'Riverdale' Season 5 has just ended, but fans don't have to wait for long to see the show's return.
'Riverdale' Season 5 finally aired its last episode last week.
The series left with a cliffhanger making fans anxiously anticipate what's next.
Well, we have great news. We don't have to wait too long to get our answers.
Here is everything we know about 'Riverdale' Season 6.
Yes, there is! 'Riverdale' Season 6 got officially renewed back in February 2021, even before season 5 ended.
“Though we’re just a few weeks into the new season, we wanted to get a strategic head start on next season with these early renewals, which allows our production teams to start laying out story arcs and hiring staff, and at the same time, continues to provide us with a strong, stable schedule to build on for next season," CW Network Chairman and CEO Mark Pedowitz said in a statement via Decider.
Season 5 has just ended on October 6, 2021, but we will not be waiting too long for season 6.
CW confirms that new episodes will begin airing at some point this autumn.
Although production for the new season will run until July next year, the creators decided to air five episodes first, starting November 16, through "event-ized programming."
“We will have completed production at the end of June, beginning of early July, so there will be enough of a hiatus so they will come back at some time in early September, fully rested,” Pedowitz explained via Decider.
“Because they are coming in, in early September, there’s no way we could get eight, nine episodes up and running… So [instead] we’ll have this event-ized programming with The Flash and Riverdale that will run through November,” CW Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark Pedowitz said.
'Riverdale' Season 6 entered production in late August 2021 and is expected to wrap in July next year.
“Forces are gathering for the ultimate battle between Good and Evil as the cameras begin to roll on #Riverdale season six,” Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa wrote on Instagram.
The pandemic disrupted the productions for season 4 and season 5, but hopefully, this will not happen in season 6. Season 4 only managed to complete 19 of the 22 ordered episodes of the fourth season. While season 5 also had to halt production temporarily for Covid-19 testing.
Creator Robert Aguirre-Sacasa revealed that the new season 6 will continue exploring most of the relationships and friendships that blossomed from the last season.
“I will say that we’re definitely picking up on a lot of the emotional relationship stories in season six,” Aguirre-Sacasa told Decider back in August 2021.
“So, a lot of the friendships and relationships and redefinition of relationships that we get to at the end of season five [will] continue into season six."
Speaking of which, we saw most of Archie, Veronica, and Betty's love triangle in season 5. Archie eventually chooses Betty, but just as they were about to get intimate, they discovered a bomb under the bed.
Season 5 ended with Hiram diving away from town while smoke rises from the distance. Could it be the bomb?
We are expecting the 'Riverdale' core cast to reprise their roles for the sixth season. They are KJ Apa (Archie), Lili Reinhart (Betty), Camila Mendes (Veronica), and Cole Sprouse (Jughead).
Charles Melton (Reggie), Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl), Ashleigh Murray (Josie), Vanessa Morgan (Toni), and Casey Cott (Kevin Keller) are also likely to return for the new season.
Perhaps, the greatest casting announcement for the new season is Kiernan Shipka, aka Sabrina's appearance for the highly anticipated crossover with Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
“We’ve been talking about having Sabrina visit Riverdale since season one, so it’s thrilling that this is finally happening, as part of our Rivervale special event," Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told TVLine:
"It’s also perfect that she shows up to help Cheryl Blossom during her hour of greatest need. Everyone on set lost their minds – I think fans will, too. It’s really fun and special.”
In season 5, Erinn Westbrook joined the series as Tabitha Tate, the granddaughter of Pop Tate. She helped Jughead and Betty investigate the Moth Men. She is likely to return for season 6, too.
Sadly, some cast members are no longer appearing this season. Mark Consuelos is saying goodbye to the show after four seasons as villainous Hiram Lodge. Season 5 ended with him getting exiled from the community.
The actor is grateful for the opportunity to be part of the series.
"First and foremost, I would like to thank Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa for this incredible opportunity. Never before has playing a character that was so bad, felt so good," Consuelos said in a statement.
The actor thanked the Riverdale fandom, and the cast and crew, who he considered as dear friends and family.
There is no official trailer as of this writing yet, but we are pretty sure it will be here soon. We will update this space once it's out.