Riverdale Season 4 has wrapped…though earlier than it expected it had to thanks to COVID-19. The show made the best out of a bad situation with an exciting season finale.
Perhaps more so than any other show on TV, Riverdale is very comfortable in its own skin; season three was a weird and wonderful experience, with episodes like “The Midnight Club” flashback installment and the noir experiment pushing the creative parameters of the show… and, wonderfully, sticking the landing each time.
Read along for an episode guide for season 4 along with our reviews for each installment.
Riverdale Season 4 Episode Guide
Riverdale Season 4 Episode 1 – Chapter 58: In Memorium
As the residence of Riverdale prepare for its upcoming Independence Day parade, Archie receives a phone call that will change the rest of his life forever.
air date: 10/9/19
Riverdale Season 4 Episode 2 – Chapter 59: Fast Times at Riverdale High
Archie encourages Mad Dog to attend Riverdale High and join the football team. Jughead meets Mr. Chipping, who offers him a spot at an elite school called Stonewall Prep. Veronica is conflicted when information about her involvement in Hiram’s arrest leaks to the public. Kevin applies for a spot on the Blue & Gold to make amends with Betty. And Cheryl goes head to head with Mr. Honey, the school’s new principal.
air date: 10/16/19
Riverdale Season 4 Episode 3 – Chapter 60: Dog Day Afternoon
Things take a dangerous turn when Betty and Charles track down Edgar and his Farmies; Jughead’s first day at Stonewall Prep doesn’t go as planned; Cheryl learns a dark family secret.
air date: 10/23/19
Riverdale Season 4 Episode 4 – Chapter 61: Halloween
When ominous videotapes begin appearing on doorsteps across Riverdale, widespread fear quickly returns to the town; Jughead learns about a series of mysterious disappearances that have occurred to former students at the school.
air date: 10/30/19
Riverdale Season 4 Episode 5 – Chapter 62: Witness for the Prosecution
Caught between Hiram and Hermione’s double trial, Veronica grapples with what the future holds for her family; Archie finds himself the unexpected target of the town’s local businesses; Jughead learns surprising information about his family history.
air date: 11/6/19
Riverdale Season 4 Episode 6 – Chapter 63: Hereditary
In his struggle to keep the neighborhood kids away from Dodger, Archie turns to an unexpected ally for help; Jughead uncovers a mystery surrounding the author of the Baxter Brothers books; Veronica deals with a major shake-up at home.
air date: 11/13/19
Riverdale Season 4 Episode 7 – Chapter 64: The Ice Storm
Archie’s peaceful Thanksgiving dinner at the community center is derailed by unexpected guests; Stranded at Stonewall Prep by an ice storm, Jughead and Betty search for clues about a recent death on campus.
air date: 11/20/19
Riverdale Season 4 Episode 8 – Chapter 65: In Treatment
As residents across Riverdale begin receiving more mysterious videotapes on their doorsteps, the seniors of Riverdale High eagerly await their college decision letters.
air date: 12/4/19
Riverdale Season 4 Episode 9 – Chapter 66: Tangerine
Veronica enlists a secret weapon against Hiram; Archie and FP team up to take Dodger down for good; Betty and Charles investigate a series of strange attacks aimed at Betty; Jughead’s search for his grandpa leads to more questions.
air date: 12/11/19
Riverdale Season 4 Episode 10 – Chapter 67: Varsity Blues
As Riverdale High prepares for the championship football game against Stonewall Prep, Betty gets to work on a story about the rivalry between the schools; Archie is conflicted when Mary tells him about Uncle Frank’s troubled past.
air date: 1/22/20
Riverdale Season 4 Episode 11 – Chapter 68: Quiz Show
Determined to give Frank (guest star Ryan Robbins) a second chance, Archie (KJ Apa) gives him a job at Andrew’s Construction. Betty (Lili Reinhart) channels her energy into taking Bret (guest star Sean Depner) down and defeating Stonewall Prep at the Quiz Show Championship, while Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) team up for an unlikely business venture. Finally, Kevin’s (Casey Cott) date with a new suitor takes a strange and unexpected turn.
air date: 1/29/20
Riverdale Season 4 Episode 12 – Chapter 69: Men of Honor
Archie is concerned for Frank after someone from his past arrives in Riverdale; Betty and Alice’s investigation leads them on a collision course with their number one suspect; Veronica catches up with her old friend Katy Keene.
air date: 2/5/20
Riverdale Season 4 Episode 13 – Chapter 70: The Ides of March
Worried about what the future may hold for him after high school, Archie seeks advice from an unlikely source; Veronica begins to spiral after learning some devastating news about someone close to her.
air date: 2/12/20
Riverdale Season 4 Episode 14 – Chapter 71: How to Get Away with Murder
When a night in the woods goes horribly awry, Betty, Archie and Veronica are forced to confront what one of them may be capable of.
air date: 2/26/20
Riverdale Season 4 Episode 15 – Chapter 72: To Die For
Alice begins shooting a documentary about Riverdale and the latest mystery involving one of its own; Betty, Archie and Veronica fall deeper into a web of lies as the investigation gets underway.
air date: 3/4/20
Riverdale Season 4 Episode 16 – Chapter 73: The Locked Room
After Jughead’s resurrection, Betty, Archie, and Veronica notice that there’s something different about him. Meanwhile, Cheryl and Tony experience some relationship problems.
air date: 3/11/20
Riverdale Season 4 Episode 17 – Chapter 74: Wicked Little Town
After the previous debacles of Carrie and Heathers, Kevin Keller has decided to revive Riverdale High’s tradition of hosting a variety show! But when Mr. Honey forbids him from performing a musical number from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Kevin and our gang rallies against their principal- by each performing a number from Hedwig, turning the Variety Show into a full-fledged musical that, as always, reflects our characters’ inner lives and struggles. And admist all the drama, one forbidden showmance begins to blossom…
air date: 4/15/20
Riverdale Season 4 Episode 18 – Chapter 75: Lynchian
Jughead and Charles follow a new lead after the contents of the latest videotape takes a sinister turn; Cheryl and Veronica’s maple rum business faces a new threat; Archie and Betty contemplate their next steps.
air date: 4/22/20
Riverdale Season 4 Episode 19 – Chapter 76: Killing Mr. Honey
After receiving a letter from the University of Iowa asking him to submit a story, Jughead works on a twisted tale about the gang’s revenge fantasy against Principal Honey for all the ways he’s ruined their senior year.
air date: 4/29/20
Riverdale Season 4 Trailer
The first trailer for Riverdale season 4 has arrived! After opening with the show’s touching Luke Perry salute, it moves into some of the more salient plot points to expect from season 4.
Riverdale Season 4 Cast
At San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Riverdale producers confirmed that Shannen Doherty will be guest starring in the Luke Perry tribute, which is also the first episode of the season.
“They were such good friends, and when we were putting together this tribute episode, we wanted to make it as special as possible, and so we asked Shannen to do a pivotal, super-emotional role,” producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said. “She read the script and immediately said ‘yes.’ It’s very impactful.”
Also revealed at SDCC 2019 is that Kerr Smith will be joining the Riverdale season 4 cast as new principal Mr. Honey.
Ashleigh Murray, who plays Josie, will be leaving Riverdale to star on spinoff Katy Keene. Deadline has also confirmed that Wyatt Nash, aka Charles, an FBI agent investigating The Farm and Alice and FP’s long lost son, will be back for Season 4.
Riverdale Season 4 Plot
At Riverdale‘s SDCC 2019 panel, producers revealed some plot points that we’ll see in season 4. For starters, they’re not going to let The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina have all the fun. Riverdale will be getting its own Halloween special this year. You can read more about that—and this season’s musical episode—here.
Also on the docket is Jughead moving to a new prep school, Archie starting a band (called “The Archies” naturally), and Veronica and Cheryl will start a maple syryp rum-running business.
The series has reinvented itself each season — learning from the mistakes it made along the way (i.e. letting the Black Hood storyline drag on so long) and generally being unafraid to lean into weird storylines. No doubt Charles will play a huge role in Season 4, as he not only investigates The Farm and Edgar Evernever, but also makes things complicated in the Cooper and Jones families.