Riverdale is officially coming back for a fifth season, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa recently confirmed the news on social media.
Riverdale was one of the first to halt production due to the pandemic after a crew member came into contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19 in March. This meant that the fourth season was abruptly cut down to 19 episodes, leaving fans with a cliffhanger.
When is it being released?
It was reported on September 14 that the cast and crew had gone back to work. But just a couple of weeks later, filming was shut down again due to “delays in processing COVID-19 tests in British Columbia”. Production is back up and running again, but there’s a chance we could see another holdup at some point, which makes predicting an air date impossible.
Who will be in it?
While details of the next season’s cast have not yet been announced, what we do know is that Jughead’s dad, F.P. Jones (Skeet Ulrich), will not be making a return. We’d expect to see KJ Apa, Cole Sprouse, Lili Reinhart and Camila Mendes return as Archie Andrews, Jughead, Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge respectively, as well as fellow students like Kevin Keller (Casey Cott), Toni (Vanessa Morgan), Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch) and Reggie Mantle (Charles Melton). Drew Ray Tanner, who plays Fangs Fogarty, has also been upped to a series regular for season five.
What to expect in the fifth season?
The season will begin with the gang’s prom and graduation from Riverdale High, milestones that were supposed to take place at the end of season four, but unfortunately got delayed because of the coronavirus. After those initial episodes, there will most likely be a time jump. According to Roberto, the plan is that something will bring everyone back to town following their college graduations.