Riverdale season 4: news, spoilers, release date, cast, trailers and everything you need to know

25 March 2019, 15:52 | Updated: 25 March 2019, 15:56

Katie Louise-Smith

By Katie Louise-Smith

All the latest information about the cast, storyline, theories and trailers for Riverdale season 4.

With the second half of Riverdale season three now in full swing, fans have been wondering where the teen drama will take us next - and not just within the current storylines of season three. With the way things are going on in the show (death, drugs, destruction, cults, Hiram's masterplan, Hermione's masterplan...), we can't help but look ahead to where Riverdale could possibly go next in season 4.

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We know, we know, it's way too early to start talking about season 4 but you know what, one can never be too prepared. Season 4 of your favourite teen drama has just been renewed by The CW so it's time to start collecting the tea and gathering the hints now, kids!

Here's all the latest news we have so far about what could possibly happen in Riverdale season 4:

Riverdale Season 4: News, spoilers, release date, cast and trailers
Riverdale Season 4: News, spoilers, release date, cast and trailers. Picture: The CW

Has Riverdale season 4 been renewed? Will there be a Riverdale season 4?

Yes! Season 4 has now officially been confirmed by The CW and will be returning for another round of teenage sleuthing and sex-capades in (we assume) October 2019.

When will Riverdale season 4 be released?

Riverdale season 4 will likely be released in October 2019, just like season 2 and 3.

How many episodes will be in Riverdale season 4?

The season will likely consist of around 21/22 episodes, just like seasons 2 and 3.

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What’s going to happen in Riverdale season 4?

Well, seeing as the third season hasn't even finished yet, the plot for season 4 is anyone's guess. As we know, thanks to previous seasons of the show, it's almost impossible to predict where our favourite characters' lives will end up at the end of a season. But one thing is for sure: while the town deals with the repercussions of whatever goes down at the end of season 3, there will almost definitely be another mystery for everyone to start sleuthing.

There's also still plenty of unanswered questions that the show has left us with over the past two seasons that have yet to explained in season 3 so could we finally get to the bottom of those questions in season 4? Will Hermione ever escape the clutches of Hiram? Will Toni Topaz ever get a backstory? Willy Polly ever leave that cult? Will we find out if Alice and FP's son Charles is actually alive or not?

Season 4 will also probably see the gang heading into a new school year too. Season 3 is set to see them take their SATs but where will that leave everybody when he head into season 4? Will everyone pass? Will some people have to retake the year? (Archie has barely been at school this season...)

Speaking to PopBuzz, Cole Sprouse also revealed where we would like to see Jughead go in season 4. "I think there's a lot of potential and a lot of interesting narratives this season in the form of FP and Jughead teaming up and playing the True Detective crime investigator father/son duo," Sprouse said when asked what he'd like to see Jughead do in season 4.

"I think there's something really enjoyable about Jughead being the brain and FP being the brawn of that investigation. That's something I'd personally like to see going into season 4."

Following the passing of Luke Perry, it's unclear what will happen to Archie's beloved dad Fred Andrews. Show-runner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has confirmed that the show will be addressing his absence on screen. "You know, honestly, we are I think all still in shock and are all still processing and grieving," Aguirre-Sacasa told ET. "We know that we have to address it in some way, but we’re giving ourselves a little bit of time and space before we figure out the best way to honour him."

Which characters will be in Riverdale season 4?

Ashleigh Murray has wrapped on Riverdale ahead of filming for spin-off Katy Keene. where she'll play a 20-something Josie McCoy. Josie will exit the show at some point in season 3.

The rest of the series regular cast members should return. The core four will likely be back for another season (KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Cole Sprouse, Camila Mendes), along with Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch), Kevin (Casey Cott), Toni (Vanessa Morgan) and Reggie (Charles Melton).

As for the parents? It's way too early to speculate but as of right now, it looks like Alice Cooper Smith (Mädchen Amick), FP Jones (Skeet Ulrich), Hermione Lodge (Marisol Nichols), Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos), Penelope Blossom (Nathalie Boltt), Tom Keller (Martin Cummins) and Sierra McCoy (Robin Givens) will all be back for more scenes of iconic questionable parenting.

We'll also likely be seeing more of Jellybean Jones (Trinity Likins) in season 4 but as far as Gladys Jones (Gina Gershon) goes? That all depends on where she ends up at the end of the season? Dead? In prison? Who knows!

Characters who will not return because they died in season 3 are: Dilton Doiley (Major Curda), Ben Button (Moses Thiessen), Joaquin DeSantos (Rob Raco), Claudius Blossom (Barclay Hope), Sheriff Minetta (Henderson Wade) and Tall Boy (Scott McNeil.)

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Will Riverdale cross over with Chilling Adventures of Sabrina in season 4?

Show runner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has said "never say never" when it comes to future crossovers between the two but currently, there are no confirmed plans. While there were plans very early on to introduce Sabrina on Riverdale, it was later decided that CAOS would be it's own stand-alone show, not a spin-off.

That being said, Riverdale's Ben Button appeared in CAOS as a pizza delivery boy, confirming that the two shows existed within the same universe and that the potential for more cameos could be possible. However, Ben appeared to die in both shows. So while we know they are in the same universe, the question is whether or not they exist in the same continuity? And if they don't, how will that affect a potential crossover? Just one to think about...