Try not to panic, but after months of waiting, Riverdale season 5 is finally available to watch on Netflix. Take a few deep breaths.
Filming for the hit show was put on hold back in March 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and not only was season 4 cut short, but season 5 looked to be getting further and further out of reach, too. But, thankfully, Netflix has put an end to the wait.
Here's everything we know about season 5 of Riverdale, from new cast members to potential plot.
What's Riverdale S5 going to be about?
Season 5 will begin by essentially finishing off storylines from season 4, since the halt in production earlier this year meant that season 4 never really finished.
Lots of details about the show were kept under wraps but showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa did tease a few details about the new series. Talking about the show on Instagram earlier this year, Aguirre-Sacasa said that one of the first episodes of the fifth series will be the missing prom episode we expected to see in series four. Showing the group's graduation and prom as they leave Riverdale High.
Following that, the show will jump seven years into the future, cast member Lili Reinhart confirmed during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
"We're actually doing a seven-year time jump into the future so we're not going to be teenagers anymore," she told the show. "I'm really psyched about it. I think it will be really nice to play an adult. But I also really appreciate that Roberto [Aguirre-Sacasa], our showrunner, said let’s revamp. So we’re not just stuck in high school for seven seasons."
Who has been cast in Riverdale S5?
Plus, the big news is that a new actor has joined the series to play Veronica Lodge's husband. The first three episodes of the new series will continue the season four storyline, after the series was cut short as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. After concluding that storyline episode four of series five will jump forward seven years, at which point Veronica (played by Camila Mendes) will be married to Chad Gekko, who Netflix describes as "Veronica’s controlling and jealous husband who works on Wall Street. An Alpha dog, Chad is threatened by Veronica’s life in Riverdale, especially her friendship with Archie (KJ Apa)."
Netflix previously confirmed that Gekko will be played by Chris Mason, who you'll recognise from Broadchurch series 3 where he played the manipulative, schemer Leo Humphries. He also played a young Dan Broderick in the recent series of Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story.
Alongside Mason and the regular cast, we also know that Fangs Fogarty (played by Drew Ray Tanner) will be returning for series 5 as a central character. Announcing the news Aguirre-Sacasa said, "We’re all thrilled he’s joining us for season five as a series regular, living with on-again, off-again boyfriend Kevin Keller and Serpent Queen Toni Topaz. Also happy to announce that we’ll see more of Drew SINGING!"
We also know that Insatiable star Erinn Westbrook will be joining the show to play Tabitha Tate, the granddaughter of Pop Tate. In sadder news, we know that Skeet Ulrich who plays Jughead's dad, F.P. Jones, will not be returning to the show. According to an interview with TV Line Ulrich has decided to "move on to explore other creative opportunities", including a role in Tom Hanks' upcoming film Bios.
Do we have a trailer for Riverdale S5?
Yes. And it looks wild.
When is Riverdale S5 being released?
Season 5 of Riverdale is available to watch on Netflix now.
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