In 2017, The CW premiered “Riverdale,” a teen drama steeped in mystery set in an American town full of dark secrets. It also happened to be based on long-running funny-book characters from Archie Comics, which at the time had a recent retool into multiple ongoing titles with more teen drama and problems. This grey-grim reimagining of Archie Andrews, played by KJ Apa, and his friends was a smash TV hit that saw it renewed multiple times. Its latest season, which began January, sets up a dramatic shift as the Riverdale gang near graduation from high school. Then there follows a major time skip which sees the cast returning as adults.
Entertainment Weekly has the scoop on just how Archie Andrews and his circle of friends in “Riverdale” will look like after seven years have passed for them. This comes in the form of a time skip sometime in the course of this season, where the group will leave town and go their separate ways. One can note that in seven years the characters could optimally finish an average undergraduate course in college and start a career. While that may not apply to all, some preview images hint at major changes.
Among the exclusive photos scored by EW include Archie (KJ Apa) dressed in a military uniform. Betty (Lili Reinhart) has dropped her ponytail and is now a reporter-slash-conspiracy theorist. Jughead (Cole Sprouse), who has become a writer, has stopped wearing his signature hat. Toni Topaz (Vanessa Morgan) is apparently a club entertainer. Finally, Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe is now being run by his granddaughter Tabitha, portrayed by Erinn Westbrook. While in the photo above Betty and Veronica (Camila Mendes) look chill, the latter is actually under pressure from her Wall Street husband Chad Gekko (Chris Mason), standing behind her. Just how much will change in Riverdale?
Having viewers figure that out is part of why the production has decided to skip some years and make Archie’s gang adults already, according to Apa. It comes as a big refresh, and as Apa says, “I feel like that in itself, the fact that we’re all older and a lot of time has passed, no one’s really kept in touch, it adds a lot more things to play with.” That is saying something considering Archie seemingly decided to enlist. But it will be interesting to see the new dynamics of adulthood and careers shape the lives, seven years later, of these no-longer-kids from “Riverdale,” airing Wednesdays on The CW.
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