It's happened. Riverdale's Black Hood has been revealed!
*WARNING: This post contains spoilers!*
Like we all guessed, it was Hal Cooper!
"You're the Black Hood" Betty whispers to her father in tonight's episode.
So why the hell is Hal off killing everyone? Well, apparently as a child, Hal was brainwashed by his own mother to cover up that his father murdered the Conway family.
He was raised to believe that "sinners need to die", which was triggered again when Betty told the town to "do better" in her Jubilee spech in season one.
ET actually sat down with Hal (Lochlyn Munro) and chatted about the huge reveal.
Turns out he had no idea he would turn out to be the town's serial killer. "I had suspicions of who I thought it was, but I never thought it was me.
"I had suspicions that it was probably [Sheriff] Keller."
The interesting thing is that he never actually acted as the Black Hood on camera.
"I've never worn the hood. Ever.
"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!"
If you find Hal's explanation of why he is the Black Hood confusing, then Lochlyn is right there with you.
"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."
"I don't know what happened to Chic to tell you the truth.
"I learn as I go by reading the scripts, they don't go, "OK, four episodes down the road this is what's going to happen, so this is why we're doing this now." They don’t tell us anything."
We just can't.