"Riverdale" Creator Confirms Season 5 Will Have a Time Jump

Tamara Fuentes
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From Seventeen

Get ready for a trip to the future because some major changes are coming to Riverdale.

Fans have been speculating about a possible time jump after the CW announced some of the older cast members were leaving at the end of season four. officially confirmed the news with Entertainment Tonight, but also revealed that the current coronavirus pandemic forced them to change some things.

"When we come back in season 5, we’ll have a very big mystery to unravel and a lot of relationship stuff to sort out," he said. "It’s definitely something we’re still talking about."

Season four ended up being cut short due to production shutting down several weeks ago. This means that the last three of the 22 episodes that were planned for the fourth season will be airing at the beginning of season five.

"You know, the writers were all meeting via Zoom and the one thing we decided on is that rather than doing a time jump between season 4 and 5, we thought that things like prom and things like graduation [are important]," he said. "After spending four years with these characters in high school, you don’t want to lose that — so, the first three episodes back are kind of a direct continuation."

Roberto revealed that the time jump was originally planned to happen between seasons, "but this is an extraordinary year and these are extraordinary circumstances. So, we’re trying to figure out if we are doing a time jump, how quickly we can do it. My instinct is as quick as possible after we finish up the stories from season 4."

He also revealed that the show will likely completely skip the gang's college years and find them back together in a new mystery after their graduation.

"I think we want to drop you in the middle of something crazy. It’s so funny, one of the things that I’ve been doing during the quarantine is watching episodes of teen shows that have graduated from high school to stories after high school," he said. "And you know, they’re pretty split evenly. Some of them go to college and some of them jump over college and kind of pick up on the other side of it."

"And, you know, to me high school was better than college," he continued. "And since all of our characters would be going to different colleges, my instinct has been to leapfrog over four years, and kind of pick up with everyone there."

So what crazy mystery will Archie and his friends find themselves in? Guess we'll have to wait to find out.

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