After months of waiting, Riverdale season 5 is finally here!

Ever since the show premiered in January 2017, The CW series has become a favorite among TV watchers of all generations. Just like the ones before it, the fifth season is full of crazy storylines, shocking character deaths and major cliffhangers. The biggest difference between season 5 and the rest, is that Archie and the gang are all grown up! Episode 4 is set to introduce their favorite characters seven years in the future, so after the Riverdale High graduates go their separate ways, they all find themselves back in their hometown.

“Archie enlisted in the Army after graduation, and when he returns, after all that time in the Army, he discovers the town is on the verge of becoming a ghost town, thanks to Hiram,” the show’s star KJ Apa told TVLine in January 2021. “He came back and saw Riverdale turning to s–t pretty much, and he’s like, ‘There’s no way I’m going to let this happen.’ So he wrangles the whole team in, and they figure out ways to revive the town, and the best way to do that is through Riverdale High.”

When it comes to finding out what the characters have been up to prior to the seven-year time jump, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told Entertainment Weekly in February 2021 what fans can expect from the rest of the season. “We are going to be unpacking the seven years throughout the season and in a way, I think a theme of the season is trauma and how our different characters deal with trauma and how that kept them from fully thriving in their new lives. But we will be filling in the blanks, absolutely,” he said. “We have tried to honor who the characters were when we first met them.”

He noted that Archie “was basically a decent kid who was trying to live up to the expectations his father” and Veronica “has married a guy that is in some ways very much like Hiram.” Meanwhile, Betty found her place in the FBI, which Roberto said “feels right” and, naturally, “Jughead’s writing.”

“They’ve all been progressing in this direction,” Roberto added. Of course, along with the changes in their age, there’s sure to be some new additions to the cast — including villains and crazy husbands (we’re looking at you Veronica) —as the characters navigate adulthood. Scroll through our gallery to check out Riverdale season 5 spoilers and all the biggest bombshells from season 5. 

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