Riverdale Season 7: Who killed Ethel’s parents?

ethel in riverdale season 7The CW

Ethel’s parents meet an untimely end in Riverdale Season 7, but who killed them… and could it be Ethel?

Love it or hate it, Riverdale, the drama-mystery series that brought Archie Comics characters to life in variously wacky ways, has certainly made a name for itself in pop culture. We’re watching closely, and you can read our review of the first three episodes here.

In the series, we’ve had haunted dolls, super powers, time travel, and now parental murder. It’s all happening in Season 7, which happens to be the final season of the CW show.

Article continues after ad

Ethel bursts into the school dance in the Episode 2, with blood all over her and her parents dead. But what happened, and who killed them? Well, read on, and we’ll explain all. But first: Warning, Riverdale spoilers up ahead!

Who killed Ethel’s parents in Riverdale Season 7?

Well, the truth is that there is no official answer yet to who killed Ethel’s parents. But there are a certain few suspects.

Episode 3 begins with Ethel explaining why she’s covered in blood: Her parents were both stabbed to death. Not only is this shocking, but she also claimed that her milkman did it, despite the fact that this man is in his 70s.

Article continues after ad

When the milkman is alter cleared by the authorities, Ethel claims that it could’ve been a different milkman, or just someone dressed like one.

However, there are some hints that Ethel could be the killer herself. Ethel knows that she could be a suspect, as she actually has drawings that she made of her putting her parents through a meat grinder. And when Jughead goes to her house to recover the drawings, he also finds a comic book hidden with a story about a murdering milkman. Quite incriminating stuff.

Article continues after ad

But now Jughead seems to be a suspect himself, as he stashes the drawings, and the police later find them when searching his house. The episode ends with him getting called into the principal’s office, along with Ethel.

But while Ethel seems like a prime suspect perhaps she’s just a red herring, as surely they wouldn’t reveal who the killer was just yet. Plus, Episode 4 involves her and Jughead getting questioned by the school and the police, where both are able to give alibi’s that prove their innocence – Ethel is a little hesitant to give up hers, however.

Article continues after ad

Jughead, with Veronica’s help, is able to prove that he was at the dance during the murder, whereas Ethel was making out with Julian Blossom in his car. Julian confirms that this alibi is true, and thus Ethel is free to go.

The murders die down for a while (no pun intended) but in Episode 8, tragedy strikes once more. Writer Mr Rayberry suddenly turns up dead, and while suicide is the cause given, it’s no coincidence that a creepy milkman was seen before his death.

Article continues after ad

Thankfully, Jughead can sense this weirdness too, and is on the case to figure out what happened. There’s a murder mystery afoot, but it certainly seems like an intriguing one. And don’t worry, we’ll update this article when the truth is revealed.

Riverdale is currently premiering weekly on the CW. To find out when you can watch it, click here.

Related Topics