What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 4 Be on Netflix?
Get ready for a wild ride — the Netflix release date for Riverdale Season 4 is just around the corner. The CW series ended its most-recent cycle on Wednesday, May 6. Now cable cutters can join in on all the fun starting May 14. But what time will Riverdale Season 4 come out on Netflix? Here’s what you can expect.
The ‘Riverdale’ Season 4 Netflix release time on May 14, 2020
On March 11, production for Riverdale Season 4 was shut down due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As a result, the season was cut short by three episodes and ended with the 19th installment called “Killing Mr. Honey.”
Naturally, some fans were disappointed Riverdale Season 4 was unable to finish its arc. Nevertheless, the early finale meant new episodes would soon become available to watch online through Netflix.
As per the current deal between The CW and Netflix, the streaming platform will add full seasons eight days after the finale airs on the original network. Therefore, Riverdale Season 4 will drop on Netflix starting Thursday, May 14.
Now, Netflix typically adds content around the same time — 12:01 a.m. PT (3:01 a.m. ET) — because the streaming service is based out of California. But if you don’t see Riverdale Season 4 up on Netflix at that time, hold on for a few moments, refresh, and check again.
Has ‘Riverdale’ been renewed for season 5?
Riverdale Season 4 may have been cut short by three episodes, but The CW series was renewed for a fifth season in January 2020. It also seems the new season will pick up exactly where season 4 left off.
[Spoiler alert: Where the Riverdale Season 4 finale ended.]
In an interview with TVLine from May 2020, Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa revealed the final three episodes were supposed to include major events like prom and graduation. He also shared the storylines will still play out when Riverdale returns for season 5.
“It felt like since we have such big events like prom and graduation, and we’d already written [Episodes] 21 and 22,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “They’re big, emotional episodes, and there’s a lot of stuff with the characters that we’re still playing out, so it felt like maybe what we’ll do is start with the last three episodes.”
He continued: “After being with the kids at the high school for four years, you kind of don’t want to take graduation away from them. So what we’re doing is picking up right where we left off for the first three episodes.”
Then in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Aguirre-Sacasa confirmed Riverdale Season 5 will include a significant time jump after the first three episodes.
“Since all of our characters would be going to different colleges, my instinct has been to leapfrog over four years, and kind of pick up with everyone there,” he said.
Meanwhile, we know Skeet Ulrich and Marisol Nichols — who play F.P. Jones and Hermione Lodge, respectively — will leave Riverdale after the fourth season. However, both will return for season five and beyond. Aguirre-Sacasa told Entertainment Weekly:
I’ve talked to all the actors and I called Marisol and Skeet and I said, “You know guys, obviously we still want to finish the stories we started in the season.” And both of them were like, “Of course, let’s do it.” And again, neither Hermione nor F.P., this isn’t a spoiler, but they’re not dying. My hope is to have them be a part of Riverdale for as long as Riverdale continues.
With Riverdale Season 4 coming to Netflix on May 14, more fans will surely be excited for all the changes when The CW series returns. So stay tuned.