‘Riverdale’ ending: the time-jump and characters’ futures explained

*Major spoilers ahead*

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After seven seasons, time-jumping teen drama Riverdale has come to an emotional end — you can find summary of the series finale below.

Based on the characters from Archie Comics, Riverdale debuted in 2017 to a positive reception, boosted by its huge popularity on Netflix. The series follows a group of teenagers as they try to unravel evil mysteries lurking within their seemingly innocent town.

The show has made stars of its cast members, including KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Madelaine Petsch and Casey Cott. Riverdale also marked the final TV appearance from late actor Luke Perry, who passed away in 2019.

Over the seasons, the series has featured a number of absurd storylines, including time travel, but how did things end for the characters?

Here’s how Riverdale finally ended

‘Riverdale’ is coming to an end CREDIT: Alamy/The CW

The series finale skips 67 years into the future, where we find an 86-year-old Betty (Reinhart) with her granddaughter Alice in the present day. Betty checks the obituary every day, and after spotting Jughead’s (Sprouse) death in the paper, realises that she is now the last remaining member of the group. Betty then asks to return to Riverdale for one last visit, before she forgets everything.

That evening, Jughead’s angle appears in her room and he offers her the chance to relive one day of her choice. She picks their yearbook signing day, giving herself a chance to say one final goodbye to her friends and the town.

Back in the present, Betty takes the trip to Riverdale with her granddaughter, and upon their arrival, peacefully passes away in the back of the car. We then see a 17-year-old Betty enter The Sweet Hereafter, which happens to be the Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe diner. All of her friends are already there, waiting for her to join them. She then takes her place in the booth with Archie, Veronica (Mendes), and Jughead, which is where we leave them.

What happens to the other characters in the Riverdale finale?

Polly (Tiera Skovbye) had twins and led a happy life with her family, while Fangs (Drew Ray Tanner) married Midge (Emilija Baranac) and set off on his summer tour. However, four weeks into that tour, his bus crashed in the Rocky Mountains, leaving Midge to parent their daughter alone.

Elsewhere, Clay (Karl Walcott) went on to become a professor at Columbia, while Kevin (Casey Cott) started an off-broadway theatre company. The pair lived together in Harlem, before Kevin died at 82. Clay died a few weeks later on a bench in Central Park.

As for Toni (Vanessa Morgan) and Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch), they moved west and ended up settling in Oakland Hills, where they lived as artists and activists. They had a son named Dale (named after Riverdale) before passing away peacefully.

Elsewhere, Reggie (Charles Melton) played basketball at Kansas State before signing for the Lakers. He then coached at Riverdale High and had two sons. Nana Rose (Barbara Wallace) was reincarnated multiple times, while Pop Tate (Alvin Sanders) died in his sleep at the start of senior year.

In 2022, The CW announced that season seven of Riverdale would be the show’s last.

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‘Riverdale’ ending: the time-jump and characters’ futures explained

*Major spoilers ahead*

The post ‘Riverdale’ ending: the time-jump and characters’ futures explained appeared first on NME.

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After seven seasons, time-jumping teen drama Riverdale has come to an emotional end — you can find summary of the series finale below.

Based on the characters from Archie Comics, Riverdale debuted in 2017 to a positive reception, boosted by its huge popularity on Netflix. The series follows a group of teenagers as they try to unravel evil mysteries lurking within their seemingly innocent town.

The show has made stars of its cast members, including KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Madelaine Petsch and Casey Cott. Riverdale also marked the final TV appearance from late actor Luke Perry, who passed away in 2019.

Over the seasons, the series has featured a number of absurd storylines, including time travel, but how did things end for the characters?

Here’s how Riverdale finally ended

‘Riverdale’ is coming to an end CREDIT: Alamy/The CW

The series finale skips 67 years into the future, where we find an 86-year-old Betty (Reinhart) with her granddaughter Alice in the present day. Betty checks the obituary every day, and after spotting Jughead’s (Sprouse) death in the paper, realises that she is now the last remaining member of the group. Betty then asks to return to Riverdale for one last visit, before she forgets everything.

That evening, Jughead’s angle appears in her room and he offers her the chance to relive one day of her choice. She picks their yearbook signing day, giving herself a chance to say one final goodbye to her friends and the town.

Back in the present, Betty takes the trip to Riverdale with her granddaughter, and upon their arrival, peacefully passes away in the back of the car. We then see a 17-year-old Betty enter The Sweet Hereafter, which happens to be the Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe diner. All of her friends are already there, waiting for her to join them. She then takes her place in the booth with Archie, Veronica (Mendes), and Jughead, which is where we leave them.

What happens to the other characters in the Riverdale finale?

Polly (Tiera Skovbye) had twins and led a happy life with her family, while Fangs (Drew Ray Tanner) married Midge (Emilija Baranac) and set off on his summer tour. However, four weeks into that tour, his bus crashed in the Rocky Mountains, leaving Midge to parent their daughter alone.

Elsewhere, Clay (Karl Walcott) went on to become a professor at Columbia, while Kevin (Casey Cott) started an off-broadway theatre company. The pair lived together in Harlem, before Kevin died at 82. Clay died a few weeks later on a bench in Central Park.

As for Toni (Vanessa Morgan) and Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch), they moved west and ended up settling in Oakland Hills, where they lived as artists and activists. They had a son named Dale (named after Riverdale) before passing away peacefully.

Elsewhere, Reggie (Charles Melton) played basketball at Kansas State before signing for the Lakers. He then coached at Riverdale High and had two sons. Nana Rose (Barbara Wallace) was reincarnated multiple times, while Pop Tate (Alvin Sanders) died in his sleep at the start of senior year.

In 2022, The CW announced that season seven of Riverdale would be the show’s last.

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Cole Sprouse received “nasty” death threats following split from ‘Riverdale’ co-star Lili Reinhart

“Is that just a consequence of an incredible love? Or is that what fanaticism looks like?”

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Cole Sprouse has revealed he received death threats from Riverdale fans following his break-up from co-star Lili Reinhart.

The actor, who plays Jughead Jones in the hit series, dated Reinhart (Betty Cooper) from 2017 to 2020.

In a joint cast interview with Vulture, Sprouse expressed his view that fans are too invested in the actors’ personal lives.

“I get a lot of stuff sent to my house or my loved ones’ houses,’ he said. “Death threats, really nasty, honestly criminal stuff. And I do think it’s because at least four of us at this table have dated our co-workers.’

The actor said that fellow castmates Camila Mendes and Charles Melton, who dated for a year from 2018, also received a lot of negative attention.

“Is that just a consequence of an incredible love? Or is that what fanaticism looks like?” Sprouse continued. “Perhaps because those lines were blurred to our audience, it’s hard to break those things up when life moves on.”

Cole Sprouse attends the 2023 KODAK Film Awards at ASC Clubhouse on February 26, 2023 in Los Angeles CREDIT: Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Kodak

Casey Cott, who plays Kevin Keller on the show, revealed that his mother also received threats and suggested that some fans struggle to separate the actors from the fictional characters they portray.

Cott said: “There’s sometimes a failure to differentiate the characters from the humans. You can go down an extreme hole if you’re looking at that. Someone got my mom’s phone number and started leaving voicemails saying that they were going to come get her.”

Back in March, Sprouse said that he and Reinhart did a lot of “damage” to each other during their three year relationship.

The actor opened up about their struggles while appearing on the Call Her Daddy podcast. “It was really hard,” he said. “I know we both did quite a bit of damage to each other.”

During the interview, the actor also said that he’s been cheated on “by almost every single one” of his ex-girlfriends.

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Cole Sprouse says Hollywood makes actors “narcissistic and greedy”

The ‘Riverdale’ star also explained that many young actors got into the industry to “put food on the table”

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Cole Sprouse has said Hollywood “encourages the worst qualities” in actors.

The Riverdale star made his screen debut in adverts as a baby, before starring in the sitcom Grace Under Fire alongside his twin brother Dylan, when they were both toddlers.

Speaking on The Diary Of A CEO podcast, Sprouse said that he “loved being on stage” growing up, but added that he “didn’t like the shit that came with it”.

He added: “This industry, in very many ways, it encourages the worst qualities of you as a person. Narcissism, selfishness, greed – a lot of these things that we have come to know as practically cardinal sins.”

Sprouse also explained that many young actors got into the industry to “put food on the table”.

He said: “I think the pressure of my upbringing really compelled me to keep doing what I am today. I cannot live without the arts… without performance or expression of some kind, because truly it’s all I know and have known since I was eight months old.”

Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse CREDIT: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

His latest comments come after he previously said that he and his ex-girlfriend Lili Reinhart did a lot of “damage” to each other during their relationship.

“It was really hard,” he told the Call Her Daddy podcast.. “I know we both did quite a bit of damage to each other.”

During the interview, the actor also said that he’s been cheated on “by almost every single one” of his ex-girlfriends.

A source at the time told Page Six that the Riverdale co-stars “split” before the pandemic hit, and had been quarantining separately, adding: “They remain good friends.”

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Cole Sprouse says he and ex-girlfriend Lili Reinhart did “damage” to each other

The ‘Riverdale’ co-stars split in 2020

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Cole Sprouse has said that he and his ex-girlfriend Lili Reinhart did a lot of “damage” to each other during their relationship.

The Riverdale star opened up about their struggles while appearing on the Call Her Daddy podcast.

“It was really hard,” he said. “I know we both did quite a bit of damage to each other.”

During the interview, the actor also said that he’s been cheated on “by almost every single one” of his ex-girlfriends.

Sprouse and Reinhart split in January 2020 after almost three years of dating.

A source at the time told Page Six that the Riverdale co-stars “split” before the pandemic hit, and have been quarantining separately, adding: “They remain good friends.”

That August, Reinhart seemingly referenced their split when she told Refinery29 that the last couple of months have “probably [been] the most emotional few months of my life”.

“My therapist [told] me, ‘Your body’s going through withdrawal from love,’” she said. “‘You’re used to having this exchange of happy chemicals between you and the person that you’re with.’ In moments of my life, I have dropped every ounce of pride that I had just to be like, Love me. Please take the pain away for a day, a second, an hour, just so I can feel that fix again.”

KJ Apa, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart in ‘Riverdale’ CREDIT: Alamy/The CW

However, Reinhart later took to Twitter to clarify her comments, stating that they were “not about a ‘breakup’.”

“They are about the depression I’ve felt over these last few months,” she added. “Tired of people taking my words out of context and piecing together their own story for clickbait.

“I would never speak so candidly about something as personal as a breakup. That’s incredibly private. I was addressing my depression.”

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‘Riverdale’: first look at final season revealed

The show’s seventh and final season is one long flashback

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A first look at the final season of Riverdale has been revealed – check it out below.

Earlier this year, network The CW revealed that the show’s seventh season would debut in 2023 and also be its last.

Ahead of the release of the season, which takes the form of one long flashback, Entertainment Weekly have shared a first look image of the final season which sees Toni (Vanessa Morgan), Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch), Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Veronica (Camila Mendes) wearing vintage dresses.

Series creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has also shared a video from the set of the show on Instagram, writing: “In honour of [Entertainment Weekly] FIRST look at our LAST season of Riverdale, set in the 1950’s, here’s a sneak-peek at our beautiful premier episode, coming soon!!

“We’re making something truly special this year,” Aguirre-Sacasa added.

Based on the characters from Archie Comics, Riverdale debuted in 2017 to a positive reception, boosted by its huge popularity on Netflix. The show’s ratings however have dipped in recent years, with the premiere for season six dropping 45 per cent of its viewership from season five (via TheWrap).

The show has made stars of its cast members, including KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Madelaine Petsch and Casey Cott. The show also marked the final TV appearance from late actor Luke Perry, who passed away in 2019.

In an interview earlier this year, Sprouse said he thinks the cast is ready to “wrap up” the show.

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KJ Apa ditches ‘Riverdale’ red hair as season six wraps

The actor called his new buzzcut a “Reset”

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KJ Apa has shaved off his dyed red hair as the sixth season of Riverdale comes to an end.

The actor, best known for playing Archie Andrews in The CW series, shared a photo of his new buzzcut on Instagram ahead of the finale on July 31.

In the caption, Apa wrote: “Reset. One Fast Move.”

His Riverdale co-star Marisol Nichols, who plays Hermione Lodge, replied: “Love!”

“No more Archie, this is KJ,” a fan wrote with laughing emojis.

The actor’s new haircut is for upcoming motorcycle racing film One Fast Move, directed by Kelly Blatz. In the film, Apa plays a dishonourably discharged soldier who seeks out his estranged father for assistance in pursuing his motorcycle racing dream.

Speaking to US Weekly, Apa previously said he’s looking forward to abandoning the red hair altogether. Asked what we won’t miss about the show, he replied: “I’m not gonna miss the red hair. I’m not gonna miss dyeing my hair every week, bleaching my hair.”

Riverdale will officially come to an end after season seven, The CW confirmed in May this year. The seventh and final season will debut in 2023.

Speaking about the show’s end, Mark Pedowitz, The CW chairman and CEO, said: “I’m a big believer in giving series that have long runs an appropriate sendoff. We want to make sure it goes out the right way.”

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‘Riverdale’ to officially end after seven seasons

The show’s final episodes will air in 2023

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Riverdale will officially come to an end after season seven.

The CW announced the show’s end on Thursday (May 19) during its 2022 fall schedule release, also stating that the seventh and final season will debut in 2023.

Mark Pedowitz, The CW chairman and CEO, said (via Variety): “I’m a big believer in giving series that have long runs an appropriate sendoff. We want to make sure it goes out the right way.”

He also said show creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa “was thrilled with this news”, adding: “They too felt seven years was the right amount.”

‘Riverdale’ is coming to an end CREDIT: Alamy/The CW

Based on the characters from Archie Comics, Riverdale debuted in 2017 to a positive reception, boosted by its huge popularity on Netflix. The show’s ratings however have dipped in recent years, with the premiere for season six dropping 45 per cent of its viewership from season five (via TheWrap).

The show has made stars of its cast members, including KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Madelaine Petsch and Casey Cott. The show also marked the final TV appearance from late actor Luke Perry, who passed away in 2019.

Fans however seem to be somewhat relieved at the news after recent seasons. You can check out some reactions below.

Speaking to TVLine about the show’s cancellation, Apa, who plays Archie, said: “I was a little sad. I try not to think about it, because the more I think about it, the more real it becomes.

“I think a lot of us saw it coming, [season] seven most probably being the final season. So it didn’t come as too much of a surprise to me.”

The CW has axed a number of shows in recent weeks, including Legends Of Tomorrow after seven seasons, Dynasty after five seasons and Legacies after four seasons.

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‘Riverdale’ cast are ready to “wrap it up” says star Cole Sprouse

He also said the actors have “no creative control”

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Riverdale star Cole Sprouse has said he thinks the cast is ready to “wrap up” the show.

In a cover interview with GQ Hype, the actor, who has played Jughead Jones on the CW show since its inception, revealed he and his colleagues might have the end in sight.

Sprouse said he believes the actors are ready to “wrap it up with a bow,” after six seasons of the show and increasingly high-stakes plot twists including metaverses, superpowers and more.

Describing his gratitude for the show while explaining why he felt the need to leave, the actor said: “I’m not a creative force behind [Riverdale]. I actually have no creative control. We show up, receive the scripts often the day of, and we’re asked to shoot.”

Archie, played by KJ Apa. CREDIT: Netflix

KJ Apa, who plays Archie in the show, echoed Sprouse’s comments in conversation with NME last year.

“We’re on a huge machine of a show – with a huge global reach and a huge fanbase – and it’s a show where we don’t get to… our voices aren’t heard as much as other creative people who are involved,” he said.

Apa continued: “You know, like our showrunners and writers. As actors, we very much have a job to do, and that doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s enjoyable and we’re grateful and that we love to do it. It’s just… not like being involved in other projects where maybe we have more of a voice in the creativity.”

Season six of Riverdale began airing last November, with the second half beginning at the end of March. Episode 10, the finale, is due to be released on April 17.

Last month, Riverdale was renewed for a seventh season – there is no word yet whether this will be the final season.

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Here’s everything coming to Netflix UK in November 2021

New seasons of ‘Tiger King’ and ‘Riverdale’ join the service this month

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Netflix UK has revealed its full list of new releases for November 2021 – see every film and TV show landing on the streaming service below.

Netflix originals arriving on the streaming platform this month include the fifth season of sex positive animation Big Mouth plus a sixth outing for longstanding teen mystery show Riverdale.

The platforms hugely popular docuseries Tiger King returns for a second season on November 17, and shortly after follows the live-action adaptation of Cowboy Beebop starring John Cho.

Netflix Original film The Harder They Fall starring Idris Elba and Regina King drops this month, as does Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut Passing. Mega star vehicle Red Notice starring Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot also launches.

See the list of titles with confirmed dates below:

November 1
The Claus Family
Argo
A Christmas Star
Elf Pets: Santa’s Reindeer Rescue
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
LA Confidential
My Best Friend’s Wedding (2016)
Point Break (1991)
Ransom
Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles
Saawariya
Spookley and the Christmas Kittens
A Time to Kill

November 2
Hustlers

Jennifer Lopez in ‘Hustlers’

November 3
The Harder They Fall
Oga Bolaji

November 4
Amina
Jumanji: The Next Level 

November 5
Big Mouth (season five)
The Club (part one)
Glória
Narcos: Mexico (season three)
Love Hard
Meenakshi Sundareshwar
We Couldn’t Become Adults
Yara
8 Remains
The Furies

November 6
Arcane

7 November
Father Christmas is Back

November 9
Swap Shop: Dash for Cash
Your Life Is A Joke
The Curse of La Llorona

November 10
Gentefied (season two)
Passing

November 11
Love Never Lies
7 Prisoners

November 12
Lies and Deceit
Caught in the Act
De leeuw van Vlaanderen
Silent Comrade
Warrior Father King
Red Notice

November 16
Hard Targets 2
Jarhead 3: The Siege
Love Actually
Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary
Pokémon Detective Pikachu
Siren

November 17
Christmas Flow
The Queen of Flow (season two)
Riverdale (season six)
Tear Along the Dotted Line
Tiger King (season two)

November 18
Dogs in Space
Lead Me Home
The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star

November 19
Cowboy Bebop
Carlos Ballarta: False Prophet
Hellbound
Dhamaka
tick, tick… BOOM!

 

November 20
Blown Away: Christmas
New World
Black Christmas (2019)
Blue Story

November 21
Undercover (season three)
Outlaws

November 23
Masters of the Universe: Revelation (season one, part two)
Waffles + Mochi’s Holiday Feast

November 24
Selling Sunset (season four)
True Story
Bruised
Robin, Robin

November 25
F is for Family (season five)

Little Women (2019). Credit: Wilson Webb/ CTMG, Inc.

November 26
Light The Night
School Of Chocolate
A Castle For Christmas
Spoiled Brats
Dig Deeper: The Disappearance of Birgit Meier
Little Women (2019)

November 28
Elves

November 29
14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible

 

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