Can't Keep Up With All the 'Riverdale' Character Deaths? Right This Way.

Riverdale is a difficult place to stay alive. Just look at these folks who’ve traded in Pop Tate’s burgers and shakes for the sweet, sweet afterlife. Ever since Jason Blossom’s death opened the show on season one, Riverdale has not been shy about killing off characters, regardless of our affections (love you forever, Joaquin DeSantos).

Below, a comprehensive list of those who have faced their deaths (and honestly, should return as ghosts just to show Hiram Lodge what’s up):

Season One:

Jason Blossom

Episode: “Chapter One: The River’s Edge”

Cause of death: It’s revealed by the end of season one that Jason was shot by his father, Clifford Blossom. Following a failed attempt to leave Riverdale to be with a pregnant Polly, Jason was kidnapped by Mustang, a Southside Serpent who tried to get Clifford to pay money in exchange for his son. Instead, Clifford shot Jason (who knew about his father’s drug trafficking), leaving FP and Joaquin to clean up the mess and dump the body into Sweetwater River.


Episode: “Chapter Twelve: Anatomy of a Murder”

Cause of death: Also killed by Clifford, who tried to frame it as a suicide via overdose at the City Center Motor Hotel in the Southside. Clifford was likely trying to cover up his tracks as the investigation of Jason’s murder proceeded.

Clifford Blossom

Episode: “Chapter Twelve: Anatomy of a Murder”

Cause of death: Suicide by hanging at the Blossom barn not long after Cheryl confronted him about murdering Jason and having video evidence.

Season Two:

Ms. Grundy

Episode: “Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying”

Cause of death: Strangled by her own cello bow by the Black Hood following a piano lesson with Ben Button in Greendale. This would be the start of the Black Hood’s mission to rid Riverdale of all its sinners (following the failed assassination of Fred Andrews in the season one finale).

Mr. Phillips, aka the Sugarman

Episode: “Chapter Nineteen: Death Proof”

Cause of death: Shot by the Black Hood while in jail for being a drug dealer (for mostly Jingle Jangle) at the now-closed Southside High School.

Joseph Conway/Svenson

Episode: “Chapter Twenty-Two: Silent Night, Deadly Night”

Cause of death: Shot by Sheriff Keller after a mix-up orchestrated by the real Black Hood (Hal) involving Betty and Archie.

Charles Smith (Alice and FP’s son)

Episode: n/a

Cause of death: According to Chic, who posed as Charles on season two, the real Charles Smith died during a fight between the two at their motel in nearby Centerville. But this is Riverdale, so don’t be surprised if Charles shows up at the Cooper house one day. One day…


Episode: “Chapter Twenty-Five: The Wicked and the Divine”

Cause of death: It’s believed that Dwayne, a drug dealer who showed up to the Cooper house looking for Chic, was killed after he tried to attack Alice. (It’s unclear if Alice was the one who killed Dwayne with a lamp in the living room, or if Chic was responsible.) Betty arrived home just in time to help her mother clean up the blood (there was so much blood) and hide the body in a sewer. With the help of FP, the body was later buried in Fox Forest.

Papa Poutine

Episode: “Chapter Twenty-Five: The Wicked and the Divine”

Cause of death: Shot by Andre, Hiram’s right hand man and the Pembrooke’s doorman. Poutine was killed under Hiram’s orders after his plans to kill Hiram were revealed, not because the mobster criticized Pop Tate’s poutine. (FYI: his son, Small Fry, is killed by Hermione in self-defense nine episodes later.)

Cassidy Bullock

Episode: “Chapter Twenty-Seven: The Hills Have Eyes”

Cause of death: Shot by Andre following a failed robbery attempt at Veronica’s family lodge, aptly named Lodge Lodge. Hiram later uses Sheriff Minetta to bribe the other robbers, aka the Shadow Lake boys, to lie about the murder to frame Archie, who is subsequently arrested and sent to juvenile detention.

Midge Klump

Episode: “Chapter Thirty-One: A Night to Remember”

Cause of death: Stabbed by the Black Hood and pinned to a wall at the end of the Carrie musical.

Dr. Masters

Episode: “Chapter Thirty-Four: Judgment Night”

Cause of death: Killed by Hal at the hospital. Dr. Masters, unaware he was speaking to the Black Hood, asked too many questions about the injuries he sustained from Cheryl and her bow. This is how Hal responded.


Episode: “Chapter Thirty-Four: Judgment Night”

Cause of death: Killed by Small Fry at the Pembrooke. Andre was simply in the way of a man who was looking to seek revenge on the Lodges for his father’s death.

Season Three:

Dilton Doiley

Episode: “Chapter Thirty-Seven: Fortune and Men’s Eyes”

Cause of death: Cyanide poisoning via Gryphons & Gargoyles. Per Ben and Ethel Muggs, Dilton wanted to “ascend” in the game. Later on season three, the death of Dilton’s father Daryl is discussed in great length. It’s revealed that he died by oleander poisoning, though his killer has yet to be identified.

Ben Button

Episode: “Chapter Thirty-Seven: Fortune and Men’s Eyes”

Cause of death: Suicide by jumping out of a window at Riverdale General Hospital. Before he jumped, Ben told Betty and Jughead that he was going to be with Dilton and ascend. It’s slightly unclear if Ben is really dead because you can catch him in season one of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina as a pizza delivery boy.

Mr. Featherhead (the principal at Riverdale High in the ‘80s and ‘90s)

Episode: “Chapter Thirty-Nine: The Midnight Club”

Cause of death: Cyanide poisoning on the same night the members of The Midnight Club, aka the teens’ parents, played Gryphons & Gargoyles in the early ‘90s.

Warden Norton

Episode: “Chapter Forty: The Great Escape”

Cause of death: Self-inflicted cyanide poisoning in his office inside the prison. It’s unclear where the instructions came from, Hiram Lodge or the Gargoyle King (if they are, in fact, two separate people).

Joaquin DeSantos

Episode: Chapter Forty-One: Manhunter”

Cause of death: Cyanide poisoning. His death seems to be a message to Jughead, but was his death ordered or did he simply wanted to “ascend” like the others who have played G&G? The branding of Joaquin’s forehead (with a symbol that means sacrifice) makes his death even more suspicious.

The Shadow Lake Boys

Episode: “Chapter Forty-One: Manhunter”

Cause of death: Sheriff Minetta shot them all in the mines, per Hiram’s orders, after Veronica discovered footage of the sheriff bribing the group to frame Archie for murder.

Sheriff Minetta

Episode: “Chapter Forty-Two: The Man in Black”

Cause of death: Unclear, but according to Pop, the body was found in the marsh, decapitated and hands sawed off. Oof.

Sister Woodhouse and the nuns from Sisters of Quiet Mercy

Episode: “Chapter Forty-Four: No Exit”

Cause of death: Cyanide poisoning. Despite agreeing to testify against Hiram, Sister Woodhouse and the nuns from Sisters of Quiet Mercy are bailed out by an anonymous donor (ahem, Hiram) and leave a message on the jail cell wall, “We go to join thee.” Betty rushes to the asylum chamber and finds all the sisters dead from cyanide. In G&G terms, they have ascended.

Tall Boy

Episode: “Chapter Forty-Five: The Stranger”

Cause of death: Tall Boy was allegedly shot and killed by Sheriff Minetta and other police in a gunfight on season two (“Chapter Thirty-Five: Brave New World”), not long after he impersonated the Black Hood.

But in a season three twist, Tall Boy is revealed to be the Gargoyle King (or at least, one version of it). After he’s captured by the Serpents, Fangs accidentally kills Tall Boy (for real this time) in self defense (Fangs says he was trying to escape). To cover the death, Jughead suggests holding a Serpent party.

This will be updated as more characters are killed off on Riverdale.

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