Riverdale season 4 theories: Charles and Chic killed Jughead – here’s how

The CW’s gritty send-up of the classic Archie Comics adventures has blown minds each season with increasingly dizzying plots and twists. Now Riverdale fans are convinced they know the answer to the mysterious circumstances behind the death of Jughead Jones (played by Cole Sprouse).  

So far in this season, Riverdale has been flashing forward to tease the eventual brutal murder of fan favourite Jughead Jones.

When we last left the gang, Betty (Lili Reinhart) was being comforted by Archie (KJ Apa) over the loss of Jughead.

It came as a surprise, as fans were previously speculating that Betty herself had killed Jughead, despite their romance seeming stronger than ever. 

Upon last season’s revelation that Betty’s lost half-brother Charles Smith (Wyatt Nash) is actually alive, some fans have come up with a new theory regarding the murder of Jughead.


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Riverdale embraced its inspiration from Twin Peaks by introducing Charles as an FBI agent tasked with taking down the town’s mysterious cult known as The Farm.

Charles is the illegitimate son of former Twin Peaks star Mädchen Amick’s character Alice, Betty’s mother, and Jughead’s Dad FP (Skeet Ulrich).  

Some theories have speculated that Jughead himself could be behind his death, or that the whole event is an elaborately staged murder in order to enact revenge. 

However, Betty’s imposter brother Chic (Hart Denton) would have good reason to collaborate with Charles to remove Jughead from the picture.

One Riverdale fan took to Reddit to explain their theory.

Redditor HollyJolly12 said: “Charles and Chic murdered Jughead and framed Betty in order to ruin the family.”

Chic has already tried to take down the Coopers after infiltrating Betty’s house by pretending to be her long lost brother in season two. 

His plan to take down her family from the inside backfired and he was mentored after being spared by one of the Black Hoods, revealed to be Betty’s own father Hal (Lochlyn Munro). 

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The fan also suggested: “Jughead almost dies at the hands of Charles and Chic. 

“The gang fake his death to keep him safe, then figure out a way to reveal Charles and Chic as the real criminals.”

Diligent viewers who have managed to keep up with the series’ increasingly convoluted plots have also weighed in.

One fan commented: “I actually like the Charles/Chic theory better, but after Pretty Little Liars I promised myself I would stop guessing mostly because of that stupid twin reveal.”


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As CW mystery shows have demonstrated, fan theories should always be taken with a hearty pinch of salt.

For all its teen angst and steamy romances, Riverdale boasts one of the most complex soap opera plots on TV, and fans never know when their detailed theories will get second-guessed by the show’s unpredictable writers. 

Riverdale returns tonight, but given that this episode will introduce the show’s second spin-off (after Sabrina), it’s not expected to reveal any answers about Jughead’s mysterious demise. 

Riverdale season 4 continues on February 5 on The CW and February 6 on Netflix UK.

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