Riverdale season 5 is in the middle of its midseason break, and that break just got longer.
Riverdale season 5 aired its midseason finale on March 31, 2021. The show was scheduled to go on a three-month break through July 7. Well, now, fans will have to wait another month to watch the new season.
Riverdale season 5 is scheduled to return on Wednesday, Aug. 11, according to Decider.
Yep, the Riverdale season 5 midseason break is now going to be four months instead of three months, and that has big implications for the season 5 release date on Netflix. We shared the updated Netflix release date for Riverdale season 5 below!
Riverdale season 5 Netflix release date
Normally, new episodes of Riverdale are added to Netflix every May. That’s not happening this year!
Riverdale season 5 was expected to be added to Netflix US in September or October, given that the season would return in July and air episodes in consecutive weeks.
We know that’s not happening now, and fans are wonder if Riverdale season 5 is even coming to Netflix in 2021.
If you live outside of the US, you can watch new episodes of the TV series on Netflix the day after the episode airs on The CW.
For those in the US, things are a little bit trickier. We have to wait to watch Riverdale season 5 on Netflix until after the full season has aired on The CW plus an additional eight days.
With Riverdale season 5 not returning until August, we’re not going to see Riverdale season 5 on Netflix until November 2021, at the earliest, and it might not be on Netflix until December.
There are 12 episodes left in the season, most likely, which means that if it returns on Aug. 11, the finale wouldn’t air until Oct. 27, 2021. And, that’s assuming each episode airs in consecutive weeks. That’s never happened for Riverdale.
So, it’s more likely the finale will air sometime in November 2021.
For now, expect to see Riverdale season 5 on Netflix in November or December 2021.
Riverdale season 5 cast
Cole Sprouse, Lili Reinhart, KJ Apa, Camila Mendes, and Madelaine Petsch are back for season 5, along with Vanessa Morgan, Charles Melton, Madchen Amick, Casey Cott, Mark Consuelos, Molly Ringwald, Jordan Connor, Drew Ray Tanner, Nathalie Boltt, and Wyatt Nash.
Erinn Westbrook stars as Tabitha Tate, Pop Tate’s granddaughter.
Unfortunately, Skeet Ulrich, who plays FP Jones, will not be back for many episodes next season. He is leaving the series. Marisol Nichols, who plays Hermione Lodge, was supposed to be leaving the series, but she also returned for season 5.
Chris Mason has also joined the cast as Chad Gekko, Veronica’s husband.
Riverdale season 5 trailer
There’s no trailer for Riverdale season 5 available. We’ll share the trailer for the second half of the season when it’s released.
Riverdale season 5 plot synopsis
So far, the plot of Riverdale season 5 has revolved around a few areas:
Archie trying to save the town, the football team, and the first department
Betty trying to find Polly
Jughead trying to find the Moth Men
How does it all connect? We’ll likely find out in the second half of Riverdale season 5. There are a lot of side stories in the works, too, including the Chad-Veronica divorce drama, Archie getting back with Veronica after Betty and he had a thing (BUGHEAD!), Kevin and Fangs are breaking up, Toni had a baby, Cheryl is making counterfeit art, and more!
At the end of the season, Jughead goes missing after taking some Maple Mushrooms and trying finish his latest story. That’s where the rest of season 5 should begin.
It’s going to be a wild ride!
How many episodes will be in Riverdale season 5?
The CW has not announced the official episode count for Riverdale season 5. At this point, we have to imagine it will be 22 episodes, like the second and third seasons. The fourth season would have been 22 episodes, but it was cut short.
Will we see an extra three episodes in the fifth season to make up for the shorter fourth season? I don’t think so. It’s much easier to wrap up the stories from season 4 and cut out some of the fluff in season 5 than it is to film an additional three episodes of a show like this. They already film 10 months out of the year, basically, so adding additional episodes would really make things tough on the cast and crew.
The fifth season could be less than 22 episodes depending on how things go with the pandemic and when it’s okay to start production again. With everything going on in the world, we likely won’t know how many episodes will be in the new season until they are completed.
For now, expect to see 22 episodes in season 5, and we’ll let you know more about the new season as soon as we find out.