We are fast approaching the penultimate episode of Riverdale, which airs on Thursday and — according to Entertainment Weekly — will finally reveal the identity of Jason Blossom’s killer. There have been a number of theories about who Blossom’s killer could be — Hiram Lodge, Kevin Keller, Betty’s father, Mrs. Grundy, and even Archie Andrews himself — but I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s a lesser considered suspect: Veronica’s mother, Hermione Lodge.
This is what we know: Hermione’s husband, Hiram, was imprisoned for a fraud and embezzlement scheme, and he was apparently put there by the father of Jason Blossom, Clifford, so that Cliff could get out of paying a large monthly sum to Lodge Industries. Interestingly, it’s Hermione who doesn’t want to reveal this potentially exculpatory information to Hiram’s lawyers because it might give police a reason to believe that Hiram killed Jason Blossom. As far as we know, Hiram doesn’t have this knowledge; Hermione has withheld it from even him.
Meanwhile, in episode one, Hermione receives a large sum of cash in a bag from Hiram, and yet, she still feels compelled to work minimum wage jobs. One of those jobs is with Fred Andrews, who eventually partners with Lodge Industries on a project to be built at the old drive-in theater. It’s Hermione, however, that facilitates the entire deal, which requires that she forge her daughter’s signature. She threatens to blow it all up and sell the SoDale project to Cliff Blossom, but I think that was a bluff, and that she never had any intention of doing so. She only wanted to manipulate Fred Andrews into going into business with her, and that was her end game all along, from the moment she asked for a job and eventually slept with Fred Andrews.