SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for "Chapter Forty-Seven: Bizarrodale," the latest episode of Riverdale.
Riverdale has revealed the identity of the Gargoyle King -- or at least one of them, anyway. After apprehending Gerald "Tall Boy" Petite as the Gargoyle Gang's King, F.P. Jones and the rest of the Midnight Club discovered Major Marcus Mason using the Gargoyle King mantle to scare his son Moose straight.
Due to circumstances out of his control, Moose felt compelled to come out to his father. Though Marcus seemed to take it well, this was far from the truth. Marcus rounded up his ROTC students, handed them Gargoyle Gang masks and ordered them to kidnap Kevin Keller and Moose. Meanwhile, he distracted the surviving Midnight Club members by threatening their children and ordering them to finish playing the game they started in high school.
The Midnight Club quickly got wise to Marcus' ruse and called all their children. When Kevin was the only one who didn't answer, they set out to find him. Doing so led them directly to Marcus, dressed as the Gargoyle King, and his gang of ROTC gargoyles. Once he was in Sherriff Jones' custody, he revealed what inspired him to become the Gargoyle King and how he knew about the Midnight Club.
"Back then, us cadets did everything together and no one was closer than me and my best friend Tommy Keller, until I tried to kiss him. When my parents found out about my inclinations, they sent me to the Sisters [of Quiet Mercy] to get help for my weakness of character," Marcus explained. "That's where I first met the King and where I started playing Griffins and Gargoyles, as I later learned Tommy played too with his Midnight Club."
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"The Sisters cured me of impure thoughts. I became strong, as I have been all these years, but then I heard Tom and Sierra were getting married, just as my own son Moose told me he was seeing Tom's boy, who looks just like Tommy did," he said.
It is unclear if Marcus is the same Gargoyle King who poisoned Principal Featherhead, but it seems likely, since he was one of the few who knew about the game and the club outside of its own members. After all, he doesn't seem shy about exacting revenge through fear. "You wanted to destroy what you couldn't have," F.P. pointed out. "The Sisters scared you with the Gargoyle King, so you thought you'd do the same to Moose, Kevin."
Of course, there's still another Gargoyle King wandering around Riverdale. "The true Gargoyle King, if there even is a real king, is still at large," Jughead pointed out to his father later in the episode. For now, though, they'll have to be satisfied with their capture of Tall Boy, who used the costume to sell drugs, and Marcus, who wore it to scare his son out of being queer.
Airing Wednesdays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW, Riverdale stars KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Madelaine Petsch, Ashleigh Miller, Casey Cott, Mark Consuelos, Skeet Ulrich, Marisol Nichols, Madchen Amick and Luke Perry.