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-Four: The Wrestler” — Image Number: RVD211b_0202.jpg — Pictured (L-R): KJ Apa as Archie and Mark Consuelos as Hiram — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved. /

15. Hiram ropes Archie into mob madness

Somewhere along the way in the second season of Riverdale, the show morphed into a strange, watered-down, campy version of The Sopranos as Hiram’s true mobster colors emerged. Once the head of the Lodge empire made his comeback from prison, he didn’t waste a moment getting back into the family business, which is, as we have all learned, illegal.

But a tiger can’t change its stripes, especially when it’s attempting to corrupt a young, impressionable tiger like Archie.

Between The Red Circle and his allegiance to Hiram, we really lost Archiekins for a minute there in season 2, right? The kid that griped for the entire first season about choosing between his passions for music and football threw that all away to be Hiram’s lap dog, and it was hard to watch his character make the worst decisions possible like he was Hannah from Girls.

Archie tries to impress Hiram by going out for the wrestling team then spends the majority of the season “making his bones” to become Hiram’s equal — something he never had a chance at being.

But the pièce de résistance in Archie’s foray into the mob with Hiram was his feud with Canadian mobsters Poppa Poutine (not kidding) and his son Small Fry (still not kidding). You truly can’t make names like that up, but someone on the Riverdale writing staff did, and it’s pure ridiculous gold.

The mob story arc for Archie ultimately served as a necessary reality check and a startling learning experience, no matter how little it actually amounted to. In the end, no other series would have the guts to send its lead star down a dark descent into organized crime, much less play mob with characters named after a Canadian delicacy.