AKA THE SEASON FINALE
ELECTION DAY – With Fred trailing in the polls because people don't know how shitty Hiram really is, Archie steps in to lend a hand.
Veronica stays one step ahead after uncovering Hiram’s latest scheme to expose Hermione and Fred's affair since that would sink his "wholesome" platform. Though uhhh, wouldn't that tank his wife too.
Elsewhere, Cheryl finalizes her emancipation from her mother as well as joins the Serpents, while FP makes a surprising announcement to Jughead and the Serpents (disbanding the gang?? Moving to Ohio??).
Finally, Betty gets to wonder if darkness is genetic
Directed by Steven A. Adelson and written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
-Lochlyn Munro (Hal Cooper) didn't find out his character was the Black Hood until this fucking episode (2x21). In fact, he never even got to wear the thing! "No. I've never worn it. The Hood was always played by a stunt actor. That's why when I see people put my face up to the hood and people say, "Oh, it's so Hal Cooper – just look at his eyes! Look at his eyebrows!" I'm like, "But that's not me!" He never thought it was his character. He thought it'd be Sheriff Keller
-On having to prep himself on this last minute revelation: "Well, I've got to tell you, I had about four days to mentally become the Black Hood and figure out the backstory for Hal Cooper because I had never played him as the Black Hood ever. So all of the sudden I found out that I was the Black Hood and saw this whole, like, home movie of his mom basically brainwashing him to lie about his dad doing some killings in Riverdale. Hal created Hal Cooper to disguise who he was and he did a damn good job of it, he pulled the wool over Alice's eyes and everyone's eyes. Now all of the sudden he's on this rampage to "purge the town of sin," and obviously that was lurking somewhere in the shadows of his mind for all those years, so that was really challenging. I had to all of the sudden take this character in another direction that I really wasn't prepared for.
To tell you the truth, sometimes I feel as far as me being the Hood now, I almost feel like, "Well, that sucks — I never really got to actually play the Hood." Like, I would have liked to have done all that stuff as the Hood, but in another sense it was good that they didn’t tell me because then maybe I would've played that character differently and added the wrong dimension to Hal. Maybe how it played out all worked perfectly."
[Riverdale executive producers] called me and they were like, “Can you carry Cole?” I got a call from the writers’ room, like, weeks before they even wrote it, they were like, “Can you carry Cole?” And I was like, “Yeah, I can carry him.”
And then they were like, “Well, can you go over to his trailer and send us a picture of you carrying him?” And they actually sent a P.A. to come take video of me picking Cole up. But in terms of reading it, it was traumatic. It’s every father’s worst nightmare when their kid’s being hurt.