'Riverdale' Season 3: News, Spoilers, Release Date, Cast, Trailers And Everything You Need To Know

3 November 2018, 20:36 | Updated: 3 November 2018, 20:41

Katie Louise-Smith

By Katie Louise-Smith

All the latest information about the cast, storyline, theories and trailers for Riverdale season 3.

It's official - Riverdale will be returning for a third season and there's already so much news and so many spoilers out there to feast your eyes on. Now that season two of Riverdale is firmly in the past, word on the street is that the third season of the show will take on a completely different tone and genre. There's gonna be less murder (apparently!) and more focus on the friendships and relationships.

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The latest news about Riverdale season 3?

Here's your first look at the high-anticipated flashback episode - with all the key younger cast members playing their parents in the 90s. Lili Reinhart will play young Alice, Cole Sprouse will play young FP, KJ Apa will take on Fred Andrews, Camila Mendes will portray Hermione, Madelaine Petsch will be her mother Penelope and Ashleigh Murray will bring young Sierra McCoy to life.

The big murder mystery will come to the forefront in episode 4, which also happens to be the parent flashback episode. “The murder victims in the present were playing a game called 'Griffins & Gargoyles',” explained Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to EW. “Our kids discover that when their parents were in high school they also were playing this game, and there was a similar murder that happened in the past.” Interesting...

The lives of your favourite characters are also hanging in the balance. It's already been teased that there's death right off the bat this season but by the sounds of things... we might be saying goodbye to a MAIN cast member too. "Life goes on (for MOST of our series regulars) in Episode #309 of #Riverdale..." writes Aguirre-Sacasa. Odds on Hiram faking his own death? Time to start theorising!

So - what can we expect in season three of our favourite show? From the new relationships (*ahem* CHONI! FALICE! ROSIE!), to the ongoing mystery surrounding Hiram's new gang of villains (Penny Peabody, Penelope Blossom, Claudius Blossom, Malachai and Sheriff Minetta), there's a lot for the third season to unpack!

We'll be updating this article throughout the year when we get more information but, in the meantime, here's what we know so far:

Is Riverdale returning for a third season? Has it been confirmed?

Yes! Season three has officially been renewed by The CW and was confirmed via Deadline. Several cast members had already teased that Riverdale would be back for a third season.

The shows ratings for season 2 have been strong (up 58% from the first season) and show creator has just signed a deal with Netflix, who stream Riverdale outside the US, to develop a reboot of The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina. The whole franchise seems unstoppable at the minute.

When is Riverdale season 3 released?

Riverdale will return to our screens on Wednesday October 10th, 2018, one week earlier than the release of season two. It will air in its usual time-slot at 8/7c on The CW.

The third season will premiere on Netflix in the UK on Thursday October 11th. New episodes will drop at 8am.

How many episodes will be in Riverdale season 3?

There will reportedly be 23 episodes in the third season of the show - one more than season two.

What’s going to happen in Riverdale season 3?

First things first, our main character Archie has been arrested and is facing charges for the murder of Cassidy Bullock. We know he didn't do it, but with Hiram in control of the Sheriff's office and now the Mayor's office, it's gonna be a tough one for him to escape from. That storyline will be one of the main conflicts of the season.

Jughead's mother Gladys and sister Jellybean have been continually referenced in the show and we will finally get to meet them in season three. But will Jughead finally get his dream of having his whole family under one roof? Mmm, unlikely. Gladys' return will also mean some juicy drama ahead for Alice Cooper and FP Jones, who seem to have spent the whole summer rolling around in bed together.

Talking of Falice, just when you thought we were about to set off on a nice cruise aboard our new hot and steamy ship, it looks like it won't last very long. Despite getting back together, the introductions of Gladys and the mysterious cult farm leader Edgar Evernever will surely tear the two apart. And it sounds like the vulnerable Alice might find herself with a potential new love interest and also in a bit of danger. (Also, where is their REAL son? Surely that'll pop up at some point in season three, right?)

A lot of new ships will probably be explored in season three too. Cheryl and Toni's relationship will finally have a chance to *ahem* blossom... And Kevin will be in a relationship with Moose when we return. It's also been teased that Veronica will find herself a new love interest too. Reggie, anyone?

It's also been said there will be a wedding between two parents in the third season. Speaking at the TCA "Meet The Parents" panel on Aug 6, It was revealed that Sheriff Keller and Sierra McCoy might actually be tying the knot this season!

Which characters will be in Riverdale season 3?

You can definitely expect the core four of Archie (KJ Apa), Betty (Lili Reinhart), Jughead (Cole Sprouse) and Veronica (Camila Mendes) to stay for season 3. Other main characters and actors that will be returning are: Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch), Kevin Keller (Casey Cott), Alice Cooper (Mädchen Amick), FP Jones (Skeet Ulrich), Hermione Lodge (Marisol Nichols), Fred Andrews (Luke Perry), Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray) and Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos).

Vanessa Morgan and Charles Melton have both been upgraded to series regulars which means we'll also be seeing more of both Toni Topaz and Reggie Mantle.

Recurring characters such as Polly Cooper (Tiera Skovbye), Ethel Muggs (Shannon Purser), Sweetpea (Jordan Connor), Fangs Fogarty (Drew Ray Tanner), Sierra McCoy (Robin Givens), Penelope Blossom (Nathalie Boltt), Mary Andrews (Molly Ringwald) and Sheriff Keller (Martin Cummins) are also set to return.

Hart Denton has also been confirmed as a returning cast member by his on-screen (fake) mum, Amick - so we guess it looks like Chic is not done with the Cooper family just yet. Speaking at an event on May 22, Amick said: "I'm sure you're all aware of [Denton's] creepy portrayal of the Cooper son and I can't wait to see what he's gonna be up to season three... SPOILER ALERT!" We guess he's alive and managed to escape the Black Hood in one piece then, huh?

Gina Gershon and Trinity Likins will be arriving in Riverdale in episode 8 as Gladys Jones and Jellybean Jones. Riley Keough has also joined the cast as Laurie Lake and Penelope Ann Miller will be playing Archie prosecutor.

Farm leader Edgar and his daughter Evelyn Evernever will also be moving to the town but have yet to be cast.

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Will there be a time jump in Riverdale season 3?

Yes! It sounds like a few months will have passed by the time we head back to Riverdale. Confirmed by staff writer Britta Lundin on Tumblr, the show will pick up on Labor Day weekend, which is in September.

Judging by the sneak peak on the cover of the production script for episode one, it looks like a few months has passed and Archie's murder trial will finally be underway. Another hint that suggests a time jump lies in the character description for Edgar Evernever. It says he's "a new-age health “guru” who HAS HELPED Alice get her life together after the events of season two", suggesting that he's been around for while already. Judging by the on-set picture shared by Mädchen Amick, it looks like Alice's new spiritual era is in full effect already.

The series picking back up in September also means the squad will be starting season 3 a new school year. However, it does also mean we'll probably miss a lot of "firsts" with Cheryl and Toni and Kevin and Moose over the summer.

Will the Black Hood return in Riverdale season 3?

Now that the Black Hood's identity has been revealed (well, well, well, Hal Cooper), we'll probably be seeing the fall out and repercussions of his confession for Alice and Betty come season three. It's been confirmed by Aguirre-Sacasa and Lochlyn Munro that Hal will be sticking around in season three and he will have a juicy storyline.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about Hal's role in season 3, he says: "Roberto came up to me and adamantly said, “No, it’s not over [for] Hal. We have a whole different story arc planned for that.” I’m really excited to see what they come up with, so I can really jump into it. Because I now have really embraced this situation with him, and I want to see why he became the guy he is. It gives me more to do, and I look forward to it."

What are the season three episode titles?

Here are all the episode titles we know so far:

Episode 1 - "Chapter Thirty-Six: Labor Day"

Episode 2 - "Chapter Thirty-Seven: Fortune And Men's Eyes"

Episode 3 - "Chapter Thirty-Eight: As Above, So Below"

Episode 4 - "Chapter Thirty-Nine: The Midnight Club"

Episode 5 - "Chapter Forty: The Great Escape"

Episode 6 - "Chapter Forty-One: Manhunter"

Episode 7 - "Chapter Forty-Two: The Man In Black"

Episode 8 - "Chapter Forty-Three: Outbreak"

Episode 9 - "Chapter Forty-Four: No Exit"

Episode 10 - "Chapter Forty-Five: The Stranger"

Have they started filming Riverdale season 3 yet?

Yes! The cast arrived back in Vancouver on Friday July 6th and the first table read of the new season was held. FIlming will likely wrap for the series at the end of March.

Will Riverdale cross over with Sabrina in season three?

Ah, the million dollar question. Rumours of the two worlds crossing over have been rife ever since the first season. Now that Sabrina production is in full swing, and with a new show to promote, we wouldn't be surprised if Netflix arranged for a crossover to happen.

But by the looks of things, the two shows will remain completely separate. In fact, we're not even sure that they exist in the same world. So far, there are no plans to include Sabrina on Riverdale. Instead of a backdoor pilot within the show, Sabrina will be getting her OWN pilot episode. The show will not be a "spin-off" of Riverdale either, it'll be a stand alone show.

In an interview with Vulture, Lili Reinhart appeared to confirm that Sabrina will not exist within the same universe as Riverdale, and that Betty will never make appearance on the Netflix show.

"I think Betty’s solely in the Riverdale world and it doesn’t make sense for a crossover. That’s why the decision was ultimately made to move to Netflix — to make these Riverdale and Sabrina shows completely separate universes."