Riverdale: 20 most important characters on the show

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Riverdale — “Chapter Twenty-Eight: There Will Be Blood” — Image Number: RVD215b_0166.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Tiera Skovbye as Polly, Lili Reinhart as Betty and Lochlyn Munro as Hal — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

10. Hal Cooper

Look, we have to break the “we won’t call murderers important” precedent set by Clifford Blossom for the infamous Hal Cooper. As the Black Hood in the second season, Betty’s father cast a dark, dark shadow on the characters and the remainder of the series.

To this day, he’s still being talked about (and receiving screen time from behind his Hannibal Lecter chamber) because of the hellish trauma he unleashedd on Riverdale. Hal might not be important but his actions, unfortunately, were.

Since day one, Hal had always been kind of suspect, and that’s not hindsight talking. He was bitter, unusually cruel to Alice at times, and unreceptive to Chic’s arrival (though he we’ll give him credit for being on the money about that one).

Even though Lochlyn Munro played Hal with a deceivingly normal exterior, on the inside a broken person fought to unleash violence on his town due to years of disturbing brainwashing.

A lot of characters on Riverdale have chilling backstories, but Hal’s might take the cake. During childhood, Hal was taught that sinner’s were to be “gotten rid of,” and his father murdered the Conway family.

The Blossom family had a violent history, which resulted in the Cooper name. Hal sought to continue the haunting legacy. As the Black Hood, Hal changed the fabric of the town forever. It’s an internal battle Betty will have to contend with for the rest of her life.