Riverdale has officially been renewed for season three. Color me NOT shocked at all. It is one of the network’s most popular shows, after all.
Now that season two has wrapped up, (and you can binge the entire season on Netflix), there are so many questions about what’s in store for season three. Like, what cast members will be returning? And what will be the big mystery everyone’s trying to solve?
Well, there aren’t that many official details just yet, but here’s what we know so far.
HAS SEASON 3 STARTED FILMING YET?
Yes! On July 9, Twitter account @CWRiverdaleNews posted a pic of the iconic Chock’lit Shoppe with the caption: “Pop’s is open for business. #Riverdale Season 3 starts filming TODAY!”
— RIVERDALE NEWS! (@CWRiverdaleNews) July 9, 2018
According to writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, season 3 of Riverdale will likely feature Archie defending himself in a courtroom after his arrest at the end of season 2. Roberto posted the first page of the script featuring a special comic that features Archie being yelled at by a lawyer.
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) June 27, 2018
The episode is also called “Labor Day,” which means it’s likely there will be a time jump to the next school year.
WHEN WILL RIVERDALE SEASON THREE PREMIERE?
According to the official Archie comics Twitter account, the third season of Riverdale will premiere on Wednesday, October 10th at 8pm! Let the countdown begin.
— Archie Comics (@ArchieComics) June 20, 2018
HOW MANY EPISODES WILL BE IN RIVERDALESEASON THREE?
There’s no official episode count just yet, but considering Riverdale is one of the CW’s bigger hits, a 22-episode order is a safe bet.
WILL THERE BE ANY NEW CHARACTERS IN RIVERDALE SEASON THREE?
Two new characters will be moving to Riverdale during the next season. Evelyn Evernever and Edgar Evernever will both be causing some trouble for various characters in the Riverdale universe. Evelyn will be Betty’s new best friend that might have some bad intentions while Edgar will be Alice’s new guru with a sketchy group of followers.
While some new characters have been announced, fans are still waiting with baited breath for the arrival of a couple more. Can we meet Jughead’s mom and Jelly Bean, already?
Jughead has been talking about them for ages now, and their return to Riverdale would definitely ramp up the drama now that FP seems to be rekindling whatever flame he used to have with Alice Cooper.
WILL WE SEE MORE OF BETTY AND JUGHEAD?
Yes, Bughead fans, we WILL be seeing more of Riverdale’s biggest couple in season 3. Lili Reinhart shared in her interview with HarpersBazaar.com that Betty will finally be happy in this next season, especially after all she’s been through.”In the season finale, when you saw Betty and Jughead in bed together, she’s smiling when he says, “Will you be my serpent queen?” [Aguirre-Sacasa] told me, ‘When I watched that scene and I saw Betty smile, it made me want more of that,” Lili shared. “I think the girl deserves a break.”She also shared that she hopes Betty gets to hang out with Kevin and Veronica even more in the third season.”It’s something I’m very much pushing for, that you do see the kids interact more as a group,” she said.
HAVE THE ACTORS WEIGHED IN ON SEASON 3 YET?!
You betcha! Cole Sprouse made a comment about the upcoming season in the most ~Cole~ way ever. Jughead tweeted a pic of a kid’s toy ad that has a little boy who is CLEARLY excited with text that says, “Pretend you’re the serpent king and hiss out a warning!” If you want to buy this toy for yourself (and then tweet Cole about it), you can get it below.
— Cole M. Sprouse (@colesprouse) June 21, 2018
Cole captioned the image: “Here’s a visual guide on how to prepare for #riverdale season 3, October 9th.”
COULD THERE BE ANY SURPRISING ROMANCES IN STORE?
Well, if it were up to KJ Apa, there would be! While speaking at Oz Comic-Con 2018 in Australia in early June, KJ was asked what he thought about the Archie/Kevin (Arvin? Karchie?) ship in the Riverdale fandom.
His answer, according to journalist Claire Kramer, is beyond on-point. “Love it, let’s go,” KJ said.
Can you imagine what an epic ship that would be?
But KJ isn’t only interested in coupling up with Casey Cott (who plays Kevin on the show). He also wants to BE Kevin. “I would play Kevin. Kevin’s my favorite character, and I tellthat all the time. Casey’s one of my best mates,” he said.
I wonder if KJ knows something we don’t about season 3? Could there be some body-jumping a la The Originals .
WILL BETTY AND VERONICA’S ICONIC STYLES REMAIN THE SAME?
Riverdale fans everywhere know what it means to be a Betty or a Veronica. A Betty rocks pastels, flats and cardigans, while a Veronica is known to slay in sexy designer outfits. But could all that change in the third season?
On June 5, iconic fashion designer Kate Spade passed away (she died of apparent suicide in her New York City apartment). Upon hearing the news, Lili Reinhart (aka Betty) took to Instagram to share her feelings about this loss.
She said: “It’s so sad to hear about Kate Spade. We wore a lot of her designs on Riverdale and her artistic vision will be greatly missed.”
I’m sure EVERYTHING Betty has worn since day one was designed by Kate. But could the classic Kate Spade design change with this tragic news? Hopefully not.
IS CHIC GONE FOR GOOD?
Not necessarily. After Betty sent the Black Hood (aka her dad) after Chic in the cemetery, we never hear from him again. When Betty goes to the morgue with Cheryl to investigate a corpse that she assumes to be Chic under the guise of working for The Register, she is relieved to see that it’s not Chic in the body bag. But there where is he? Did he really just leave town? Or is he decomposing somewhere in the woods? Or is he just laying low until season three where he will get his revenge?
According to Madchen Amick (who plays Alice Cooper), Chic’s fate might actually be the latter. At an event for mental health awareness, Madchen talked about season three and her role opposite her son Chic (played by Hart Denton). She said, “I’m sure you’re all aware of [Hart’s] creepy portrayal of the Cooper son and I can’t wait to see what he’s gonna be up to in season three. Spoiler alert!”
Wait, he’s alive?! What is he going to be up to?! Tell us more, Mrs. Cooper!
WILL KEVIN EVER FIND TRUE LOVE?
Actually, Kevin’s love life might get a whole lot steamier in season 3. After season two wrapped, Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa opened up about delving into Kevin and Moose’s relationship in season three.
“My hope is that it continues,” he shared with EW. “It’d be nice to see Kevin in a romance again. But they’ve got a big cloud looming over them, which is the death of Midge. Which is kind of par for the course on Riverdale.”
But does he really think it’ll happen?! “I’m rooting for them. I hope it’s more than just a moment of passion,” he said. We couldn’t agree more.
WILL THE ENTIRE RIVERDALE CAST BE RETURNING?
There’s no official word on which cast members are definitely returning next season, and considering anything can happen on Riverdale — from murder and lifelong jail sentences to a divorce after decades of marriage (looking at you, Hal) — it’s never safe to assume the whole cast will make it out of season two alive.
Even though Cole Sprouse t’s pretty much guaranteed the core four — KJ Apa, Cole Sprouse, Camila Mendes, and Lili Reinhart —will be back as Archie, Jughead, Veronica, and Betty. And in an Instagram post, Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl Blossom) confirmed she’ll be returning for season 3. It’s also pretty safe to assume your other Riverdale faves will also return, like Casey Cott (Kevin Keller), Madchen Amick (Alice Cooper), Skeet Ulrich (FP Jones), Ashleigh Murray (Josie McCoy), Charles Melton (Reggie Mantle), Marisol Nichols (Hermione Lodge), Luke Perry (Fred Andrews), and Mark Consuelos (Hiram Lodge).
WILL SEASON THREE PICK UP WITH ARCHIE STILL IN JAIL?
Most likely. In the intense season 2 finale, Archie is arrested for the murder of Cassidy Bullock, the kid André killed when Bughead and Varchie visited Veronica’s parents’ lake house. Odds are that the next season will have to grapple with when and how Archie gets out.
KJ Apa certainly has some ideas. When asked who would visit Archie in jail the most, he told TVLine, “I’d love to say Fred, but, I think Jughead. I’ve got a feeling Jughead’s gonna try and help him in certain ways in there.”
Cole Sprouse agreed, telling TVLine that Jughead will likely be the one who will take the lead in breaking Archie out. “[Riding a] loud a** motorcycle, throw a stick of dynamite at the wall. That’s Jughead’s season 3.”
KJ is also interested in seeing how Archie will change while behind bars.
“I’m excited to see how he handles himself in prison. I’m really – I want him to get a whole lot of tatts. I want him to join a gang. I want all that,” KJ said. “You never know what’s gonna happen.”
He might be joking, but that would certainly make season three very interesting.
WILL POLLY COOPER HAVE A BIGGER ROLE IN THE THIRD SEASON?
Possibly! At the end of season two, Polly talks about a placed called “the farm,” and she begs Alice and Betty to “absolve” Hal so they don’t meet his same fate. Then, Polly tells Alice, “I think I have someone who can help you, mom. A friend of mine, from the farm, who healed me when I was so broken after Jason.” After their chat, Polly gives Alice this chilling AF look. Something tells me that this isn’t the last we’ve heard of “the farm” or the man who runs it.
WILL ANY FRINGE CHARACTERS BE MORE INVOLVED IN SEASON THREE?
Yes! Vanessa Morgan, who plays Cheryl’s girlfriend Toni Topaz, and Charles Melton, who plays Reggie, will both be series regulars in the third season, according to TV Insider. Does that mean Choni is end game???? Please let it be so!
“Toni Topaz has been a break-out character for us since Jughead met her at Southside High – and that’s thanks to Vanessa Morgan’s fearless, winning performance,” showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told TV Insider. “We’re thrilled that the adventure of this fan-favorite will continue into season three. Long live Choni!”
WHAT WILL THE PLOT OF RIVERDALE SEASON THREE BE?
Your guess is as good as ours.
Now that the mystery behind who Black Hood really is has been resolved, it opens the door for a brand new mystery.
I’ll even bet they’ll introduce it with a big bang in the final moments of season two just like they did with Black Hood (when he randomly shot Fred Andrews at Pop’s — who could forget it?).
WILL SEASON THREE HAVE SUPERNATURAL ELEMENTS?
Not likely, but anything goes in Riverdale. Back when we were anxiously waiting for season two to premiere, there was lots of chatter about incorporating supernatural elements into the mix, such as werewolves.
Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa — who also created the supernatural graphic novel series Afterlife with Archie — told Seventeen.com while “Riverdale will always have a strong genre element,” he didn’t really anticipate going down that route. (That’s where The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comes in, we assume!)
However, he didn’t totally rule it out. “I’m a big believer in never say never,” Aguirre-Sacasa said, “but I think the idea is to keep it pretty grounded in the real world with heightened elements of crime.”
WILL REGGIE MANTLE GET MORE SCREEN TIME IN SEASON THREE?
Season one Reggie (played by Ross Butler, and later by Charles Melton in season two) barely had a role on the show. While season two Reggie has played a slightly bigger role, we still haven’t seen much of Riverdale High’s bad boy. Thankfully, that’s going to change in season three.
“We will see more and more Reggie in Season 3,” Aguirre-Sacasa told Seventeen.com. Finally!
As of May 2, it was announced that Charles had been promoted to series regularfor season 3.
WHAT ABOUT FP JONES AND ALICE COOPER? ARE WE GETTING MORE OF THEM?
Yup! Aguirre-Sacasa teased, ” The FP/Alice story is something that is a long storyline for us, so expect more to come.”
BUT DOES THAT MEAN WE’LL BE GETTING MORE CURRENT FALICE OR PAST FALICE?
Hopefully, both. While it would be a-MAZ-ing to see young FP and Alice as bb Serpents, Aguirre-Sacasa is more focused on living in the present. “On our show, there’s always a sense of history, so we might see them as teenagers in flashbacks, but a lot of their drama will be present day,” he dished.
Ooh, what if teenage FP is played by Cole Sprouse’s bro, Dylan? That would be PERFECT casting.
WILL OTHER DEAD CHARACTERS COME BACK, LIKE CLIFFORD BLOSSOM DID?
It’s definitely a possibility.
Though the Blossom patriarch died on the season one finale, actormade a shocking return on season two — but not as Clifford. Instead, he played Clifford’s twin brother, Claudius.
While Aguirre-Sacasa didn’t confirm another “dead” character was kinda/sorta coming back to life, he also didn’t deny it. “I can tell you what I say to every actor who dies is, ‘No one in Riverdale seems to stay dead forever, so at any point you might come back.'”
WHEN WILL SEASON TWO BE ON NETFLIX?
Neither the CW nor Netflix have announced when the second season will be available on Netflix streaming, but based on how other shows do it, it will probably drop about a week or two before season three premieres.
WILL THERE BE A SABRINA/RIVERDALE CROSSOVER?
Ever since Netflix confirmed the Sabrina reboot was happening, there have been rumors of a Riverdale-Sabrina crossover episode. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like that will happen next season (or at all).
In an interview with Vulture, Lili Reinhart said she doesn’t think Betty will ever appear on Sabrina, or vice versa. “I think Betty’s solely in the Riverdale world and it doesn’t make sense for a crossover,” she explained. “That’s why the decision was ultimately made to move to Netflix — to make these Riverdale and Sabrina shows completely separate universes. I don’t really know what Roberto’s plan is for Sabrina or what aspect of the supernatural or magic will be used. I know that doesn’t exist in Riverdale. At least right now. So it wouldn’t make sense for those two worlds to collide. So, I’d say don’t expect Betty to be in that world.”