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Season 3 of The CW's American teen-drama television series Riverdale was renewed on April 2, 2018.[3] The season began airing on October 10, 2018.


The second season of RIVERDALE picked up moments after Season One's finale, with Fred Andrews (Luke Perry) shot by a mysterious assailant in a black hood—and his son Archie (KJ Apa) racing to save his father's life. No one was safe from The Black Hood's wrath…except for Betty (Lili Reinhart), whose speech at the town's Jubilee “inspired” the Black Hood and made her the object of his murderous obsession.

All of our gang teamed up to stop the Black Hood, including Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse), who also acclimated to a new school and endured a trial-by-fire to become a full-fledged member of his father's gang, the infamous Southside Serpents —even as FP Jones (Skeet Ulrich) struggled to get back on the straight and narrow. As Archie and Betty wrestled with the “darkness” the Black Hood had revealed in them, Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) agreed to help her father Hiram (Mark Consuelos) and mother Hermoine (Marisol Nichols) with the “family business,” which pulled her and Archie into a dangerous world of mobsters and criminals. Even star-to-be Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray) was drawn into the Lodge's political machinations. Meanwhile, Queen Bee Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch) was locked in a power-struggle with her mother Penelope (guest star Nathalie Boltt), and found an unlikely ally in Toni Topaz (Vanessa Morgan), a Southside Serpent, who had recently transferred to Riverdale High. Furthermore, Betty and Alice's (Mädchen Amick) lives were turned upside-down when Betty's long-lost brother Chic (guest star Hart Denton) moved into the Cooper house.

With tensions between the North and Southside at an all-time high—stoked by Hiram Lodge with the help of Reggie Mantle (Charles Melton), and intensified with the Black Hood's unexpected re-emergence—a civil war seemed imminent. And, indeed, after a brief respite during which everyone came together to put on “CARRIE the Musical,” directed by Kevin Keller (Casey Cott), Season Two built to a riot that brought out the worst (and best) of Riverdale and its citizens, and culminated in the shocking arrest of one of our main characters. [4]





# Image Title Writer(s) Director Airdate
1 RD-Promo-3x01-Labor-Day-12-Archie-Veronica-Betty-Jughead "Chapter Thirty-Six: Labor Day" Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Kevin Sullivan October 10, 2018
AND THE VERDICT IS... — As the jury begins deliberations in his murder trial, Archie makes a surprising request about how he wants to spend his final days of summer. Betty is forced to deal with her problems head-on after a heated confrontation with Alice and Polly brings up some dark secrets she's kept hidden. Veronica pleads with Hiram to step in and help Archie before a verdict is announced. Finally, Jughead leads the Serpents against the Ghoulies latest attack.
2 RD-Promo-3x02-Fortune-and-Men's-Eyes-02-Betty-Jughead "Chapter Thirty-Seven: Fortune and Men's Eyes" Michael Grassi Jeff Woolnough October 17, 2018
FIRST DAY JITTERS — After a gruesome discovery is made in the forest, Jughead and Betty team up to investigate Riverdale's latest mystery. As Archie navigates his new surroundings, Veronica devises a plan to bring a bit of home to him. Elsewhere, when Moose decides to join the RROTC, Kevin worries he may be pulling away from him.
3 RD-Promo-3x03-As-Above-So-Below-04-Josie-Veronica "Chapter Thirty-Eight: As Above, So Below" Aaron Allen Jeff Hunt October 24, 2018
OPENING NIGHT — When a series of suspicious roadblocks threaten to delay the opening of the speakeasy, Veronica enlists the help of Cheryl, Toni, Reggie, Kevin and Josie to ensure opening night goes off without a hitch. Elsewhere, Betty and Jughead follow different leads to learn more about the strange incidents going on in the town. Finally, some unwanted attention forces Archie to make a difficult decision about his future.
4 RD-Promo-3x04-The-Midnight-Club-04-Teen-Hermione-Teen-Sierra-Teen Fred-Teen-Penelope-Teen-Alice-Teen-FP "Chapter Thirty-Nine: The Midnight Club" Tessa Leigh Williams Dawn Wilkinson November 7, 2018
ANTHONY MICHAEL HALL AND MICHAEL CONSUELOS GUEST STAR IN A FLASHBACK TO RIVERDALE HIGH CIRCA 1992 — When Betty confronts Alice about Gryphons and Gargoyles, Alice has no choice but to come clean about how she, along with a young Fred, FP Hermoine, Hiram, Sierra, Penelope and Tom, played the game in the early 90’s – and how a shocking mystery has been plaguing them all ever since
5 RD-Promo-3x05-The-Great-Escape-01-Veronica-Reggie "Chapter Forty: The Great Escape" Greg Murray & Ace Hasan Pam Romanowsky November 14, 2018
ROLLING THE DICE — After weeks go by with no contact from Archie, Veronica devises a dangerous plan to break him out of juvie. Meanwhile, when Betty learns that Jughead has taken their investigation into Griffins & Gargoyles a step too far, she finds herself in a race against the clock to save him
6 RD-Promo-3x06-Manhunter-01-Fred-Tom-Marty-Penelope-Alice-FP "Chapter Forty-One: Manhunter" Cristine Chambers Rachel Talalay November 28, 2018
THE COVER-UP — After confronting the parents, who were part of "The Midnight Club" twenty-five years ago, Betty follows some strong leads in hopes of finding out who the true Gargoyle King is. Meanwhile, Veronica's attempt to prove Archie's innocence lands her in hot water. Finally, Archie turns to Kevin for help making things right.
7 RD-Promo-3x07-The-Man-in-Black-03-Reggie "Chapter Forty-Two: The Man in Black" Janine Salinas Schoenberg Alex Pillai December 5, 2018
INTO THE BELLY OF THE BEAST — Fearful that he will be caught, Archie hits the road and ends up at a farm outside Riverdale, where he meets Laurie Lake. Meanwhile, after Alice takes extreme measures to ensure Betty's safety from the Gargoyle King, Betty finds herself up against a formidable foe from her past. Finally, after learning that La Bonne Nuit is in trouble, Veronica makes a risky business decision that could cost her everything.
8 RD-Promo-3x08-Outbreak-01-Gladys "Chapter Forty-Three: Outbreak" James DeWille John Kretchmer December 12, 2018
GINA GERSHON GUEST STARS AS JUGHEAD'S MOTHER GLADYS JONES — On the road and running out of places to stay, Jughead and Archie head to Toledo to visit Jughead's mother Gladys and sister Jellybean. Back in Riverdale, Betty inches closer to uncovering the truth about Gryphons & Gargoyles, while Veronica and Cheryl take on Hiram, Hermoine and Penelope after more students fall victim to seizures.
9 RD-Promo-3x09-No-Exit-01-Reggie-Veronica "Chapter Forty-Four: No Exit" Arabella Anderson Jeff Hunt January 16, 2019
A TOWN WITH NO PEP – With Riverdale in disarray following Hiram's takeover, Veronica leads the charge against her father after he takes aim at La Bonne Nuit. Meanwhile, as Betty reluctantly houses the group of patients who escaped the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, Jughead confronts a group of desperate Serpents, who have resorted to drastic measures to make ends meet. Finally, Archie is forced to face his demons.
10 RD-Promo-3x10-The-Stranger-04-Veronica "Chapter Forty-Five: The Stranger" Brian E. Paterson Maggie Kiley January 23, 2019
SAT PREP – With SAT's around the corner, Alice and FP urge Jughead and Betty to stop investigating G&G and start focusing on their SAT prep. However, when Alice takes things one step too far, Betty is forced to come face-to-face with someone from her past. Finally, Jughead makes a bold move against the Gargoyle Gang.
11 Riverdale Logo "Chapter Forty-Six: The Red Dahlia" Devon Turner & Will Ewing Greg Smith January 30, 2019
KELLY RIPA GUEST STARS AS HIRAM’S MISTRESS — After one of their own becomes the target of an unseen assailant, the gang works together to get to the bottom of Riverdale's latest mystery. Meanwhile, Betty works with a surprising ally to piece together clues about a series of deaths in the town. Elsewhere, a spiraling Archie sets out on a new path, while Jughead comes face to face with Ms. Mulwray, Hiram's alleged mistress.
12 Riverdale Logo "Chapter Forty-Seven: Bizarrodale" Britta Lundin Harry Jierjian February 6, 2019
THE NEXT LEVEL — Amidst preparations for their upcoming wedding, Sierra and Tom receive an unsettling message, which forces "The Midnight Club" to reunite. Meanwhile, Veronica and Reggie take drastic measures to clean up a mess they created. Cheryl learns some unexpected news about the college she has set her sights on. Lastly, Kevin gives Moose an ultimatum.
13 Riverdale Logo "Chapter Forty-Eight: Requiem for a Welterweight" Michael Grassi Tawnia McKiernan TBA
14 Riverdale Logo "Chapter Forty-Nine: Fire Walk with Me" Aaron Allen Marisol Adler TBA
15 Riverdale Logo "Chapter Fifty: American Dreams" Gabriel Correa Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa TBA
16 Riverdale Logo "Chapter Fifty-One: Big Fun" Tessa Leigh Williams Maggie Kiley TBA

Press Release


Network Gives Early Renewals for Next Season to “Arrow,” “Black Lightning,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “Dynasty,” “The Flash,” “Jane The Virgin,” “Riverdale,” “Supergirl” and “Supernatural”

April 2, 2018 (Burbank, CA) — The CW Network has given early renewals to ten of its primetime series for the 2018-2019 season, it was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW.

“As The CW expands to a six-night, Sunday through Friday schedule next season, we are proud to have such a deep bench of great returning series for 2018-19. By picking these ten series up for next season, we have a terrific selection of programming to choose from when we set our fall schedule in May, with more still to come,” said Pedowitz. “And I’m especially happy that we’ll continue to work with the incredibly talented casts, producers, and writers who create the series our fans are so passionate about.”

The series being ordered for the 2018-2019 season include second seasons of the electrifying freshman hit BLACK LIGHTNING and DYNASTY, which recently saw the debut of Nicollette Sheridan as Alexis Carrington, as well as new seasons of ARROW (Season 7), CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (Season 4), DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (Season 4), THE FLASH (Season 5), JANE THE VIRGIN (Season 5), RIVERDALE (Season 3), SUPERGIRL (Season 4), and SUPERNATURAL (Season 14). Specific premiere dates for each series will be announced at a later time.

The CW also recently announced it would expand its primetime schedule to six nights, Sunday-Friday (8:00-10:00pm ET/PT), beginning in October 2018.[8]

Production Notes

  • Filming for season 3 began on July 9, 2018 and is scheduled to end on April 19, 2019.[9]
  • Riverdale started airing on The CW starting on October 10, 2018. Netflix carries the show internationally and Netflix US will stream the third season some time in 2019, shortly after the season finale. [10]
    • Season 3 episodes of Riverdale become available for streaming on UK Netflix on Thursdays, starting October 11.[11]
  • A three-month time jump takes place between the Season 2 finale, Chapter Thirty-Five: Brave New World and the Season 3 premiere, Chapter Thirty-Six: Labor Day.[12]
  • Much like Season 2, Season 3 will include another full-fledged musical episode.[13]
    • It was later revealed that the musical for this season would be Heathers: The Musical.
  • A cult-like storyline will be playing a role during this season, and it will be partially inspired by the Netflix television series Wild Wild Country.[14]





  1. CW Announces Fall 2018 Premiere Dates
  2. The SpoilerTV 2018/19 Known Episode Counts Table - SpoilerTV
  3. The CW renews Supernatural, Arrow, Supergirl, Riverdale and more - Entertainment Weekly
  4. Riverdale Season 3 Synopsis - The CW Press Site
  5. REPORT: Riverdale Casting a Mysterious Cult Leader Character
  6. Confirmation for Season 3 - Mädchen Amick (@amickdaily) - Instagram
  7. Confirmation for Season 3 - Lochlyn Munro (@lochlynmunro) - Instagram
  8. Riverdale Season 3 Press Release - The CW Press Site
  9. Production Dates - Various Shows *Updated 16th June 2018* - SpoilerTV
  10. Riverdale Season 3 Netflix Release Schedule
  11. Netflix announces Riverdale season 3 date for the UK - Digital Spy
  12. 'Riverdale' Season 3 Will Have a Time Jump - Comicbook
  13. 'Riverdale' Will Have Another Musical Episode in Season 3 - Comicbook
  14. 'Riverdale' Cast and Crew Tease Season 3's Cult Storyline - Comicbook