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Riverdale Season 5 Time Jump Confirmed

Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has confirmed that Riverdale season 5 will include a time jump - Riverdale‘s teens won’t be teens much longer

Riverdale Season 5 Time Jump Confirmed
Riverdale Season 5 Time Jump Confirmed

Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa confirmed that the fifth Riverdale season would include a time jump. The CW's stylishly neo-noir reimagining of the Archie Comics universe was as bonkers as ever in season 4, but it also had to overcome some challenging real-world challenges along the way. Things started off on a poignant note when the season opened with the death of Archie's father, Fred Andrews following the star Luke Perry's own tragic passing last year. Then, before Season 4 could fully wrap up its overarching storylines, the coronavirus pandemic took a turn for the worse in March, shutting production off.

Since filming on The CW's shows has yet to resume, Riverdale Season 4 had to end some episodes early, as Killing Mr.Honey, Because of this, the series was unable to take major events - among them Archie and his friends who attended the high graduation party and graduated from high school - originally planned for the last three episodes this season. As a result, these will be covered in Season Five instead, along with a time jump that was previously scheduled to take place between seasons.

In an interview with TVLine, Aguirre-Sacasa explained that he and other creators at Riverdale were "talking and planning to make a time jump" between season 4 and 5 before closing in March (complete with "a tease at the very end" of season 4). However it is no longer possible, Season 5 will begin "from where we left off for the first three episodes, and then make a time jump". While exact details are still in action, the general expectation is that the time jump will span several years (according to TVLine).

Riverdale Season 5 time jump
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Riverdale Making a dramatic time jump is hardly a surprise. It has actually been a famous theory for some time, and with good reason. For starters, this should allow the show to get around the logistical barrier of having its four leads (Archie, Veronica, Betty, and Jughead) attend various colleges - or, in the case of Archie, a naval academy - simply by skipping over their college years and re-reuniting them. At Riverdale sometime after they graduate (or, if not that, while the main four are on a break from school). It will also allow the main cast to play their characters closer to their real age in Season 5, so they don't need to pretend that they are still eighteen. Additionally, with costars Skeet Ulrich and Marisol Nichols leaving after season 4, this will provide an organic explanation of why many Riverdale Fathers are no longer around,

Four years after Archie and his Friends solving crimes and fighting Serial killers in The Town With Pep, a massive shake-up like this would help keep Riverdale feeling refreshed in Season Five. It may also lead to some larger changes depending on whom you ask, it will be good or bad for the show in general. Whether it's the favorite couples to the fans who broke up and/or an end to the school musical episode tradition, the change is definitely coming to Riverdale. But the fans don't need to worry, there will definitely be a lot of amateur detective work, series drama, and different mayhem they love on the horizon, too.

Riverdale season 5 doesn't have an official date yet.

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