Season 5 of The CW's American teen-drama television series Riverdale was renewed on January 7, 2020.[3] The season began airing on January 20, 2021.


The fourth season of RIVERDALE began with a funeral and tribute to Archie’s late father, the beloved Fred Andrews (Luke Perry). Throughout the season, Archie (KJ Apa) tried to live up to his father’s memory by mentoring youths at his Community Center with the help of his pals Reggie (Charles Melton) and Munroe Moore. But the shadow of that tragedy loomed over Archie—and only darkened when Fred’s brother Frank arrived, bringing unforeseen complications with him, much to the chagrin of Archie’s mother (Molly Ringwald). Meanwhile, after Betty (Lili Reinhart) saved her mom (Mädchen Amick) and sister from the Farm cult, she joined her brother Charles’s Junior F.B.I. Training Program. Veronica (Camila Mendes) found herself locked in a season-long battle with her father Hiram (Mark Consuelos) and half-sister Hermosa over her burgeoning maple rum business. And, at the urging on FP (Skeet Ulrich), Jughead (Cole Sprouse) enrolled in a new school, Stonewall Prep, only to be caught up in a mystery that involved his grandfather, the secret author of a series of teen detective novels called “The Baxter Brothers.” His classmates turned out to be killers—and it was up to Betty and Jughead (pretending to be dead) to solve the murder of… Jughead Jones! At Thistlehouse, Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) was trapped in a gothic nightmare, fighting her demons, literal and metaphoric, with the loving support of her girlfriend Toni (Vanessa Morgan). She finally put her brother Jason to rest while maintaining her control over the Vixens as resident HBIC against Principal Honey (Kerr Smith). Kevin (Casey Cott) got dragged into an illicit tickle scheme, but still found time to put on a Variety Show with hit songs from “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” And throughout the season, disturbing unmarked videotapes kept appearing on our characters’ doorsteps, ensuring that there would be one more mystery to solve. Season five of RIVERDALE will begin with our characters’ final days as students at Riverdale High. From an epic Senior Prom to a bittersweet Graduation, there are a lot of emotional moments and goodbyes yet to come—with some couples breaking up, as everyone goes their separate ways to college—or elsewhere. Then, we will redock with our gang as young adults, all returning to Riverdale to escape their troubled pasts. And life—and romance—will only be more complicated now that they’re in their twenties…Based on the characters from Archie Comics, RIVERDALE is from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, with executive producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (“Supergirl,” “Glee”), Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl”), Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl)” and Jon Goldwater (Archie Comics Publisher & CEO).[4]





# Image Title Writer(s) Director Airdate
1 RD-Promo-5x01-Climax-03-Kevin-Reggie-Cheryl-Toni-KO-Veronica-Archie-Fangs-Fogarty-Jughead-Betty.jpg "Chapter Seventy-Seven: Climax" Ace Hasan & Greg Murray Pamela Romanowsky January 20, 2021
PROM NIGHT INTERRUPTED - Betty and Jughead's investigation into the auteur leads them to the discovery of a secret underground for red-band screenings. Elsewhere, in order to impress the visiting Naval Academy Commandant, Archie agrees to participate in a boxing exhibition against another candidate – KO Kelly. Meanwhile, as Cheryl prepares for prom, she stumbles upon a major secret that Toni's been keeping from her.
2 RD-Promo-5x02-The-Preppy-Murders-02-Cheryl.jpg "Chapter Seventy-Eight: The Preppy Murders" Janine Salinas Schoenberg & Devon Turner Gabriel Correa January 27, 2021
GAME CHANGER — Betty and Jughead’s investigation into the auteur takes a twisted turn after receiving a call from Bret. Meanwhile, Archie is forced to make an impossible decision when the person responsible for his father’s death needs his help. Elsewhere, Veronica and Hermosa come up with a plan to force Hiram into early retirement, and Cheryl makes a business move.
3 RD-Promo-5x03-Graduation-07-Betty.jpg "Chapter Seventy-Nine: Graduation" Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Gabriel Correa February 3, 2021
STAY INNOCENT — With Graduation Day around the corner, the gang consider their next steps beyond Riverdale High. Archie learns whether he will be able to graduate with his classmates. FP makes a difficult decision about his and Jellybean’s future.
4 Riverdale Title Card.png "Chapter Eighty: Purgatory" Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Steven A. Adelson February 10, 2021
SEVEN-YEAR TIME JUMP — After spending seven years away from Riverdale, Archie returns to find the town is now under Hiram Lodge’s grip and on the verge of becoming a ghost town. When Toni catches him up on what’s been going on, Archie reaches out to the rest of the gang to return home.
5 Riverdale Title Card.png "Chapter Eighty-One: The Homecoming" Michael Grassi Steven A. Adelson TBA
6 Riverdale Title Card.png TBA TBA TBA TBA
7 Riverdale Title Card.png "Chapter Eighty-Three: Fire in the Sky" Ted Sullivan TBA TBA

Press Release


Network Gives Early Renewals for the 2020-2021 Season to "All American," "Batwoman," "Black Lightning," "Charmed," "DC’s Legends of Tomorrow," "Dynasty," "The Flash," "In The Dark," "Legacies," "Nancy Drew" "Riverdale," "Roswell, New Mexico" and "Supergirl"

Ahead of Its Midseason Debut, "Katy Keene" Receives Order for 13 Additional Scripts

January 7, 2020 (Burbank, CA) —The CW Network today renewed 13 of its current scripted series for the 2020-2021 season, as well as ordering 13 additional scripts of KATY KEENE, which will make its debut on February 6, 2020 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), it was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW Network.

"These early orders for next season give our production teams a head start in plotting out story arcs and a jump on hiring staff, and this also provides us with a strong foundation of established, fan-favorite CW shows to build on for next season," said Pedowitz. "We’ve been thrilled with the creative direction of all three new series, and even though we are in the very early stages of our new full stack streaming strategy, which allows viewers to catch up on our new shows from the beginning, we’re already seeing incredibly positive results from our multiplatform viewership for NANCY DREW and BATWOMAN."

The current series being ordered for the 2020-2021 season include second seasons of BATWOMAN and NANCY DREW, as well as ALL AMERICAN (Season 3), BLACK LIGHTNING (Season 4), CHARMED (Season 3), DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (Season 6), DYNASTY (Season 4), THE FLASH (Season 7), IN THE DARK (Season 3), LEGACIES (Season 3), RIVERDALE (Season 5), ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO (Season 3), and SUPERGIRL (Season 6). Specific premiere dates for each series will be announced at a later time.

Additionally, in advance of its series premiere next month, The CW has ordered 13 additional scripts of KATY KEENE, which is based on the Archie Comics characters and stars Lucy Hale, Ashleigh Murray, Jonny Beauchamp and Julia Chen.[11]

Production Notes

  • It was announced on February 23, 2020, that Skeet Ulrich and Marisol Nichols would be exiting the series after the fourth season.[12] [13]
    • However, due to the production of the last three episodes of the fourth season being halted and moved to season 5, they will in fact be returning for the fifth season.[5]
    • On June 12, 2020, Marisol Nichols said she would be returning to season 5, and that Hermione "will be back stronger and better than ever" and that she is "really excited in telling [Hermione's] story and that side of her."[6]
  • Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa confirmed in a recent interview with TVLine that a significant time jump will occur early in the fifth season.[14]
  • On August 17, 2020, Roberto announced that pre-production had begun.[16]
  • Production began on September 14, 2020 and is scheduled to end in May 2021.[17]
  • Production was halted on September 29, 2020 due to testing delays, though the stoppage is assumed to be temporary.[18]
    • On October 6, 2020, production resumed after being cleared to start filming again.[19]
  • October 15, 2020, was Skeet Ulrich's final day on set.[20]
  • On December 19, 2020, Vanessa Morgan confirmed Toni's pregnancy when she left on maternity leave and thanked showrunner and producers for being accommodating and writing her pregnancy into the show.[21]





  1. The CW Sets Delayed Premiere Dates for Flash, Superman & Lois, Riverdale, Charmed, Batwoman and More - TVLine
  2. Various Episode Count Numbers for WB Shows 2020-2021 - SpoilerTV
  3. The CW Renews 'Batwoman,' 'Riverdale,' 11 Other Series for 2020-2021 Season - Variety
  4. The CW’s New Season To Launch January 2021 - KsiteTV
  5. 5.0 5.1 Riverdale EP Breaks Down Season 4's 'Gruesome' Early Finale — Plus, Will We See Prom and Graduation in Season 5? - TVLine
  6. 6.0 6.1 Marisol Nichols Says She's Not Leaving 'Riverdale' After All
  7. ‘Riverdale’: Erinn Westbrook Joins Season 5 Cast As New Series Regular - Deadline
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 First Table Read - Mädchen Amick (@madchenamick) - Instagram
  9. Back on set - Sarah Desjardins (@sarahdesjardins) - Instagram
  10. ‘Riverdale’: Chris Mason To Recur In Season 5 Of CW Series - Deadline
  11. CW Renews Batwoman, The Flash, All American, Supergirl, Legacies + More *Update Confirmed with Full Press Release* - SpoilerTV
  12. Riverdale Shocker: Skeet Ulrich to Exit - TVLine
  13. Riverdale: Marisol Nichols to Exit - TVLine
  14. Riverdale to Have Significant Time Jump Early in Season 5, EP Confirms - TVLine
  15. Riverdale's Season 5 Takes Place After a Seven-Year Time Jump - CBR
  16. Pre-Production Tweet - RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) - Twitter
  17. ‘Riverdale’ Season 5 Begins Production In Vancouver - Deadline
  18. ‘Riverdale,’ ‘Batwoman’ Shut Down Over Testing Delays in British Columbia - Variety
  19. ‘Riverdale’, ‘Batwoman’ & ‘Maid’ Latest Series To Resume Production In Vancouver, But Concerns Over Testing Remain - Deadline
  20. Last day on set - Skeet Ulrich (@skeetulrich) - Instagram
  21. Vanessa Morgan confirms Toni's pregnancy (@vanessamorgan) - Instagram
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.