‘Riverdale’ Season 2 Finale: 6 Unanswered Questions We Have

Campy teen drama Riverdale is not afraid to surprise fans, but its latest episode—titled “Brave New World”—took the show’s method of shock-value to new heights Wednesday. The CW offered fans an explosive finale, leaving many with more questions than answers to some of the episode’s biggest reveals.

After viewing “Brave New World,” fans might be eager for the show’s Season 3 return later this year. In the meantime, Newsweek created a list of questions that went unanswered. Spoilers ahead, here are six lingering questions we after upon watching the Riverdale Season 2 finale.

How did Fangs survive the shooting?

In the May 9 episode “Shadow of a Doubt,” fans endured another Riverdale death when Fangs Fogarty (Drew Ray Tanner) was wounded after Midge’s mother shot him to death—or so they thought. Realistically, the likelihood he'd survive such a shot is slim. However, FP Jones (Skeet Ulrich) confirmed to an also not-so-dead Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse) that Fangs, too, was alive. Although a deputy called FP to share the status of Fangs’ life, he apparently lied. Jughead suggested the lie was a “ploy” to lure the Southside Serpents into a fight they had no chance of winning.

How is Veronica legally allowed to purchase a speakeasy?

Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) managed to legally buy a speakeasy—as a teenager—like Chuck Bass did on Gossip Girl. She bought the speakeasy—dubbed the Worm— to get her father, Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos), to exchange it for Pop’s Chock’Lit Shoppe. He agreed, but in what universe would any person under 21 years of age be able to seamlessly purchase a nightclub? None, but that’s Riverdale logic for you.  

Did Cheryl really become a member of the Serpents gang?

Throughout Wednesday’s episode, Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch) cozies up to the Serpents. So much so, viewers see Jughead help her into a red leather Serpent jacket—making her a member of the gang. This was a surprising turn for the character, who often denounced the Southside and its respective gang. However, this new story arc likely has something to do with Cheryl’s romantic connection with Toni Topaz (Vanessa Morgan), who suggested that “maybe we should make it official” by having her join the local gang.

Will Betty join the serpents?

By the finale’s end, Jughead asks Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) whether she’d be interested in becoming a member of the Serpents. After Cheryl seemingly joined earlier and Betty mulling over the possibility, it begs the question: Do the Serpents not have any protocol for who can or can’t join? The Southside gang seems to be fine with just about anyone joining and wearing their jackets (as seen when all Riverdale High School students wore the gang’s jackets in protest of Principal Weatherbee’s decision to remove all Serpent members from the school). Therefore, who's to say Archie or Veronica isn’t next?

Does Hiram Lodge have better things to do with his time than to plot revenge against his teenage daughter’s boyfriend?

There has always been tension between Hiram and Archie. While things tended to improve as Archie began to shadow his girlfriend’s father, they appeared to worsen once more after the Lodge’s won the mayoral election. Archie subsequently confronted him about his manipulative ways, threatening him in the process. Instead of shying away from Archie's threats, Hiram managed to get him arrested by the episode’s end for the murder of a store clerk named Cassidy, who fans last saw shot dead by Hiram's personal assistant Andre in “The Hills Have Eyes.”

Is “Tall Boy” really the second Black Hood?

Betty’s dad, Hal Cooper (Lochlyn Munro), was revealed to be the Black Hood in “Shadow of a Doubt.” However, as Archie pointed out in “Brave New World,” there was another Black Hood who attempted to murder his father while Hal was in the midst of confessing his crimes as the town’s killer to his family. Likewise, Hiram’s new police recruit Sheriff Minetta informed Archie and Fred Andrews (Luke Perry) that now-dead ex-gang member “Tall Boy” was determined as the masked killer. If fans have learned anything about how Riverdale operates, “Tall Boy” is likely not the real suspect.  

riverdale archie veronica K.J. Apa is pictured as Archie Andrews and Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge in a still for 'Riverdale' episode "Brave New World." Dean Buscher/The CW