Based on the classic Archie comics, ‘Riverdale’ is a teen drama series that follows a group of teenagers as they navigate their lives in a town rife with mysterious happenings and blood-thirsty criminals. The modern iteration takes a shift from innocent small-town shenanigans to staggering themes, including darker character deaths, illicit activities, and risqué explorations of sexuality.
Originally conceived for The CW, the show gained breakthrough success when it hit Netflix in 2017. The show garnered a positive response from the critics and fans alike, and it wrapped up its fourth season in May 2020. Here’s everything we know about ‘Riverdale’ Season 5 so far, including its release date, plot twists, and the new faces that are coming to town!
Riverdale Season 5 Release Date
‘Riverdale’ Season 4 premiered on October 9, 2019, on The CW, and inadvertently concluded its run with the nineteenth episode on May 6, 2020. Originally ordered for 22 episodes, the fourth season was abbreviated by two and a half episodes due to the coronavirus pandemic production shut down.
In January 2020, The CW confirmed a fifth season was in the pipeline. The creator and showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa took to his Twitter handle to share that the production of the upcoming season has begun.
Annnnnd #Riverdale is back. First scene up of Season 5: Archie in a steam room. Even in a Covid world, some things never change…🔥👀🏆💋❤️ pic.twitter.com/DJznFr0wYX
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) September 14, 2020
If the production runs smoothly without any further roadblocks, we expect ‘Riverdale’ season 5 to return sometime in January 2021 on The CW.
Riverdale Season 5 Cast: Who is in it?
The fifth installment will be bringing back the show’s central characters including Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, Madchen Amick as Alice Cooper, Vanessa Morgan as Toni, Casey Cott as Kevin Keller, and Charles Melton as Reggie Mantle.
Skeet Ulrich and Marisol Nichols won’t be returning as Jughead’s dad, F.P. Jones, and Veronica’s mom, Hermione Lodge, respectively. However, how their characters are written off the show remains under wrap as of yet. Erinn Westbrook, who you might recognize from ‘Insatiable,’ is another character that’ll be adding into the mix. She’s poised to play the role of Tabitha Tate, the granddaughter of Pop Tate – former owner of the town’s diner.
Riverdale Season 5 Plot: What can it be About?
The fourth season of ‘Riverdale’ explores the mutual feelings that Archie and Betty share as childhood best friends and neighbors. The seventeenth episode, titled ‘Wicked Little Town’ sees Archie and Betty cheating on their respective partners. However, shortly after the incident, Betty puts an end to it when it starts weighing on her conscience.
“The relationship drama will always be one of the driving forces of the show,” the show’s creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said in an interview talking about the love square between Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead. He added, “We had just done the story where Betty and Archie had pretended to be together. It felt organic to what we were doing. The relationship drama will always be one of the driving forces of the show. And though the status quo is a little bit returned in episode 19, the story is nowhere near finished yet.”
The season 5 will dedicate its first few episodes to finish off what the fourth season was initially slated to do. The journey ahead will be taking a major leap from what we are used to seeing, usually on the show. The viewers will witness a seven-year time jump into the future. The writers are bound to shed the teenage tag behind as they steer their story in a more mature territory.
Speaking with EW about the changes, Aguirre said, “I think we want to drop you in the middle of something crazy.” He continued, “It’s so funny, one of the things that I’ve been doing during the quarantine is watching episodes of teen shows that have graduated from high school to stories after high school. And you know, they’re pretty split evenly — some of them go to college and some of them jump over college and kind of pick up on the other side of it.”
Read More: Shows Like Riverdale