‘Riverdale’ Season 5: Will Betty and Archie Get Together? The Barchie Drama Isn’t Over Yet

Riverdale Season 4 rekindled the romance between Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) and Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) — aka Barchie. The childhood friends and next-door neighbors cheated on their significant others, Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) and Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse). Nevertheless, the teen drama shut down the relationship and things returned to the status quo by the season finale. But is there hope for Betty and Archie to get together in Riverdale Season 5? According to creator and executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, there’s still plenty to unravel when The CW series returns.

What happened to Betty and Archie in ‘Riverdale’ Season 4?

In Riverdale Season 4 Episode 17 — titled “Wicked Little Town” — Betty and Archie kissed after getting into arguments with Jughead and Veronica, respectively. Of course, the kiss could have been a one-time thing. But it wasn’t. The show even aired a flashback of Archie and Betty’s relationship throughout the years, teasing the possibility of a new endgame couple. 

By the next episode — titled “Lynchian” — Betty and Archie received more flashbacks. Viewers watched the first day Betty fell in love with Archie. That said, both parties were confused about their feelings. The couple admitted they couldn’t stop thinking about one another. But they were also in love with Jughead and Veronica. 

Later, Archie played a song he wrote for Betty and she stopped him. Betty realized she was leaning on Archie because he was safe and everyone’s future was uncertain. She also didn’t want to hurt Jughead and Veronica. Archie agreed. So the pair ended it.

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa teases what happens to Betty and Archie in ‘Riverdale’ Season 5

Camila Mendes, KJ Apa and Lili Reinhart attend the "Riverdale" special video presentation at Comic-Con International 2018
Camila Mendes, KJ Apa and Lili Reinhart from ‘Riverdale’ | Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

As mentioned, the relationships of the Core Four returned to the status quo in the Riverdale Season 4 finale. But in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Aguirre-Sacasa hinted Betty and Archie’s story isn’t over yet.

“You know, coming out of episode [418] last week, where Betty says, ‘Whatever this was, we have to stop it.’ I think coming out of that episode we saw that Betty felt really good about recommitting and rejoining Jughead,” the showrunner said. “But Archie felt a little bit at sea after Betty said ‘let’s stop this.’”

He continued: “So I think in terms of Barchie, I think we’re gonna kind of follow those two paths. In a way, that liaison between Betty and Archie sort of reconfirmed Betty’s love for Jughead, and reconfirmed that Archie’s kind of confused about what he wants right now.”

Aguirre-Sacasa also confirmed the team will hit the Barchie storyline “pretty hard” in the first three episodes of Riverdale Season 5. As you may know, the fourth season was cut short due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. So now, the remaining storylines will play out at the start of next season. 

“You know, Jughead hasn’t found out. Veronica hasn’t found out,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “We know that it, sort of, drove Betty to really value Jughead. And with Archie, we’re not really sure what that emotional tryst with Betty did to him, but I can tell you it’s some huge, huge shockwaves are gonna roll out from that.”

He later added, “I think in the long run, it will be a defining moment for, actually, all four of them, so I’m excited for people to see what’s next.”

What to expect from Veronica and Archie as well as Jughead and Betty in ‘Riverdale’ Season 5

Still speaking with Entertainment Tonight, Aguirre-Sacasa teased what will happen to Jughead and Betty as well as Veronica and Archie in Riverdale Season 5. But ultimately, it seems some truths are about to come out. 

The showrunner explained Jughead and Betty will still be deep in the videotape mystery. But Bughead will have to get serious about what’s to come after high school. 

“Before graduation, they are going to have a very, very, very big conversation about their future,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “Since they’re going to different schools, so, they’ve got a very big, difficult conversation ahead of them.”

Meanwhile, the prom episode will shake things up for Veronica and Archie. And it may or may not have something to do with the song Archie wrote for Betty in the fourth season. 

“A lot of stuff comes out at prom,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “You know, we haven’t heard or seen the last of the song that Archie wrote for Betty, and right at this moment where they should be celebrating everything, a lot happens. It’s pretty dramatic what happens at prom with Varchie.”

Then in a separate interview with Entertainment Tonight, Mendes also expressed concern over Veronica and Archie moving forward. 

“I’m definitely, like, nervous to see how the audience reacts when Veronica finds out — if she finds out,” Mendes said.

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