Riverdale’s KJ Apa has teased the storyline particulars for season 5’s post-leap story, suggesting that Archie and the gang will return to their old stomping ground to stop it from becoming a ghost town. CW’s dark take on the Archie Comics, Riverdale, has been one of the most popular YA shows because of its debut in January 2017. From the smash-hit show, the comic book characters, such as Archie (KJ Apa), Betty (Lili Reinhart), Jughead (Cole Sprouse), and Veronica (Camila Mendes), scuffle with enigmatically peculiar obstacles, such as cults and homicides, from the sleepish, seemingly ideal, eponymous small town. Through its seasons, Riverdale has offered a persuasive blend of puzzle and high school drama which has helped the series nurture a committed fanbase worldwide. The show is heading into its fifth season, and it is expected to look a lot different than its previous iterations.
Last week, Riverdale had to halt production on its fourth season, together with many other CW Arrowverse shows due to the outbreak of this coronavirus pandemic in the USA. This directed season 4 to be cut short by three episodes, such as the ones that include key events such as the prom and high school graduation. These episodes will then be integrated into the upcoming season 5, following which the show will take a drastic step by leaping seven years to the future. The post-leap plot particulars are still largely under wraps, but what is known is that the time leap will take the principal characters during college and then back to Riverdale. Now KJ Apa has shared a few additional exciting updates about how the titular town will look after the leap.
At a recent interview with TV Line, Apa revealed that after the time jump, Archie would return to Riverdale after his years in the military to discover that his home is now a bit of a deserted town. Archie would discover that it is Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos) who’s supporting Riverdale’s ruined state. So he will build his former gang, and together, they will work out ways to resuscitate their crumbling hometown. Apa also signaled that the gang’s efforts to save their town would channel them back to their former college, Riverdale High, which the actor believes is the best launchpad to result in a revolution.
“We understand that everyone sort of went their separate ways. Archie enlisted in the Army after graduation, and if 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.
They [Archie and the gang] discuss how they can revive the town. Archie really far takes the lead on this. He came back and saw Riverdale turning to –t quite much, and he’s like,’ There are no way I will let this happen.’ So he wrangles the whole team, and they figure out strategies to revive the town, and also the best method to do that is through Riverdale High.”
Apa’s statements about bringing the principal crew back together after the time leap imbue expect that fans will have to witness the gang reunion early on in the new story. Fans have been anxious for quite a while about the new relationship dynamics in season 5, since they know that Veronica will be dividing with Archie after finding out about him and Betty. In reality, following the leap, she is going to be married to a fresh character Chad Gekko, performed by Chris Mason. Along with this, it’s exceedingly improbable that Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) and Toni (Vanessa Morgan) is going to be collectively, since the latter’s real-life pregnancy was written into the series. There has also been no word about Betty and Jughead’s whereabouts after the time leap.
At the moment, it is unknown when will the broken friendships mend between the central Riverdale characters during season 5. However, what’s clear from Apa’s statements is that old rivalries will be reignited straight in the get-go following the time jump. Hiram and Archie’s feud was one of the more engaging highlights from seasons 2 and 3. So today that their enmity is getting rekindled on a political level, it will precipitate high-octane play. And as far as revisiting Riverdale High is worried, fans must rejoice as it means that many supporting characters like Coach Clayton and Mrs. Burble may also return after the time leap. Hopefully, fans will learn more about Riverdale’s brand new plotline once the show returns for season 5.