WARNING: The following contains spoilers for the latest episode of Riverdale, “Chapter Seventy-Six: Killing Mr. Honey,” which aired Wednesday on The CW.
Season 4 of Riverdale dealt mainly with the threat of the Stonewall students, who nearly succeeded in creating the perfect murder, with Jughead as their target. Once that was taken care of, however, another mystery arrived in the form of the homemade videotapes that had previously appeared on the porch of everyone living in Riverdale. At first, the videos only showed the front of everyone’s houses for hours. However, the threat of the videotapes intensified when they started showing masked people re-enacting moments from previous seasons.
It started with a recreation of Jughead’s fake murder at the hands of Betty, and it continued with the reenactment of the murder of Jason Blossom. The videos were made all the more disturbing thanks to plastic masks that were meant to resemble the people involved. Now, as the fourth season of Riverdale reaches its conclusion, we are left with one final video — and this one is the most frightening yet.
The Season 4 finale of Riverdale, “Chapter Seventy-Six: Killing Mr. Honey,” took the war between Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and their principal, the titular Mr. Honey, to the next level. Over the season, Honey has been an antagonist of sorts, cancelling school events and putting his foot down whenever he was in disagreement with the trouble-making students. Now, with the fate of prom on the line, the quartet get their parents involved in the hopes of ending their senior year on the right note. However, Honey answers back by faking another homemade video — this one filming the school — claiming it as the real deal and using it as an excuse to cancel prom.
The episode juxtaposes this battle between principal and students with Jughead’s latest crime story, which he starts writing for his university admission entry. In his work of fiction, Jughead takes the war with Mr. Honey much further, by having the students truly kill their principal inside a cabin in the woods. They then proceed to cover it up.
When it’s revealed Mr. Honey simply faked the homemade video of the school, he is promptly fired. Throughout the entire season, it was never clear if Honey was just a strict principal, or if he was a darker threat for Archie and his friends — and this very question is brought to the forefront in the finale. However, thanks to a recommendation letter he leaves for Jughead, it appears he really was on their side. But, unfortunately, that revelation may have come to late.
As the episode comes to a close, Jughead and Betty find another homemade video, and this time the scene that’s recreated isn’t one that has happened — not in reality, at least. The video enacts the scene of Mr. Honey’s murder inside the cabin — a scene Jughead only just recently wrote. Everyone is represented in the video thanks to the use of more plastic masks, and they are all standing around a Mr. Honey stand-in, who is strapped to a chair. But things here are taken much further when everyone stabs the Mr. Honey stand-in to death.
Season 4 ends on this shocking, bloody note, as we are left to wonder if the real Mr. Honey was just killed. Given the surprise revelation that he truly had the best interest of his students at heart, it seems likely. But we also don’t have proper confirmation.
Plus, the more pressing mystery remains: who is behind these videos? After all, this latest video recreated a scene from Jughead’s story — something only Betty had gotten a chance to read, as far as we know. How did they get their hands on the story? This implies that whoever is responsible may be closer than anyone realizes.
Unfortunately, it will be a long wait before we get the answers.
Airing Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, Riverdale stars KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Madelaine Petsch, Casey Cott, Vanessa Morgan, Mark Consuelos, Skeet Ulrich, Marisol Nichols and Madchen Amick.
In the Season 4 finale of Riverdale, the threat of the creepy homemade videos intensified with the possible death of an adult character.