Riverdale season 5 might feature a five-year time jump, but the season will begin where the fourth season ended for Betty, Jughead, Archie and Veronica.
Things could look a lot different in Riverdale season 5!
There have been rumors and many reports that Riverdale season 5 could feature a five-year time jump and basically fast-forward through the college years of the Riverdale teens. Skeet Ulrich, who is leaving Riverdale, seemed to confirm the time jump in an interview with The Today Show in Australia recently, according to Cheat Sheet.
Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa isn’t giving away the plot of season 5 that easily, though. In an interview with TV Guide, Aguirre-Sacasa wouldn’t confirm the time jump, but he did say the writers are trying to figure out what to do next in the new season.
Even if there is a time jump, it won’t happen immediately. In the TV Guide interview, Aguirre-Sacasa confirmed the first three episodes of season 5 would be the episodes we missed out on in season 4.
Riverdale season 4 ended three episodes early because of the coronavirus pandemic. Riverdale season 4 is coming to Netflix on May 14!
If you watched the season 4 finale, there are still some pretty big unanswered questions. And, most importantly, we didn’t get to see the much-hyped prom and graduation at Riverdale High.
Luckily, those two big events will happen in the new season, according to Aguirre-Sacasa.
Here’s what he said in the interview, via TV Guide:
"“Usually, time jumps are the best when they happen in between seasons, but we’re definitely talking about all of our different options, but I can tell you that the first three episodes back, continue exactly where we left off.”"
This is clearly the best show for Riverdale to move forward. There are surely so many big moments packed into those last three episodes. Of course, we were going to see how this big videotape mystery wrapped up, but we were also going to see the two biggest moments of senior year, prom and graduation.
Those two moments were what this season was building toward, and it’s a bummer we never got to see them. It’s so important that the series shows those moments, and then moves on.
Like Aguirre-Sacasa said, the rest of season 5 has yet to be determined, but I’m betting that there will be a pretty sizable time jump sometime in season 5. It might not be right after graduation, but it has to happen.
The main reason for that is that we can’t follow all these kids to college and beyond. Riverdale isn’t Riverdale without the show actually being set in Riverdale.
I’d love to see a five-year time jump in season 5 and catch up with these characters after college. There’s so much story to explore there, and it would add such a different feel to the show. It could really take the show to another level.
I’m really hoping it’s like Stephen King’s IT, and the main characters lose touch completely before some event – the return of the Black Hood, maybe? – brings them all back to Riverdale to solve a mystery.
That’s the perfect way to proceed in season 5!
Stay tuned for more news about Riverdale season 5! There’s so much we still don’t know about the new season.