Viewers of The CW's Riverdale already know the deal when it comes to next week's sixth season premiere. After some seriously supernatural shenanigans going down during the season finale, Season 6 jumps into a five-part event so twistedly game-changing that our Gang's going to need a major assist from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina's own Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) to (hopefully) make things right. It seems like things are going well enough. Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Reggie (Charles Melton) are the town's power couple, while Jughead (Cole Sprouse) and Tabitha (Erinn Westbrook) take the next step by moving in together, and… well, things just seem off… in Rivervale. And it's not exactly like the season's tagline actually helps ease concerns: "Beyond the town you know lies a place you'll fear." Well, leave it to series creator & showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to throw even more fuel onto our dumpster fires of mindless speculation via an Instagram post sharing new key art as well as some choice teases for what's to come. Our biggest takeaways? That Aguirre-Sacasa wants viewers to know that what they're about to see is "in canon," that the event will kick off "our season-long story," and that there will be "lots of questions answered."
"#Riverdale Season 6 premieres in less than a week. (Or should I say #RiverVALE does?) I LOVE our first five episodes, leading up to Chapter 100. They're truly special and bonkers in the best possible way. And they are absolutely "in canon," starting our season-long story. Lots of questions answered, even more asked, as the ultimate battle for the town's soul begins…," Aguirre-Sacasa write in the caption to the Instagram post, along with a look at some new key art that feeds into our "alternate timelines" & "different dimensions" theories. The first thing that sticks out to us? Those yellow lines on the road and the way they branch bring back so many memories of "The Sacred Timeline" that the Time Variance Authority (TVA) was protecting in Disney+ and Marvel Studios' Tom Hiddleston-starring Loki. Our second takeaway? Both sides show glimpses into the past but are also two very different "origin stories" for Riverdale/Rivervale. Could we be looking at a WandaVision-like return to "simpler times" that never actually existed? Here's a look at Aguirre-Sacasa's post (with Riverdale returning Tuesday, November 16th):
Here's a look back at the Season 6 trailer for The CW's Riverdale, followed by an overview of the season opener, "Chapter Ninety-Six: Welcome to Rivervale":
Riverdale Season 6 Episode 1 "Chapter Ninety-Six: Welcome to Rivervale": WELCOME TO RIVERVALE – Following the explosion that ended Season Five, a new day dawns in the town of Rivervale, where everything is as it should be. Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Reggie (Charles Melton) are now the town's power couple, while Jughead (Cole Sprouse) and Tabitha (Erinn Westbrook) move in together. But with Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) demanding a return to the "old ways," this serenity will surely not last. And how could Archie (KJ Apa) and Betty (Lili Reinhart) possibly have survived? Vanessa Morgan, Casey Cott, Drew Ray Tanner, and Madchen Amick also star. The episode was written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and directed by Gabriel Correa.