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The third season of Riverdale premiered on The CW on October 10, 2018, and concluded on May 15, 2019. It was announced on April 2, 2018.

The season aired on Wednesday nights at 8:00 p.m. prior to All American in the fall and winter, and Jane the Virgin in the spring.

It arrived on DVD and Blu-ray on August 13, 2019.


The second season of RIVERDALE picked up moments after Season One’s finale, with Fred Andrews shot by a mysterious assailant in a black hood—and his son Archie racing to save his father’s life. No one was safe from The Black Hood’s wrath…except for Betty, 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, 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 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 agreed to help her father Hiram and mother Hermoine with the “family business,” which pulled her and Archie into a dangerous world of mobsters and criminals. Even star-to-be Josie McCoy was drawn into the Lodge's political machinations. Meanwhile, Queen Bee Cheryl Blossom was locked in a power-struggle with her mother Penelope, and found an unlikely ally in Toni Topaz, a Southside Serpent, who had recently transferred to Riverdale High. Furthermore, Betty and Alice’s lives were turned upside-down when Betty’s long-lost brother Chic 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, 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, Season Two built to a riot that brought out the worst of Riverdale and its citizens, and culminated in the shocking arrest of one of our main characters.[1]


Main cast

  • KJ Apa as Archie Andrews
  • Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper
  • Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge
  • Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones
  • Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge
  • Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom
  • Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy
  • Mark Consuelos as Hiram Lodge
  • Casey Cott as Kevin Keller
  • Charles Melton as Reggie Mantle
  • Vanessa Morgan as Toni Topaz
  • Skeet Ulrich as FP Jones
  • Mädchen Amick as Alice Cooper
  • Luke Perry as Fred Andrews

Recurring cast


No. in series No. in season Episode title Written by Directed by Original airdate
36 1 "Chapter Thirty-Six: Labor Day" Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Kevin Sullivan October 10, 2018
37 2 "Chapter Thirty-Seven: Fortune and Men's Eyes" Michael Grassi Jeff Woolnough October 17, 2018
38 3 "Chapter Thirty-Eight: As Above, So Below" Aaron Allen Jeff Hunt October 24, 2018
39 4 "Chapter Thirty-Nine: The Midnight Club" Tessa Leigh Williams Dawn Wilkinson November 7, 2018
40 5 "Chapter Forty: The Great Escape" Greg Murray & Ace Hasan Pam Romanowsky November 14, 2018
41 6 "Chapter Forty-One: Manhunter" Christine Chambers Rachel Talalay November 28, 2018
42 7 "Chapter Forty-Two: The Man in Black" Janine Salinas Schoenberg Alex Pillai December 5, 2018
43 8 "Chapter Forty-Three: Outbreak" James DeWille John Kretchmer December 12, 2018
44 9 "Chapter Forty-Four: No Exit" Arabella Anderson Jeff Hunt January 16, 2019
45 10 "Chapter Forty-Five: The Stranger" Brian E. Paterson Maggie Kiley January 23, 2019
46 11 "Chapter Forty-Six: The Red Dahlia" Devon Turner & Will Ewing Greg Smith January 30, 2019
47 12 "Chapter Forty-Seven: Bizarrodale" Britta Lundin Harry Jierjian February 6, 2019
48 13 "Chapter Forty-Eight: Requiem for a Waterweight" Michael Grassi Tawnia McKiernan February 27, 2019
49 14 "Chapter Forty-Nine: Fire Walk with Me" Aaron Allen Marisol Adler March 6, 2019
50 15 "Chapter Fifty: American Dreams" Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Gabriel Correa March 13, 2019
51 16 "Chapter Fifty-One: BIG FUN" Tessa Leigh Williams Maggie Kiley March 20, 2019
52 17 "Chapter Fifty-Two: The Raid" Greg Murray & Ace Hasan Pamela Romanowsky March 27, 2019
53 18 "Chapter Fifty-Three: Jawbreaker" Brian E. Paterson & Arabella Anderson Gabriel Correa April 17, 2019
54 19 "Chapter Fifty-Four: Fear the Reaper" Janine Salinas Schoenberg & Will Ewing Alexandra LaRoche April 24, 2019
55 20 "Chapter Fifty-Five: Prom Night" Britta Lundin & Devon Turner David Katzenberg May 1, 2019
56 21 "Chapter Fifty-Six: The Dark Secret of Harvest House" Christine Chambers & James DeWille Rob Seidenglanz May 8, 2019
57 22 "Chapter Fifty-Seven: Survive the Night" Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Michael Grassi Rachel Talalay May 15, 2019




  • This season marks the final on-screen appearance of Luke Perry. Additionally, production was shortly shut down temporarily in the wake of his death on March 4, 2019.
    • All episodes of the third season that aired following the date of Perry's death were dedicated to him.


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