Things I’ve done today: (1) gazed lovingly at my precious, precious sourdough starter bubbles (WHY AREN’T THEY MORE FROTHY?), (2) stared vacantly out the window, (3) donated some money to coronavirus relief efforts, and (4) completed a deep dive on Riverdale season 5. Because, honestly, there are a lot of unanswered questions at the moment, including...Is this season even happening anymore? And yeah, I need answers.
First of All, Riverdale Season 5 Is Confirmed
Riverdale’s fifth season got renewed back in January. That’s the good news!
Buuut things have gotten a little complicated due to Hollywood shutting down amid the coronavirus crisis. Which brings us to...
Season 4’s Missing Episodes Will Kick Off Season 5
The show had to shut down last spring because of the pandemic, and they still had a few episodes left to film. Writer Ted Sullivan confirmed on Twitter that those episodes will see the light of day, explaining that season 4 will wrap up with episode 19, while season 5 will seemingly begin with episodes 20 to 22.
The pandemic derailed production & there was a heavy Toni ep coming up. We'll still do it, but you'll have to now wait for S5 instead of S4. S4 is unfortunately now shorter, ending w 419 (which I wrote with James DeWille & directed by @madchenamick). But it has a fun cliffhanger!— Ted Sullivan (@karterhol) April 18, 2020
Also, if you’re wondering whether this means season 5 will be longer, Ted says they haven’t figured that out yet.
Way above my pay grade. No idea. That's a WB question. And honestly, no one has any idea what the world is going to be like. We'll just have to roll with it like the rest of the planet & do what is best for society & others. Be smart! Be safe! And be nice to each other!— Ted Sullivan (@karterhol) April 18, 2020
They've Already Started Production for Season 5
Series creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa posted a photo on his Instagram recently announcing that the newest season of the show has begun filming in Vancouver. Gah!!
He captioned the picture: "After fourteen days of quarantining 🇨🇦 and months of prep, #Riverdale Season 5 starts shooting tomorrow. Spent the night in the bubble, reminiscing with these lovely people and celebrating @lilireinhart 24th birthday 🎂 How time flies. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the gang this week. Here we go....🚀🔥👩👦👦👀🚢🌊🐍💋👠💍🕸🍔🧗🏻♂️🏆🎰🎲🚑🚧🎢☠️".
The First Scene They Shot Was Very Quintessential Riverdale
After months without Riverdale, this is what the people deserve. Roberto posted a still shot from one of their filming days with a bare KJ Apa in a steam room. Bless this show.
Roberto said: "Annnnnd #Riverdale is back. First scene up of Season 5: Archie in a steam room. Even in a Covid world, some things never change...🔥👀🏆💋❤️".
So...When Is Season 5 Premiering?
The show was *expected* to come back for season 5 in October 2020, but that's not happening anymore considering they just started production in September. So, it's lookin' like we'll see new episodes of the show in January 2021!
A Note on the ~Plot~
To be blunt: No one has any idea what’s happening. At least not yet, which makes sense considering season 4 got completely derailed. But a lot of fans think we could get a Chilling Adventures of Sabrina crossover, so at least there’s that.
Some Cast Members Are Leaving
While the core cast (aka Archie, Jughead, Betty, and Veronica) will return for season 5, Skeet Ulrich will not. Skeet played Jughead’s dad, F. P. Jones. As of now, it’s unclear how F. P. will be written off the show. But if I had to guess, it’ll probs be murder, because it's Riverdale.
In a statement to Deadline, Skeet said, “I’m incredibly grateful for the friendships I’ve made on Riverdale, and I will miss seeing everyone on a daily basis. I’m proud to have been part of such a talented group of people, in front of the camera and behind. But I’ve decided that it’s time for me to move on to explore other creative opportunities.”
And Someone Will Be Making a Shocking Appearance
We thought Hermione Lodge would be officially booted out of Riverdale, but actress Marisol Nichols confirmed that her character will be back (!!!) in an interview with Access.
She said: "I had a very long talk with Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, our creator and showrunner of Riverdale, and I’m really proud to announce that Hermione will not only be back for season five, but she will be back stronger and better than ever.”
That’s it for now, but stay tuned for more updates, friends.
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