So as production continues along on the fifth season of The CW's Riverdale, series creator and executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has shared with us an image of the front of a demonic-looking truck we're assuming is piloted by a not-too-friendly truck-driver (along with the warning to avoid "the Lonely Highway"). Following that, it was a look at Vanessa Morgan as… Toni Topaz, the Serpent Queen?! But now, Aguirre-Sacasa is offering a teaser image that's refueling our hopes of an "Afterlife with Archie" adaptation. If Riverdale goes zombie in its fifth season and it can pull it off enough that it works? That might be one of the most impressive "show reinventions" we've ever seen. Let's make it happen, Aguirre-Sacasa!
Here's a look at Aguirre-Sacasa's original social media post, with the following captions (emojis included for any clue-deciphering): "Nothing stays buried forever… #Riverdale Season Five coming soon. 👀🔑 🎓 📓💔🍔🍿🌊🚢🚧🏃🏼♀️🚛🌈👠🫀💃🏻☠️💍'
In September, Aguirre-Sacasa announced that pre-production on the fifth season was officially underway, offering viewers a look at the script covers for the episodes being run through table reads. Continuing their effective use of panels from the comics to represent the episode, we learned that Episode 501 "Chapter Seventy-Seven: Climax" is written by Ace Hasan and Greg Murray, and directed by Pamela Romanowsky (with an old-school Betty/Jughead prom image). Episode 502 "Chapter Seventy-Eight: The Preppy Murders" is written by Janine Saline Schoenberg and Devon Turner, and directed by Gabriel Correa (with a newer, depressing Archie/Jughead panel).
Now while the third episode is pretty much in line with wrapping up the senior year, "Purgatory" and the image chosen for the cover have us very curious. Are they going to kill Archie (KJ Apa)? Probably not, but they might do an "Archie went missing overseas and was presumed dead" storyline. The image they're using is from the comic book Archie 1941 (writers: Brian Augustyn, Mark Waid; illustrator: Peter Krause), where our red-headed lead joins the military and ends up MIA, presumed dead (see what we mean?).
Erinn Westbrook (The Resident) has also joined 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.