Good news for Riverdale fans: the teen drama is coming back and the gang’s gonna be reunited immediately because we’re time skipping all of college, baby! Who needs tertiary education anyway? This teen show is growin’ up.
Riverdale was one of the many TV shows and films that were cancelled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The show’s fourth season was abruptly cut short when a member of the show’s production team tested positive for the coronavirus. Since then, the main drama we’ve had from folks of the good township Riverdale have been IRL ones. Namely Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart having to fend off rumours about a potential cheating situation. Big yikes.
In a new interview with TV Line, the show’s executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has confirmed the rumours that there will, in fact, be a time skip in in Riverdale‘s fifth season. A Riverdale time skip is a move that makes a lot of sense, mainly for keeping the main cast, Jughead, Betty, Archie and Veronica, respectively played by Cole Sprouse, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes and KJ Apa together instead of alone as they head off to separate colleges. Or in Archie’s case, enroll in the naval academy.
Don’t worry though, we’re still gonna get that juicy senior prom and high school graduation episode. The episodes were actually meant to make up the final three of season four, but Aguirre-Sacasa explained the new Riverdale time skip plan. “So what we’re doing is picking up right where we left off for the first three episodes, and then doing a time jump… after those three episodes.”
Especially since the cancellation of so many things we were looking forward to in 2020, it’s nice that we’ve got something stable to bank on. Namely the incredibly unstable lives of these teenagers and their wildly irresponsible parents going to that graduation. “It’s such a rite of passage,” Aguirre-Sacasa told Entertainment Weekly of the episode, which has yet to be filmed. “So many graduations were cancelled this year. I really, really loved that episode. So I’m looking forward to doing it at some point.”
The Riverdale time skip will take us forward roughly five years after the team is done with their post-high school plans. Just what exactly will be bringing them back together again for some hometown glory is a mystery, but knowing Riverdale it’s gonna be juicy.
What we REALLY hope though, is that the show realises how much stuff is entirely unnecessary. Namely those godawful Riverdale musical episodes. Have we not learned our lesson… I mean the only explanation is that the cast regularly dissociates through these episodes to be able to film them.
The premiere date of Riverdale‘s fifth season remains up in the air, especially as the coronavirus situation in the U.S. remains bleak. If you need something to scratch that teen show itch though, we’d suggest checking out the following.
Netflix’s Never Have I Ever is gr8 if you wanna cry about hot dead dads and marvel at an unflinching and hilarious Indian-American girl’s high school antics. Then there’s the queer Asian rom-com The Half Of It, which made my bf cry from the trailer. Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult have teamed up in a VERY Gossip Girl styles portrayal of Catherine the Great in The Great. Finally, we’ve got the (now classic) Sex Education, and to round it all out, two shows that are rapidly gaining steam Outer Banks and Motherland: Fort Salem.
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