Archie and his pals are back for Riverdale Season 3!
Riverdale has become one of the network’s flagship programs. The show is a ratings hit with the younger demo and saw huge ratings increases from season 1 to season 2, in large part due to the show being available on streaming services like Netflix. The series debuted as a midseason show in 2017 and quickly earned a renewal for the fall.
Riverdale Season 3 Episodes
Here’s our complete Riverdale Season 3 episode guide!
Riverdale Season 3 Episode 1 – Chapter Thirty-Six: Labor Day
“As the jury begins deliberations in his murder trial, Archie (KJ Apa) makes a surprising request about how he wants to spend his final days of summer. Betty (Lili Reinhart) is forced to deal with her problems head-on after a heated confrontation with Alice (Madchen Amick) and Polly (guest star Tiera Skovbye) brings up some dark secrets she’s kept hidden. Veronica (Camila Mendes) pleads with Hiram (Mark Consuelos) to step in and help Archie before a verdict is announced. Finally, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) leads the Serpents against the Ghoulies latest attack.”
Riverdale Season 3 Episode 2 – Chapter Thirty-Seven: Fortune and Men’s Eyes
“After a gruesome discovery is made in the forest, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) and Betty (Lili Reinhart) team up to investigate Riverdale’s latest mystery. As Archie (KJ Apa) navigates his new surroundings, Veronica (Camila Mendes) devises a plan to bring a bit of home to him. Elsewhere, when Moose (guest star Cody Kearsley) decides to join the RROTC, Kevin (Casey Cott) worries he may be pulling away from him.”
Riverdale Season 3 Episode 3 – Chapter Thirty-Eight: As Above, So Below
“When a series of suspicious roadblocks threaten to delay the opening of the speakeasy, Veronica (Camila Mendes) enlists the help of Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch), Toni (Vanessa Morgan), Reggie (Charles Melton), Kevin (Casey Cott) and Josie (Ashleigh Murray) to ensure opening night goes off without a hitch. Elsewhere, Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Jughead (Cole Sprouse) follow different leads to learn more about the strange incidents going on in the town. Finally, some unwanted attention forces Archie (KJ Apa) to make a difficult decision about his future.”
Riverdale Season 3 Episode 4 – Chapter Thirty-Nine: The Midnight Club
“When Betty (Lili Reinhart) confronts Alice (Madchen Amick) about Gryphons and Gargoyles, Alice has no choice but to come clean about how she, along with a young Fred (KJ Apa), FP (Cole Sprouse), Hermoine (Camila Mendes), Hiram (guest star Michael Consuelos), Sierra (Ashleigh Murray), Penelope (Madelaine Petsch) and Tom (Casey Cott), played the game in the early 90’s – and how a shocking mystery has been plaguing them all ever since.”
air date: 11/7/18
Riverdale Season 3 Episode 5 – Chapter Forty: The Great Escape
“After weeks go by with no contact from Archie (KJ Apa), Veronica (Camila Mendes) devises a dangerous plan to break him out of juvie. Meanwhile, when Betty (Lili Reinhart) learns that Jughead (Cole Sprouse) has taken their investigation into Griffins & Gargoyles a step too far, she finds herself in a race against the clock to save him.”
air date: 11/14/18
Riverdale Season 3 Episode 6 – Chapter Forty-One: Manhunter
“After confronting the parents, who were part of “The Midnight Club” twenty-five years ago, Betty (Lili Reinhart) follows some strong leads in hopes of finding out who the true Gargoyle King is. Meanwhile, Veronica’s (Camila Mendes) attempt to prove Archie’s (KJ Apa) innocence lands her in hot water. Finally, Archie turns to Kevin (Casey Cott) for help making things right.”
air date: 11/28/18
Riverdale Season 3 Episode 7 – Chapter Forty-Two: The Man in Black
“Fearful that he will be caught, Archie (KJ Apa) hits the road and ends up at a farm outside Riverdale, where he meets Laurie Lake (guest star Riley Keough). Meanwhile, after Alice (Madchen Amick) takes extreme measures to ensure Betty’s (Lili Reinhart) safety from the Gargoyle King, Betty finds herself up against a formidable foe from her past. Finally, after learning that La Bonne Nuit is in trouble, Veronica (Camila Mendes) makes a risky business decision that could cost her everything.”
air date: 12/5/18
Riverdale Season 3 Episode 8 — Chapter Forty-Three: Outbreak
“On the road and running out of places to stay, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) and Archie (KJ Apa) head to Toledo to visit Jughead’s mother Gladys (guest star Gina Gershon) and sister Jellybean (guest star Trinity Likins). Back in Riverdale, Betty (Lili Reinhart) inches closer to uncovering the truth about Griffins & Gargoyles, while Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) take on Hiram (Mark Consuelos), Hermoine (Marisol Nichols) and Penelope (guest star Nathalie Boltt) after more students fall victim to seizures.”
air date: 12/12/18
Riverdale Season 3 Episode 9 — Chapter Forty-Four: No Exit
“With Riverdale in disarray following Hiram’s (Mark Consuelos) takeover, Veronica (Camila Mendes) leads the charge against her father after he takes aim at La Bonne Nuit. Meanwhile, as Betty (Lili Reinhart) reluctantly houses the group of patients who escaped the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) confronts a group of desperate Serpents, who have resorted to drastic measures to make ends meet. Finally, Archie (KJ Apa) is forced to face his demons. Madelaine Petsch, Madchen Amick, Luke Perry, Ashleigh Murray, Skeet Ulrich, Casey Cott, Charles Melton and Vanessa Morgan also star.”
air date: 1/16/19
Riverdale Season 3 Episode 10 — Chapter Forty-Five: The Stranger
“With SAT’s around the corner, Alice (Madchen Amick) and FP (Skeet Ulrich) urge Jughead (Cole Sprouse) and Betty (Lili Reinhart) to stop investigating G&G and start focusing on their SAT prep. However, when Alice takes things one step too far, Betty is forced to come face-to-face with someone from her past. Finally, Jughead makes a bold move against the Gargoyle Gang.”
air date: 1/23/19
Riverdale Season 3 Episode 11 — Chapter Forty-Six: The Red Dahlia
“After one of their own becomes the target of an unseen assailant, the gang works together to get to the bottom of Riverdale’s latest mystery. Meanwhile, Betty (Lili Reinhart) works with a surprising ally to piece together clues about a series of deaths in the town. Elsewhere, a spiraling Archie (KJ Apa) sets out on a new path, while Jughead (Cole Sprouse) comes face to face with Ms. Mulwray (guest star Kelly Ripa), Hiram’s (Mark Consuelos) alleged mistress.”
air date: 1/30/19
Riverdale Season 3 Episode 12 — Chapter Forty-Seven: Bizzarodale
“Amidst preparations for their upcoming wedding, Sierra (guest star Robin Givens) and Tom (guest star Martin Cummins) receive an unsettling message, which forces “The Midnight Club” to reunite. Meanwhile, Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Reggie (Charles Melton) take drastic measures to clean up a mess they created. Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) learns some unexpected news about the college she has set her sights on. Lastly, Kevin (Casey Cott) gives Moose (guest star Cody Kearsley) an ultimatum.”
air date: 2/6/19
Riverdale Season 3 Episode 13 — Chapter Forty-Eight: Requiem For a Welterweight
“As Veronica attempts to steer Hiram away from the drug business, Gladys’ return throws a wrench into her plan; Alice decides to take her commitment with The Farm to the next level; Archie’s rush to get into the boxing ring lands him in hot water.”
air date: 2/27/19
Riverdale Season 3 Episode 14 — Chapter Forty-Nine: Fire Walk With Me
“Betty learns the Farm has set their sights on someone in her inner circle; when Hiram and Gladys’ control over Veronica becomes too much to handle, she sets a plan in motion to turn the tables on them.”
air date: 3/6/19
Riverdale Season 3 Episode 15 — Chapter Fifty: American Dreams
“Gladys prepares for F.P.’s 50th birthday party; Jughead questions his mom’s motives for returning to Riverdale; Jughead and Betty devise a plan to help Archie face his past; Cheryl and Toni find themselves at a crossroads.”
air date: 3/13/19
Riverdale Season 3 Episode 16 — Chapter Fifty-One: BIG FUN
“Rehearsals for this year’s musical get under way; Betty grows increasingly annoyed by Evelyn’s involvement with the musical — as well as the lives of her friends; Veronica learns some devastating news about her family.”
air date: 3/20/19
Riverdale Season 3 Episode 17 — Chapter Fifty-Two: The Master
Betty enlists Cheryl’s help to infiltrate the farm; Archie and Veronica help an ally from his past; Jughead’s attempt to put a stop to Riverdale’s drug trade puts him on a collision course with Gladys; Hiram breaks some surprising news to Veronica.
air date: 3/27/19
Riverdale Season 3 Episode 18 — Chapter Fifty-Three: Jawbreaker
When a tainted batch of fizzle rocks makes its way through Riverdale, Jughead and FP set out to find who’s responsible; after asking Veronica to help get him into an upcoming boxing tournament, Archie quickly learns he may be in over his head.
air date: 4/17/19
Riverdale Season 3 Episode 19 — Chapter Fifty-Four: Fear the Reaper
When Jellybean goes missing, Jughead, Gladys and FP follow a series of cryptic clues to get her home; Archie faces the fallout from his latest boxing match; Betty makes a major discovery about Evelyn’s past; Josie makes a big decision.
air date: 4/24/19
Riverdale Season 3 Episode 20 — Chapter Fifty-Five: Prom Night
Betty takes matters into her own hands after learning some unsettling news about her father; Mary grows concerned by Archie’s desire to take boxing to the next level; Cheryl runs into a roadblock during her campaign for prom queen.
air date: 5/1/19
Riverdale Season 3 Episode 21 — Chapter Fifty-Six: The Dark Secret of Harvest House
Veronica turns to Mary and Archie for help after uncovering Hiram’s secret; Betty witnesses strange activities at The Farm; Jughead finds himself one step closer to unmasking the Gargoyle King.
air date: 5/8/19
Riverdale Season 3 Episode 22 — Chapter Fifty-Seven: Survive the Night
After receiving mysterious invitations, the gang band together to confront the evils of their past once and for all; Chaos ensues at The Farm after Edgar makes a chilling announcement.
air date: 5/15/19
Riverdale Season 3 Trailer
Here’s the Comic-Con trailer for Riverdale Season 3…
Riverdale Season 3 Cast
Chad Michael Murray has been cast as Edgar Evernever. Read more about that here.
Based on characters from Archie Comics, Riverdale follows Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) and his friends Jughead (Cole Sprouse), Betty (Lili Reinhart), and Veronica (Camila Mendes) as they navigate young adulthood amid the lies and secrecy of a seemingly picturesque town with a seedy underbelly.
Riverdale has added a few new series regulars to its cast in Season 3. According to TV Insider, Vanessa Morgan (Toni Topaz) and Charles Melton (Reggie) have been promoted to series regulars for the third season of the CW soap.
At NYCC 2018, the Riverdale team announced that Gina Gershon and Trinity Likins will be joining the show’s cast as Gladys Jones and Jellybean “JB” Jones; Jughead’s mother and sister.
Gladys is described as a businesswoman who runs a salvage yard that serves as a Serpent hangout. She seems to be something of a figurehead in the gang and an influence on the Serpent’s younger car thieves. As for JB, she is a “wise beyond her years” teenager who runs scams with her mother and seems to be “quite the little con artist” in her own right.
The two will be joined the show during the December 12th episode of Riverdale‘s third season. Gladys and JB are both listed as recurring characters, so expect them to stick around town for a while.
More news on what to expect from Riverdale Season 3 as we hear it.
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