ng suspects along with a preview some of the show s upcoming storylines.Penelope Blossom(Photo by Katie Yu/The CW)As one of the two principal gamemasters during the 1980s G G craze, Penelope Blossom (Nathalie Boltt) still makes a compelling suspect —even if she weaved a convincing alibi for Betty and the reconvened Midnight Club, throwing Dilton Doiley’s father, Daryl, under the bus in the process. Her details all feature the ring of truth — down to Daryl’s morbid obsession with her — but she’s still a Blossom and therefore capable of just about anything. Considering her willingness to commit Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) last season and her involvement in the Lodge/Ghoulies cabal, orchestrating multiple murders across three decades does not seem like a stretch for her — and a slow-motion kill spree does not require a strong motive.Of course, Penelope seemed as surprised by the Ascension Party prep as everyone else, which stands as the best evidence for her innocence — at least in Featherhead’s death — even as she seems a likely suspect for anything in Riverdale.When we asked Boltt about the Gargoyle King’s identity, she offered a sly, “It’s not who you think.” She also added that Penelope has “really crazy, dark stuff coming up” in her story. “If you thought it was bad, it only gets worse … some sticky situations will arise,” she said.Some of it may have to do with Claudius Blossom (Barclay Hope), who was conspicuously absent from “The Midnight Club’s” flashback to Penelope’s first encounter with Clifford at Pop’s. “I think it s a bit of a curve ball,” she said. “It gives us something to play with in the upcoming episodes.”Hermione Lodge(Photo by Katie Yu/The CW)Last year, Hiram (Mark Consuelos) was certainly a possible mastermind behind the Black Hood (since the panic was good for his ultimate ends). But this year, Hermione (Marisol Nichols) seems the more likely Lodge behind the cow’s head mask of the Gargoyle King. As mayor, solving the latest crisis will solidify her position in town — even if it is a crisis she manufactured herself. Nichols told RT she really hopes it is not Hermione.“That means I die,” she said — not that Riverdale villains always end up on the pavement. Betty’s father, Hal (Lochlyn Munro), a.k.a. the real Black Hood, is still in prison waiting for his daughter to come to him for advice.In the short term, Nichols said Hermione is “definitely reaching her breaking point with what she s willing to do and not willing to do,” and “will redeem herself in terms of not being Hiram s shadow so much.” But could that attempt at redemption include pinning a string of seemingly senseless murders on Hiram?Hiram Lodge(Photo by Katie Yu/The CW)For as long as Hiram remains on the show, he’ll always be a default suspect in any Riverdale mystery. But during our conversation with Consuelos, the actor hinted that Hiram may have known about Gryphons and Gargoyles infiltrating the Leopold and Loeb Juvenile Detention Center.“It s a way of controlling,” he said. “Anything he does is a way of controlling the outcome for him.”The Gargoyle Gang glimpsed in this week’s episode certainly echoes the Red Circle, which Hiram helped along in both of its manifestations. And if everything really is about control for him, than G G offers a level of control heretofore unseen on Riverdale.But that introduces another question: Was he the Gargoyle King the night of the Midnight Club’s Ascension Party, or did that Gargoyle King inspire him? If so, is Hiram really working for that King? And considering his association with Warden Norton (William MacDonald), is the whole point of the SoDale prison to help the Gargoyle King find more willing players?