Riverdale season 4: release date, fan theories, cast, trailers and everything we know so far

Spoilers ahead!

Over the past three seasons we’ve seen the teen Twin Peaks go from a cult favourite to big budget, small screen smash. From solving Jason Blossom’s murder in season one, to taking down the cult-like Gargoyle King, along the way the brilliantly implausible tv show has earned a small army of fans.

And now the excitement is gearing up for the fourth season, here’s everything we know about it so far:

Will there be a season 4 of Riverdale?

Yes! It was announced in January that the teen drama would be back for a fourth season.

What is the UK release date for Riverdale season 4?

Netflix UK have revealed that Season 4 of Riverdale will come to the streaming service this October. Episode 1 will land on October 10, with new episodes every Thursday following.

“No idea what’ll happen but I’m sure Archie will take his shirt off for no reason and fight a bear again, idk,” they theorised. Probably won’t be far off, we’d bet.

Will Riverdale season 4 be available on Netflix?

Yes! Netflix have confirmed that episodes of the show will drop every Thursday from October 10.

Are there any trailers for Riverdale season 4?

Yes, the first trailer for the fourth season dropped on September 11.

Who’s going to be in the cast for Riverdale season 4?

It’s likely that the core four will be back, with Jughead (Cole Sprouse), Betty (Lili Reinhart), Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Archie (KJ Apa), who have all appeared in every episode so far returning. We can also expect fan favourites Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch) and Toni Topaz (Vanessa Morgan) to appear in the next season.

One person who won’t be returning is Ashleigh Murray who plays Josie McCoy. The actress has been cast in the pilot for Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene, which would see Josie relocate to New York to follow her dreams as a musician. It’s unconfirmed yet whether this will effect her current role in Riverdale.

How will Riverdale honour Luke Perry?

Many people have been wondering how Riverdale would handle the devastating death of Luke Perry in March 2019, who played Fred Andrews (Archie’s Dad) on the show. In season three we saw Molly Ringwald, who played Archie’s Mum, take a bigger role as Fred was “away” on a trip, but showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has confirmed that Fred won’t just be out of town for the series.

He explained to Entertainment Weekly that: “When Luke passed, we’d already more or less outlined the last two or three episodes [of season 3], and we didn’t want to rush that or get it wrong. So we are 100 percent going to deal with it narratively at the beginning of season 4, and we want that episode to really honor the character of Fred and honestly, to honor the actor Luke and our friend Luke.”

Aguirre-Sacasa added: “I’ve read online that they’re like, ‘Ooh, Riverdale‘s not dealing with this. Is Fred going to just be on a business trip?’…we are 100 percent going to deal with Fred’s death. We didn’t want to rush into that at the end of the season and give it short shrift or not make that story as great and emotional as it needs to be to honor both the character and the actor. I think that’s going to be a big part of Archie’s journey next season, honestly.”

He’s also Tweeted about the episode, saying it’s “probably the most important episode of Riverdale we’ll do this year, if not ever.”

We also know that Perry’s friend and co-star from his Beverly Hills: 90210 days Shannen Doherty will guest star in the next season, to pay tribute.

What will happen in Riverdale season 4?

Season three saw a ton of loose ends tied up, with the sprawling Gargoyle King plot being resolved; but if did finish on a huge cliffhanger when we saw Betty (Lili Reinhart), Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Archie (KJ Apa) covered in blood and burning their clothes around a bonfire, in what looks like a murder coverup. So we can expect to see more of what ever happened here in the next season.

During the trio’s murder coverup, Betty also says they also need to burn Jughead’s hat, but there’s no sign of him. In addition to this, the first trailer for season four saw people out searching for Jughead, so it looks like the show’s narrator could go missing.

Aguirre-Sacasa has also promised we’ll see much more of the “core four” (Betty, Archie, Veronica and Jughead) hanging out together. He told Entertainment Weekly: “Next season is the kids’ senior year. It’s their last year in high school, and we really want to locate their stories in the high school world. We started talking about what the big mystery could be, and we said it would be great if we kind of kept it in the high school kind of world. The other thing that we wanted to do is, this year Archie and Veronica weren’t that involved in the Gargoyle King mystery — it was more Betty and Jughead. We loved the core four together in the finale.”

Season three also revealed Alice (Madchen Amick) had been working with the FBI to take down the Farm. Aguirre-Sacasa went on to explain that this story would return in season four: “That story’s not over. Edgar’s not in jail, and Alice is MIA. We are going to resolve that story. It’s not going to be the season-long story, though. We’re going to resolve it pretty quickly, and I think what we’re really excited to play is the idea that Alice has her lost son back and that Betty has her half-brother, Jughead has his half-brother.”