Warning: Riverdale spoilers ahead.
Riverdale season two ended on a rather bleak note. Archie’s been arrested for murder, a cult leader may be infiltrating the Cooper household, and the town of Riverdale is falling apart at the seams. It was a violent, dark, and, at times, scary season—and things are only going to get more intense from here. Not much is known about Riverdale season three right now, but the nuggets of info that are available suggest viewers are in for an even wilder ride than last season—as if that was possible. Here’s everything we know so far.
1. It will premiere October 9, 2018. This isn’t that surprising, seeing as how Riverdale season two premiered in October 2017. Production began this summer.
2. The first episode is titled “Labor Day.” Remember, Hiram’s framing Archie for the murder of Cassidy, the guy who attempted to rob Veronica’s lake house, so things kick off with drama in the courtroom.
3. Vanessa Morgan, who plays Toni Topaz, will be a series regular. As will Charles Melton, who plays the arrogant jock Reggie. “Toni Topaz has been a breakout character for us since Jughead met her at Southside High—and that’s thanks to Vanessa Morgan’s fearless, winning performance,” Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said. “We’re thrilled that the adventures of this fan favorite will continue into season three. Long live Choni!”
4. Supporting characters will get more shine. “One idea is that we might shift the focus around on different characters, some of our supporting players as well to kind of tell a tapestry of what life is like when Riverdale is on the verge of becoming Sin City,” Aguirre-Sacasa told Deadline. “So keep an eye out on the supporting players like Cheryl and Tony and Kevin and Josie. They’re going to carry more story than they have in season one and season two.”
5. Season three will be different genre. “The writers room started last week—and the way that season one was a murder mystery and season two was a serial killer thriller and a mob in a small town, season three will also have a genre element. It’ll draw on the tradition of pulp and noir, but it will be different from the murder mystery and the serial killer and mafia story,” Aguirre-Sacasa told Glamour.
6. Jughead’s mom and sister could make an appearance. Finally! “I wouldn’t be surprised if they came to Riverdale bringing bad tidings for Jughead and Betty and FP and Alice,” Aguirre-Sacasa also told Deadline.
7. Polly’s farm (i.e., cult) will be explored. The season finale ended with Polly telling her mother a member from her farm is going to show up to the Cooper house and help them cope through Hal being the Black Hood. “We’ve been seeding the idea of the farm, and that the farm may not be as altruistic and as benevolent a place as Polly suggests. We might see a little bit of what the farm is and what it’s been like for Polly,” Aguirre-Sacasa told Entertainment Weekly.
8. Hiram’s going to be even more evil next season. Great. “He influenced Archie. He influenced Reggie. He capitalized on Veronica’s love for him. But he didn’t get down and dirty in the mud that much,” Aguirre-Sacasa said to EW.
9. Two new characters with sketchy intentions are coming. One is a Evelyn Evernever, a young woman in her late teens/early twenties who befriends Betty but maybe for bad reasons. The other is Evelyn’s father, Edgar, a “health guru” (read: farm cult leader).
10. We will learn Chic’s fate. The Black Hood chased him out of Riverdale, but we don’t know if he lived or died. “Yes. Chic’s out there, right? We don’t know if he died. Betty didn’t ask Hal. If he is alive, we don’t know where he is. We don’t know when he might come back. Yeah, he’s out there. I really like that actor, Hart [Denton], who played Chic,” Aguirre-Sacasa told EW. “Who knows, who knows?”
11. F.P. and Alice’s relationship will grow. “The F.P.-Alice story is something that is a long storyline for us, so expect more to come,” Aguirre-Sacasa said, according to Seventeen. However, it’s not going to be smooth sailing 100 percent. “The idea of F.P. and Alice getting together has really captured people’s imaginations, and it’s captured Madchen [Amick] and Skeet [Ulrich]’s imaginations as well. They obviously have incredible chemistry, as we’ve seen this season. The fact that they were married to other people was an obstacle; Hal is maybe no longer an obstacle, but I have to remind everyone that F.P. is married to Jughead’s mom. It’s not completely smooth sailing ahead,” he told Glamour.
12. The Black Hood is really gone. In the literal sense, at least. “The Black Hood, again, never say never, but for a little bit, we can rest easy that the Black Hood is not going to break into our houses. It doesn’t mean we should leave our doors unlocked, but I think we’re OK for that specific thread,” Aguirre-Sacasa told EW.