Season 2 of The CW's American teen-drama television series Riverdale was renewed on March 7, 2017.[2] The season began airing on October 11, 2017.[3]

The mid-season finale aired on December 13, 2017.[4] The series returned airing from the winter break on January 17, 2018.[5]





# Image Title Writer(s) Director Airdate
1 RD-Promo-2x01-A-Kiss-Before-Dying-02-Archie-Fred "Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying" Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Rob Seidenglanz October 11, 2017
THE ANGEL OF DEATH — As Fred’s life hangs in the balance following the shooting at Pop’s diner, Archie struggles with the emotional aftermath of what he witnessed. Meanwhile, as Veronica steps out of her comfort zone to support Archie, she learns that her father Hiram has arrived to Riverdale earlier than expected. Elsewhere, at Pop’s diner, Pop Tate recounts the chilling details of the shooting, which leaves Jughead and Betty questioning the gunman’s true motives. Lastly, after running into Cheryl at the hospital, Betty and Kevin are surprised to learn about the fire at Thornhill.
2 RD-Promo-2x02-Nighthawks-08-Pop-Archie-Veronica "Chapter Fifteen: Nighthawks" Michael Grassi Allison Anders October 18, 2017
SAVING POP’S — With the gunman still at large and the residents of Riverdale on edge, Betty leads the charge to save Pop’s after learning that the diner may be forced to close its doors forever. Meanwhile, the gang becomes increasingly concerned for Archie’s well being after noticing a string of unusual behavior from him. Elsewhere, Betty and Veronica approach Cheryl and Josie for their help saving Pop’s, while Jughead’s attempt to find FP a new lawyer may have some serious repercussions. Finally, when a past betrayal unexpectedly comes to light, Veronica finds herself at a crossroads with Hiram and Hermione.
3 RD-Promo-2x03-The-Watcher-in-the-Woods-02-Sweet-Pea-Toni-Jughead "Chapter Sixteen: The Watcher in the Woods" Ross Maxwell Kevin Sullivan October 25, 2017
TAKING A STAND — Frustrated by the lack of progress made in catching his father’s shooter, Archie takes matters into his own hands in order to send the gunman a message. Meanwhile, Veronica is thrilled when Hiram’s attempt to start fresh means she gets to introduce him to her friends, including Archie. Elsewhere, Jughead starts his first day at Southside High and is befriended by a Southside Serpent named Toni, while Kevin’s attempt at having a little fun causes Betty to grow concerned for his safety. Finally, an unexpected turn of events leads the town to realize their darkest chapter may be far from over.
4 RD-Promo-2x04-The-Town-That-Dreaded-Sundown-02-Archie-Southside-Serpents "Chapter Seventeen: The Town That Dreaded Sundown" Amanda Lasher Allison Anders November 1, 2017
TERROR IN RIVERDALE – When Archie’s attempt to take matters into his own hands spirals out of control, Mayor McCoy calls an emergency town hall meeting to deal with the growing chaos in Riverdale. Meanwhile, when Betty finds herself at the center of a deepening mystery, her decision to keep some parts of it from Jughead causes further friction between the two. Elsewhere, Veronica grows concerned for Archie when she realizes the lengths he would go to seek revenge against the person terrorizing Riverdale. Finally, tensions between the North and Southside finally come to a head and leads to an unexpected showdown.
5 RD-Promo-2x05-When-a-Stranger-Calls-04-Tall-Boy-Jughead-Sweet-Pea "Chapter Eighteen: When a Stranger Calls" Aaron Allen Ellen Pressman November 8, 2017
GRAHAM PHILLIPS (“The Good Wife”) GUEST STARS AS VERONICA’S OLD FRIEND NICK ST. CLAIR — When Alice publishes a fiery piece in the Riverdale Register blasting the Southside, Jughead is forced to take matters into his own hands to try and keep the peace. Betty turns to Archie for help after receiving an ultimatum that could potentially destroy some of her closest relationships. With their SoDale open house fast approaching, Hiram and Hermione enlist the help of an unlikely ally to get some potential investors on board. Finally, Veronica welcomes her old friend Nick St. Clair to Riverdale, but his plans for a wild night with the gang quickly takes an unexpected turn.
6 RD-Promo-2x06-Death-Proof-03-Jughead-Archie "Chapter Nineteen: Death Proof" Tessa Leigh Williams & Arabella Anderson Maggie Kiley November 15, 2017
THE SUGARMAN — After a charge led by Mayor McCoy threatens to further escalate tensions between the North and Southside, Jughead along with Archie, tries to put a stop to a dangerous alliance being considered between the Serpents and a long-time rival. Betty turns to Veronica for help when she’s thrust into the center of a burgeoning mystery surrounding The Sugarman. Finally, Cheryl confronts her mother Penelope after a traumatic run-in forces her to make a stark realization.
7 RD-Promo-2x07-Tales-from-the-Darkside-05-Penny "Chapter Twenty: Tales from the Darkside" James DeWille Dawn Wilkinson November 29, 2017
A TEST FROM THE BLACK HOOD — Riverdale remains on edge after a chilling letter from the Black Hood challenges the town’s residents to remain sinless for 48 hours – or he’ll strike again. Meanwhile, Jughead and Archie’s friendship gets tested after Penny Peabody unexpectedly calls in a favor that Jughead owes her. Elsewhere, Betty and Veronica team up to investigate someone who Betty thinks could be the Black Hood killer. Finally, things take an unexpected turn for Josie when a secret admirer takes things one step too far.
8 RD-Promo-2x08-House-of-the-Devil-01-Alice-Betty-Jughead-FP "Chapter Twenty-One: House of the Devil" Yolonda Lawrence Kevin Sullivan December 6, 2017
FP GETS RELEASED FROM PRISON — When Jughead learns that FP is getting released from prison, he and Betty organize a welcome home party with the Serpents to ease him back into his former life. Meanwhile, Archie and Veronica reach a crossroad in their relationship, but are forced to push their issues aside after Jughead and Betty ask them to take over the Black Hood investigation.
9 RD-Promo-2x09-Silent-Night-Deadly-Night-06-Betty-Archie-Reggie-Cheryl-Kevin-Veronica-Jughead-Josie "Chapter Twenty-Two: Silent Night, Deadly Night" Shepard Boucher Rob Seidenglanz December 13, 2017
A SHOWDOWN WITH THE BLACK HOOD — After snooping around for Christmas gifts, Veronica uncovers a major secret Hiram has been keeping from her. Fallout from Jughead's encounter with Penny Peabody creates tension between him and FP. Meanwhile, a defiant Cheryl takes matters into her own hands after Penelope tells her they cannot afford Christmas this year. Finally, Betty and Archie's vow to take down the Black Hood once and for all leads to a dangerous showdown.
10 RD-Promo-2x10-The-Blackboard-Jungle-08-Jughead-Toni-Sweet-Pea-Fangs-Fogarty "Chapter Twenty-Three: The Blackboard Jungle" Britta Lundin & Brian E. Paterson Tim Hunter January 17, 2018
NEW YEAR, NEW DRAMA — Tensions mount when the sudden shut down of Southside High forces Jughead and his fellow serpents to transfer to Riverdale High. Veronica ensures Hiram and Hermoine that she’s still on board with their plans for SoDale. Archie is conflicted when he is asked to gather some information on Hiram’s suspicious business dealings. Betty sets out on a quest to find her long-lost brother, Chic.
11 RD-Promo-2x11-The-Wrestler-02-Archie-Hiram "Chapter Twenty-Four: The Wrestler" Greg Murray & Devon Turner Gregg Araki January 24, 2018
WINNING OVER HIRAM LODGE — Amidst preparations for the town's annual Picken's Day festivities, Jughead interviews Toni's grandfather and learns some shocking details about Riverdale’s history. In an attempt to get closer to Hiram, Archie tries out for the Riverdale wrestling team after learning of Hiram's love of the sport. Meanwhile, Betty unearths some dark secrets about her brother Chic, and Veronica and Josie clash as they prepare for their Picken's Day performance.
12 RD-Promo-2x12-The-Wicked-and-The-Divine-04-Josie-Kevin-Betty-Archie "Chapter Twenty-Five: The Wicked and The Divine" Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Rachel Talalay January 31, 2018
FORGIVE ME FATHER FOR I HAVE SINNED – As preparations for her confirmation ceremony get underway, Veronica becomes concerned that Archie, who's agreed to be Hiram's “intern,” may be learning too much about her family's secret business dealings. Jughead and FP lead the charge after an incident at Pickens Park leads to increased tensions among the Serpents. Meanwhile, Chic helps Betty deal with her inner darkness, while Archie finds himself in over his head after a high-stakes poker game with Hiram’s shady inner-circle goes awry.
13 RD-Promo-2x13-The-Tell-Tale-Heart-07-Betty-Cheryl "Chapter Twenty-Six: The Tell-Tale Heart" Michael Grassi Julie Plec February 7, 2018
CODE OF SILENCE — Betty turns to Jughead for help when the consequences of a hasty decision come back to haunt her. Veronica organizes a face to face meeting after tensions between Hiram, FP and Jughead spiral out of control. Elsewhere, Archie is forced to make a tough decision after Agent Adams takes things one step too far.
14 RD-Promo-2x14-The-Hills-Have-Eyes-01-Moose-Midge "Chapter Twenty-Seven: The Hills Have Eyes" Ross Maxwell David Katzenberg March 7, 2018
To be announced.
15 Riverdale Logo "Chapter Twenty-Eight: There Will Be Blood" Aaron Allen Mark Piznarski TBA
To be announced.
16 Riverdale Logo "Chapter Twenty-Nine: Primary Colors" James DeWille Sherwin Shilati TBA
To be announced.
17 Riverdale Logo "Chapter Thirty: The Noose Tightens" Britta Lundin & Brian E. Paterson Alexis Ostrander TBA
To be announced.
18 Riverdale Logo "Chapter Thirty-One: A Night to Remember" Arabella Anderson & Tessa Leigh Williams Jason Stone April 18, 2018
THE RIVERDALE HIGH DRAMA DEPARTMENT PROUDLY PRESENTS ITS SPRING PRODUCTION CARRIE: THE MUSICAL TO BE DIRECTED BY KEVIN KELLER AND PRODUCED BY THE LODGE FAMILY — RIVERDALE, NY (January 24, 2018) — The Riverdale High Drama Department (RHDD), in conjunction with the Lodge Family, is pleased to present as its Spring Production, “Carrie: The Musical,” a dark-yet-catchy cautionary tale exploring the gritty realities of small-town high school life. Future Tony Winner Kevin Keller helms as director, combining iconic elements from the novel, 1976 movie, 1988 Broadway production, 2012 Off-Broadway revival, and 2013 remake to create a retro-yet-timeless interpretation of Stephen King’s horror classic. Additionally, a behind-the-scenes documentary following the making of “Carrie: The Musical” will be filmed by student videographer and journalist Jughead Jones. (read more here)
19 Riverdale Logo "Chapter Thirty-Two: Prisoners" Cristine Chambers Jennifer Phang TBA
To be announced.
20 Riverdale Logo "Chapter Thirty-Three: Shadow of a Doubt" Yolonda Lawrence Gregory Smith TBA
To be announced.

Press Release


March 7, 2017 (Burbank, CA) – The CW Network has given an early renewal to its acclaimed freshman drama, RIVERDALE, for the 2017-18 season, it was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW.

On a competitive Thursday night, RIVERDALE posts tremendous ratings gains on a delayed viewing basis, particularly with its young skewing audience, growing 78% in adults 18-34 and 85% in women 18-34 in Live+7 day ratings over Live+Same Day. In the few weeks since its premiere, the buzzy drama has quickly become one of The CW’s most streamed shows on the network’s digital platforms, including The CW app and

Based on the characters from Archie Comics, RIVERDALE is from Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, in association with Berlanti Productions, with executive producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (“Supergirl,” “Glee”), Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”), Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”) and Jon Goldwater (Archie Comics).[6]

Production Notes

  • Writing for Season 2 of Riverdale began on April 10, 2017.[7]
  • Charles Melton replaced Ross Butler in the role of Reggie Mantle, as Butler left the series due to commitments on 13 Reasons Why.
  • Season 2 of Riverdale airs in the show’s new time slot of Wednesdays at 8pm ET.[8]
  • Season 2 episodes of Riverdale become available for streaming on UK Netflix on Thursdays at 8am GMT.[9]
  • Filming for Season 2 began on June 22, 2017, and will end on April 1, 2018.[10]
  • Season 2 has a confirmed 22 episodes.[11]
  • The mid-season finale aired on December 13.[12]
  • On January 24, 2018, it was announced that the first musical episode of the series will air this season, and it will be "Carrie: The Musical".[13]