|“||I saw him. The Gargoyle King. [...] As I was walking home. I followed him into a clearing. Betty, there are others. There's, like, ten of 'em. They look like his disciples. Like, they were worshiping the king. [...] They had on these masks, like, they were a gang. A gang of gargoyles.||”|
|— Jughead to Betty[src]|
The Gargoyle Gang (often referred to as just the Gargoyles) are the Gargoyle King's loyal disciples who worship and follow his every command.
In Dilton’s bunker, Jughead informs Betty of his run-in with Gargoyle King. Jughead followed it through a clearing only to learn that the Gargoyle King is not alone. He was accompanied by ten of his disciples around a bonfire. They were all wearing mask, and Jughead describes them as being a gang of gargoyles. Betty wants to go after them, but Jughead would rather not take the chance. When they begin to wonder who the disciples might be, Archie utters Joaquin's name. He recalls Kevin telling him that Joaquin spoke of joining a new gang. Given what they now know about Warden Norton playing G&G and Joaquin doing his bidding, this only further confirms Betty and Jughead’s suspicion that Warden Norton might be the Gargoyle King.
Following his previous lead, Jughead, Sweet Pea and Fangs track Joaquin down. They’ve tied him up and in the process of doing so discovered a gargoyle mask on his person, meaning he is one of the Gargoyle King’s disciples. Jughead has a lot of questions, but he starts with why Joaquin shivved Archie instead of protecting him. The Warden said Joaquin had no other choice. Joaquin explains that in juvie, you’ll do anything to survive, even if that means being the Warden’s pawn. However, in some ways, the Warden was a pawn too. Joaquin saw him with game cards that told him what to do. Whoever sent the cards wanted Archie dead. From the moment he was locked up, he was marked. Jughead asks if by marked, Joaquin is referring to the symbol that Warden Norton branded on Archie’s hip. However, Joaquin is not. He reveals the brand in which Jughead is referring to means sacrifice. It means that Archie had to die. Joaquin is seemingly under the impression that Archie died. Jughead informs him this is not the case. When Jughead asks who was giving the Warden his orders, Joaquin refuses to answer. Jughead pulls out his knife as Sweet Pea and Fangs hold Joaquin up. They threaten him. With no other choice, Joaquin tells Jughead that he saw Warden Norton meet with him once. Joaquin says that Jughead knows him. The man in the black suit, he says.
Sweet Pea and Fangs await Jughead’s return at Sunnyside Trailer Park. When he does arrive, they inform him that someone is sending them a message. Under a plastic tarp lays Joaquin’s body. His lips are blue and he has the sacrifice symbol on his forehead. They have not the slightest clue who the culprit might be. Possibly the gargoyle gang or Hiram, but not even that is a certainty. Recalling that Archie has the same mark on his ribs, Jughead rushes off to find him, leaving Sweet Pea and Fangs with the body.
The Gargoyles ambush Reggie as he returns to Riverdale from his beer run across the border for La Bonne Nuit. They blow his tires out with a set of spike strips. When he exits his vehicle, they attack as Veronica hasn't paid what she owes. Later, the Gargoyles go after Josie as she's one of La Bonne Nuit's main attractions. He waits by her door as she turns the corner. Josie just barely makes it inside, locking the door behind her as the Gargoyle bangs on the door. Josie then calls Veronica and Reggie over to inform them of the attack.
The Gargoyles attempt to intercept Reggie's run once more. In the road lays another set of road spikes just as before, except this time Reggie sees them and stops. Reggie exits the truck and is immediately surrounded. As they head towards the back of the truck to trash the cargo, the Serpents attack, jumping out he back of the truck with weapons in hand. One Gargoyle is knocked to the ground as the others flee. Sweet Pea and FP hold him up as Jughead uses him to send a message to Hiram Lodge. He informs the Gargoyle that Veronica is now under the protection of the Serpents and that Riverdale has not fallen. The Serpents then proceed to let the Gargoyle go to deliver the message.
Unbeknownst to the Gargoyle Gang, they have been infiltrated by the Serpents. Fangs has gone undercover in an effort to help take down the Gargoyle King. Jughead meets with Fangs in the bunker, where Fangs reveals that he’s successfully infiltrated the Gargoyle Gang. The Gargoyle King is impressed by Fangs’ Fizzle Rocks sales and wants to invite him into the Inner Circle. They’re having a ceremony tomorrow night in Fox Forest and the Gargoyle King will be there. Jughead wants Fangs to attend the ceremony, but he does make a point to reassure him that he’ll have back up.
As planned, Fangs attends the ceremony in Fox Forest. The Gargoyle Gang, led by the Gargoyle King, surrounds a fiery pit as they await Fangs’ arrival. Once Fangs arrive, they instruct him to kneel before the King, which Fangs does. It seems that part of the ceremony involves branding the mark of the Gargoyle onto Fangs. Just off in the woods, Jughead and FP take out two armed guards. Moments away from being branded, Fangs is saved by the Serpents. While the Gargoyle Gang manage to escape, the Serpents do manage to capture the Gargoyle King. The man under the mask is revealed to be Tall Boy, much to Jughead, FP, Sweet Pea, and Fangs’ surprise.
After discovering that his son Moose is gay and that he is in a relationship with Kevin, Marcus devises a plan to scare them. He, along with the other RROTC cadets, dressed as the Gargoyle Gang, kidnap Moose and Kevin and take them into a clearing in Fox Forest. Marcus, disguised as the Gargoyle King, looks over them. Before them sits two chalices. The Gargoyle King wants them to flip for their fate. When Moose refuses to play along, the Gargoyles pull out knives as incentive. Should they refuse to play, they’ll be killed. With no other choice, Kevin decides to go first. He flips the coin and just as he prepares to sip from the chalice, the Gargoyle King is shot by an arrow, fired by Cheryl, who along with Toni, Tom, FP and his deputies, bring an end to the ritual. They unmask the Gargoyles and much to Kevin and Moose’s surprise, they’re the RROTC cadets.
- "Chapter Forty-One: Manhunter"
- "Chapter Forty-Three: Outbreak" (mentioned)
- "Chapter Forty-Four: No Exit"
- "Chapter Forty-Five: The Stranger"
- "Chapter Forty-Seven: Bizarrodale"
- "Chapter Forty-Eight: Requiem for a Welterweight"
- "Chapter Forty-Nine: Fire Walk With Me"
- "Chapter Fifty: American Dreams" (mentioned)
- "Chapter Fifty-Two: The Raid"
- "Chapter Fifty-Seven: Survive The Night"
- ↑ Chambers, Cristine (writer) & Talalay, Rachel (director) (November 28, 2018). "Chapter Forty-One: Manhunter". Riverdale. Season 3. Episode 6. The CW.
- ↑ Anderson, Arabella (writer) & Hunt, Jeff (director) (January 16, 2019). "Chapter Forty-Four: No Exit". Riverdale. Season 3. Episode 9. The CW.
- ↑ Paterson, Brian E. (writer) & Kiley, Maggie (director) (January 23, 2019). "Chapter Forty-Five: The Stranger". Riverdale. Season 3. Episode 10. The CW.
- ↑ Turner, Devon & Ewing, Will (writers) & Smith, Greg (director) (January 30, 2019). "Chapter Forty-Six: The Red Dahlia". Riverdale. Season 3. Episode 11. The CW.