We here at J-14 are not-so-patiently counting down the days until Riverdale Season 2 premieres (on October 11 at 8 p.m. in case you need to mark it down and clear your schedule now), but there's a new fan theory swirling around that has the fandom shook. It has to do with the beloved couple Betty and Jughead, the identity of a secret Cooper brother and the Serpents. Essentially, DRAMA CENTRAL.
Let's break it all down:
It was revealed during Season 1 that Betty and Polly actually have an older brother their mom gave up for adoption. She doesn't know his name or where he is now, but knowing the master sleuth Betty is, she's most likely going to do all she can to find her long-lost older brother. Plus, executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa did kinda-sorta hint that this brother would be coming to town soon when he was asked if we would meet this character.
"I wouldn’t be surprised, and that’s all I’ll say about that," Roberto said.
Vague enough to have us believe that is a big old YES, the Cooper bro is coming. And one Reddit user, RandomFranticAction, seems to believe we have already met this mysterious, long-lost son and he's none other than Serpent Joaquin DeSantos, who also happens to be Kevin's boyfriend.
Now, it's important to note that there is another layer to this idea: Betty and Polly's dad Hal might not be the father, since he didn't want Alice to keep the baby for them to raise together, which is why she gave the baby up for adoption all those years ago. This might be because he isn't the dad, and since Joaquin is part of the Southside Serpents, there's a chance his dad could be FP Jones. Yes, as in Jughead's dad. So Betty and Jughead would both have the same half brother, since they would each share one parent with him.
So this might be a bit of a stretch, but there was a point during the season when Alice and FP had a conversation and FP reminded Alice that she might be able to move to the other side of town, but they both know where her roots are. Hence, she has a secret past with the Serpents. Mama Cooper has been vocal about her disapproval of Betty and Jughead's relationship too, despite the fact that the pair is literally the cutest, so this theory would help explain why she didn't want them together.
Plus, the actor who plays Joaquin, Rob Raco, once took to Twitter to have some fun with fans and tweeted out a GIF from the show, writing in the text that he's FP's son too, since these two are pretty close.
FP enlisted Joaquin to help cover up Clifford Blossoms' murder of his own son Jason as you may remember, so nothing like an actual crime to bring people together.
This would for sure shake up the whole town, since Joaquin and Kevin are happily together in their own somewhat complicated relationship because Kevin's dad is the town Sheriff and Joaquin is in a dangerous gang. Kind of making things a bit forbidden for the couple if you will. Plus, Betty and Jughead possibly sharing a sibling would be a super bizarre dynamic. It would explain though the air of mystery that does seem to exist between Betty's mom and Juggy's dad but of course, this is all just some fandom fun. We'll have some answers once the series returns but until then, we sit and admire each other's genius theories because Riverdale fans know how to keep things interesting during hiatus time.