Riverdale season 6: Release date rumours and latest news on CW drama

The CW teen drama will be back for a sixth series – read on for everything you need to know about its return.

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If you’re feeling sad about the fifth season of Riverdale coming to an end, the recent news about a Chilling Adventures of Sabrina crossover should have cheered you right up. While the two shows have always been in each other’s orbit, Netflix has announced that season six of Riverdale will feature an episode starring Kiernan Shipka aka Sabrina herself.

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Season five of Riverdale ended with a dramatic finale that saw Pop’s Diner being set on fire, Betty taking on a new position and Veronica planning a return to New York City.

And the finale also saw a major departure – with Mark Consuelos set to leave the show after his character Hiram Lodge was exiled from Riverdale as punishment for his crimes.

Speaking about the departure, the show’s creator Robert Aguirre-Sacasa said that they had considered killing the character off, but ultimately decided this would make for a better exit.

“After everything Hiram’s done—to basically every single character on the show, over the seasons—it felt like Hiram’s story needed to end in a grand, Shakespearean way,” he told Deadline.

“So we thought, ‘What are the punishments in Shakespeare’s plays?’ The two that kept coming up were execution and exile. Since this series is the epic story of a town, the idea that the entire town would come together in unison to collectively exile the villain who’s been tormenting them for years felt right and satisfying.”

With the season now over, fans will no doubt be wondering when the teen drama’s sixth series will be landing on our screens and what exactly we can expect from it.

While Aguirre-Sacasa hasn’t given too much away just yet, he has revealed that the new season will see “the ultimate battle between Good and Evil” take place and that production has already begun.

It doesn’t seem as though we’ll have to wait too long either, with The CW announcing earlier this year that season six would launch in the autumn with five special episodes.

Read on for everything you need to know about Riverdale season six, which cast members will be returning and the show’s rumoured release date.

Riverdale season 6 release date rumours

Season five may only just have finished, however Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has confirmed that a sixth season is on its way, with production having now commenced.

“Forces are gathering for the ultimate battle between Good and Evil as the cameras begin to roll on #Riverdale season six,” he wrote on Instagram.

“But who will stand on which side? And who will live, and who will die? Everything has been a prelude to this.” It sounds as though season six is about to be one of the most dramatic instalments of Riverdale yet.

As for when we can expect season six to land on our screens, The CW has already said that the new episodes will begin airing at some point this autumn.

The sixth series will kick off with five special episodes, while the rest of the season will air at a later date.

Riverdale season 6 cast

It’s hard to imagine Riverdale without its four core stars – KJ Apa (Archie), Lili Reinhart (Betty), Camila Mendes (Veronica) and Cole Sprouse (Jughead) – so we’d expect all of them to return for a sixth series.

We’d also expect the likes of Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl), Ashleigh Murray (Josie), Vanessa Morgan (Toni), Charles Melton (Reggie) and Casey Cott (Kevin Keller) to be back for the upcoming season.

Plus, season six will see Kiernan Shipka, aka Sabrina turning up for an episode, in a hotly anticipated crossover with Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told TVLine: “We’ve been talking about having Sabrina visit Riverdale since season one, so it’s thrilling that this is finally happening, as part of our Rivervale special event. It’s also perfect that she shows up to help Cheryl Blossom during her hour of greatest need. Everyone on set lost their minds – I think fans will, too. It’s really fun and special.”

Season five saw Erinn Westbrook join the series as Tabitha Tate, the granddaughter of Pop Tate who teams up with Jughead and Betty to investigate the Moth Men, and so it’s likely that she’ll return for series six.

However one person who won’t be returning is Mark Consuelos who is exiting the series after four seasons as antagonist Hiram Lodge – with season five ending with him exiled from the community.

In a statement, Consuelos said: “First and foremost, I would like to thank Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa for this incredible opportunity. Never before has playing a character that was so bad, felt so good.

“Huge thanks to the Riverdale fandom, to the brilliant crew and amazing cast, whom I consider dear friends and family.”

Aguirre-Sacasa added: “From the moment Mark joined us, he was up for literally anything, a hundred percent committed to making Archie’s life a living hell. And what’s funny is, Mark couldn’t be more different from Hiram. A classy pro and the sweetest guy, always looking out for everyone. We wish Mark the best and hope this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Hiram Lodge.”

Riverdale season 6 plot

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These days it’s hard to predict what will happen in Riverdale given the drama’s ever-changing storylines, so anything could happen when it comes to season six.

That being said, we’re likely to see Betty and Alice continue to process the death of Polly after finally finding her body and discovering that it was Old Man Dreyfus who killed her, while series six also explores the new relationship between Jughead and Tabitha as well as Veronica and Archie’s will-they-won’t-they romance.

Speaking to Decider in August 2021, creator Robert Aguirre-Sacasa said that many of the new friendships and relationships of season five will continue to blossom in season six.

“I will say that we’re definitely picking up on a lot of the emotional relationship stories in season six,” he said. “So, a lot of the friendships and relationships and redefinition of relationships that we get to at the end of season five [will] continue into season six.”

Whatever happens in season six, fans won’t be disappointed according to creator Aguirre-Sacasa, who said on Instagram in September that all previous seasons have “been a prelude to” the upcoming series.

Riverdale season 6 trailer

We don’t have a trailer just yet to Riverdale season six but watch this space for any further updates!

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