15 most shocking twists that could only happen in Riverdale

Riverdale -- "Chapter Fifty-Seven: Apocalypto" -- Image Number: RVD322a_0278.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Lili Reinhart as Betty, Camila Mendes as Veronica and Cole Sprouse as Jughead -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
Riverdale -- "Chapter Fifty-Seven: Apocalypto" -- Image Number: RVD322a_0278.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Lili Reinhart as Betty, Camila Mendes as Veronica and Cole Sprouse as Jughead -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved. /
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Riverdale — “Chapter Twenty-Eight: There Will Be Blood” — Image Number: RVD215b_0166.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Tiera Skovbye as Polly, Lili Reinhart as Betty and Lochlyn Munro as Hal — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /

3. Betty’s dark connection to the Black Hood

We should have seen it coming, and to be fair, many viewers did. The internet practically screamed “We don’t believe you!!” in unison when Riverdale revealed the Black Hood to be some rando named Mr. Svenson in the second season’s midseason finale.

In its short history at that time, the series would never make its main villain someone we don’t know. And that’s why it’s both foreboding and necessary that the Black Hood was Betty’s father, Hal.

Whether fans want to believe it or not, Riverdale does some exquisite character work beneath all the camp. Every time Betty’s phone rang with that same “Lollipop” ringtone during her Black Hood investigation, it was a test of her own will, strength, and inner demons. Lili Reinhart did some of her best acting as a scream queen with grit, and Riverdale turned in solid odes to the horror genre.

But the discovery that Hal Cooper donned a black mask and hunted “sinners” will always earn a hearty gasp and an even bigger “Oh, my god, is this really happening?!”

When Hal came forward as the Black Hood, Betty had to confront and unpack the hereditary implications of having a heartless killer for a father. More than anything, the ride to that dark connection was long but full of wild twists.

That Betty spent an entire season chasing her father? That her father wielded his demented power to taunt his daughter with her own so-called darkness? That his motives were deeply planted in the fabric of the series? That’s a brand of masterful weird that Riverdale doesn’t get nearly enough credit for.