The town with Pep is coming back to The CW after all! Despite rumors that Riverdale might not make it past the current fifth season, the official Riverdale account tweeted back in February that Season 6 was a go.
— Riverdale (@CW_Riverdale) February 4, 2021
While fans still have a big chunk of Season 5 to get through—after all, only half of the fifth season premiered thus far—we’re already looking forward to Season 6 and all the drama it may bring now that we’re in the midst of a seven-year time jump—and now that Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and the rest have graduated high school and are in their twenties. What can fans expect next? Here’s everything we know about the upcoming Season 6—from the premiere date to how to stream the show.
Riverdale Season 6 premiere date and time
Riverdale Season 6 will debut on The CW on Tuesday, November 16, at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, immediately following the Season 8 premiere of The Flash. But before that big premiere—and the switch from Wednesdays to Tuesdays—we still have the second half of Season 5 to look forward to. Those new episodes premiere on The CW on Wednesday, August 11, at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.
What time will Riverdale be on?
You may have noticed that Riverdale is not only switching days, it’s also switching times! At least for Season 6. By the time Season 6 rolls around in November, the show will not only switch to Tuesdays, but will also come on one hour later at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.
What happened in the Riverdale Season 5 finale?
Well, we’re not quite there yet! The Riverdale Season 5 finale will premiere later this year. But here’s where the mid-season finale left off, if you’re in need of a refresher. (Warning: Spoilers ahead!)
As you may recall, the mid-season finale began with Jughead and Tabitha kissing—a move that Jughead quickly labeled “a mistake,” admitting that he wasn’t yet over his former flame, Betty. (Don’t worry, Jug, we’re not over you and Betty either.) More important, though, is the unexplained trauma that Jughead’s he’s been dealing with throughout Season 5. He can’t seem to access or face that trauma, so naturally, he turns to a mushroom trip, during which mushroom-Betty materializes and apologizes for cheating on him with Archie.
To make things worse, Charles also suggested playing a game called “pincushion man,” in which the Cooper family essentially partakes in some voodoo. But more importantly, it all ends in blood and Tabitha discovering that Jughead is missing. Did someone come for Jughead? Or did he leave voluntarily?
Is there a Riverdale Season 6 trailer?
Not yet. So far, only half of Season 5 has debuted, with the second half of the fifth season debuting on August 11. However, to hold you over until Season 6, here’s the promo for those new episodes coming in August:
Is the entire Riverdale cast returning?
Great question! An official cast list has not yet been revealed for Season 6 and the biggest question on every fan’s mind right now is: Is Cole Sprouse returning as Jughead?
Adding insult to injury, it’s not the first time fans have been worried about Sprouse leaving. At the end of Season 4, Jughead had fake-died, leaving many to wonder if he had been fired from or voluntarily left the show. Turns out, neither was true. Sprouse continued working on Riverdale and his character’s TV “death” was all a sham.
So, do we now have to worry about Jughead’s involvement in Season 6?
“For me, as long as the show that I’m working on—Riverdale—is one that I continue to have fun on and work with all my closest friends, which I do, it’s a privilege to be a working actor,” Sprouse told Variety Live earlier this year. “I think to sit and stare at something in the face—and you can laugh at yourself and you can criticize something you’ve worked for—but I think it’s incredibly pretentious and ignorant to look at something that you are blessed to have and go like, ‘I’m done.’”
How will Riverdale end?
Much of Riverdale has revolved around the Core Four’s high school experiences. Of course, a lot of that has changed since the iconic Season 5 time jump, but show creator Robert Aguirre-Sacasa recently teased the series ending.
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“The graduation episode definitely feels like that is the end of a big story that we started in the pilot and it kind of hearkens back to when we first pitched Riverdale. Some of the executives that we pitched it to said: ‘So is this just a high school show?’” Aguirre-Sacasa revealed. “I remember thinking: ‘Gosh I hope not, I hope it continues into young adulthood.’ It’s funny, I remember back in the day saying: ‘To me, I think Riverdale ends when Archie has a child.’”
So, does that mean we can look forward to Archie becoming a dad some time in Season 6? Only time will tell.
“But without a doubt, the graduation episode feels like a pretty big end of a chapter, and in a way, episode four is a pretty hard reboot, but still Riverdale-ian,” Aguirre-Sacasa added.
How to watch and stream full episodes of Riverdale online and on TV for free
The second half of Riverdale‘s fifth season premieres on The CW on Wednesday, August 11, at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. Episodes stream for free the next day at CWTV.com and The CW App. You can also watch previous seasons on Netflix. and
Season 6 of Riverdale is set to premiere on Tuesday, November 16 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.