'Riverdale' creator confirms Season 5 time jump

KJ Apa plays Archie Andrews on the CW series Riverdale. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
KJ Apa plays Archie Andrews on the CW series "Riverdale." File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

May 14 (UPI) -- Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa says the show will have a significant time jump in Season 5.

The writer and producer said in an interview Wednesday with TVLine that the jump will take place early on in the CW series' fifth season.


Riverdale Season 4 ended early due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Season 5 will pick up with three episodes that were intended for the end of the fourth season.

"We've been talking and planning on doing a time jump," Aguirre-Sacasa said. "So what we're doing is picking up right where we left off for the first three episodes, and then doing a time jump... after those three episodes."

Aguirre-Sacasa also teased a "big mystery" to come in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.

"When we come back in Season 5, we'll have a very big mystery to unravel and a lot of relationship stuff to sort out," he said.

Aguirre-Sacasa confirmed the time jump will take place after important events like prom and high school graduation in the early episodes.

"After spending four years with these characters in high school, you don't want to lose that -- so, the first three episodes back are kind of a direct continuation," he told ET.

The time jump is expected to cover several years and skip the time when the characters would be separated during college.

"And since all of our characters would be going to different colleges, my instinct has been to leapfrog over four years, and kind of pick up with everyone there," Aguirre-Sacasa said.

Riverdale is based on the Archie Comics comic series. The series stars KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones.

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