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The fifth season of Riverdale kicks off tomorrow night, but it’s also one of the last times we’ll see our favorite characters as high schoolers before they drift seven years into the future. So what can we expect from Riverdale’s eagerly anticipated time jump? And how much will it change the show and the characters we’ve come to know and love? Everything you need to know is here.
Yes, it is. While rumors had been circulating for a while, Riverdale’s creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa confirmed the news back in May. Instead of seeing Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead go to college, we’ll be jumping seven years into the future after graduating from high school.
« For me, high school was better than college, » Roberto told Entertainment Tonight. « And since all of our characters would go to different colleges, my instinct was to skip over four years and work with everyone there. » Of course, we now know that the time jump will actually take us seven years into the future, which means the gang will be around 25 when we see them again.
Don’t expect to see the older group of friends when you get ready for the season five premiere on Wednesday night. The time jump will most likely happen on the fourth episode of the season, which means we’ll have some time to say goodbye to the high school-aged crew first.
As a reminder: The production in Riverdale was stopped in March due to the coronavirus, which had to end the fourth season early. This means there are three episodes the show was able to end before the end of season four. Before we jump into the future, the gang will attend prom, graduate high school, and prepare for college.
In the run-up to the season, we received some clues as to where our favorite characters will be on the other side of the time leap. It was recently announced that, according to Deadline, Veronica will be married, not to Archie, but to Chad Gekko, a « controlling and jealous husband who works on Wall Street ». Chad is played by Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists star Chris Mason, and he’ll almost definitely bump the heads with Ronnie’s red-haired ex.
Toni Topaz is now pregnant. Yes, Vanessa Morgan, who is expecting IRL, revealed on Instagram that her pregnancy was posted on the show. Unfortunately, we don’t have any further information on Toni’s situation, such as whether she has a child with Cheryl or whether they’ve separated from each other since high school.
Finally, we have some information on Betty, although Bugheads is sorry, it has nothing to do with her relationship status. Lili Reinhart recently announced that Betty will train to join the FBI when we see her again. Of course, this is very apt, given Betty’s skills as an amateur brawler, and something tells me that her training will likely come in handy when she returns to Riverdale.
Aside from Veronika’s new husband, there will be a few other new faces hanging in Riverdale. Insatiable star Erinn Westbrook joins the cast as Tabitha Tate, granddaughter of Pop Tate, the former owner of the town’s restaurant.
According to Deadline, Tabitha is « ambitious » and « entrepreneurial » and she « came to Riverdale to take over Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe in hopes of franchising the legendary diner ». Of course, this most likely means that she will have to face Veronica, the current owner of the establishment.
And while she may not be a new face, it seems like Ashleigh Murray will reappear in Riverdale. Ashleigh’s character, Josie McCoy, left town to tour with her father, and she later became a regular at the now-defunct Riverdale spin-off Katy Keene. Now we seem to be seeing Josie again. Roberto shared a picture of Ashleigh on Instagram for her birthday, suggesting a « big reunion » might be coming soon.
Riverdale returns to The CW on January 20th at 8 p.m. ET / PT and 7 p.m. CT.