It arrived on DVD and Blu-ray on January 18, 2022.
"The fourth season of RIVERDALE began with a funeral and tribute to Archie’s late father, the beloved Fred Andrews. Throughout the season, Archie tried to live up to his father’s memory by mentoring youths at his Community Center with the help of his pals Reggie and Munroe Moore. But the shadow of that tragedy loomed over Archie—and only darkened when Fred’s brother Frank arrived, bringing unforeseen complications with him, much to the chagrin of Archie’s mother. Meanwhile, after Betty saved her mom and sister from the Farm cult, she joined her brother Charles’s Junior F.B.I. Training Program. Veronica found herself locked in a season-long battle with her father Hiram and half-sister Hermosa over her burgeoning maple rum business. And, at the urging on FP, Jughead enrolled in a new school, Stonewall Prep, only to be caught up in a mystery that involved his grandfather, the secret author of a series of teen detective novels called “The Baxter Brothers.” His classmates turned out to be killers—and it was up to Betty and Jughead (pretending to be dead) to solve the murder of…Jughead Jones! At Thistlehouse, Cheryl was trapped in a gothic nightmare, fighting her demons, literal and metaphoric, with the loving support of her girlfriend Toni. She finally put her brother Jason to rest while maintaining her control over the Vixens as resident HBIC against Principal Honey. Kevin got dragged into an illicit tickle scheme, but still found time to put on a Variety Show with hit songs from “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” And throughout the season, disturbing unmarked videotapes kept appearing on our characters’ doorsteps, ensuring that there would be one more mystery to solve. Season five of RIVERDALE will begin with our characters’ final days as students at Riverdale High. From an epic Senior Prom to a bittersweet Graduation, there are a lot of emotional moments and goodbyes yet to come—with some couples breaking up, as everyone goes their separate ways to college—or elsewhere. Then, we will redock with our gang as young adults, all returning to Riverdale to escape their troubled pasts. And life—and romance—will only be more complicated now that they’re in their twenties…"
- KJ Apa as Archie Andrews (TBA/19)
- Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper (TBA/19)
- Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge (TBA/19)
- Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones (TBA/19)
- Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge (TBA/19)
- Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom (TBA/19)
- Mark Consuelos as Hiram Lodge (TBA/19)
- Casey Cott as Kevin Keller (TBA/19)
- Charles Melton as Reggie Mantle (TBA/19)
- Vanessa Morgan as Toni Topaz (TBA/19)
- Erinn Westbrook as Tabitha Tate (TBA/19)
- Drew Ray Tanner as Fangs Fogarty (TBA/19)
- Skeet Ulrich as FP Jones (TBA/19)
- Mädchen Amick as Alice Smith (TBA/19)
|No. in series||No. in season||Episode title||Written by||Directed by||Original airdate|
|77||1||"Chapter Seventy-Seven: Climax"||Ace Hasan & Greg Murray||Pamela Romanowsky||January 20, 2021|
|78||2||"Chapter Seventy-Eight: The Preppy Murders"||Janine Salinas Schoenberg & Devon Turner||Gabriel Correa||January 27, 2021|
|79||3||"Chapter Seventy-Nine: Graduation"||Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa||February 3, 2021|
|80||4||"Chapter Eighty: Purgatorio"||Steve Adelson||February 10, 2021|
|81||5||"Chapter Eighty-One: The Homecoming"||Michael Grassi||February 17, 2021|
|82||6||"Chapter Eighty-Two: Back to School"||Ariana Jackson||Gabriel Correa||February 24, 2021|
|83||7||"Chapter Eighty-Three: Fire in the Sky"||Ted Sullivan||March 10, 2021|
|84||8||"Chapter Eighty-Four: Lock & Key"||Arabella Anderson||Rachel Talalay||March 17, 2021|
|85||9||"Chapter Eighty-Five: Destroyer"||Ace Hasan||Rob Seidenglanz||March 24, 2021|
|86||10||"Chapter Eighty-Six: The Pincushion Man"||Chrissy Maroon||Gabriel Correa||March 31, 2021|
|87||11||"Chapter Eighty-Seven: Strange Bedfellows"||Aaron Allen||Tessa Blake||August 11, 2021|
|88||12||"Chapter Eighty-Eight: Citizen Lodge"||Brian E. Paterson||James DeWille||August 18, 2021|
|89||13||"Chapter Eighty-Nine: Reservoir Dogs"||Evan Kyle||Gabriel Correa||August 25, 2021|
|90||14||"Chapter Ninety: The Night Gallery"||James DeWille||Mädchen Amick||September 1, 2021|
|91||15||"Chapter Ninety-One: The Return of the Pussycats"||Ariana Jackson & Evan Kyle||Robin Givens||September 8, 2021|
|92||16||"Chapter Ninety-Two: Band of Brothers"||Janine Salinas Schoenberg||September 15, 2021|
|93||17||"Chapter Ninety-Three: Dance of Death"||Devon Turner||Nathalie Boltt||September 22, 2021|
|94||18||"Chapter Ninety-Four: Next to Normal"||Tessa Leigh Williams||Ronald Paul Richard||September 29, 2021|
|95||19||"Chapter Ninety-Five: Riverdale: RIP(?)"||Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Greg Murray||Gabriel Correa||October 6, 2021|
On June 8, 2020, it was announced that production would resume in the following weeks, with COVID-19 production safety policies being put into place by Hollywood North's government Creative BC. On June 24, however, it was announced that the production on the fifth season was expected to begin in August or September.
Filming for the season officially began on September 14, 2020.
On September 29, 2020, Erinn Westbrook was cast as a series regular for the role of Tabitha Tate. The following day, it was announced that Drew Ray Tanner had been promoted to a series regular role.
- There is a five-year time jump of events this season.
- The first three episodes were rumored to be titled, "Chapter Seventy-Seven: Stand to Reason," "Chapter Seventy-Eight: Follow the Green," and "Chapter Seventy-Nine: Riverdale's Reverie". Before COVID-19 pushed the intended final three episodes of the previous season over to this one.
- This was later confirmed to be true about the scrapped episode tiles. 
- Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa confirmed in a recent interview with TVLine that a significant time jump would occur early in the fifth season.
- On August 17, 2020, Roberto announced that pre-production had begun.
- Production began on September 14, 2020 and is scheduled to end in May 2021.
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- "Riverdale Promotes Drew Ray Tanner to Series Regular For Season 5" - E! Online
- "CW's Arrowverse, Riverdale Start Process to Resume Production" - Comic Book
- "Vancouver-Based TV Series Eye Tentative Production Return Dates; Local Talent Poised For Bigger Role Amid Travel Concerns" - Deadline
- [Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (@writerras) on Instagram: "After fourteen days of quarantining 🇨🇦 and months of prep, #Riverdale Season 5 starts shooting tomorrow. Spent the night in the bubble, reminiscing with these lovely people and celebrating @lilireinhart 24th birthday 🎂 How time flies. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the gang this week. Here we go....🚀🔥👩👦👦👀🚢🌊🐍💋👠💍🕸🍔🧗🏻♂️🏆🎰🎲🚑🚧🎢☠️"]
- "‘Riverdale’: Erinn Westbrook Joins Season 5 Cast As New Series Regular" - Deadline
- The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) on Twitter: "'Scream' Skeet Ulrich reveals what he's been up to during self-isolation and opens up about the death of castmate Luke Perry. #9Today"
- "Riverdale return date 2019" - Returndates.com
- Riverdale to Have Significant Time Jump Early in Season 5, EP Confirms - TVLine
- Pre-Production Tweet - RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) - Twitter
- ‘Riverdale’ Season 5 Begins Production In Vancouver - Deadline
- ‘Riverdale,’ ‘Batwoman’ Shut Down Over Testing Delays in British Columbia - Variety