There were so many plot twists, cults, and serial killers in season three of Riverdale that we honestly couldn't always keep up. But regardless, we're hooked. The last few scenes of the season included Archie, Betty, and Veronica covered in Carrie levels of blood, burning Jughead's beanie, and vowing to go their separate ways. What was that about, am I right?
Luckily, answers are on the way: The CW has confirmed that Riverdale is coming back on October 9.
Now that we have a date in place, here's everything we know about the upcoming season:
The season premiere will honor Luke Perry.
Perry, who played Archie's dad, Fred Andrews, on the series, sadly passed away after suffering a stroke earlier this year. In a tweet, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa shared that the first episode of season four would be dedicated to the beloved cast member.
“Probably the most important episode of #Riverdale we’ll do this year, if not ever,” he wrote. “A tribute to our fallen friend. Thankful for this opportunity to honor Luke & Fred.”
"When Luke had passed, we had already pretty much plotted out the end of this season and written the end of this season," Aguirre-Sacasa told Entertainment Tonight. "Rather than try to squeeze something in and potentially not get it right, we thought, 'Let’s take a beat, and let’s figure out really what would be the best way to honor Luke and to honor the character of Fred and let’s do it at the top of season four.'"
Jughead's whereabouts are still a mystery.
Remember, Jughead was nowhere to be found in that flash-forward scene showing Archie, Veronica, and Betty covered in blood. In an interview with Decider, Aguirre-Sacasa leaned into the mystery of his whereabouts. “We have a couple of options," he said. “We certainly have started talking about the events leading up to that…which is going to happen halfway through the season."
There will be a few new regulars.
Wyatt Nash, who plays Betty's actual long-lost brother, is definitely going to be a recurring character in a few episodes. The actor posted an Instagram photo on set several weeks ago, and the caption reads, "Guess who is coming to Riverdale? Thanks so much for the warm reception!"
There will also be plenty more of Chad Michael Murray who played Edgar Evernever cult leader of The Farm. Madalaine Petsch, who plays Cheryl Blossom, said at San Francisco Comic-Con that he will definitely be back and it's something she's the most excited about. She told Entertainment Weekly, “there’s going to be more Chad Michael Murray,” Petsch said. “Chad Michael Murray’s coming back.”
There will be a new mystery to solve.
Season 3 ended with a very dark flash forward that foreshadows something terrible happening to Jughead. The upcoming season will put together the pieces of the mystery via small flashbacks, according to Camila Mendes. "We’re going to be coming back to that [ending], having little flashes throughout to gather more information. Each flashback will tell us a little more.”
There will be relationship drama, of course. Season four will not be exactly smooth sailing for Jughead and Betty: For the first time in their relationship, the two will have distance between them. At Comic-Con in July, Cole Sprouse revealed that his character Jughead won't be attending Riverdale High School for senior year. Instead, he'll be away at prep school. As a result, he said, “He's only back in Riverdale on the weekends," he told Entertainment Tonight. "I think that is going to inevitably put stress on the relationship between Betty and Jughead.”
As for Cheryl and Toni, a huge secret Cheryl is keeping from Toni will get in the way of their relationship. "[Cheryl] definitely needs some happiness, but it wouldn't be Cheryl Blossom if there's not a little chaos,” she said.
On the other hand, Archie and Veronica will be relatively stable. Mendes told ET, "Varchie is looking pretty solid."
Some crossover action might be on the horizon.
Aguirre-Sacasa is also behind The CW's new show Katy Keene, starring Lucy Hale. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, he hinted that there could be some overlap between the two shows: "There's probably going to be a crossover. Fingers crossed!"
We'll update this post with more information as it comes in.
Originally Appeared on Glamour