Riverdale: 20 most shocking moments during the first three seasons

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Riverdale — “Chapter Twenty-Three: The Blackboard Jungle” — Image Number: RVD210a_0078.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Cole Spouse as Jughead, Jordan Connor as Sweet Pea, Vanessa Morgan as Toni, Drew Ray Tanner as Fangs and KJ Apa as Archie — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

5. Jughead Joins The Serpents

Episode: “Chapter Thirteen: The Sweet Hereafter” (Season 1, Episode 13)

After a full-season of sleuthing while running from his past, Jughead Jones could rest easy knowing that he and his friends had helped solve the murder of Jason Blossom and ultimately put evil to rest once more. Moreover, he could also rest knowing that his father, F.P., was cleared of murder. However, it was his father’s imprisonment, and his actions that followed, that ended up presenting him with an unexpected opportunity.

Right when he and Betty were about to take their relationship to the next level, he was interrupted by none other than the Serpents themselves. Standing by his door, the entire group were thankful that F.P. didn’t turn on his own during his time behind bars, as Tall Boy told Jughead that they planned on returning the favor by having Jughead’s back. With that, they offered him his very own Serpent jacket.

With the rain pelting down and a concerned Betty watching from afar, Jughead slowly threw on the Serpent jacket, savouring every moment. With his beanie nowhere in sight, the heavy percussion from Imagine Dragons’ “Believer” playing in the background, and that sly serpent-like smile on his face, it was clear that the Jughead of old was no more. In that moment, we witnessed the rebirth of Jughead Jones as he had officially become everything that he had previously run from and, surprisingly, he liked it. The future Serpent King had been born.

It was a powerful moment that signified change in Riverdale and one that ultimately set the tone for the character’s journey throughout Season 2.