Earlier at the moment, The CW announced their new, Fall schedule, and with it got here some confusion: what’s happening with Riverdale? The quick model is that the first five episodes of Season 6 will air as a special event, as, as a result of shifting manufacturing because of COVID, the sequence will most certainly solely be capable of full 5 episodes by the point the brand new Fall season hits.
But the excellent news? Now is the proper time for Riverdale to lastly try an epic Afterlife With Archie crossover.
A bit little bit of backstory, first. Way again in 2013, Archie Comics was initially of a rejuvenation. After years being the comics firm finest recognized for his or her Double Digests, Archie reinvented itself because of a bevy of titles together with Life With Archie, which explored two doable futures the place Archie married both Betty or Veronica; the introduction of the writer’s first homosexual character, Kevin Keller; and Afterlife With Archie, a zombie spectacular that took the Riverdale we knew and cherished, and injected intense quantities of horror.
Sound acquainted? It ought to, as a result of the critically acclaimed, bestselling sequence was written by none apart from Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who would later go on to create Riverdale. The sequence, with fabulous artwork by Francesco Francavilla, spun off an entire line of Archie horror comics, in addition to a guide additionally by Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Robert Hack known as Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, that may later go on to encourage the Netflix sequence.
In 2017, after all, Riverdale premiered on The CW in all it’s murderous glory. And even again earlier than the thriller of who killed Jason Blossom (Trevor Stines) was solved, followers had been already asking after they’d get an Afterlife with Archie crossover.
“We’ve talked about it, we’ve for sure had conversations about it,” Aguirre-Sacasa, advised a comic book guide fan at 2017’s WonderCon convention, when requested about an adaptation of the story on Riverdale. “We’d love to do something that was a Halloween episode, or something that was related to that.”
Cut ahead 4 years, and it’s possible you’ll discover that there hasn’t been an Afterlife With Archie episode on Riverdale. Also of notice? As of at the moment’s scheduling name, CW head Mark Pedowitz famous that Aguirre-Sacasa has but to current an concept for the 5 episode occasion to the community.
So let me humbly shout just like the Jaja Ding Dong man, however for Archie Comics based mostly properties: do Afterlife With Archie!
There are a few causes this might be an ideal match, past the truth that I want to see it. The first is that when you’re searching for a centered story that would match into 5 episodes, Afterlife With Archie would match the invoice. Over the course of 12 points (although solely 10 have been launched), you get your typical, insanely excessive zombie apocalypse story with a number of Cthulu riffs thrown in, and — spoiler alert — just about everybody dies. If you’re going to do a narrative that kills off a lot of the major forged of Riverdale, an occasion that would simply be retconned as a film script written by Jughead (Cole Sprouse), or a dream somebody had, do it for an abbreviated, stand-alone run of episodes.
The second motive is that, although we don’t know the precise dates Season 6 will premiere, there’s good motive to suspect it’ll be in October. Right now, Season 5 of Riverdale is scheduled to return on August 11, and with 9 episodes to go in Season 5, that ought to take the season proper up till about October 6. Mind you that is hypothesis since The CW hasn’t introduced dates that far upfront, however Pedowitz did say that he expects the Riverdale Season 6 episodes to run by November.
That most certainly means (once more, hypothesis) that Season 6 will premiere a number of weeks after Season 5 ends. In October. Also referred to as: the month when Halloween occurs. Kicking off a 5 episode Afterlife with Archie occasion wouldn’t simply separate Season 6 from the just-concluded Season 5; it might additionally lean into the spookiest season of the 12 months… Even if it most likely wouldn’t conclude till Thanksgiving.
But the most important motive to do Afterlife with Archie? It may lastly permit for a full-on crossover between Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Riverdale. The plot of the comedian even kicks off with Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) inadvertently inflicting the zombie apocalypse, an ideal excuse to convey her into contact with the Riverdale gang.
And apart from some Easter eggs and mentions, we’ve by no means seen the principle characters from Sabrina and the principle characters from Riverdale on display collectively. Part of that’s the truth that they’re on totally different networks, half is schedules, however one other half is that although they’re all Archie Comics characters, the 2 exhibits clearly happen in two, parallel universes. Having this 5 episode occasion is a superb time to convey all of them in — perhaps even convey again a number of the characters from Katy Keene, too? — after which kill all of them off, horribly.
Will it occur? Could it occur? Pedowitz famous throughout the name that they don’t anticipate manufacturing on CW exhibits to completely get again to regular till the fourth quarter of 2022, so anticipate COVID protocols to proceed to sluggish issues down. Meaning, bringing in an enormous forged and doing a zombie spectacle could also be past what is feasible. But hey, if The Walking Dead can do it? So can Riverdale.
And if not Afterlife with Archie? Maybe they’ll do Archie vs. Predator. That can be enjoyable, too.