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7 January 2021, 16:14 | Updated: 7 January 2021, 16:18
Riverdale is returning for a fifth series and it's been confirmed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa a time jump is coming...so where will Jughead and co. be in their lives and will the cast stay the same?
The CW and Netflix show is set to air series 5 in January 2021, having been forced to halt production during the pandemic which saw series 4 cut off early and some re-jigging of episodes in the works.
The show has big plans for when it returns including a significant time hop far beyond high school, thus solving the problem of their rapidly ageing twenty-something 'teen'cast.
The trailer is finally here which has everyone seriously excited after a wait that feels like forever...
Cole Sprouse (Jughead) told Jimmy Fallon it would be a five year time jump, which will take place two or three episodes into the series, joking fans were 'starting to highlight these kids weren't 17 anymore.'
Aguirre-Sacasa confirmed the rumoured time jump to TV Line, revealing it will skip right over their college years when they naturally would have been separated, allowing them to come together again, as well as play characters closer to their real age.
He said: "We've been talking and planning on doing a time jump, and of course, usually time-jumps happen in between seasons, because there's a tease at the very end."
The jump was originally planned for the end of series 4, which parts of are now being worked into series 5, with Roberto saying: "It felt like maybe what we’ll do is start [series 5] with the last three episodes [of series 4]."
"So what we’re doing is picking up right where we left off for the first three episodes, and then doing a time jump… after those three episodes."
a five year time jump for riverdale will be so interesting and fun . I’m so exciteddd— jugsjourney (@jugsjourney) May 21, 2020
Riverdale fans are excited to hear news of the dramatic shift and are already imagining what the characters will look like as their older selves, with most expecting more mature hair styles and a move away from their signature high school styles, such as Jughead and his trusty beanie.
Riverdale boys in season 5 after the time jump: Archie with these kinda shirts PLS. Jughead without a beanie and maybe less dark clothes. I don't really care about Reggie's appearance but I hope he changes his attitude. And just make Kevin look as cuddly as possible uwu pic.twitter.com/v5dfGZEqhM— kim (@Negovanstein) May 22, 2020
They're also debating whether the characters will return to the town with new jobs, partners and enemies, but one thing if for sure, they'll be back with a whole lot of unfinished business!