Riverdale will explore the aftermath of Hiram Lodge’s prison break when season 5 returns. The CW series became a runaway hit when it debuted in 2017 because of its melancholic and mysterious incarnation of the Archie Comics. The show centers on Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) and his friends as they aim to solve the high-stakes drama that plagues their hometown of Riverdale. Now in season 5, the teen drama has grown with viewers and morphed into the young adult genre.
Season 5 premiered in January of 2021 under less than ideal circumstances. Like the rest of Tinseltown, the series was forced to shut down production on season 4 due to the pandemic, throwing a major wrench into showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s plans. While season 5 was set to launch with a seven-year time jump, the first three episodes instead wrapped up previous plots. Once the flash-forward occurred, Archie, Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse), Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart), and the gang were aged up and back in town as teachers at Riverdale high. Season 5 has been on a mid-season hiatus since March of 2021.
Ahead of Riverdale’s return on August 11, The CW shared the synopsis for “Chapter Eighty-Seven: Strange Bedfellows.” Among various storylines, the statement teased the aftermath of Hiram Lodge blowing up a wall in his jail so convicts could easily escape. Read the full synopsis below:
Aaron Allen, who’s been in the Riverdale writer’s room since the beginning, penned the episode, while Tessa Blake (A Million Little Things) directed it. The synopsis makes it clear that viewers will be thrown right back into the action with the typical Hiram versus Archie antics, a Cheryl and Penelope (who benefited from the prison break) drama spectacle, and Betty on the case. Though, the latter is missing her partner in crime with Jughead MIA.
Riverdale season 5, part 2 seemingly regurgitates the same actions that it’s been churning out since the beginning. Archie is unsurprisingly wearing his hero complex on his sleeve and in opposition to Hiram as he rounds up the convicts. Meanwhile, Jughead going missing has become somewhat of a series trope. While the time jump has breathed new life into these routine scenarios, clearly the characters of Riverdale are doomed to constantly battle their respective demons. Of course, putting its players in the same situations over and over again could be a major reason why the show is so successful. After all, the production knows what its fans want to see and is churning out exactly that.