The CW announced in April 2018 that it had renewed a whopping 10 original series, including Riverdale. Two months later, a premiere date was announced: Mark your calendars for Oct. 9.
Not much else has been revealed about season three, but here's what we know so far:
1. Production is set to begin in July 2018.
As Skeet Ulrich (FP) revealed during PeopleCon's first-ever RiverCon in Paris, filming for season three will begin in Vancouver, Canada this summer. If the production schedule is anything like season two, the season three premiere will likely happen in late September or early October.
2. Season three will deal with the repercussions of the "tragedy" that happens in the season two finale.
This was teased by KJ Apa (Archie) and Cole Sprouse (Jughead) in an interview with TVLine in April. "I think the last episode, if I were to describe it in one way, it would be tragic—for one person in particular in the show, but for everyone, ultimately," said KJ. Added Cole, "Jughead's made a lot of enemies." In the same interview, Camila Mendes (Veronica) called the finale "the lead-up from everything that's been happening between Archie and Hiram, their relationship." Marisol Nichols (Hermione), also alluded to "a throwback to any gang war."
On the season two finale, this "tragedy" turned out to be Archie getting arrested. How will Archie get out of this one?
3. Vanessa Morgan (Toni) will appear as a series regular beginning on season three.
The promotion was announced in May 2018. "Toni Topaz has been a break-out character for us since Jughead met her at Southside High—and that's thanks to Vanessa Morgan's fearless, winning performance," showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said. "We're thrilled that the adventure of this fan-favorite will continue into season three. Long live Choni!" Yes, always here for more Cheryl and Toni screen time!
4. You'll also see more of Charles Melton (Reggie).
Charles, who took over Reggie duties on season two after Ross Butler headed to 13 Reasons Why, has also been promoted to series regular. "He's a terrific addition to the gang and in season three, will be seeing A LOT more of him," teased RAS. OK but stay away from Hiram, kid. He's not a good mentor to you, to Archie, to anyone!
5. Related: Supporting characters will get the spotlight for a change.
Speaking to Deadline, RAS says that as Riverdale becomes a Sin City-like town, "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." This means people like Cheryl, Tony, Kevin, and Josie will "carry more story" than previous seasons.
6. Get ready for a new genre.
As RAS tells Deadline, following season one's murder mystery and season two's serial killer vibe, season three will include traces of pulp and noir. "So if it feels like Riverdale is a place where people are getting killed all the time, maybe we find out that that's not a coincidence. Maybe in season three, that's actually part of a bigger pattern and a bigger unspoken history of Riverdale." Friendships and romances will also remain a core part of the show, he says. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, RAS adds that there will be an "investigation aspect" to the season and "that probably Dr. Curdle in the coroner's office will still be in business next season."
7. Jughead's mom might pop by.
Gladys Jones and Jellybean Jones, Jughead’s mom and sister, respectively, have been talked about for the past two seasons, but have never showed their faces in Riverdale. It looks like they might finally leave Toledo. "I wouldn't be surprised if they came to Riverdale bringing bad tidings for Jughead and Betty and FP and Alice," RAS tells Deadline.
8. The show isn't done with Polly and her farm.
In the season two finale, Polly tells Alice about the farm she's been living at with her twins and how someone there "healed" her after everything that's happened with Jason. She seemingly stays behind to be with Alice, who's a mess after Hal's whole Black Hood saga. Tiera Skovbye, who plays Polly, tells Cosmopolitan.com that this is a good indication that the farm "will be something that's explored" on season three. Adds RAS in his EW interview, "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… What is this place, and what does it mean for Polly?"
9. Hiram will get even "darker," if you can imagine that.
Via EW, RAS says Hiram still has to get his hands dirty. "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."
10. Prepare your heart for more Falice, maybe.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Mädchen Amick (Alice) expressed interest in filming more Falice scenes, since their brief Serpent-y get together in season two was so well received. "I really do want to see her finally get with FP, because that's a big thing. They have a lot of history together, so I'd like to see that."
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.