The newest Riverdale spin-off, Katy Keene, premiered last night. While it’s already a very fun show to watch, there is something confusing about when it’s set in relation to Riverdale. They obviously exist in the same series, but how? We’re here to answer that question for you. Drumroll, please....
Katy Keene takes place five whole years after Riverdale season 4.
Imagine all the murder that’s gone down in that time jump!
So how does that explain the Katy Keene appearance on Riverdale?
Great question. The Riverdale episode that introduced Katy’s life in NYC was not just a backdoor pilot for the spin-off series, it was also a prequel. Five years later when Katy Keene gets going, the titular character is not just shopping at her favorite department store—she’s working there as a personal shopper. Katy and her friend Jorge aren’t just sneaking into the dive bar/drag club called Molly’s Crisis—Jorge performs there as Ginger Lopez.
What does that mean for the characters?
Not that much, TBH. Katy has her own life and her own friends. She may have known Veronica as a teenager, but the others don’t. It really just affects speculation about the Riverdale characters and what has happened to them in the past five years.
Oh, great point! So what has it revealed about the fate of our faves?
Did Veronica actually go to Barnard? Did Archie move with her? We’re going to have to keep watching Katy Keene for clues and/or Easter eggs about the future of our Riverdale kids or cameos from the surviving characters. Even if Veronica does move back to New York for college and graduates in four years, there is still another year between that and the beginning of Katy Keene. So much could have happened in that amount of time.
So Josie’s just been chilling for five years?
Well, kinda. She says in Katy Keene that she has been touring with her jazz musician father. Can you imagine going on a six-year road trip with your dad instead of college? Woof! No wonder she’s ready for a new start in a big city.
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