'Riverdale': With red marking their family crest, how much blood do the Blossoms have on their hands?
You just can't run away from a bloody legacy, it stains — even if it's done through the lens of vigilantes looking for public justice.
This article contains spoilers for Riverdale Season 1 to 4
Riverdale has had its share of the blame game being passed around from family to family while teenagers take on the bringing of justice. Ah, but the Blossoms started the Riverdale crime series with the first murder mystery being the death of red-headed twin Jason Blossom. Besides the fact the poor soul was dug up and was a victim of delusional fantasies in Season 4, his blood is on the hands of his father, Clifford Blossom. Why? He found out that the family was involved in the drug business more than they were involved in the maple syrup business.
The Blossom family is one of the largest and oldest family to grace the tracks of Riverdale, traveling from God-knows-where to set up an empire called the Blossom Maple Farms in this small town. With an instant success under their belt, it resulted in more family animosity than bringing the family together. Oh, and there's fact that they are related to the Cooper family which meant that Polly and Jason's relationships were in lack of better terms, incest to a certain extent. A convenient secret that only came out later in the series, linking the Cooper family to the Blossoms. If you'd care to remember, the Black Hood was Hal Cooper, so murderous woes run in the family.
The linking started with murder generations prior — one Blossom brother killing another resulting in the family tree splitting as one side of the family takes on the Cooper name.
This set the stage for current Riverdale's bloody antics that orchestrated the killings of the victims of the Gryphons and Gargoyle game. Not even the burning of Thornhill by Cheryl Blossom — who was frustrated with the cursed family history and wanted to begin new in Thistlehouse — was able to stop the villains in the family.
Penelope Blossom, a doting mother to triplets Cheryl, Jason, and Julian, who was a loyal wife to Clifford, turns into a vile murderer who wants to bring her childhood trauma to justice. Penelope was an orphan and resided at the Sisters Of Quiet Mercy. She was 'sold' to the Blossom family because of her characteristic appearance of red hair and pale skin and married into the Blossom Maple empire. Cheryl, the red-lipped gothic heroine of Riverdale, endured questionable hatred and abuse from her mother all the while reeling from the death of Jason, her only solidarity in the family. Cheryl, even with her delusions of talking to her dead brother, might be the only sane soul in the family.
So, how much blood do the Blossoms have on their hands? Well, considering Penelope was oh-so-ready to murder the Archie gang in Fox Forest, we are sure there's more that has been accounted for. For now, let's round out the list: Clifford Blossom, who committed suicide, has killed his son, Jason Blossom and Mustang, a southside serpent. Penelope Blossom, The Red Dahlia, Hal Copper, The Black Hood and Chic The Gargoyle King have conspired the deaths of many that fell prey to the senseless Gryphons and Gargoyle game or just plain murder: Ms Grundy, The Sugarman, Midge Clump, Dilton Doiley, Ben Button, Kurtz, Hal cooper and the list goes on and on.
We're taking another perspective on the reason besides the maple farm that the Blossom family dons the colour red with pride. You just can't run away from a bloody legacy, it stains — even if it's done through the lens of vigilantes looking for public justice.