Riverdale Season 5 Promo: The Gang's Ready to Fight to Save Their Town

As much as last week's episode of The CW and EP Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's Riverdale felt like a series finale, thankfully it wasn't- but it was the end of a four season-plus journey to graduation. And now? That long-discussed seven-year time jump that finds Archie (KJ Apa) returning home from the military, shocked to see what Riverdale's become under Hiram Lodge's (Mark Consuelos) reign as Toni (Vanessa Morgan) gets him up to speed on what's gone on. To save the town, it's going to take the reunited efforts of Betty (Lili Reinhart), Jughead (Cole Sprouse), Veronica (Camila Mendes), Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch), Kevin (Casey Cott), and more to not just save Riverdale High- but also the future. But after seven years, how much do they really know about one another- or what's happened since they were last together?

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Here's a look at the newest teaser, a nice mix of scenes we're already seen as well as some new scenes to feed our dumpster fires of speculation:

Now here's a look at preview images and episode overviews for the next two weeks of Riverdale:

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Riverdale Season 5 Promo: The Gang's Ready to Fight to Save Their Town
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Riverdale Season 5 Promo: The Gang's Ready to Fight to Save Their Town
Photo: The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Riverdale Season 5, Episode 4 "Chapter Eighty: Purgatorio": SEVEN-YEAR TIME JUMP — After spending seven years away from Riverdale, Archie (KJ Apa) returns to find the town is now under Hiram Lodge's (Mark Consuelos) grip and on the verge of becoming a ghost town. When Toni (Vanessa Morgan) catches him up on what's been going on, Archie reaches out to the rest of the gang to return home. Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Madelaine Petsch, Casey Cott, Charles Melton, Drew Ray Tanner and Erinn Westbrook also star. Steve Adelson directed the episode written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Riverdale Season 5 Promo: The Gang's Ready to Fight to Save Their Town
Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Riverdale Season 5 Promo: The Gang's Ready to Fight to Save Their Town
Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Riverdale Season 5 Promo: The Gang's Ready to Fight to Save Their Town
Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Riverdale Season 5 Promo: The Gang's Ready to Fight to Save Their Town
Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Riverdale Season 5 Promo: The Gang's Ready to Fight to Save Their Town
Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Riverdale Season 5 Promo: The Gang's Ready to Fight to Save Their Town
Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Riverdale Season 5, Episode 5 "Chapter Eighty-One: The Homecoming": THE FIGHT FOR RIVERDALE HIGH — Toni (Vanessa Morgan), Alice (Mädchen Amick), Archie (KJ Apa) and Kevin (Casey Cott) fight to keep Riverdale High's doors open after learning that its budget had been cut by Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos). Veronica (Camila Mendes) gets creative when she discovers Chad (guest star Chris Mason) is having her followed. Jughead (Cole Sprouse) starts a new job after debt collectors show up in Riverdale. Lili Reinhart, Madelaine Petsch, Charles Melton, Drew Ray Tanner and Erinn Westbrook also star. Steve Adelson directed the episode written by Michael Grassi

Erinn Westbrook (The Resident) joins the cast for the fifth season as Tabitha Tate, the ambitious, entrepreneurial granddaughter of Pop Tate. Seeing serious business potential in her family's business, Tabitha's come to Riverdale to take over Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe in the hopes of franchising the iconic diner, even as the town around it struggles to survive. Broadchurch star Chris Mason will be taking on the recurring role of Chad Gekko, Veronica's husband. Set to make his debut during the fifth season's fourth episode, Gekko is a controlling and jealous husband who works on Wall Street and sees himself as an "alpha dog," Gekko is threatened by Veronica's Riverdale life- especially her bond with Archie.

Riverdale Season 5: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Warning Vibes "Afterlife"
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The CW's Riverdale stars KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge, Madchen Amick as Alice Cooper, Casey Cott as Kevin Keller, Mark Consuelos as Hiram Lodge, Skeet Ulrich as FP Jones, Charles Melton as Reggie Mantle, and Vanessa Morgan as Toni Topaz. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and Jon Goldwater executive produce. Filmed in Vancouver, BC, Canada, the series is produced by Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios in association with Berlanti Productions.

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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