What to Expect When ‘Riverdale’ Season 5 Comes Out

The fourth season of Riverdale just came to a close on Wednesday, May 6, and fans are already preparing for season 5. The CW drama wrapped without a solid conclusion to senior year because the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic cut the season by three episodes. So what can fans expect in Riverdale Season 5? Recently, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa confirmed the show’s return will feature a major time skip. But don’t worry. The loose ends from season 4 will still be addressed.

The first three episodes of ‘Riverdale’ Season 5 will continue storylines from season 4

Cole Sprouse, Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart, Madelaine Petsch, and KJ Apa of 'Riverdale'
Cole Sprouse, Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart, Madelaine Petsch, and KJ Apa of ‘Riverdale’ | Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

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As mentioned, Riverdale Season 4 was unable to air its final three episodes. Production shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic and only 19 out of 22 episodes made the cut. Nevertheless, Aguirre-Sacasa promised fans the team would still showcase those storylines at the start of Riverdale Season 5. He told Entertainment Weekly:

We had written episodes 20, 21, and 22 and when we talked about season 5 and some of the big events like prom and graduation, it would feel like a cheat if we somehow didn’t do those. So we’re essentially starting the season with the last three episodes of season 4, and partly because they’re dynamite episodes. I mean big, big, big changes happen. We are continuing the mystery and the relationship drama straight into season 5.

Then in a separate interview with TVGuide, the showrunner shared the disturbing videotape voyeur mystery will still be solved when Riverdale returns. He also explained the real purpose of the tapes. 

“What the voyeur is doing is recreating horrific crimes that happened in Riverdale, that happened to our characters,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “In a way, it sort of is demanding that the kids, who have become desensitized to violence or moved on and processed it a certain way, look at their high school experience and these traumas, and deal with them before they leave Riverdale.”

He continued, “When the voyeur is revealed, there will be a very personal reason for why the voyeur is doing this. But I think thematically, it is this idea of deconstructing the crimes, and weirdly the idea of the show Riverdale, which is the idea that kids can experience crimes and gruesome murders and that must do something to them. It must affect them in some way.”

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa teases when the time skip in ‘Riverdale’ Season 5 will start

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The Riverdale team has been teasing a major time-skip since the fifth season was announced. Now, in a recent interview with TVLine, Aguirre-Sacasa has confirmed the jump will happen after the first few episodes of the new season.

“What we’re doing is picking up right where we left off for the first three episodes,” the showrunner said. “And then doing a time jump… after those three episodes.”

Then when speaking with Entertainment Tonight, Aguirre-Sacasa hinted the time jump will skip over the Core Four’s college years. “To me, high school was better than college,” he said. “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.”

Aguirre-Sacasa also teased the timeline change will bring on some new mysteries. “I think we want to drop you in the middle of something crazy,” he said. 

Will Hermione Lodge or F.P. Jones die in ‘Riverdale’ Season 5?

As you may know, Marisol Nichols and Skeet Ulrich are leaving Riverdale as series regulars after season 4. But even so, it looks like Hermione Lodge and F.P. Jones are safe and will likely receive proper sendoffs when the fifth series airs on The CW.

In the above interview with TVGuide, Aguirre-Sacasa confirmed F.P. and Hermione will not die in Riverdale Season 5. 

“Marisol already knew what we had planned for Hermione and really loved it, and wanted to make sure we weren’t going to change that [in light of the shutdown] — which we weren’t,” he said. “Skeet was completely down…Neither character dies.”

The showrunner also revealed he hopes both actors will continue to be part of the Riverdale family after they depart as series regulars, meaning they can still show up in future episodes.

“My hope is that they’re a part of Riverdale as long as there’s a Riverdale,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “Even as we talk about stories for Season 5, if Hermione and FP fit into those stories, we’re writing them that way and hopefully, we’ll be able to use them, depending on what other commitments they have.”

When will ‘Riverdale’ Season 5 return to The CW?

As of this write-up, the Riverdale Season 5 premiere date has yet to be determined. The CW series typically starts airing in the fall. Meanwhile, filming usually begins in July. However, at this point, the team doesn’t know whether the coronavirus pandemic will affect production. 

In an interview with Popsugar, Mädchen Amick — who plays Alice Cooper — revealed “everything’s up in the air” with the Riverdale Season 5 schedule. That said, the actor noted the team will wait until it’s safe to start.

“It depends on when the self-isolation and quarantine stuff lifts and when we will be able to get back together as cast and crew,” Amick said. “By nature, we’re like the worst example because we work so closely together a lot of months out of the year. We’ll have to do whatever is safe for everyone’s health and adjust. It might mean that we start filming a little bit later.”

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