How has the coronavirus impacted Season 5?
As fans know, production of the CW show was shut down back in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Because of this, three episodes from Season 4 were left out and it was forced to end early — after it’s 19th episode. But not to worry, people, because according to one of the show’s writers, fans will still get to see those episodes that were left out of Season 4! Instead, they’ll appear in the fifth season!
“The pandemic derailed production and there was a heavy Toni [episode] coming up. We’ll still do it, but you’ll have to now wait for Season 5 instead of Season 4. Season 4 is unfortunately now shorter, ending [with episode 19] But it has a fun cliffhanger!” Ted Sullivan wrote in response to a fan who asked about the future of the show.
And for those of you wondering what happened to the prom episode the cast had been teasing during the fourth season, you can breathe a sigh of relief because Roberto explained that it will definitely appear in the fifth season.
“Since we are cutting the season short, maybe the best thing to do is end with [Episode] 19, which is a really strong, fun episode, and then come back and have prom as our season premiere next season. So we made that decision, and I’m feeling good about it,” he explained during an interview with TVLine. “Since we have such big events like prom and graduation, and we’d already written [Episodes] 21 and 22… they’re big, emotional episodes, and there’s a lot of stuff with the characters that we’re still playing out, so it felt like maybe what we’ll do is start with the last three episodes. After being with the kids at the high school for four years, you kind of don’t want to take graduation away from them. So what we’re doing is picking up right where we left off for the first three episodes.”
Because of this, Skeet and Marisol will appear briefly in Season 5, so their characters can get the sendoff they deserve.
“I reached out to Marisol and Skeet and said that we haven’t finished those stories, and we want to make sure that you guys have great sendoffs,” he added. “The truth of it is, and this isn’t a spoiler, but neither Hermione nor F.P. are being killed. So my hope is that they are a part of Riverdale in a real way as long as there’s a Riverdale.”
In August 2020, Roberto confirmed that production had kicked off again!
“At long last, the offices are open and we are in pre-production on Season 5 of #Riverdale!” he wrote.
He also shared a sneak peek of the upcoming Prom episode to Instagram in honor of Madelaine’s birthday!
Then, Lili told Access on August 20, 2020, “We’re actually going back this weekend, to Vancouver, to start Season 5. We are heading back, and the gang will be together in a couple short weeks, after we quarantine. Basically, we have to quarantine once we’re in Canada and make sure we’re all COVID free before we can get back on set. So very soon we’ll be reunited… I think we’re very excited to, um, I haven’t seen everyone all together in five months, so it’ll be really nice.”
She was photographed arriving in Vancouver a few days later, plus, Vanessa shared a clip from back on set — which means we are one step closer to the premiere of Season 5!
The actress also shared a photo of a coronavirus test kit.
“First COVID test before I start filming. Have to do this three times a week on set,” she captioned it.
Despite the on-set safety protocols, fans will still get their steamy #Varchie make-out sessions once the show finally premieres. KJ and Camila gave their social media followers a behind-the-scenes look at how they safely prepare for a kissing scene.
“Our new normal is washing our mouths before every take of a make-out scene,” they captioned an Instagram video posted on September 23.