Warning! This article contains spoilers for Riverdale season 4.
While season four of Riverdale premiered on The CW in fall 2019, the season has recently dropped on Netflix, reigniting discussion for longtime fans and new viewers alike. The season includes the creepy and intriguing plot lines that fans have come to expect from the show, but ominous closing flash-forwards during several episodes foreshadowed a bad ending for Jughead Jones.
During “The Ides of March” episode, the flash forwards finally start to make sense after Betty bludgeons Jughead to a death with a rock. However, fans are unsure if Jughead is really dead or if there’s something deeper going on. Here’s what you need to know.
Does Jughead die in Riverdale?
No, Jughead is alive! In episode 15, titled “To Die For,” it was revealed that Jughead was alive and hiding in Dilton’s underground bunker after the Stonewall Prep students tried to murder him. Archie, Betty, and Veronica made it look like he was dead so there would be time to figure out why the students wanted to kill him.
It turns out that after Jughead won the contract to write the Baxter Brothers mystery, Mr. DuPont, author of the Baxter Brothers franchise, stated that whoever murdered Jughead would instead get the contract. And while Stonewall Prep students Donna and Bret tried to kill Jughead by hitting him with a rock, they never actually checked Jughead’s pulse to see if he was really dead, and he’s later saved by Archie, Betty, and Veronica.
It’s later revealed that DuPont killed all the members of his literary circle in his younger years because they knew he had stolen the idea for the Baxter Brothers book series from Jughead’s grandfather Forsythe, and Jughead was bait to bring his off-the-grid grandfather out of hiding so DuPont could kill him too.
After all of this is revealed and he’s set to be arrested, DuPont throws himself out the window, falling to his death.
Season five of Riverdale will premiere in January 2021, and it may feature a time jump, meaning our favorite teens will now be in their early twenties.
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