Riverdale: The CW release dramatic episode teaser
Riverdale has officially returned with season five. After the last series was cut short due to coronavirus and lockdown restrictions, the latest series is picking up right where we left off, before jumping ahead in time seven years to a whole new Betty, Jughead Jones (played by Cole Sprouse), Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) and Veronica Lodge(Camila Mendes). But what is in store for this revamped version of Riverdale?
Betty actress Lili Reinhart has opened up about the future of the show and her new role as a more adult version of her character.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk about the possibility of a sixth season, she said: “Without a doubt.”
As fans are brought forward in time by seven years, the show is going to explore the characters’ more adult years, which is something Lili is particularly looking forward to.
“I love her development and I believe she has a great potential to explore further in the series,” said the actress.
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Meanwhile in season five fans should be expecting “new storylines, new interactions and new relationships,” said Lili.
“There were some things we slightly touched previously, but didn’t really explore them in a more profound way, and I guess this season gives an opportunity to do that,” she added.
She also mentioned “it’s even more interesting thanks to some new faces entering Riverdale’s world. New characters definitely help shape previously untouched themes.”
This season will see Broadchurch star Chris Mason as Chad Gekko, the “controlling and jealous husband” of Veronica Lodge.
Chris’s character works on Wall Street and is described as a bit of an alpha male, which will lead him to feel threatened by his wife’s life in Riverdale, especially her friendship with Archie.
Erinn Westbrook, who played Cheerios captain Bree on Glee, will also join the cast as Tabitha Tate, the granddaughter of Alvin Sanders’ Pop Tate.
She will arrive in town to pitch the idea of franchising her grandfather’s popular diner, but not all of her family are sold on the idea.
Drew Ray Tanner, who plays Fangs Fogarty, has also been promoted to series regular for season five.
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Fans can expect to meet the new characters in episode four, following the time jump.
The first few episodes of the new season will be a direct continuation of the previous one.
Fans can expect to see a prom take place, but if the trailer is anything to go by, it won’t be smooth sailing, with Veronica seemingly finding out about Betty and Archie’s controversial kiss.
Viewers also know Vanessa Morgan’s character Toni has been given a pregnancy storyline, with roots in her own life story.
While this season has been particularly difficult to produce because of the Covid restrictions put in place, Lili said it was both a challenge and a pleasure to resume production.
“There are so many new restrictions when it comes to production and it wasn’t easy to maintain those rules at first, but the desire to work with the whole cast again and bring this season to life definitely outweighs all these difficulties,” she commented.
“Our shooting process has definitely changed due to COVID, but I think somehow it may have helped us refresh the way we – as actors – tell the stories of our characters.”
Riverdale airs episodes weekly on Thursday on Netflix
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