Netflix announces release date for Riverdale Season 5

Daniella Scott
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Photo credit: The CW
Photo credit: The CW

From Cosmopolitan

Try not to panic, but after months of waiting a release date for Riverdale season 5 has been announced by Netflix, and it's coming very soon. Take a few deep breaths.

Filming for the hit show was put on hold back in March as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and as a result not only was season 4 cut short, but season 5 looked to be getting further and further out of reach. Well, thankfully, Netflix has put an end to the wait this week, confirming an release date for series five and also releasing the very exciting news that the new season will be even longer, to make up for the season 4 chop.

Here's everything we know about season 5 of Riverdale.

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 are under wraps at the moment, but showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has revealed 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.

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

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?

We don't have a complete cast confirmation yet, but we assume series regulars, Lili Reinhart, Cole Sprouse, Madelaine Petsch, Camila Mendes and KJ Apa, will be back for the fifth series of the show.

Alongside the regular cast (hopefully), we do 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!"

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

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?

Not yet, but with only a few months to go before the series 5 release, it's got to be coming soon.

When is Riverdale S5 being released?

Season 5 of Riverdale will be released on Netflix on 21st January.

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