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‘Riverdale': We Have Not Seen the Last of the Black Hood

TCA 2018: “Hal is not completely out of the picture yet,” says executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Sinners of Riverdale, beware.

“Hal is not completely out of the picture yet,” said showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa at the Television Critics Association summer 2018 press tour. Aguirre-Sacasa’s tease followed a question for a reporter about whether Hal (Lochlyn Munro)’s arrest might lead room for Alice and F.P. to get more romantic.

And as we all learned in the penultimate episode of Season 2, Betty’s dad had been the Black Hood terrorizing Riverdale all along.

Munro added that when he read the script for Episode 21, he was “devastated,” thinking he had been written off the show.

“I can honestly tell you, when I read 21, I was a little devastated, because I thought — and thank God for Roberto being there, because he calmed me down — because I absolutely adore working with these people, and I thought that I was done on the show,” Munro told reporters. “And when Roberto talked to me, and he never gives anything away, he always just says it’s not over, we’ve got some ideas.”

He added that it will be interesting to explore how on earth Hal was able to fool the whole serial killer thing from Alice for all those years.

I now have embraced this character, I just think it adds so many layers for Hal, and so many great things to explore, as far as my backstory,” Munro continued. “I mean, how I was able to fool Alice for those many years is like really interesting to me.”

Just cause he’s a serial killer, he doesn’t stop being Betty’s dad,” added executive producer Sarah Schechter. To that, Munro said that “I think she would want to stop me from being her dad. But I have so much knowledge now to bestow upon Betty.”

“Riverdale” Season 3 premieres on The CW Wednesday, October 10 at 8 p.m.