Senior year at Riverdale High’s not going to be all that fun from the looks of it.
In the new trailer for season four of Riverdale, exclusive to E! News, all hell is breaking loose. A search party is desperately on the hunt for Jughead (Cole Sprouse), Betty’s (Lili Reinhart) getting hit over the head (with a gun?), Veronica’s (Camila Mendes) facing some sort of scandal, and people are actually playing football, like they’re actually in high school or something.
In good news, the main couples—Veronica and Archie, Betty and Jughead, and Toni and Cheryl—look like they’re going strong for at least long enough to get some shots of them in the trailer.
Now, there are a couple of questions that we have.
At what point in the season is Jughead missing? Is this a flash forward to spring break, when we saw Betty, Archie, and Veronica burning his beanie? Or does Jughead go missing earlier on?
Who is wandering the parking lot with a gun and hurting Betty?
How did we forget that they have to solve the mystery of where the hell all the Farm members went when they “ascended?”
At about 41 seconds in, there’s an extremely quick shot of what looks like it might be honeycomb that shows up in between shots of Betty and Veronica. What could possibly make honeycomb significant enough to show up in the trailer? Why does it freak us out so much?
Back at the end of last season, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told us that season four will pick up around the 4th of July, and much of the season will be spent putting that spring break flash forward together.
“I think some of the fun of season four and flashing to that is understanding and figuring out how we get to that point in the story,” he told us. “So it’s not something that is immediately going to happen, but we’re goin to start sort of seeing threads pulled in that direction. We’re going to see what leads up to it and then we’re going to see the fallout to that scene, and that’s sort of the general shape of season four.”
Aguirre-Sacasa also promised that school will once again be a big part of the story as the core four faces the idea of graduation and college, and they’ll actually be going to some classes.
“I think the biggest thing is that the Archie characters have always been defined by being high school students, and this year is potentially their last year as high school students, and we’re really going to play that and we’re going to play with school in a way we haven’t really done since season one, and we haven’t really ever done, so we’re excited about that,” he told us.
We’re pretty sure we saw some glimpses of a classroom here or there in that trailer, so maybe some these kids will actually get to graduate…if they don’t die first.
Riverdale returns Wednesday, October 9 on The CW.