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Season 4 of The CW's American teen-drama television series Riverdale was renewed on January 31, 2019.[1] The season will begin airing on October 9, 2019.[2]


The third season of RIVERDALE began at the end of summer vacation, with Archie’s trial for a murder he didn’t commit, orchestrated by Hiram Lodge, building to a shattering conclusion —Archie (KJ Apa) being sent to juvenile detention — even as a new threat reared its head in Riverdale: The Gargoyle King. A figure of myth inspired by the role-playing game Gryphons and Gargoyle, the Gargoyle King started claiming sacrificial victims, beginning with Dilton Doiley! As Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Jughead (Cole Sprouse) investigated the deadly game’s origins (with their parents, twenty years earlier), Veronica (Camila Mendes) worked ceaselessly to get Archie out of juvie, where he was forced to bare-knuckle box for survival. She finally succeeded in breaking Archie out, but with Hiram (Mark Consuelos) still gunning for him, our red-headed hero broke up with Veronica and headed out of town with Jughead, seeking asylum with Jughead’s Serpent mom Gladys Jones. With Archie and Jughead out of the way, Hiram’s criminal takeover of Riverdale continued, with his “candy-making” producing a terrifying side-effect in the students of Riverdale High — inexplicable, stress-provoked seizures — which prompted Hiram’s wife Hermione (Marisol Nichols) to order the town to be quarantined. When the quarantine was lifted, the threats to Riverdale had multiplied. The Gargoyle King was still claiming victims; the cult-like Farm Alice Cooper (Madchen Amick) had joined was indoctrinating new members left and right, including Kevin Keller (Casey Cott); and Hiram and Gladys found themselves vying for control of the town’s drug-trade — with Veronica and her speakeasy, and new beau Reggie Mantle (Charles Melton), caught in the middle. When a haunted and hunted Archie returns to Riverdale, he finds his beloved town on the brink of collapse. Penelope Blossom has opened a brothel. Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch) and her girlfriend Toni Topaz (Vanessa Morgan) have started a gang to challenge the Southside Serpents — the Pretty Poisons. No one is safe, not even kingpin Hiram Lodge, who is shot by none other than new Sheriff FP Jones (Skeet Ulrich)! He survives, barely. And meanwhile, the mysteries surrounding Gryphons and Gargoyles deepen, drawing in all of our characters, including the enigmatic cult-leader Edgar Evernever and his daughter Evelyn. Resident chanteuse Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray) leaves town just as the endgame begins: With Veronica and Archie (training to be a boxer) teaming-up to take down Hiram Lodge once and for all, even as Betty exposes the Farm’s horrific truths and Jughead zeroes in on the Gargoyle King’s true identity. With one deadly round of Gryphons and Gargoyles left to play, will Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead survive the night and make it to Senior Year? [3]





# Image Title Writer(s) Director Airdate
1 RD-Promo-4x01-In-Memoriam-01-Archie "Chapter Fifty-Eight: In Memoriam" Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Gabriel Correa October 9, 2019
2 Riverdale Title Card "Chapter Fifty-Nine: Fast Times at Riverdale High" TBA TBA October 16, 2019

Press Release


Network Gives Early Renewals for Next Season to "Arrow," "Black Lightning," "Charmed," "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," "Dynasty," "The Flash," "Legacies," "Riverdale," "Supergirl" and "Supernatural"

January 31, 2019 (Burbank, CA) — The CW Network has given early renewals to ten of its primetime series for the 2019-2020 season, it was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW, during the network's session at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena.

"This season, we expanded our primetime schedule to six nights with the addition of Sunday -- which has been an unqualified success for the network, our affiliates and our advertisers. In addition to growing our schedule across the week, we also continue to add more year-round programming. The early renewal of these signature CW series gives us a head start on laying out the 2019-2020 season, and this is just the beginning," said Pedowitz. "These shows provide a strong foundation for our multiplatform programming strategy, and we look forward to building on this with even more returning and new shows as we approach the May upfront."

The series being ordered for the 2019-2020 broadcast year include second seasons of The CW's freshman hits CHARMED and LEGACIES, as well as new seasons of ARROW (Season 8), BLACK LIGHTNING (Season 3), DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (Season 5), DYNASTY (Season 3), THE FLASH (Season 6), RIVERDALE (Season 4), SUPERGIRL (Season 5), and SUPERNATURAL (Season 15). Specific premiere dates for each series will be announced at a later time.[12]

Production Notes

  • Luke Perry and Ashleigh Murray are not returning as series regulars due to Perry's death and Murray crossing over to Katy Keene.
  • Filming began on July 8, 2019 and is scheduled to end on April 4, 2020.[13]


  • Season 4 takes place during the gang's senior year and will consist of several small flashbacks.[5]
  • Season 4 will feature Riverdale's first Halloween episode, which will be episode 4, which airs October 30, 2019.[14]
    • They're trying to get clearance to have Cheryl and Toni dress as DC comic book characters.
    • There will also be a death during the episode.
  • Much like Season 2 and Season 3, Season 4 includes another full-fledged musical episode.[15]
  • The Core Four will be starting a band named the Archies, with Archie as lead guitar/lead singer, Jughead on drums, Betty on tambourine, and Veronica on the keyboard.[16]
    • There will also be a Battle of the Bands episode.[17]
  • Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa confirmed a crossover between Riverdale and Katy Keene.[18]
  • The Farm storyline will wrap up in episode 3 of the season.[19]





  1. 'Riverdale' Renewed for Season 4 by The CW - Comicbook
  2. The CW - 2019 Fall Premiere Dates - SpoilerTV
  3. Riverdale Season 4 Synopsis - The CW Press Site
  4. ‘Riverdale’: Wyatt Nash To Recur As FBI Agent With Ties To The Town - Deadline
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Riverdale stars tease season 4's central mystery: 'Each flashback will tell us a little more' - Entertainment Weekly
  6. Mary's Return Confirmation - Chris E. Hayner (@ChrisHayner) - Twitter
  7. Jellybean's Appearance Confirmation - Chris E. Hayner (@ChrisHayner) - Twitter
  8. Josie's Appearance Confirmation - Chris E. Hayner (@ChrisHayner) - Twitter
  9. Shannen Doherty to Guest Star on 'Riverdale': How Her 'Emotional' Role Will Honor Luke Perry (Exclusive) - Entertainment Tonight
  10. Dawson's Creek's Kerr Smith Cast as Riverdale's New Principal - ComicBook
  11. Riverdale Taps Supergirl's Sam Witwer to Play Jughead's Prep School Teacher - TVLine
  12. CW Renews 10 Shows - SpoilerTV
  13. SEASON 4: RIVERDALE Starts Filming New Season in Vancouver in Early July - Hollywood North
  14. Halloween Episode Confirmation - Chris E. Hayner (@ChrisHayner) - Twitter
  15. Musical Episode Confirmation - Chris E. Hayner (@ChrisHayner) - Twitter
  16. Battle of the Bands Episode Confirmation - Chris E. Hayner (@ChrisHayner) - Twitter
  17. Battle of the Bands Episode Confirmation - Chris E. Hayner (@ChrisHayner) - Twitter
  18. Crossover Episode Confirmation - Meg(alodon) Vick (@MeggoInc) - Twitter
  19. ‘Riverdale’: Everything We Learned About Season 4 From San Diego Comic-Con - Decider
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