7 burning questions for Riverdale season 4

Riverdale -- "Chapter Forty-One: Manhunter" -- Image Number: RVD306b_0265.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Camila Mendes as Veronica and Lili Reinhart as Betty -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Riverdale -- "Chapter Forty-One: Manhunter" -- Image Number: RVD306b_0265.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Camila Mendes as Veronica and Lili Reinhart as Betty -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /
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Riverdale — “Chapter Fifty: American Dreams” — Image Number: RVD315a_0375b.jpg — Pictured: Cole Sprouse as Jughead — Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
Riverdale — “Chapter Fifty: American Dreams” — Image Number: RVD315a_0375b.jpg — Pictured: Cole Sprouse as Jughead — Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved. /

Is Jughead really going to die?

This is the question everyone was asking after the season finale.

In the season 3 finale, Betty, Archie and Veronica are standing around a fire in their underwear and covered in blood. They are burning their clothes, and Betty is giving a monologue about never speaking of this again:

"“After tonight, we never speak of this. We finish our senior year, we graduate, and we’ll go our separate ways. That is the only way that we won’t get caught.”"

Archie, then, throws Jughead’s beanie on the fire. It feels like the idea here is to make viewers think that Jughead is dead and that he was killed by Betty, Veronica, and Archie. But, I think we all know that’s not going to happen.

Jughead is far too important to this show to be killed off. Instead, I have a few theories about what could happen, and I’ll share my top one with you.

Jughead is still alive, but he’s forced to leave Riverdale for some reason, and I’m willing to bet that this little get together at the fire is actually a misdirection to make it look like Jughead is actually dead. Betty’s speech is actually about keeping Jughead safe rather than them getting caught for murder.

I think back to the first season of Riverdale when Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead are at Pop’s, and Jughead narrates the scene:

"“To someone on the outside peering in, it would have looked like there were four people in that booth. But, I was there, and I can tell you, really, there were only three: a blonde girl, a raven-haired girl, and the luckiest red-headed boy in the world.”"

Throughout the series, Jughead has been distancing himself from the group and from Riverdale. He’s felt like an outsider, and I think that’s obviously what he is referencing here. But, I don’t think that’s everything he is pointing out.

Something is happening with Jughead and his narration, and he’s going to have to leave Riverdale at some point to tell this story. That time might be coming up in season 4.