'Riverdale' Season 5: Prom night, graduation and cast goodbyes, here are 5 reasons why you should tune in
The last episode of Season 4 titled 'Killing Mr Honey' left viewers on a cliffhanger with the Voyeur tapes storyline. Here are five more reasons why you should tune in to Season 5
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, The CW hit series 'Riverdale' Season 4 had to be cut short and ended way before it's actual season finale. Even though fans were disappointed, many are anticipating Season 5 since it has been reported that it will pick with the episodes that had been filmed for Season 4. Mid last month, it had been reported that the cast had gone back to filming.
Social media accounts of the actors along with the show's official social media accounts have posted pictures of the cast filming. Even though there was yet another halt in production briefly, it seems that we are back to filming again. The last episode of Season 4 titled 'Killing Mr Honey' left viewers on a cliffhanger with the Voyeur tapes storyline and while that is one of the reasons that you should tune into Season 5, here are five more.
Prom and Graduation
Aguirre-Sacasa, the series showrunner has also featured the coverage pages for the first two episodes of the upcoming season. It seems as though for now, the Season 5 premiere will begin with 'Chapter Seventy-Seven: Climax' and will follow up with 'Chapter Seventy-Eight: The Preppy Murders.' According to images, one can see that prom is a big deal and so is the fact that the teenagers are off to college.
"Today’s a double-feature! The first two table reads of #Riverdale Season Five! Even on Zoom and in quarantine, so grateful to be able to continue telling these stories with this incredible group of people. Back to the Town with Pep we go!!," tweeted Sacasa on September 2, 2020.
Things got even more exciting when Sacasa teased Episodes 3 and 4 the next day — they are titled 'Chapter Seventy-Nine: Graduation' and 'Chapter Eighty: Purgatory'. "The #Riverdale Players Theatre continues with our next two table reads today via Zoom!! As we say goodbye to high school and hello to...???," tweeted the showrunner.
Many fans have been waiting for the Prom and Graduation episodes as they have been invested in the characters a while now. Some are torn wanting the gang — Archie Andrews (KJ Apa), Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) and Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse) — to stay behind while others want them to leave the murder capital's horrid past behind them and move in.
This, for fans, will be an emotional climax, since we've seen these characters go through so much since Season 1 together. We're wondering if they will see each other while in college? Do they all go to different colleges? How will their relationships infold? Not to mention, many fans were also concerned, since the fourth episode's picture (seen in the tweet below) showcase Veronica, Betty and Jughead looking down at a grave — does Archie die?
There are so many questions that we, as fans, need answering and the prom and graduation episode will hit a soft spot for sure. Speaking about the graduation episode to Entertainment Weekly, Sacasa said, "It's such a rite of passage. So many graduations were canceled this year. I really, really loved that episode. So I'm looking forward to doing it at some point."
Today’s a double-feature! The first two tablereads of #Riverdale Season Five! Even on Zoom and in quarantine, so grateful to be able to continue telling these stories with this incredible group of people. Back to the Town with Pep we go!! ❤️📺👠🐍🕺💃🏻🌹🌈🌪🎭🎟🚑🚀📸☎️🛢💣💵☠️👨🏻💻 pic.twitter.com/pb3jb1yXTp— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) September 2, 2020
The #Riverdale Players Theatre continues with our next two table reads today via Zoom!! As we say goodbye to high school and hello to...??? 🚀🎟🐍🕺☎️🌪📸😞👨🏻💻🏃🏻♀️🏃🏻♂️🕷🚢🚧🗽☠️👀👯♀️👩👦👦 pic.twitter.com/GplWbUUmBB— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) September 3, 2020
Fallout of Barchie Kiss
Betty had feelings for Archie in Season 1 of the series, and since then, a LOT has happened and fans were mostly comfortable with the fact that Betty and Jughead were a couple and Veronica and Archie were one. In one of the last episodes of Season 4, Betty and Archie end up kissing, not only upsetting #Bughead fans, but making #Barchie fans wonder if Betty will explore her possible relationship with her childhood best friend Archie.
If you've read the comics, relationship drama, although comical in the comics, is the centre of the Archie gang. In the series, there's more dead bodies, cults and drugs, but yet, the relationship drama is what we're also here for. In Season 4, Archie had not told Veronica about the kiss and Betty didn't tell Jughead — so, we have to wait and see if there is a fallout and how it would unfold?
Sacasa told Entertainment Tonight, "We haven't heard or seen the last of the song that Archie wrote for Betty [on Season 4 Episode 18], and right at this moment where they should be celebrating everything, a lot happens. It's pretty dramatic what happens at prom with Archie."
If that doesn't make you want to tune in, we don't know what will. The showrunner also told Entertainment Weekly, "The relationship drama will always be one of the driving forces of the show. And though the status quo is a little bit returned in Episode 19, the story is nowhere near finished yet."
Skeet Ulrich's departure
In February, news broke that Ulrich and Nichols would be leaving the series, and while that bummed out many fans, they were happy at the fact that Season 4 was not the end of these fierce characters. Unfortunately, Season 5, will have to be, and we're wondering how that will go down? While Ulrich revealed on an Instagram Live that he was leaving because he was "bored creatively," as fans, FJ Jones, the character Ulrich plays will forever be remembered as the badass Serpent that he was.
As for Nichols, fans got good news when in June 2020, it was revealed that she would be joining the series again. On Instagram the actress wrote, "I am happy to announce that after having a really beautiful conversation with show creator Roberto Aguirre Sacasa, Hermoine will be showing back up in Riverdale for parts of Season 5, as a stronger, better, and more self-determined women than ever."
While we don't know how Ulrich's character leaves the show, Sacasa did tell Entertainment Weekly that FP will not be killed off. But we're wondering, what will happen with his relationship with Alice Cooper? Does he leave Jellybean and Jughead behind?
More Choni screentime
Toni Topaz played by Vanessa Morgan, hasn't gotten much of a storyline even though she has been a major part of it. While we know that she was a member of Southside Serpents, now runs the Pretty Poisons and is dating Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch), we haven't gotten more. Fans may remember that in Season 4, Toni's character was explored deeper when she had revealed to her girlfriend that she too had had a sexual assault experience.
It was reported that Ted Sullivan, a writer on the series, had revealed that there will be a "heavy" episode about Toni in Season 5. Sacasa also revealed to Entertainment Tonight, that fans will be introduced Toni's family as well as Cheryl will find out what options Toni's family has about her relationship with Cheryl.
Toni's relationship with Cheryl aka #Choni has been one of fan's favorites on the show - even though they are usually overshadowed by #Varchie, #Barchie, and #Bughead. Sacasa even recently posted a picture of the couple on prom night on Instagram promising, "Rest assured, ALL the queens will [be] reigning SUPREMELY next season!”
Let's also not forget that Morgan had called out the series back in June of this year, speaking on how the show had Black characters as "sidekicks". The showrunner had apologised about this huge mistake reportedly saying that he would "do better to honor her and the character she plays." So, yes, we're holding him to this, not to mention #Choni really deserves some screen time.
Catch 'Riverdale' Season 5 on January 20, 2021, on The CW.