Riverdale 7: everything we know so far! – MARCH 27 UPDATE – WATCH

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Riverdale is coming to an end after five years on The CW: season 7 will be the last one and will premiere on Wednesday, March 29 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT). Here is everything we know so far!

This article will be updating whenever we have more news!

Riverdale was renewed for Season 7 in March. Pedowitz added that the show’s final season will have a midseason premiere and is not expected to have a shortened episode order.

The CW confirmed that the final season will have a midseason return in 2023. An episode count has not been confirmed yet. However, the comment about the season length suggests season 7 will have either 19 or 22 episodes, just like previous seasons.

Now that the season 6 finale aired, we have more answers as to what’s going to happen in season 7.

In the season 6 finale, Cheryl was successfully able to stop the comet. However, the comet didn’t just fail to hit Riverdale. Somehow, the lack of comet destruction sent Riverdale back in time to the 1950s, where everyone is back in high school and mourning the death of James Dean, and Jughead is the only one who remembers their real lives.

When and where is season 7 set?

Riverdale season 7 will be set in Riverdale, but in the 1950s.

What’s the main theme of season 7?

Series creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said that the main theme will be nostalgia, but also how life really was in 1950s. That time period is often romanticized, but the truth is it was a really hard time for people who weren’t straight white men.

“I think that’s exactly what the season is going to be about, the deconstruction of that myth that this was the greatest period to be a family and to be in this country. And you said it, not necessarily for queers, not necessarily for people of color, not necessarily for young women. That’s exactly what it is. You know, we kind of talked about it and pitched a little bit like Euphoria problems and issues and characters, but in the 1950s and what that would look like, so that’s definitely what we’re exploring, and I think that’s where the tension is going to come out of the season.”

The seventh season of RIVERDALE goes where no season of RIVERDALE has dared to go before—the 1950s!

Picking up where last season ended, Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse) finds himself trapped in the 1950s. He has no idea how he got there, nor how to get back to the present. His friends are no help, as they are living seemingly authentic lives, similar to their classic Archie Comics counterparts, unaware that they’ve ever been anywhere but the 1950’s.

Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) is the classic all-American teen, coming of age, getting into trouble, and learning life-lessons; Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) is the girl next door, starting to question everything about her perfect life—including her controlling mother Alice (Madchen Amick); Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) is a Hollywood starlet who moved to Riverdale under mysterious circumstances. Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch) is the Queen Bee with a withering wit and a secret longing. Toni Topaz (Vanessa Morgan) is an activist fighting for the Black students of recently integrated Riverdale High.

Kevin Keller (Casey Cott) is a “square” crooner wrestling with his sexual identity. Reggie Mantle (Charles Melton) is a basketball star from farm country; and Fangs Fogarty (Drew Ray Tanner) is a greaser who’s destined to be an Elvis-type star. It isn’t until Jughead is visited by Tabitha Tate (Erinn Westbrook)—Riverdale’s Guardian Angel—that he learns the cosmic truth about their predicament. Will Jughead and the gang be able to return to the present? Or will our characters be trapped in the 1950’s forever? And, if so…is that such a bad thing?

When Aguirre-Sacasa and the writers learned Season 7 would be their last, “we all kind of hunkered down and thought: ‘What can we do that is really, really special? What stories can we tell that will be fresh and meaningful?’”

They knew that fans loved seeing the characters in retro 1950s costumes, and some were missing the days when the show’s teen characters were still in high school.

So “it was like, ‘OK, how can we go back to high school without repeating all of the stories, or it feeling too much like the first four seasons?’” Then they hit upon the idea of time-warping back to the 1950s, and “it just felt so right for our final season,” Aguirre-Sacasa recalls.

But the 1950s weren’t a blast for everyone, of course, and Riverdale‘s final season is very conscious of that, the EP notes: “It would be disingenuous to erase the real struggles and hardships that certain types of people faced in the 1950s. Specifically, in our case, our characters of color and our queer characters… You just could not be out. In some states, it was illegal for there to be interracial marriage. That was the reality.” So essentially, Season 7’s Big Bad is “the conformity of the 1950s, the repressiveness of the 1950s, the racism of the 1950s, the sexism of the 1950s, the homophobia of the 1950s.”

The time jump has given Riverdale‘s characters a new lease on life, most notably KJ Apa’s Archie, who’s more happy-go-lucky than we’ve ever seen him.

“Archie has been, over the years, a pretty dark character,” Aguirre-Sacasa concedes, adding that “KJ himself said, ‘I wouldn’t mind having a little bit of fun in our last season.’” So the Archie we meet in Season 7 is “much more of an innocent,” the EP hints, comparing him to Richie Cunningham on Happy Days. “He is much less battered and bruised than his present-day counterpart.”

Riverdale‘s romantic pairings have also gotten a refresh in the shift to the 1950s: Betty is dating Kevin (though he’s still repressing hidden desires), and Archie and Cheryl couple up at one point, too.

“You don’t want to go back and then immediately just land in the same dynamics,” Aguirre-Sacasa points out, teasing that “there is fun and dramatic irony in us knowing that Kevin is gay but he’s in a relationship with Betty… There is fun to seeing Archie and Veronica first discovering themselves again, as opposed to knowing they had this deep history. So it felt like it would be a missed opportunity to not do a little bit of scrambling.”

Riverdale Season 7 Betty
But we do still see some lingering glances between Archie and Betty and between Cheryl and Toni that make us think some romantic connections can survive even a 70-year time jump.

“Even if characters don’t remember all of the specifics about the Black Hood and the Gargoyle King and Gryphons and Gargoyles, there would be an emotional memory that the multiverse and the time shift would not erase,” Aguirre-Sacasa says. “Characters who had feelings for each other would still feel that and be drawn towards each other,” although some pairs reconnect “more quickly than others, some more successfully than others.”

Well, the 1950s fashions are fun and all, but can Riverdale fans expect to get the gang back to the original timeline before the series wraps up for good in August? Aguirre-Sacasa’s coy reply: “Yes, I can say that it is good to expect that.”

First Look

EW has the exclusive first look at the series’ final season, which dives into everything the ’50s has to offer.

“Thank god the ’50s were as crazy as they were, because it’s been so fun to be in that world,” Aguirre-Sacasa says. “Every season we explore the tropes of a specific genre, be it supernatural, be it pulp, be it crime. This year our genre is the 1950s, so we’re in dialogue with the American myth of what the 1950s were versus the reality.”

Although Aguirre-Sacasa says the “essence” of each character is the same, there will be some big differences. For starters, Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) is not a New Yorker. “In season 1, Veronica arrived from New York, and in the 1950s, she’s arrived from Los Angeles,” he says. “She grew up in 1950s Hollywood, so it’s similar but different from season 1. She’s still an outsider and a socialite, very different from everyone else.”

And Archie isn’t quite the same teenager who once went toe-to-toe with a bear.

“Archie feels much more innocent than we’ve ever depicted him on Riverdale,” Aguirre-Sacasa says. “When we meet Archie here, he is a clean cut, 1950s teen. We describe him a little bit as a Richie Cunningham-type from Happy Days and he’s on his own journey. He’s a more innocent, romantic kind of character.”

The showrunner wouldn’t say the final season has a villain, per se.

“It’s more about our characters finding their way in the constricting, dark realities of the 1950s, trying to discover themselves in a really repressive, conformist, homophobic, racist world,” he says. “The biggest struggle is our characters trying to live authentic individualistic lives during a time period where that was really hard to do.”

After six seasons of serial killers, cult leaders, witches, comets, and Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos), does that mean Riverdale‘s final season might be its most tame? Perhaps “tame” is the wrong word. “It’s probably, weirdly, our most grounded season,” Aguirre-Sacasa says.

Jughead willl be the only one to remember their real lives

“It is very much in continuity with the first six seasons, kind of the same way that Rivervale ended up being in continuity with the rest of the season. Jughead remembers what happened the first six seasons, it’s in question what the other characters will remember … We are also using this as sort of an opportunity to do some fun resetting of the table, a little bit of mixing and matching, adjusting backstories, and things like that, but it’s very much in keeping with what we’ve done the first six seasons.”

“The first episode is Jughead’s story,” Aguirre-Sacasa says. “It’s him asking, ‘What do I do with the fact that I’m the only one who remembers our lives before the comet hit?’ And that gets resolved at the end of episode 1. But you get to see Cole playing the Jughead we’ve known, and then you get to see Cole putting on a 1950s persona.”

And if Jughead didn’t have enough on his plate with figuring out how they’re all suddenly living in the past, Aguirre-Sacasa says there’s another mystery coming. “Something very, very dark happens at the end of episode 2,” he teases.

Who will appear?

The End Era Everything Know About Riverdales Final Season

Apa, Reinhart, Mendes, Sprouse, Petsch, Casey Cott, Charles Melton and Vanessa Morgan are all expected to return to wrap up their story lines. Erinn Westbrook and Mädchen Amick are also series regulars.

During the CW Upfronts in May 2022, Ashleigh Murray confirmed that she had no plans to reprise her role as Josie. However, Aguirre-Sacasa said that both Murray and Kiernan Shipka “have an open opportunity and invitation to come back anytime they want”.

Will old faces return?

Molly Ringwald, who plays Archie’s mom, Mary Andrews, told Us Weekly in May 2022 that “I will be back. I haven’t been in it for a while,” noting that while “the last season is next season,” things are being kept tightly under wraps. “I think that’s all I can say!” the Pretty in Pink actress joked.

As already mentioned above, Aguirre-Sacasa would love for old faces to return, including characters such as Sabrina Spellman, Josie and the Pussycats and even Hiram Lodge!

“Since this is our last season, our swan song, our victory lap and the season’s theme is going to be a little bit about nostalgia, my hope is that we get to see everyone who has been a part of Riverdale come back in a meaningful way. So I can’t speak specifically to who’s going to be alive or who’s going to be dead, but my hope is that we see those people again.”ù

Synopsis episode 1

After coming together to stop Bailey’s comet, the gang find themselves transported back to a simpler time – Riverdale 1955. While Archie (KJ Apa) attempts to impress the new girl Veronica (Camila Mendes), a Hollywood starlet, who has just arrived at Riverdale High, Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) sees her as a threat and formulates a plan to take her down. Meanwhile, Toni (Vanessa Morgan), Tabitha (Erinn Westbrook) and Betty (Lili Reinhart) take a stand against Principal Featherhead after he stonewalls their attempts to write about the murder of Emmet Till. Finally, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) attempts to convince the gang that they’re from the future.

Synopsis episode 2

RIVERDALE SOCK HOP — Riverdale High’s sock hop is around the corner and Archie (KJ Apa) has his sights set on taking Veronica (Camila Mendes) to the dance. Betty (Lili Reinhart) is confused when Kevin (Casey Cott) appears uninterested in taking things to the next level with her. Elsewhere, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) takes aim at Pep Comics, and Toni (Vanessa Morgan) attempts to convince Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) to let Fangs (Drew Ray Tanner) perform at the sock hop. Ronald Paul Richard directed the episode written by Ariana Jackson (#702). Original airdate 4/5/2023.

Will fans see Tabitha in season 7, since she wasn’t in Riverdale High?

It seems not even the creator himself knows the answer to this question. What we know for sure is that we will see Tabitha again, but it’s not clear how yet.

“That is a very good question, and we will address it. Tabitha wasn’t there in [high school], but I love Erinn. We’re staying invested in Tabitha, but I cannot say we’ve seen the last of Tabitha. But that is a very good question.”

Choni is probably definitely endgame

Choni is one of the most loved ships in the history of Riverdale – and the writers know that. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa basically revealed that Choni is probably definitely endgame!

“I don’t think there’s any denying the power of Choni and the chemistry between Mads and Vanessa. When we were finishing that story, we knew we were going to reinvest in that relationship no matter what, no matter what other relationships happen. We have to get back to that after keeping them apart the last year or so. And I love that Heather says, “What we have is great Cheryl, it’s been fun and we really like each other and maybe I love you, but what you and Toni have is cosmic. It’s destiny. It is soulmates. You will find each other no matter what.” I think that’s a little bit of a hint that even though we’re dealing with it in the 50s and you couldn’t be in high school and out and proud, somehow, I believe Cheryl and Toni will find each other even in the 1950s.”

Will other couples stay together?

Well, some may, some may not, but that’s the fun of it according to Aguirre-Sacasa. Expect some new pairings in season 7!

“When we meet everyone, it’s a little bit of a reset, and the fun of that will be to see who comes together and how, and some characters that we know and love will come back together quickly, and then hopefully, there’ll be some new exciting pairings as well.”

Speaking of romance, the show has managed to find a way to reset the many relationships it has built over the previous six seasons.

“That’s been really fun,” Aguirre-Sacasa says. “There’s not so much history and fraught baggage. There’s a lightness to the show. It’s been a great way to get back to basics, which is the kids in high school discovering themselves, the kids having their first times. We can discover these moments or revisit moments that we’ve explored in the past in a completely different context.”

But no matter what time period Riverdale exists in, viewers can expect there to be music. And this time, Fangs (Drew Tanner) is the one on stage. “Fangs is sort of our greaser rocker. He’s a little bit like a Ritchie Valens character in our universe,” Aguirre-Sacasa says.

Riverdale will have an “appropriate send-off”

Boss Mark Pedowitz, speaking on the network’s Pre-Upfronts call, said that “we are going to treat the show in the manner it deserves.”

“I am a big believer of giving series that have had a long run an appropriate send-off. We had a long conversation with Roberto [Aguirre-Sacasa] yesterday and he is thrilled with the decision. We are going to treat the show in the manner it deserves. It’s been an iconic pop culture star and we want to make sure that it goes out the right way.”

KJ Apa says it will be hard to say goodbye to Riverdale and Archie

KJ Apa as Archie Andrews in Riverdale

“I’m sad to be saying goodbye to Riverdale next season, to our sets, to our crew, to our producers, to our CW family but I can speak for everyone, for Cammy, Cole, Lili and the rest of our cast that we are so grateful for everyone’s support,” he said on stage at The CW upfront presentations. “To the fans, without the fans, none of this would be be possible.”

He went on to say, “I can’t say I’d miss dying my hair every week, I’m looking forward to being myself again, but I promise you guys, this last season, we are going to end it with a bang, and we can’t wait to share it with you.”

Nicholas Barasch & Karl Walcott Join As Recurring

Barasch will play Julien Blossom, your classic high school red-headed bully. He’s preppy, rich, and extremely entitled. Handsome, athletic, and cocky, he always gets his way, but in the rare times he doesn’t—like with Veronica—he makes life miserable for everyone around him. He often butts heads with his twin sister, but is also an antagonist to all of our teen characters, most especially Archie.

Walcott is Clay Walker, a teen renaissance man. He is studious, artistic, well-read, and well-traveled. An Army brat, Clay comes from a loving family and is a champion for social justice. He is very open-minded in his art and his sexuality. As he does in the comic books, Clay will have an impactful friendship with fellow queer character Kevin Keller.

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Sneak Peek #2

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