (Sure, Significantly)
OK. I do know that is such an odd factor to note, however simply hear me out. Svenson’s fingernails are a lifeless giveaway that he is not the identical dude who’s been wreaking murderous havoc on the little city of Riverdale. The actual Black Hood has (surprisingly) trim, groomed nails, which we get an up-close peek at in that chilling scene when he holds Archie at gunpoint. Behold:
Svenson, then again, has nubby, shard-like fingernails, which we clearly see whereas he stares at his previous household photograph in his workplace. This dude clearly bites his nails. Like, rather a lot. Plus, his fingers aren’t even the identical form as these of the hooded man from Pop’s. See?
What This Might Imply For the Remainder of Season 2
Between Svenson’s not-so-green eye colour and cringe-worthy fingernails, I am completely not on board with believing he is actually the masked man who’s been murdering Riverdale’s “sinners.” I believe the actual Black Hood has but to revealed, and he merely used Svenson as a pawn to distract everybody from his whereabouts. So what the heck’s in retailer for the remainder of season two? For one, the actual Black Hood will probably proceed terrorizing Riverdale, probably utilizing others as his pawn like he could have finished with Svenson.
I solely know one factor for certain: we’re in for fairly the wild, dramatic trip.