‘Riverdale’: Cole Sprouse Admits Most of the Cast Wants to ‘Wrap It Up’

TL;DR:

  • The CW announced Riverdale Season 7 in March, but there has been no mention of it being the final season.
  • Cole Sprouse recently admitted the cast is ready to move on from Riverdale.
  • Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said the show’s future is “wide open.”
Riverdale cast members Cole Sprouse, Madelaine Petsch, Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart, and KJ Apa on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
‘Riverdale’ cast members Cole Sprouse, Madelaine Petsch, Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart, and KJ Apa | Andrew Lipovsky/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

All good things must eventually come to an end, and Riverdale‘s time may be coming soon. Cole Sprouse, who has played Jughead Jones in all six seasons of the teen drama, said in a recent interview that many Riverdale cast members are feeling ready to move on. The CW has yet to announce an endgame plan for the series; however, this wasn’t the first time one of the stars mentioned the possibility of a final season.

The CW has renewed ‘Riverdale’ for season 7

If an end is in sight for Riverdale, it likely won’t arrive for at least another year. As TVLine reported on March 22, the CW renewed Riverdale for another season, along with shows like The Flash, Nancy Drew, Superman & Lois, and more.

Riverdale is still in the midst of season 6, which just returned from its mid-season hiatus on March 20. The return also marked the end of Riverdale‘s alternate reality “Rivervale” event, which introduced supernatural elements like ghosts and witchcraft. It appears the rest of the season will focus on the strange effects that season 5’s explosion had on Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart), Archie Andrews (KJ Apa), and Jughead.

Cole Sprouse says he and the other cast members are ready for ‘Riverdale’ to end

Speaking to GQ, Cole Sprouse addressed Riverdale’s future and revealed how the cast has felt about the series in light of its renewal news. He assured that he’s grateful for everything Riverdale has given him. However, he and some castmates are ready to “wrap it up with a bow” and move on to other things. Sprouse, Apa, Reinhart, Madelaine Petsch, and Camila Mendes have all been with Riverdale since its start in 2017, plus several others.

Sprouse’s comment echoes a similar sentiment shared by Apa in 2021. The actor opened up about the “restrictions” of playing Archie, comparing Riverdale to “jail.”

“I’m so grateful for the show and its success, but at the same time, there’s a lot of baggage that comes with that success,” he told E! News.

Many Riverdale stars have speculated that season 7 will be the last, although the CW has not confirmed that. Reinhart said it on an Instagram Live earlier this year, while Mendes said it in an interview. Sprouse also mentioned that their contracts are set for seven seasons.

Creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa says ‘Riverdale’ still has ‘gas in the tank’

Series creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa doesn’t seem to feel the same way about moving on. In an interview with Decider, the showrunner said Riverdale’s future is “wide open” and that there are “still so many things to discover about these characters.”

“Things have only started! There’s so much more to come. There’s still juice in the tank, as far as I’m concerned, at least,” he said. “As long as the show remains meaningful to people, and people are invested in it, there’s definitely, definitely, definitely gas in the tank.”

New episodes of Riverdale premiere on Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET on the CW. Stay tuned to Showbiz Cheat Sheet for more updates.

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