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

10 January 2019, 17:42

Katie Louise-Smith

By Katie Louise-Smith

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

With the Riverdale mid-season finale under our belts and the show currently on hiatus until January 16th, 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, destruction, Hiram's grand masterplan), we can't help but look ahead to where Riverdale could possibly go next in season 4.

We know, we know, it's WAY too early to start talking about season 4... season 3 has barely made it half way through but you know what, one can never be too prepared. 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, including the all important question: will there even be a fourth season of the show?

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?

Season 4 has not been confirmed by The CW yet. However, it's very likely that the show will be renewed thanks to the popularity of the series.

Season 3's renewal was confirmed in April 2018 so we'll probably get the answer to this question around March/April 2019.

When will Riverdale season 4 be released?

If it's renewed, 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?

Again, if it is renewed, 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. There could be lives hanging in the balance (like Fred Andrews in season 1), there could be arrests (like Hal Cooper in season 2) and there could even be straight up death...

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 we ever find out what *really* happened in the Blossom barn with Clifford, as hinted by Cheryl? Will Hermione ever escape the clutches of Hiram? 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 literally hasn't been to school once this season...)

Which characters will be in Riverdale season 4?

Well, providing that no one gets murdered at the end of season three (lol, very unlikely), all 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), Josie (Ashleigh Murray), Toni (Vanessa Morgan) and Reggie (Charles Melton).

As for the parents? Some of them might not be so lucky, especially given the track record that the show has for the adult characters come finale season but it's way too early to speculate. As of right now, it looks like Alice Cooper (Mädchen Amick), FP Jones (Skeet Ulrich), Hermione Lodge (Marisol Nichols), Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos), Fred Andrews (Luke Perry), 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 could also see the return of Gladys Jones (Gina Gershon) and Jellybean Jones (Trinity Likins) in season 4 for some more drama.

Characters who will not return because they died in season 3 are: Dilton Doiley (Major Curda), Ben Button (Moses Thiessen) and Joaquin DeSantos (Rob Raco).

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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...