Riverdale Season 3: release date, cast, trailers and plot hints

The glossy teen-drama is back for for round 3

We might be only halfway through the second season of hit teen-drama-cum-murder-mystery Riverdale, but it’s time to look ahead to the future, and whether there will be a third series. With the runaway success of the show, its army of fans will be keeping their ears to the ground for any information about the next season. Here’s what we know so far.

Is there going to be a third season of Riverdale?

Yes! The CW confirmed (via Deadline) that the teen-drama would be back for a third season with the stars taking to their social media accounts to confirm the news. Skeet Ulrich (who plays FP Jones) also confirmed at RiverCon that shooting is set to begin in July.

And the cast seem to be locked in for the long run – when speaking to NME Camila Mendes, who plays Veronica Lodge, told us: “I think I could play her [Veronica] forever – all good things must come to and end, but Veronica is now…it’s not hard for me to put her on.”

How many episodes will there be in Riverdale season 3?

Unconfirmed – but season 2 featured 22 episodes, so we could expect similar.

When will the third season be released?

Also unconfirmed, but it’s likely to premier around the same time as season two did – so October. In the US episodes will air on a weekly basis on The CW, before the appear on Netflix at 8am the following day for viewers in the UK.

Are there any trailers for season three?

Not yet.

Have they started filming yet?

Production for series 3 will begin in July 2018. Skeet Ulrich (who plays FP Jones) revealed this at RiverCon in Paris, saying that filming would begin in Vancouver, Canada, this summer.

Which characters will appear in season three of Riverdale?

With the murders in the town of Riverdale, it could be a case of whoever is standing at the end of season two; but it looks likely that the core four (Lili Reinhart (Betty), Camila Mendes (Veronica), Cole Sprouse (Jughead) and KJ Apa (Archie) will return.

Southside Serpent Toni Topaz (played by Vanessa Morgan) has been promoted to series regular for the third season, with showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa saying: “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,” adding, “We’re thrilled that the adventure of this fan-favourite will continue into season three. Long live Choni!”

Charles Melton, who plays Reggie will also be getting a promotion to series regular for the third season, with Aguirre-Sacasa saying: “Charles stepped into the iconic role of Reggie this season and completely made it his own…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!”

Speaking to NME Madelaine Petsch who plays fan favourite Cheryl Blossom revealed she didn’t know how long she would be playing the character for, saying: “I love playing Cheryl and it’s never boring, like I’m always doing something interesting on the show. I’m constantly feeling artistically fulfilled…I don’t know about a timeframe, but I’m very happy doing it.” The star has since confirmed she’ll be returning for the next season on Instagram.

Any idea of what’s going to happen in Riverdale season 3?

The cast are being tight-lipped about the third season, so at the moment we can’t know what to expect, but some have spoken about what they want to happen.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Mädchen Amick (who plays Cooper family matriarch Alice Cooper) revealed that after a manic second season, she’d like the next episodes to be a bit calmer. “I think maybe season three, let’s just calm it down a second and really flush out how the characters are reacting to each other. I want to give them a breather. Then we ramp it back up again.”