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The town of Riverdale is not exactly the happiest place to live. Aside from dealing with rival gangs, cults, and serial killers roaming the streets, the town faces a lot of loss. In fact, after Archie Andrews almost lost his life to a damn grizzly bear in a recent episode, it got us thinking: How many deaths have there actually been in the series thus far? A lot, as it turns out.

Over the past three seasons, Riverdale has killed off more than 40 characters. Of course, not all of these deaths were shown and not all took place in the same timeline. Still, there's a lot to keep track of. Fortunately, we've rounded up the important ones for you so you can keep up.

Season One: Jason Blossom

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Episode: "Chapter One: The River’s Edge"

Though Cheryl claimed at the beginning of the show that her brother fell into Sweetwater River and went missing, it was revealed by the end of the first season that Jason was actually shot by his father, Clifford Blossom. Why? Because he wanted to leave Riverdale to be with Polly and he knew his father's drug-trafficking secret.

Season One: Mustang

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Episode: "Chapter Twelve: Anatomy of a Murder"

Mustang was involved in Jason's murder, thus Clifford Blossom had to cover up his tracks and make it look like Mustang committed suicide via overdose at the City Center Motor Hotel in the Southside.

Season One: Clifford Blossom

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Episode: "Chapter Twelve: Anatomy of a Murder"

Next, of course, was Clifford Blossom himself. He allegedly hung himself in the Blossom barn after Cheryl confronted him about having video evidence that he killed Jason.

Season Two: Geraldine Grundy

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Episode: "Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying"

Who could forget the sexual predator Ms. Geraldine Grundy? After she fled Riverdale due to her affair with Archie, she was strangled by her own cello bow by the Black Hood after a piano lesson.

Season Two: Robert Phillips, "The Sugarman"

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Episode: "Chapter Nineteen: Death Proof"

"The Sugarman," a teacher turned drug dealer at Southside High, was shot by the Black Hood while in jail.

Season Two: Joseph Conway aka Mr. Svenson

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Episode: "Chapter Twenty-Two: Silent Night, Deadly Night"

The Riverdale High School janitor was shot by Sheriff Keller after being framed by the real Black Hood (Hal Cooper). Poor guy.

Season Two: Dwayne

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Episode: "Chapter Twenty-Five: The Wicked and the Divine"

Dwayne, the drug dealer who randomly showed up to the Cooper house looking for Chic, was killed after trying to attack Alice. Chic allegedly killed him, but Alice and Betty helped clean up the mess afterward and hid the body.

Season Two: Papa Poutine

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Episode: "Chapter Twenty-Five: The Wicked and the Divine"

Andre, Hiram's right-hand man and the Pembrooke's doorman, shot Papa Poutine under Hiram's orders, because apparently Poutine wanted to kill Hiram. It's confusing. Later, his son Small Fry is killed by Hermione in self-defense.

Season Two: Cassidy Bullock

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Episode: "Chapter Twenty-Seven: The Hills Have Eyes"

After a failed robbery attempt at Veronica's family lodge, Andre shoots Cassidy Bullock to protect Veronica and her friends. Later, Hiram has the other robbers (the Shadow Lake boys) lie to frame Archie for murder.

Season Two: Midge Klump

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Episode: "Chapter Thirty-One: A Night to Remember"

Poor Midge. We barely got to know her, and yet the Black Hood decided to stab her during the Carrie musical episode and pin her to the wall on the stage.

Season Two: Andre

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Episode: "Chapter Thirty-Four: Judgment Night"

It was only a matter of time before Andre was killed. Small Fry, Papa Poutine's son, shoots him on the way to look for Hiram.

Season Three: Dilton Doiley

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Episode: "Chapter Thirty-Seven: Fortune and Men’s Eyes"

Season three kicks off with Dilton Doiley's death, which leads us into the main topic of the season: Gryphons & Gargoyles. Apparently Dilton wanted to "ascend" in the game and died of cyanide poisoning.

Season Three: Ben Button

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Episode: "Chapter Thirty-Seven: Fortune and Men’s Eyes"

Ben is also found in the woods next to Dilton, but he survives. Sadly, after he's taken to the hospital, he jumps out the window to "ascend" and be with Dilton and the Gargoyle King.

Season Three: Warden Norton

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Episode: "Chapter Forty: The Great Escape"

It's hard to feel bad for this guy. After his juvenile fight club was revealed and Archie escaped, Warden Norton decided to "ascend" in the Gryphons & Gargoyles game by drinking cyanide. It's unclear whether this was an order from Hiram or the Gargoyle King himself (which is probably also Hiram).

Season Three: Joaquin DeSantos

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Episode: "Chapter Forty-One: Manhunter"

Beautiful, beautiful Joaquin also died of cyanide poisoning after escaping the hellhole of Leopold & Loeb Juvenile Detention Center. His death was a message to Jughead, but it's unclear if it was ordered or if he just wanted to "ascend" in the game like the others.

Season Three: Sheriff Minetta

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Episode: "Chapter Forty-Two: The Man in Black"

We know little about Sheriff Minetta's death, but according to Pop, his body was found in the marsh, decapitated and with his hands sawed off. Lovely.

Season Three: Sister Woodhouse (and seven other nuns)

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Episode: "Chapter Forty-Four: No Exit"

After agreeing to testify against Hiram, Sister Woodhouse and the rest of the nuns get bailed out of jail by an "anonymous donor" and write "We go to join thee" on the cell wall. By "thee," they mean the Gargoyle King. Betty finds them in the asylum chamber after they all die of cyanide poisoning.

Season Three: Tall Boy

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Episode: "Chapter Forty-Five: The Stranger"

While we all thought Tall Boy was dead after a gunfight in season two, it turns out he was definitely not. In a season three twist, we discover he is acting as Gargoyle King. The Serpents capture him, and Fangs accidentally kills him in alleged self-defense. To cover up his death, however, Jughead holds a Serpent party. IDK, you guys.