There are so many clues about who the Black Hood on Riverdale is, that it can be hard to keep up. Last week’s episode was packed with hints about the serial killer’s real identity, but one theory is circulating that’s the most convincing of them all. Is Hal Cooper the Black Hood on Riverdale? Possibly, but it also could be his secret twin.
Betty’s dad first became a suspect when we got a glance at the Black Hood’s physique. He’s a larger man, with a build that’s similar to Hal’s. But things took a dark turn when Betty started getting mysterious phone calls from the killer. Clearly Betty’s dad knows his own daughter’s digits, but no one expected her own father to be messing with her… until Hal started to go MIA every time the Black Hood came around!
That’s right. Every time sh-t goes down with the Black Hood, Hal is nowhere to be seen. Is it a likely coincidence, or is Hal out planning his next attack? Last week’s episode even ended with Betty realizing her father was missing when the Black Hood came to get Chic. (And we all know Hal despises Chic, so that makes it pretty obvious.)
But that’s not all. Earlier in the episode, Betty said she was “on the phone with her dad” when the Black Hood called. Did Betty subconsciously make a connection between the two, or has she known that Hal was the Black Hood all along?
"Hal Cooper is related to the Blossoms, the Blossoms are known to have twins in the family, Hal Cooper has a twin brother and he is the Black Hood," one Twitter user wrote. "Ever since Hal has been seeing Penelope, he has been acting VERY strange, I think this is because Penelope is in on it with Hal’s twin, and has kidnapped Hal so that Hal’s twin can impersonate him. This would explain why the Black Hood knows everything about Betty’s family and friends. Hal’s twin would find it easy to gain access to Betty’s diary, from pretending to be Hal, in which she writes down everything that happens to her and her friends/family."
HAL COOPER HAS A TWIN AND HE IS THE BLACK HOOD (a thread) pic.twitter.com/ypE4MGRw91— anastasia (@anastasialune) April 30, 2018
But the theory continues. According to the Twitter user, "It explains why the Black Hood would have an old newspaper article about Betty’s mom, Alice. Hal’s twin impersonating Hal would have easy access to the Riverdale register."
My #Riverdale theory about the black hood is that he is actually Hal Cooper’s twin brother, since twins run in the family.— Aimi Hamraie (@AimiHamraie) April 27, 2018
To add to the theory, you may recall the episode where the Black Hood gets Betty to put on a black hood and look in the mirror so she'd recognize who the real killer is. If the real Black Hood was, let's say, someone who looks identical to Betty's own father, it would make a lot of sense why Betty would recognize who he is... We're just sayin'!
Be sure to watch Riverdale on THE CW at 8 p.m. EST tonight to find all of the easter eggs.