Riverdale Season 5: Skeet Ulrich Announces His Final Day of Filming

The past bumpy week or two saw series creator and executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's long-running CW series Riverdale go from being back in production to being on a pause to being back to work again- all due to COVID testing issues at the Vancouver testing facility. Since that time, we've welcomed a new face joining the cast in a role with roots to the series- and now we're saying goodbye to a familiar face who's filmed his episode.

Riverdale -- "Chapter Seventy-One: How To Get Away With Murder" -- Image Number: RVD414b_0335b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): KJ Apa as Archie and Skeet Ulrich as FP Jones -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Riverdale (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved)

On Thursday, Skeet Ulrich aka Jughead's (Cole Sprouse) dad F. P. Jones took to Instagram to announce that he was wrapping up his final day of filming and offer kind words to the entire Riverdale team. "Goodbye 'Riverdale'…thank you for introducing me to some lifelong friendships and so many beautiful souls. Today is my last day on set but the experience will never leave my heart. Thank you to all of you for the love and support"

Last month, 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?).

Announced on September 29th, Westbrook's Tabitha Tate is 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.

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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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