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'Riverdale' Season 5 Starts Production Following Coronavirus Shutdown

'Riverdale' Season 5 Starts Production Following Coronavirus Shutdown

Riverdale fans, we have great news.

After a brief delay as a result of the coronavirus lockdown, the fifth season of the teen drama has officially entered pre-production. Yaaas.

On Monday, the show's creator, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, broke the exciting news, sharing a promo picture from the series and teasing: "At long last, the offices are open and we are in pre-production on Season 5 of #Riverdale!!"

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The poster featured a girl running away from an oncoming 18-wheeler vehicle.

On first inspection, some fans thought the picture could be Betty due to her blonde hair, but we'll have to wait to find out just what's in store.

The show officially shut down production back in March after a team member came into contact with somebody who tested positive for Covid-19.

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The fourth season was cut short (Credit: The CW)
The fourth season was cut short (Credit: The CW)

But when lockdown was put in place they weren't able to resume, so season four was forced to be made shorter.

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However, the good news is that we won't be missing out on any drama as a result.

Instead, the fifth season of the show will be starting with the final episodes of the last instalment, and will show us the group's graduation and prom as they prepare to leave Riverdale High.

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Season 5 will start at Riverdale High (Credit: The CW)
Season 5 will start at Riverdale High (Credit: The CW)

Then, it'll move forward seven years into the future, as planned, to see what they're all up to next.

Speaking during her appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Lili Reinhart said: "We're actually doing a seven-year time jump into the future so we're not going to be teenagers anymore.

"I'm really psyched about it. I think it will be really nice to play an adult."

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The actress said she appreciated show-runner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa letting them "revamp" their roles, so they weren't just "stuck in high school for seven seasons".

The season was left on a major cliffhanger, as Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) and Betty Cooper (Lili) shared a secret kiss.

Originally, it was thought Riverdale wouldn't be back until next year, but given that it's already back in pre-production, here's to hoping it could even land sooner.

Featured Image Credit: The CW

Topics: TV News, TV Entertainment, Riverdale

Joanna Freedman

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