‘Riverdale’: The Souphead Jones Theory is Taking Over the Web. Who is He?

Play back the events of last night’s Riverdale episode, “How to Get Away with Murder,” and you may be scratching your head trying to figure out who hurt Jughead.

While the puzzle itself remains to be solved – by the fans or Riverdale’s finest – that hasn’t stopped viewers from casting their theories out into the internet.

You’ve read some of them here and perhaps elsewhere, but there is one inching its way into the public’s consciousness about the whole Jughead mystery, and it hinges on his death being a hoax.

Many of us agree with that sentiment but there is one camp of believers who think Jug got help from a family member to pull it off.

Cole Sprouse in the CW's Riverdale
Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones in ‘Riverdale’ | Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network. All Rights Reserved

‘Riverdale’ Jughead theory involves a cousin

If you’re a diehard Riverdale fan who’s spent extra minutes on the web trying to find out about Jughead, then you may have seen the theory about his cousin, Souphead. As Decider points out, he hasn’t been introduced on Riverdale yet, but he looks and dresses like his older cousin, Jughead.

Some believe that Souphead’s been called on to assist Jug in carrying out a fake murder plot to get the Stonewall prep kids in trouble. A body double? Riverdale has done wilder storylines and as we all know, Cole Sprouse has a real-life twin brother, Dylan.

Who exactly is Souphead Jones?

Souphead is one of the characters from the original Archie comic book series, and he’s described as being shorter than Jughead but similar in looks. But there’s more. He has an older, super suave brother named Nathan who is said to be facially identical to Jughead.

Souphead has appeared in the solo Jughead comic series from 1949, and his brother has popped up in some stories too. As you can tell from his name, Souphead has an affinity for soup.

Obviously, “Soupy” shares a love of food like his cousin but the nickname denotes his preference. In the comics, Jughead and Souphead compete with each other over normal teen stuff but also help each other out on occasion to fool those around them. Nathan also engages in hijinks.

Why Souphead could be a remote possibility

While the “evil twin” Jughead theory has been floating around for some time, a lookalike cousin is a likelier candidate for a surprise Riverdale appearance.

Why? Creator/showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has written modern versions of the Archie and Sabrina comics and pulls inspirational material from the original print series.

Sometimes, he flips these comic book characters into new incarnations in Riverdale – Miss Grundy and Chic are two examples – and other times he leaves in their core elements.

This season, fans met Jughead’s grandfather and Archie’s uncle, so it’s not exactly farfetched to bring in other family members that will play a role in carrying the story.

Souphead and Nathan theories were discussed on Reddit years ago, and fans would welcome the twist to prove that their favorite teen Southside Serpent is alive and well. However, viewers will have to wait and see who exactly is getting away with Jughead’s murder as the next episodes play out.