The season 3 finale of Riverdale changed everything. Alice and the rest of The Farm (minus Kevin) has disappeared, the real Charles Smith is an FBI agent who’s been working with his mom to take down Edgar Evernever, Hal Cooper is dead, and Varchie is back on. Or are they?
In the last moments of the finale, Riverdale flashed forward to the summer of the core four’s senior year. Betty, Archie, and Veronica stood over a fire covered in blood, no Jughead to be found except for his beanie clutched in Archie’s hands. They agree to destroy the evidence, finish school, and go their separate ways.
I have a theory, but here’s everything we know about season 4 of Riverdale so far.
Season 4 is confirmed.
No need to wonder whether Riverdale will get a season 4—it’s already been confirmed! The CW made the announcement in January, and joining the teen melodrama in the land of early CW renewals will be Arrow, Black Lightning, Charmed, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Dynasty, Legacies, The Flash, Supergirl, and Supernatural (which is going into season 15, my god!).
It will return in the fall.
Riverdale returns to The CW on Wednesday, October 9, in its same time slot, 8 p.m. ET. The CW’s new series Nancy Drew will follow at 9 p.m.
Here’s a trailer, you heathens!
Ask and you shall receive. After waiting not-so-patiently, fans have finally been blessed with a trailer, exclusively on E!. Don’t worry, we’ll upload it here once it goes on YouTube. For now, you can click here to watch the entire town of Riverdale search for their missing Jughead, who seems to be trapped in a box.
Archie’s mom will become a bigger part of the show.
In March, the cast, crew, and fans were all rocked by the death of Luke Perry, who played Fred Andrews on the show. After the heartbreaking loss, Molly Ringwald returned to the show as Archie’s mom, Mary, while Archie’s dad was “away on a trip.” Although the show has yet to address the heartbreaking loss, Mary will most likely take on a bigger role in season 4 to take care of Archie.
“We’re definitely gonna obviously have to address it at some point,” KJ Apa told Entertainment Tonight. “Whether that’s Molly stepping in as more of an active parent for Archie—again, that depends on the availability of the actors around us. So we’ll do what we can.”
Mary already told Archie that she’s “going to stay in Riverdale a little longer,” so she’ll likely stick around for the next season.
Fred is dead.
After the season 4 finale, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa assured Entertainment Weekly that Fred won’t just be on an indefinite business trip. “I would be so grateful if you make it clear that we are one hundred percent going to deal with Fred’s death,” he said. “We didn’t want to rush into that at the end of the season and give it short shrift or not make that story as great and emotional as it needs to be to honor both the character and the actor. I think that’s going to be a big part of Archie’s journey next season, honestly.”
On June 20, Roberto announced the premiere of season 4 will be dedicated to Archie’s dad (and the late actor):
Probably the most important episode of #Riverdale we’ll do this year, if not ever. A tribute to our fallen friend. Thankful for this opportunity to honor Luke & Fred. ❤️🏆💎👨🏻💻 pic.twitter.com/MH7xOjNyDu— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) June 19, 2019
Season 4, episode 1 will be titled “In Memoriam” and is “probably the most important episode of Riverdale we’ll do this year, if not ever,” according to Roberto. Get those tissues ready.
There are pics!
The CW just released three new images from season 4, episode 1, “In Memoriam,” and I’m already crying:
I’m literally not prepared for this moment between Archie and Mary.
Still, I’m really digging Jughead’s suspenders.
Ugh, how am I already in my feelings?
Teen drama alums Shannen Doherty and Kerr Smith are joining the cast!
Luke’s former 90210 costar Shannen will appear in Fred’s memorial episode. “They were such good friends, and when we were putting together this tribute episode, we wanted to make it as special as possible,” Roberto said at San Diego Comic Con. “We asked Shannen to do a pivotal, super-emotional role. She read the script and immediately said yes. It’s very impactful.”
Kerr (Dawson’s Creek) will be taking on a more recurring role as the new principal of Riverdale High, Mr. Honey. Mr. Honey will make his first appearance in the second episode of season 4, “Chapter Fifty-Nine: Fast Times at Riverdale High.” Roberto describes him as “a bit of a hard-ass who takes a harder line with the students this year, especially with the seniors.”
Josie is moving to the Big Apple.
Josie and Archie’s short-lived romance came to an end this season when she told him that she was going on tour with her father. Sadly, Josie won’t be returning for season 4, but that’s not the end of her story. Josie will be a part of the CW’s new Riverdale spin-off, Katy Keene, where she’ll be pursuing her singing career in New York City.
The core four will be sticking together...for now.
This season, Veronica, Archie, and Bughead had their own shit going on, causing them to lose track of each other a bit. Roberto wants to bring them back together. “Next season is the kids’ senior year. It’s their last year in high school, and we really want to locate their stories in the high school world,” he told EW. “The other thing that we wanted to do is, this year, Archie and Veronica weren’t that involved in the Gargoyle King mystery—it was more Betty and Jughead.”
The finale allowed the Riverdale team to bring everyone back together. “We loved the core four together in the finale. We wanted to do something that tied them all together for the core mystery and for a big secret, and it felt like having them all around that bonfire, minus Jughead, would be a way to tie them all together so that when we get to the central mystery of what happened that night and what led to the events of burning their clothes, it would be all of our foursome and not the kids split off again.”
However, Jughead will be going full Gossip Girl.
Cole told SDCC that Jughead will be attending a new high school that is very Gossip Girl–esque, which makes sense since Jughead has always had a lot in common with Dan Humphrey.
“Jughead’s only in Riverdale on the weekends now. So his main story line is the prep school, which is the sort of building blocks of the whole flash-forward thing that we’re doing with season 4,” Cole said. “It’s kind of the focus of the mystery this season—this very strange, elitist prep school.”
When did this happen, you might ask? “Jughead’s integration into it is based on this little story…well, the story of the Gargoyle King that he had submitted to this writing contest and then a teacher being fascinated with his voice and taking him into the prep school. But I think it’s going to be fun to play with.”
While Veronica is focused on being a good girlfriend, Bughead may be in trouble.
During the SDCC panel, Camila said Veronica is very much here for Archie, who is going through a lot: “Veronica will really step up as a girlfriend for Archie this season.”
Meanwhile, it may be a coincidence, but during that short amount of time when Lili and Cole faced breakup rumors IRL, Lili hinted that Bughead may be heading into trouble. In an interview with W, she was talking about the difficulties of dating publicly when she dropped this bombshell: “If and when we break up on the show, I don’t know,” she said, trailing off. “It’s weird being with an actor. You deal with shit no one has to deal with.”
IF AND WHEN?!?!
Keep checking back for news about season 4.
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