Everyone's been waiting on edge to have all their lingering questions answered after that Riverdale Season 2 finale and we know Season 3 is for sure happening, so time to start counting down. The CW renewed the series — obviously! — and now we just have to wait a few months for Archie, Betty, Jughead, Veronica, and the whole crew to come back into our lives.
When does Riverdale Season 3 start?
We have an answer! Oct. 10 is the official date, so mark your calendars now.
And if you aren't already obsessed with series based on the beloved Archie Comics characters, then it's about time to grab a burger and a milkshake and start binging because we guarantee as soon as you start watching, you'll be hooked. You can binge watch the first and second seasons on Netflix as you prepare for the next batch of episodes coming in the fall. And our first full look at the season is here and it's already WILD. Check it out:
Archie with a Serpent tattoo on his arm? FP and Alice together? Is Betty OK? And what is going on with Juniper and Dagwood? Still not over those names, but like hope the babies are okay over there with Polly and Alice. So. Much. Is. Happening. There aren't a ton of plot details out just yet, but we do know Archie was arrested for a murder he didn't commit at the end of Season 2 and that's going to play a huge role in S3.
"We start off with Archie on trial for the murder of Cassidy Bullock, and he didn’t kill him obviously because we saw Andre, Veronica’s chauffeur, kill him," KJ Apa explained to Seventeen. "So we start off [the season] in court. It’s a hot, sweaty courtroom. It’s the hottest summer Riverdale has ever seen, so we’re using the elements of Vancouver to our advantage. For Archie that’s definitely the meat for it for the first episode and we’ll see if he goes [to jail] or not."
Is there going to be drama with the core ships this season?
As always, there will be, especially for the Archie and Veronica as Arch is dealing with this whole possible prison situation. So yeah, there's some trouble in paradise.
"I think the chance of him going to jail for however many years, his relationship with everyone is gonna get kind of gnarly because he’s not going to be able to see anyone. There’s a confrontation between the two of them where she wants to visit him in prison and he doesn’t want her to do that just because that environment isn't best suited for someone like Veronica. Also, because of the distance, it might shake things up," KJ continued.
Of course, we have to bring up that core love triangle between Archie, V, and B that was such a staple in the comics. As showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa explained, it will always be lingering throughout the series.
"I don't think that love triangle is ever completely settled. It's a long journey — these kids are still in high school. We hope this is a long journey on the show," he said at the Television Critics Association press tour. He also made sure to remind fans that while your fave ships might go through some ups and downs each season, it's not something he and the writers of the show sit around deciding how to end these ships. And one pair that's going strong is our beloved Bughead.
"On some level, I can say that we never, in the writers' room, say, 'OK, today we're going to break up so and so,'" he explained. "We follow the story and the story tells us a little bit. And we kind of follow that. But right now, I think they're pretty [solid] -- especially Bughead. Bughead is pretty solid."
Now that is good to know! And in case you were wondering, KJ has been busy getting his work out to play this new, might be heading to jail verision of Archie.
What a time. Now, what's in store for our beloved Kevin Keller? Casey Cott explained in an interview with Hidden Remote that Kevin is seeing someone, but it's a complicated romance, which poor guy seems to always find himself in.
"Kevin, romantically, has a boyfriend who's not quite out of the closet so that’s confusing and dark in its own way. Kevin's romantic endeavors are always so drowsy, so other than that I think the most exciting part is moving in with [Josie]," Casey said.
Oh yeah, did we mention that Kevin and Josie are now living together, since his dad and her mom are totally in love? That's going to make things pretty interesting, that's for sure.
Is everyone coming back for Season 3?
Yes, all your fave stars will be reprising their roles. Fan faves Charles Melton and Vanessa Morgan are confirmed to be bumped up to season regulars this time around too, which means more Reggie and Toni are coming.
"Toni Topaz has been a break-out character for us since Jughead met her at Southside High — and that's thanks to Vanessa Morgan's fearless, winning performance," executive producer and Roberto told TV Insider. "[Reggie] is sexy and funny as hell. He's a terrific addition to the gang and in Season 3, we'll be seeing A LOT more of him. All hail Mantle the Magnificent!"
Are there new characters joining the show?
You bet, and they're going to be good ones, we already know. Roberto confirmed that Jughead's mom Gladys and his little sister Jellybean will finally make their appearance. And since we already know that Alice and FP have rekindled their romance from their teenage years, that's going to stir up some trouble. Plus, we're finally going to get to meet Reggie's dad, who we've already gotten a sneak peek of thanks to a Riverdale parents pic Mädchen Amick, Alice Cooper herself, shared on Instagram.
And there will be more special episodes too. Like last season's Carrie the Musical episode, we'll be getting another musical episode. Roberto said to TVLine it will once again be based around another theater production the crew performs at Riverdale High, but it's unclear which show they'll be doing yet.
"We have a lot of shows we’ve been talking about. There are a couple musicals we’ve been circling," Roberto said. There will also be a flashback episode this season that Roberto spoke about at Comic-Con where the kids will be playing their parents. So Lili Reinhart will be playing a teenage Alice, KJ will be a young Fred, etc. And that is going to be a treat! Mark Consuelos' son Michael Consuelos will even be playing the young version of Hiram Lodge. Is it October yet?
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