Riverdale Season 3 Episode 7 connected three separate stories of fear, fraud, and Fizzle Rocks into one overall web of development. The plot pieces fell into place, and even as the characters went their separate ways, their paths still tied together.
If one thing was made clear: Hiram was the one getting the job done on the Riverdale chess board. Regardless if he's the Gargoyle King or not.
"Chapter Forty-Two: The Man in Black" wasn't the first time that Riverdale presented their plots in a short story format.
Riverdale Season 2 Episode 7 first tried this structure when it separated the characters' stories into three different dark tales. None of the plots interrupted the others, and the pace provided a clear layout of the beginning, middle,