The town with pep went from being a sleepy oasis of Americana to a drug den with multiple serial killers, a cult, and a strange amount of teenaged felons. Riverdale just keeps getting stranger, and fans' predictions for the show have followed suit. Are all of the Farmies mandrakes? Is Pop Tate the evil mastermind behind it all? Is FP Jones actually Veronica's real father? TBH, maybe. Before you assume none of these ridiculous predictions could ever come true, one of the theories originally slated to appear on this list about Edgar Evernever’s daughter really being his wife had to be taken off because it *actually happened* a few weeks ago. Anything is possible on Riverdale because the writers are clearly all on jingle jangle, which is why we love them.
This theory comes from Twitter via Elle's YouTube series where the Riverdale cast reads "absurd" fan theories. LOL, you thought. Lili Reinhart and Camila Mendes laughed this one off, but it's definitely possible for FP Jones and Alice Cooper to have a secret love child. If that love child happens to be Jughead's twin, since secret twins are basically Riverdale's bread and butter, who better to play the role than Cole Sprouse's IRL twin Dylan? Dylan isn't acting much right now, but it's only a matter of time before he gets bored of his hipster brewery and gets acting FOMO.
As we've already mentioned, basically everyone on this godforsaken show has a twin sibling. Twins are pretty much a Blossom family birthright, and season one confirmed that the Blossom and Cooper families are actually just one big happy family. This theory claims the Hal Cooper that Betty grew up with was actually murdered by his twin brother, The Black Hood, who is the Hal Cooper we see on the series today. The Blossom Curse means one of the twins always meets a violent end, and there's a line on season two where Alice is confused because Hal brings her peonies, which she's allergic to, after decades of marriage. Maybe it wasn't really Hal at all.
A startlingly popular fan theory casts Edgar Evernever as Charles Cooper, the son that Alice had as a teen and had to give away. Sure, Chic said that Charles is dead, but he isn't the most reliable narrator. Charles was distraught when he tried to visit his family and was neither welcomed nor recognized, meaning like Charles, he could have wandered into the desert to die before being helped by a kind farmer. Side note: Where is this forested town hiding a desert? Betty found that the name Edgar Evernever is an alias, so this could be his true identity.
A fairly gross tidbit we learned during the parents' flashback episode "The Midnight Club" is that Penelope Blossom isn't really a Blossom at all and was adopted from the Sisters of Quiet Mercy to be Clifford Blossom's redheaded sister bride, a time-honored Blossom tradition. Naturally, this led to speculation that Cheryl isn't ~really~ a Blossom but was meant to be Jason's bride, which would explain the vague creepiness of their relationship and Penelope's distaste for her supposed child. If Cheryl isn't Jason's twin, someone had to be, and if the Blossom Curse came true, it's likely that the twin that was murdered by Clifford wasn't Jason at all. This Redditor thinks if Jason is alive, he could be the Gargoyle King.
We're all waiting for The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina to cross-over into Riverdale. Reddit user stardust4711 thinks most of the Farmies are actually mandrakes, like the fake Sabrina from Chilling Adventures Chapter Nineteen. The Farmies' weird smiles are certainly mandrake-like, and their secrets could be shared via telepathy. When they're reborn in the Farm, they're reborn as mandrakes, and their clones are locked in the depths of the abandoned convent. The "farm" name would be a little literal, as they are seeding and harvesting mandrakes, and they're trying to copy the personalities of their human counterparts.
IDK why Elle, Camila, and Lili seem to think this fan theory is so ~absurd~, but another Twitter theory from Elle's YouTube series is actually pretty popular in certain Reddit circles. Alice used to be a girl from the South Side, and it's possible that not all of her family decided to leave their life of crime behind (especially since we never hear about them). Penny Peabody is a blonde Southside Serpent, which is enough to fuel rumors that Penny and Alice are secretly sisters. Some people think she might be Betty's ~real mom~ and others are pretty sure she used to hook up with FP.
This theory is actually found in the comments section of a ~different~ theory because we're going deep, deep into Riverdale Reddit today. Redditor FightTheBunny knows how important it is to the Blossoms that they keep their natural red hair and think that any other redheaded families in town, like the Andrews, were lured to town so their children could be viable redhaired mates for future Blossoms. An article from season one apparently said all of the red-haired characters, including Archie, had their color matched to Madelaine Petsch's natural color. This could also imply that, like the Coopers, the Andrews are related to the Blossoms.
Reddit user elpatator responded to a post asking for the most "whackadoodle" theories fans could think of with this Gargoyle King identity idea. All of the parents from the Midnight Club could be the Gargoyle King, playing the role at different times so they can all have alibis during Gargoyle King sightings. If they were all responsible for the death of their principal thirty years ago in a more active way than Alice claimed, this could be their way of protecting themselves from scrutiny. If no one thinks they're the Gargoyle King, then no one will connect them to the Gargoyle King's past murders.
Alice Cooper is right about a lot of things considering she's a bit of a whackadoodle herself. During the second episode of the series, she flippantly tells Betty that she wouldn't be surprised if the Blossoms killed Jason as a sacrifice to a pagan god. Well, the Blossoms definitely killed Jason. If she was half right, and Riverdale has now conveniently introduced a pagan God in the form of the Gargoyle King, Reddit sees no reason for her original theory to not be true. Penelope played Gryphons and Gargoyles with the rest of the gang, and she likely learned it from her time at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy. If she brought the game to Clifford and he got notice to kill the Red Paladin and ascend, this murder-suicide could easily tie into season three and beyond.
KJ Apa did his own segment of Elle's Twitter fan theory read-along, and he was given this actually absurd theory that Sabrina Spellman is going to resurrect Jason Blossom, and he'll return as a zombie, making the series pure horror. The showrunners have stated that they want each season of Riverdale to have its own distinct genre, and there's precedent for Sabrina bringing back people from the dead as zombies, so it's not completely out of the realm of possibility. In the Archie Horror comics, Sabrina brings back Hot Dog from the dead and accidentally starts a zombie outbreak, and Riverdale season four is apparently epidemic-themed, so this makes more sense than it reasonably should. Also, remember when Archie went to Greendale and saw a spooky version of Jason Blossom? We do.
Sure, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa likes throwing off-screen couples together on-screen, but this Reggie and Veronica pairing definitely came out of nowhere. Redditor jazeration is pretty sure that Reggie is working for Hiram to keep tabs on Veronica while she's off being the prodigal daughter and reporting back to Hiram on her activities. If this is true, Hiram could be the one that gave Reggie the black eye, meaning Reggie's dad was telling the truth when he said that he didn't hit his son. Marisol Nichols has hinted that Hiram might be using friends of Veronica to spy on her, so these lovers might be more starred-crossed than V realizes.
Reddit user caariss noticed that the game of Gryphons and Gargoyles found by the Midnight Club has "2nd Edition" written on it in truly tiny print. Are these fans detectives, or what? Riverdale, the town, has a long, dark history with plenty of room for an even older generation of G&G players. This could go all the way back to the origins of the town and the first Cooper/Blossom feud, but one Reddit commenter thinks that Pop Tate was in the first edition of game players and has been controlling everything as the mastermind gamemaster. His shoppe is the major hub of the town, so he must know more of the town's gossip than anybody else.
Redditor Conquest32 made four season three predictions in April 2019, and two of them came true by May: Evelyn is Edgar's wife, and Hal escapes from prison. If they were right about their first two theories, they might be spot-on about their final two as well. First up is the idea that Chic is in the Farm. We all know there's no way that Chic is dead. If you didn't see a body, they're alive. It's just the rules. Actually, after Hal's escape, even if you do see a body, they can still be alive. The Scooby Gang is still looking for a mysterious blonde man who got Farm tattoos, since it apparently wasn't Edgar, so TBH, it's probably Chic.
In the comments of Conquest32's eerily accurate predictions, stardust4711 thinks that one of the core four is going to snap soon and that it's ramping up to be Betty. They point out that Roberto likes to keep the show dark, and other users theorizes that this will manifest in Betty burning down the farm. stardust4711 forsees her breakdown as more of a "violently stabbing someone" moment, with Betty ending up in the same penitentiary we saw her dear old dad in during her visits this season. Betty might just straight-up murder someone, possibly in self-defense, because we haven't seen Dark Betty in a hot minute, wig or no wig.
Hermione Lodge has not been doing great lately. Shoutout to Marisol for completely embodying this poor woman's fatigue because this character looks worn down. Theynotsmarterthanus thinks this is because Hermione is the Gargoyle King mastermind. They have ~a lot~ of receipts for this, which means it could just be a red herring, but we all thought Hal was a red herring last season, and look at us now. If this is the case, it's likely that Hiram has actually been trying to save everyone behind the scenes, since he was never involved with G&G in high school and has said certain things are "out of his power" this season in an entirely out-of-character mood.
FP and Alice are endgame, full stop. Now that Gladys is out of the way, the only thing standing between our favorite hot parents and true love is Alice's weird cult engagement. Listen, we would all get engaged to Chad Michael Murray regardless of the circumstances, so no judgment here. She's going to get out of the cult eventually, and the Jones' trailer home is gone, so thenameisjoee has a theory that FP and Alice are going to live together with their kids in the Cooper home as one big happy family. The season cliffhanger will be Jughead and Betty finding out that they're going to be step-siblings in a Life With Derek-themed nightmare.
I think basedonrealevents might be giving Alice Cooper a little too much credit, but they think she's deep undercover in the Farm doing research for a story. Alice is a reporter by trade, and she's been wanting to get back into the game. An exposé on Riverdale's own cult would be a great way to finesse a national by-line and jump-start her career again. She also could be trying to save Polly from herself, as the older Cooper sister has been in cahoots with the Farm since season one, and now Alice has grandkids to worry about.
Funny how basically every Riverdale parent has known each other since high school and has probably hooked up. It really makes for some interesting plot possibilities, like maryssmith's theory that Veronica is actually FP's daughter and her parentage will be used by Hermione as a final blow against Hiram. If Hermione is the Gargoyle King like some users think and Hiram is trying to stop her, exploiting his love for Veronica by revealing he isn't even her father would be the only way to harm a character that has already been to prison and likely won't be killed.
People assumed Hiram was lying when he said his inmates were making playing cards in his prisons. Clearly, that was a cover-up for his drug trade — unless it wasn't. These prisoners could be making G&G cards, either for Hermione as a part of her duties as the G&G mastermind or because Hiram has been pulling these particular strings since high school. Hiram being the Big Bad is the most obvious of all the obvious choices, which is why no one really talks about it as a possibility, but Riverdale loves taking the easy way out.