Riverdale Season 3: Release Date, Cast, Trailers, News and Spoilers

Since the teen drama series Riverdale premiered early in 2017, we have not only fallen in love with it but can’t seem to have enough of it. Two seasons of The CW series is firmly in the past and words are on the streets that Riverdale Season 3 is already out and running both on The CW and the streaming giant, Netflix. As that’s something to go by, we bring you all the juicy details you have been waiting for.

The third season will likely take on a completely different tone and genre. There would apparently be less murder with more focus shifted to building friendships and relationships. Here’s all we know so far about Riverdale season 3 including release date, cast, trailer, news, and spoilers.


The American teen drama tv series which is based on the characters appearing in Archie Comics publications has run for two seasons and is currently in its third. It was created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and produced by Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, in association with Berlanti Productions and Archie Comics. The series follows Archie Andrews’ life in the small town of Riverdale and also explores the darkness hidden behind the seemingly perfect image the town presents. Filming takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia.

It was initially conceived as a feature adaptation but was later developed as a television series. The CW Television Network took up the development of the project and subsequently, ordered it as a pilot. Riverdale debuted as a midseason show in 2017 and quickly earned a renewal for the fall. The first season released to positive debut on January 26, 2017, and was subsequently followed by a 22-episode second season on October 11, 2017, which has an even increased rating in large part, due to it being streamed on services like Netflix.

It has become one of the network’s flagship programs as well as ratings hit especially with the younger demo.

Riverdale Season 3 Release Date

The season 2 finale of our go-to teen drama series left the audience in heavy suspense making anticipation for the next season rife. The series so far has a huge following and is as well bringing in the ratings. The cliffhanger saw fan-favorite, Archie Andrews arrested for murder and taken away by the police. Also, while we stood en pointe waiting for news on Jughead Jones, the final episode also revealed his fate and it turns out he didn’t die after all.

Following the conclusion of the second season on May 16, 2018, the series was renewed for its third season on April 2, 2018, and in turn, filming started on July 6, 2018. Finally, Riverdale season 3 has returned and premiered on October 10, 2018, in the United States of America by The CW. The next day, episode one of the series was released in the UK by Netflix.

It is said that there will be one more episode in season 3 than what we had in season two. The first three episodes have already been aired and the dates for the subsequent ones would be announced. To help you glide through the season, here’s the available list of Riverdale Season 3 episodes with their expected air dates:

EpisodesChaptersTitlesAir date
1Thirty-SixLabor Day10/10/18
2Thirty-SevenFortune And Men’s Eyes10/17/18
3Thirty-EightAs Above, So Below10/24/18
4Thirty-NineThe Midnight ClubTBA
5FortyThe Great EscapeTBA
7Forty-TwoThe Man In BlackTBA
9Forty-FourNo ExitTBA

Trailers, News and Spoilers

With the news that the third season of our favorite series is set to air, a trailer was released at the San Diego Comic-Con and it teased on some dark times ahead including Chic Cooper becoming the Black Hood’s apprentice. While the trailer hinted at Alice joining Penny’s cult, it also suggested that Varchie (Veronica and Archie) won’t let the fact that Veronica’s parents almost definitely framed Archie for murder get them down. It showed Veronica going up against her dad Hiram and teased that Archie wouldn’t be in prison for long.

According to various reports, episodes of Riverdale Season 3 will be aired on a weekly basis in line with US broadcast, as such, there won’t be any installments during the midseason break.

For the binge watchers, all episodes will be released on the streaming platform and only subscribers to Netflix can watch Riverdale in the UK and can download episodes to certain mobile devices to watch offline. Moreover, the first two seasons are on Netflix for fans to watch.

Season 3 would have a flashback episode which will see more secrets spilling out. In the said episode, all the younger cast members played their parents in high school back in the 90s. Reinhart as young Alice, Sprouse will play young FP, Apa will take on Fred Andrews, Mendes will portray Hermione, Madelaine Petsch will be her mother Penelope, and Ashleigh Murray will bring young Sierra McCoy to life.

In episode 4 which also happens to be the flashback episode, the big murder mystery would be projected. The series creator, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa explained that the murder victims in the present were playing a game called ‘Griffins & Gargoyles’ which interestingly, the kids discovered that their parents also played in high school and that there was a similar murder that happened back then.

Moreover, at the 2018 Comic-Con, it was revealed that the parents would be filming a lot more scenes together. This could be because it’s about to be revealed that they collectively share one big secret.

Bad news for Archie’s legal situation. Ms. Wright is a savvy and eloquent attorney, she is absolutely dedicated to getting Archie behind bars. According to a CW press release, she will weave together disparate moments of Archie’s young life so as to portray him as a dangerous, violent sociopath who is capable of committing a heinous crime.

Archie may not be the only one who is in for the heat. The lives of other favorite characters could be hanging in the balance including the main characters as it has been teased that there’s death right off the bat this season. A promo released by CW hints that Jughead would have another brush with death if he’s not careful.

This season could see an end to Bughead as Lili Reinhart said that she doesn’t want to play Cooper her whole life. She may leave Riverdale and boyfriend Jughead behind even as there are theories that the duo could split, this is according to another trailer.

As against the speculations that there could be some sort of crossover between the series and fellow Archie Comics show, The Chilling Adventures on Sabrina, one of the cast members Ashleigh Murray, who plays Josie McCoy says there won’t be anything as such.

The circumstances surrounding Archie’s arrest and charges following the murder of Cassidy Bullock will kick off the drama of season 3 as the gang tries to #FreeArchie. Although we already know he didn’t commit the crime, the presence of Hiram Lodge who continues to make good his plans to control not only Riverdale but the ever-growing SoDale, it would be a tough one for him to escape. This storyline would apparently mark one of the main conflicts of the season.

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The Cast of Riverdale Season 3

Riverdale Season 3
(L-R) Vanessa Morgan, K.J. Apa, Luke Perry, Casey Cott, Madchen Amic, Ashleigh Murray, Skeet Ulrich, Marisol Nichols, Cole Sprouse, Mark Consuelos, Madelaine Petsch, Camila Mendes, and Lili Reinhart: image source

The cast of the Riverdale series is based on the characters from Archie Comics. It follows Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) and his friends Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse), Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart), and Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) as they live through young adulthood while dwelling on the lies and secrecy of a town everyone regards as perfect. In view of that, these guys would most definitely be cast in Riverdale Season 3 – the story revolves around them.

Also, the following characters would most likely be coming back to the show: Marisol Nichols as Veronica’s mother Hermione Lodge, Madelaine Petsch as Vixens leader Cheryl Blossom, Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy, Mädchen Amick as Betty’s mother Alice Cooper, Luke Perry as Archie’s father Fred Andrews, Mark Consuelos as Veronica’s father Hiram Lodge (he joined the cast for the second season after his character was only mentioned by name in season one), Skeet Ulrich as Jughead’s estranged father, and the leader of the Southside Serpents F. P. Jones.

Others include Casey Cott as the son of Riverdale’s sheriff Kevin Keller, Gina Gershon as Jughead’s mother, and Trinity Linkins would play his younger sister Jellybean. There have been suggestions that the pair will be going up against Jughead in season three and would stick around as recurring characters.

Additionally, Penelope Ann Miller would be cast as district attorney Ms. Wright. Miller is a Golden Globe nominee who appeared in The Artist and American Crime. Anthony Michael Hall has been cast as Principal Featherstone in a special Breakfast Club-inspired episode. Some characters have also been promoted to series regular for the third season such as Vanessa Morgan as Toni Topaz and Charles Melton as Reggie Mantle.


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