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

11 July 2019, 09:36 | Updated: 11 July 2019, 09:41

Katie Louise-Smith

By Katie Louise-Smith

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

With Riverdale season three now over, fans have been wondering where the teen drama will take us next. Season 4 of your favourite show has officially been renewed by The CW so it's time to start collecting the tea and gathering the hints.

The ending of season 3 brought some surprising exits and some very surprising entrances and also teased a huge cliffhanger final scene that hinted at the possible death of Jughead. (Is Cole Sprouse leaving the show?! More on that in a sec...) The good news is that the Gargoyle King and Black Hood storylines are over but the bad news? The Farm appears to be still at large after "ascending" in the final episode. So what will happen next?

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The latest news? Luke Perry's death and Fred Andrews' fate will be addressed in the first episode of season 4. Speaking to Vanity Fair, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said: “We thought that rather than try to squeeze something in, we would let the season play out and then really do it justice and honor both Luke and Fred at the beginning of Season 4.”

Luke's passing will “absolutely is informing and changing what we’re doing in Season 4. Especially in terms of Archie’s story but really in the overall tone of the show.” On June 19, Aguirre-Sacasa revealed that season 4, episode 1 will be called 'In Memoriam' and will honour both Luke and Fred.

Here's all the latest news we have so far about what Riverdale season 4 will be about:

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 October 2019.

Riverdale season 4 start date: When will Riverdale season 4 be released on Netflix?

Riverdale season 4 will premiere on Wednesday October 9th at 8pm EST on The CW.

As always, Riverdale will air on The CW on Wednesday night in the US and will drop on Netflix the next day on Thursday for everyone in the UK, or internationally.

Riverdale season 4, episode 1 (4x01) will be released on Netflix on Thursday October 10th at 8am GMT.

How many episodes will be in Riverdale season 4?

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


What’s going to happen in Riverdale season 4?

Season 3 wrapped up several ongoing storylines that spanned the whole series so far. The Gargoyle King (orchestrated by Penelope Blossom) is over, the Black Hood (Hal Cooper) is now dead, Chic is in jail and Jason Blossom is 100% dead af. Apart from the overhang of the Farm storyline, season 4 looks like it'll be starting fresh.

We do have one new mystery though: what happened to Jughead during spring break senior year? Did he... die?!

In a flash forward in the final scene, Archie, Betty and Veronica can be seen covered in blood in front of a fire, burning their clothes and Jug's iconic beanie. Jug is no where to be seen. Aguirre-Sacasa has teased that while they're still throwing around a few ideas for what could have happened there, it likely won't be addressed until the middle of season 4.

There's also the case of several missing people. Apparent FBI informant Alice, Polly and Fangs have "ascended" with the Farm and are now MIA. With the help of Charles Smith (yes, the Charles. The real one, who is a ridiculously gorgeous FBI agent), Betty and Jughead will likely be pretty busy trying to sleuth their whereabouts. This storyline will be wrapped up within the first couple of episodes.

Other things season 3 will also likely explore: the whereabouts of Penelope Blossom, both Hiram and Hermione in jail, Jason's corpse currently residing at Thistlehouse and Charles' relationship with his half-siblings and his parents, Alice and FP.

But the biggest question of all remains: Will Toni Topaz ever get a backstory?

Speaking to PopBuzz, Cole Sprouse also revealed where he 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.

"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. For now, it's been explained that Fred is out of town but 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."

How will Riverdale address Luke Perry's death?

Luke will be honoured at the beginning of season 4. It was explained at the end of season 3 that Fred Andrews was out of town. Molly Ringwald came back as Mary Andrews to fill the gaps where Fred would have played a role in Archie's storyline.

Because the writers had already written the finale when Luke passed away on March 4th, Aguirre-Sacasa told Variety that they felt "trying to squeeze [a storyline] in would have been a disservice.”

It's not yet known what will happen to Fred but the loss of Luke will in form and change what the Season 4 storylines will be, "especially in terms of Archie’s story but really in the overall tone of the show,” he told Vanity Fair.

The first episode of season 4 will be called 'In Memoriam' and is expected to address Fred's fate. Writing on social media, Aguirre-Sacasa said: "Probably the most important episode of #Riverdale we’ll do this year, if not ever. A tribute to our fallen friend. Thankful for this opportunity to honor Luke & Fred."

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 exited the show in season 3, episode 19.

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? As of right now, it looks like Alice Cooper Smith (Mädchen Amick), FP Jones (Skeet Ulrich), Tom Keller (Martin Cummins) and Sierra McCoy (Robin Givens) will all be back for more scenes of iconic questionable parenting. The now incarcerated Hermione Lodge (Marisol Nichols) and Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos) will no doubt be back and Mary Andrews (Molly Ringwald) will also like be taking on a bigger role.

Penelope Blossom (Nathalie Boltt) could return but will likely be missing for a large chunk of the season - because Penelope is currently on the run.

We'll also be seeing more of Jellybean Jones (Trinity Likins) in season 4 but as far as Gladys Jones (Gina Gershon) goes? Who knows. Gladys skipped town after Jellybean was kidnapped but it's probably likely that she'll return at some point next season.

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), Tall Boy (Scott McNeil), Kurtz (Jonathan Whitesell) and Hal Cooper (Lochlyn Munro).

Will Riverdale season 4 crossover with Chilling Adventures of Sabrina?

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...

Will Riverdale season 4 crossover with Katy Keene?

Unlike Sabrina, Katy Keene will air on The CW, which makes a potential crossover a little easier. Currently, there are no planned crossovers between the shows. There will also be no back-door pilot to establish the new character either.

Katy Keene will also be set in the future. Josie McCoy will be a twenty-something year old on the show, while her friends back in Riverdale will remain teenagers.

Speaking about a crossover Mark Pedowitz, the president of The CW, said: "Katy Keene takes places years after Riverdale High School. There are no plans to do anything [regarding a crossover]. Any of the Riverdale characters who come to Katy Keene will be older."

Just like in Sabrina, there will no doubt be plenty of references and quips that reference Riverdale and everything that went on over there - especially if Josie is around. She's not going to never mention her hometown or her old friends again, is she?