Every Single Fan Theory About That Bonfire Death on ‘Riverdale’

Attention, ATTENTION. Riverdale returns tonight for its fourth season, and as such, viewers might finally get an answer to that major cliff-hanger at the end of season 3. Basically, the major question is…who the hell died?

Quick refresher: The episode ended in a flash-forward to spring break of senior year that showed Archie, Betty, and Veronica standing around a bonfire in just their undies (scandalous!). They were covered in blood. Archie was holding Jughead’s beanie, which was also covered in blood.

“Archie, are you listening to me? We have to burn all of our clothes, including Jughead’s beanie,” Betty instructed. “We’ll wash off the blood in the swimming hole. After tonight, we never speak of this, ever. Not to each other. Not to our parents. No one. 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.”

CRAZY. The way she specifically mentioned Jughead felt like an intentional move to lead viewers to think he was no longer with us. You can read more about that here. But there are a few other theories to mull over.

Jughead killed Charles

According to this very interesting Reddit theory, Jughead might have killed Charles, the FBI agent who came back and said he was Betty’s brother. We don’t know anything about the guy, so it’s very possible this could turn ugly over the next season.

“I don’t think Jughead is dead because the emotional reactions from the characters would be way different, IMO. Betty wouldn’t cover up a murder for just anyone. The fact that she’s the one giving the orders makes me think she’s protecting Jughead.

Why do I think it was Charles? Betty has by far the most blood on her hands, which makes me think she was the driving force behind the murder. The victim probably has something to do with her. It can’t be Hal, because he’s already dead. It can’t be her mom, because they would never get rid of Mädchen Amick, and she obviously loves doing the show so I doubt she’d leave. That only leaves Charles.”

The kids killed Hiram

Let’s be real, Hiram is the worst, and even though he’s Veronica’s dad, it wouldn’t be that far out of line for the gang to kill him after all the sh*t he’s pulled.

A writer at Refinery29 explained it this way: “At the end of the episode, Hiram is bench-pressing and plotting from his new home in Lodge Industries Prison, which may as well be called Hiramland. Since there’s no stopping this mobster, even when he’s behind bars, maybe the Core Four finally decided to put a stop to him by straight-up killing him.” INTERESTING.

The bonfire scene is actually a cult ritual

Okay, yes, this is technically a joke, but this show is absolutely batsh*t crazy, so…it’s possible all three of the kids got roped into something absolutely terrible and now they’re trying to cover it up.

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