Riverdale: Who was the auteur? Videotape killer plot explained

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CW series Riverdale returned last week and saw the beginning of the end for the major story arc which has been keeping fans gripped throughout the last series. Viewers finally got the answers they were looking for and in true Riverdale style, the twist was a big one. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about the story arc.

Who was the auteur in Riverdale?

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Riverdale season 5

Riverdale reached a head with Betty Cooper (played by Lili Reinhart) finding out who had been bumping off people in the American town.

She realised the only person with the capabilities and resources to commit the killings was her brother Charles Smith (Wyatt Nash).

Charles admitted to taking out members of Stonewall Prep including Joan Berkley (Doralynn Mui) and Bret Weston Wallis (Sean Depner) in a bid to protect Betty.

Betty and Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse) realised Charles was still dating Chic Cooper (Hart Denton) and got his incarcerated boyfriend to kill Bret before he could talk.

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The smoking gun for Betty came when she discovered Charles had been bugging her mobile phone and confronted him about it.

She was dismayed to learn her brother and father were both serial killers as well as worrying about her mother Alice Cooper (Mädchen Amick) when she learnt of the development.

Jughead and Betty believed Charles was also the auteur but he denied it, hinting he knew who was behind the unsettling films but refusing to give anything away.

In the end, it turned out Jellybean Jones (Trinity Likins) was the one making the footage but it was for a fairly innocent reason: to keep Jughead from leaving town.

Jughead explained to his father FP Jones (Skeet Ulrich): “The big brother she just got to know was already leaving town to Stonewall and then to college? She figures the best way to keep me in town was a mystery.”

Over time, Jellybean got more people from Archie Andrews’ (KJ Apa) community centre involved in making the videotapes.

But she later had to up the ante when simply being a voyeur was no longer having the intended effect on Jughead.

She started to make recreations and copied the original footage which was available to rent from Blue Velvet Videos.

He went on to say: “She and those kids made all the masks and the props and the sets. It’s actually pretty impressive.”

Jellybean and her friends managed to make the videotapes all over Riverdale – all in a bid to keep Jughead in her life.

The teen writer concluded: “I don’t think she understands the enormity and the darkness of what she did.”

Although FP was left shocked, Jellybean was forgiven for her behaviour as the family moved on with Jughead inevitably now going off to the University of Iowa.

Along with this major plot point finally being put to bed, the season brought things full-circle with Archie bidding his father Fred Andrews (Luke Perry) farewell and forgiving his killer.

Archie faced his demons and wrote a letter to the judge, asking for a more lenient sentence for the teenage hit and run driver who mowed down Fred.

Additionally, Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) coerced her father Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos) into retiring from his evil ways, while Hermione (Marisol Nichols) announced she was departing for the Big Apple to become a Real Housewife of New York.

She called time on her marriage with Hiram, too, and said now with Veronica going off the college now, she no longer needed to remain with her gangster husband.

Riverdale season 5 airs on The CW on Wednesdays at 7/8c and Netflix UK on Thursdays

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