Season 4 of The CW's American teen-drama television series Riverdale was renewed on January 31, 2019.[1] The season began 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-03-Betty-Jughead-Archie-Veronica-Kevin "Chapter Fifty-Eight: In Memoriam" Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Gabriel Correa October 9, 2019
A FAREWELL TO FRED ANDREWS — As the residence of Riverdale prepare for its upcoming Independence Day parade, Archie receives a phone call that will change the rest of his life forever.
2 RD-Promo-4x02-Fast-Times-at-Riverdale-High-04-Jellybean-Jughead "Chapter Fifty-Nine: Fast Times at Riverdale High" Michael Grassi & Will Ewing Pamela Romanowsky October 16, 2019
FIRST DAY OF SENIOR YEAR — Archie encourages Mad Dog to attend Riverdale High and join the football team. Jughead meets Mr. Chipping, who offers him a spot at an elite school called Stonewall Prep. Veronica is conflicted when information about her involvement in Hiram’s arrest leaks to the public. Kevin applies for a spot on the Blue & Gold to make amends with Betty. And Cheryl goes head to head with Mr. Honey, the school’s new principal.
3 RD-Promo-4x03-Dog-Day-Afternoon-01-Kevin-Archie-Mad-Dog "Chapter Sixty: Dog Day Afternoon" Ace Hasan & Greg Murray Greg Smith October 23, 2019
BETTY AND CHARLES CONFRONT EDGAR EVERNEVER — Things take a dangerous turn when Betty and Charles track down Edgar and his Farmies. Archie and Veronica hold a car wash fundraiser at Pop’s to raise money for the community center. Elsewhere, Jughead’s first day at Stonewall Prep doesn’t go as planned. Lastly, Cheryl learns a dark family secret from Nana Rose.
4 RD-Promo-4x04-Halloween-01-Toni-Cheryl-Nana-Rose "Chapter Sixty-One: Halloween" Janine Salinas Schoenberg Erin Feeley October 30, 2019
HALLOWEEN IN RIVERDALE — When ominous videotapes begin appearing on doorsteps across Riverdale, widespread fear quickly returns to the town. At Stonewall Prep, Jughead learns about a series of mysterious disappearances that have occurred to former students at the school. Meanwhile, Archie’s plan to create a safe space for the town’s kids gets derailed when some unwanted visitors crash their Halloween party. Elsewhere, Veronica comes face to face with trouble, while Betty’s past comes back to haunt her. Lastly, a haunting a Thistlehouse rocks Cheryl and Toni to their core
5 RD-Promo-4x05-Witness-for-the-Prosecution-06-Mary-Hermione "Chapter Sixty-Two: Witness for the Prosecution" Devon Turner Harry Jierjian November 6, 2019
THE TRIALS OF HIRAM AND HERMOINE — Caught between Hiram and Hermoine's double trial, Veronica grapples with what the future holds for her family. Archie finds himself the unexpected target of the town's local businesses. Betty and Kevin join the Junior FBI Training Program, and Jughead learns some surprising information about his family history.
6 Riverdale Title Card "Chapter Sixty-Three: Hereditary" TBA Gabriel Correa TBA
7 Riverdale Title Card "Chapter Sixty-Four: The Ice Storm" TBA TBA TBA

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.[7]

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.[8]


  • Season 4 takes place during the gang's senior year and will consist of several small flashbacks.[9]
  • Season 4 will feature Riverdale's first Halloween episode, which will be episode 4, which airs October 30, 2019.[10]
    • They're trying to get clearance to have Cheryl and Toni dress as DC comic book characters.
    • It was confirmed at NYCC that Cheryl will be dressed as Poison Ivy and Toni as Harley Quinn.[11]
    • There will also be a death during the episode.
  • Much like Season 2 and Season 3, Season 4 includes another full-fledged musical episode.[12]
  • 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.[13]
    • There will also be a Battle of the Bands episode.[14]
  • Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa confirmed a crossover between Riverdale and Katy Keene.[15]
  • The Farm storyline will wrap up in episode 3 of the season.[16]
  • There will be a prom episode.[17]
  • Hiram's mother will appear this season.[18]
  • FP's father will appear this season.[19]
  • Regarding a potential crossover with Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa states that he's "trying to make it happen" and is "seeding hints left and right, and you'll see more of them this year".[20]
  • One of Riverdale's biggest influences is Twin Peaks, and they're considering doing a David Lynchian episode.[21]
  • Cheryl's arc, which they've been building from the pilot -- saying goodbye to her brother -- climaxes in episode 9.[22]
  • The writers have discussed the possibility of Jughead "handing over the Serpents to Toni" this season.[23]





  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’: Ryan Robbins To Recur As Fred Andrews’ Brother In The CW Series - Deadline
  5. ‘Riverdale’: Timothy Webber Cast As Jughead’s Grandfather, Forsythe Pendleton Jones I Exclusive - Decider
  6. 'Riverdale' Adds 'Vida' Star to Season 4 Cast (Exclusive) - The Hollywood Reporter
  7. CW Renews 10 Shows - SpoilerTV
  8. SEASON 4: RIVERDALE Starts Filming New Season in Vancouver in Early July - Hollywood North
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  10. Halloween Episode Confirmation - Chris E. Hayner (@ChrisHayner) - Twitter
  11. Choni's Halloween Confirmation - Alex Zalben @ NYCC (@azalben) - Twitter
  12. Musical Episode Confirmation - Chris E. Hayner (@ChrisHayner) - Twitter
  13. Battle of the Bands Episode Confirmation - Chris E. Hayner (@ChrisHayner) - Twitter
  14. Battle of the Bands Episode Confirmation - Chris E. Hayner (@ChrisHayner) - Twitter
  15. Crossover Episode Confirmation - Meg(alodon) Vick (@MeggoInc) - Twitter
  16. ‘Riverdale’: Everything We Learned About Season 4 From San Diego Comic-Con - Decider
  17. Prom Episode Confirmation - Alex Zalben @ NYCC (@azalben) - Twitter
  18. Hiram's Mother Confirmation - Alex Zalben @ NYCC (@azalben) - Twitter
  19. FP's Father Confirmation - Alex Zalben @ NYCC (@azalben) - Twitter
  20. RD/CAOS Crossover Confirmation - Alex Zalben @ NYCC (@azalben) - Twitter
  21. Twin Peaks Influence Confirmation - Alex Zalben @ NYCC (@azalben) - Twitter
  22. Cheryl's Arc Confirmation - Alex Zalben @ NYCC (@azalben) - Twitter
  23. Serpent Leader Confirmation - Nora Dominick @ NYCC (@noradominick) - Twitter
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