Riverdale Season 2 Midseason Report Card: Best New Character, Biggest Letdown & More!

By Justin Carreiro at

Another mystery has come to an end in the town of Riverdale, and it has left our characters reeling at the edge of their seats.

Riverdale Season 2 followed the drama of The Black Hood; a serial killer out to cleanse the town of corruption, greed and sin. While the season started off strong with a griping mystery, it had a few missteps along the way that could've derailed the momentum. But did the first batch of episodes work overall?

We're taking a look back and breaking down the first nine episodes of Riverdale Season 2. What worked, what didn't work, and what absolutely needs to be fixed when Riverdale returns in 2018.

Check out the midseason report below! And don't forget, you can watch Riverdale online via TV Fanatic to get caught up on all the past drama.

1. Best Twist: The Black Hood's attacks

The mystery of The Black Hood started so strong in the early hours of Riverdale Season 2. Coming on the heels of Fred Andrews being shot, we were pulled into one attack after the next by this dangerous masked individual. Ms. Grundy was murdered, Moose and Midge were attacked in their car, and the Sugar Man was murdered in the safety of his prison cell. The Black Hood was getting away with his threats and it kept us hooked.

2. Biggest Letdown: The Black Hood Reveal

With all the momentum added to the mystery, it rested on the actual identity of the killer. Unfortunately, the reveal was...underwhelming. The killer turned out to be Mr. Svenson, a janitor introduced three episodes prior. Riverdale could not have picked a more dull, and obvious, suspect. It's a shame that this mystery ended with a whimper instead of a bang.

3. Best New Character: Penny Peabody

This was a close race as both Penny Peabody and Toni Topaz roared into the scene. Though, we have to give a slight edge to the snake charmer in this battle. She's devious, cunning and there are plenty of secrets hiding away in her past that we have yet to see. You have to adore a love-to-hate villain.

4. Worst New Character: Nick St. Clair

Ugh! What can we say about this party boy cliche? He tried to not only make his moves on Veronica, but he tried to rape Cheryl. He is the worst. Thankfully he's gone from the town with no word of ever returning. Boy bye!

5. Best Episode: Chapter Fifteen: Nighthawks

While "Chapter Twenty: Tales from the Darkside" experimented with a new concept that worked amazingly, the second episode of Riverdale Season 2 had all the fire. We got music, backstory, a shocking end twist, and a storyline that utilized all of the characters together in an episode that worked. We need more episodes like this in the future.

6. Worst Episode: Chapter Twenty-Two: Silent Night, Deadly Night

Riverdale Season 2 Episode 9 suffered under the weight of The Black Hood and its character relationships. A lot was being set up for what would happen AFTER the mystery was completed. Unfortunately, the killer's climax felt rushed and the relationship drama that we all thought was finally over reared its ugly head yet again. "Chapter Twenty-Two: Silent Night, Deadly Night" was not a great midseason finale.

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