Last night’s episode of Riverdale forced viewers into thinking that Hal Cooper (Lochlyn Munro) has returned as the Black Hood. However, I’m starting to believe the character is not the person under the ski mask, and here’s why.
Chapter Fifty-Five of The CW series, titled “Prom Night,” picks up right where we left off, with Betty (Lili Reinhart) discovering that her dad, Hal, was killed in a bus accident while being transferred to Hiram’s (Mark Consuelos) new prison. When the charred remains are taken to the medical examiner, he performs an autopsy and concludes that one of the hands belonged to Hal, who is now assumed dead.
Although Betty is convinced that the Black Hood (aka her dad) somehow escaped the wreck, her focus switches to the Gargoyle King, who gets lured to Riverdale High’s prom. When Betty receives a note, requesting she meet him alone in the hallway, she comes face to face with the Gargoyle King. Right when she’s about to shoot him, the Black Hood appears out of nowhere, knocking her to the ground before chasing her down the hallway.
Betty automatically assumes it’s her dad. (Not only did he already confess to being the Black Hood back in season two, but he’s also now missing a hand.)