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Betty Cooper (played by Lili Reinhart) in Riverdale has moved on from solving crimes in the once quiet little town, to working with the FBI. In season five, it was revealed that Betty had been tracking down a notorious murderer given the nickname of the Trash Bag Killer, TBK for short. As she was trying to get him behind bars, he ended up kidnapping her and holding her captive for two weeks down what appeared to be a well in a basement.
WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Riverdale.
Is Jughead really Betty’s Trash Bag Killer?
TBK is a migrating serial killer who has been travelling across the country and mutilating his victims, leaving their bodies in trash bags.
Betty was able to find out where his lair was while she was working as a trainee for the FBI and went in alone so she could try and rescue one of his victims.
She was too late though and instead, her life was in danger as he held her captive until the FBI was able to find out where she was.
These traumatic two weeks deeply affected Betty who regularly suffers from nightmares, especially since she knows that the killer is still out there.
Her former boyfriend and FBI agent Glen (Greyston Holt) informed Betty that TBK had popped up again in Tulsa, with two more victims found.
But a new theory has emerged which is putting none other than Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse) in the frame.
Taking to Reddit to write the subreddit entitled “TBK is Jughead?”, the Riverdale fan writes:
“The longer the episodes go on this theory is getting stronger
“Hell it could explain why Betty was somehow spared.
“Or Jughead going off the grid for days at a time.
“That voicemail has to be around the time Betty was captured.
“The writers are starting to make Jughead seem kind of suspicious.”
Jughead has stated that the past seven years have been a bit of a blur as he has taken to drugs and drink.
The writer has blacked out on numerous occasions and gone missing for long periods of time without no one knowing of his whereabouts.
As mentioned in the Reddit theory, there is also the fact that Jughead sounded unusually aggressive in the voicemail that he sent Betty when she didn’t show up to the book launch.
This could have taken place just before Betty was kidnapped and may be a potential trigger as to why he decided to kidnap her then.
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The fact Betty was the only one of TBK’s victims not to be killed does also indicate he has some sort of connection with her.
Jughead may have finally realised what he was doing in his drug-induced state and chose to run away.
One factor which does suggest it wasn’t Jughead is that another couple of bodies were found while he was in Riverdale.
Nevertheless, it is possible they could have been killed by a copycat as TBK had been inactive for a while.
Commenting on the possibility, another fan praised: “This is a really good theory, I’d give you an award if I had one”.
So could it really be Jughead that is behind Betty’s terrifying serial killer?
Riverdale season five will continue tonight, Wednesday, August 25, on The CW.
International fans are going to be able to watch the same episode tomorrow, Thursday, August 26, on Netflix.
The synopsis for the episode Reservoir Dogs reads: “While helping Eric deal with his PTSD, Archie is forced to confront his own past trauma in the Army.
“To find the Lonely Highway killer, Betty and Tabitha come up with a way to lure truckers to Pop’s.”
Riverdale is available to watch on The CW and Netflix.
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