Riverdale season 5: Release date, cast, spoilers and news

3 August 2020, 08:59 | Updated: 3 August 2020, 09:01

By Katie Louise Smith

Riverdale has been renewed for season 5. From the release date and spoilers to returning cast members, here's everything we know so far... including that time-jump.

Get ready for another season of madness because Riverdale season 5 is officially happening. Confirmed by The CW back in January, the teen drama was given an early renewal alongside a bunch of other shows.

Filming on the final few episodes of season 4 was suspended for coronavirus safety reasons. With the final school year and the departing storyline of FP Jones (Skeet Ulrich) still up in the air, season 5 will begin with the three episodes that the cast had yet to film.

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The latest news? According to reports, Riverdale season 5 is set to start filming in September 2020. However, that could all change given the uncertainty of COVID and the second wave of infections.

Marisol Nichols has confirmed that she will now be returning to Riverdale for season 5, after it was previously announced that she would be leaving at the end of season 4.

It's confirmed that season 5 will begin with the prom and graduation. The show will also send FP off with the planned goodbye before the 4-5 year timejump. (Don't worry, he won't be killed off.)

Here's everything we know so far about Riverdale season 5...

Riverdale season 5: Release date, spoilers and everything we know so far
Riverdale season 5: Release date, spoilers and everything we know so far. Picture: The CW

Has Riverdale season 5 been confirmed? Will there be a Riverdale season 5?

Yes - Riverdale was given an early renewal alongside a number of other CW shows back in January. Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, it's unclear when the show will start filming. As of June 2020, there's still no confirmation about filming dates.

Riverdale season 5 start date: When does Riverdale season 5 come back?

While there’s no official confirmation about the exact start date of Riverdale, it has now been revealed that the show will return in January 2021.

Due to the shutdown of production, filming schedules have understandably been drastically altered. Filming for Riverdale season 5 would typically begin in July 2020, but depending on the virus and whether or not it is safe to begin production again, filming could be delayed. The good news is that, as of April 7th 2020, writing on season 5 has begun.

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.

How many episodes will be in Riverdale season 5?

With the season now airing in January 2021 instead of October 2020, there's a possibility that season 5 will have less episodes than the usual 22-episode season. Due to the uncertainty of the coronavirus situation, this could be changed. There's no confirmation so far.

Writer Ted Sullivan confirmed on Twitter that the start of season 5 will begin with the 3 remaining episodes of season 4, two of which have yet to be filmed. In response to a fan asking if we'll ever get to see season 4 episodes 20, 21 and 22, he wrote: "You'll get them. Don't worry! You'll just have to wait until S5! They're really good too! Beautiful scripts."

Riverdale season 5 cast: Who is leaving and who is returning?

Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, KJ Apa, Cole Sprouse, Madelaine Petsch and Vanessa Morgan will all be returning. Charles Melton and Casey Cott will also hopefully return.

It's been confirmed that Skeet Ulrich will be leaving after season 4 and will not be returning full time to season 5. The door, however, has reportedly been left open for his character, FP Jones, to come back.

It was previously announced that Marisol Nichols would also be departing at the end of season 4, but it's since been confirmed that she will be back as Hermione Lodge. In an interview with Access Hollywood, Marisol said: "I had a very long talk with Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, our creator and showrunner of Riverdale, and I’m really proud to announce that Hermione will not only be back for season five, but she will be back stronger and better than ever.”

In an interview with EW, Mädchen Amick confirmed that she will be returning for season 5 as Alice Smith.

Nothing has been announced about Mark Consuelos' status on the show, but he did appear on an episode of Katy Keene, which is set 5 years in the future, so it's safe to assume that Hiram Lodge will still be at large within the universe.

Molly Ringwald, Martin Cummins, Nathalie Boltt and Robin Givens are also all still currently in recurring/guest roles.

So far, no other cast members have been confirmed to be leaving the show.

Will there be a time jump in Riverdale season 5?

Given the departures of two parental figures on the show, fans have been speculating that season 5 will include a considerable time jump that will see our teen characters jump forward into their twenties, skipping the college years.

During an appearance on Jimmy Fallon. KJ Apa teased that season 5 "can go anywhere." He continued: "The only kind of spoiler I can give people is: It's not your typical graduate high school. It's gonna surprise a lot of people, I think."

A few weeks after both Skeet Ulrich and Mädchen Amick revealed the time jump in separate interviews, show runner Aguirre-Sacasa confirmed it.

Speaking to ET, he teased: "We’re trying to figure out if we are doing a time jump, how quickly we can do it -- and you know, my instinct is as quick as possible after we finish up the stories from season 4.

"I think we want to drop you in the middle of something crazy."

He continued: "And since all of our characters would be going to different colleges, my instinct has been to leapfrog over four years, and kind of pick up with everyone there."