Riverdale is saying goodbye this year… but there are quite a few loose ends that still need to be tied up before Pop’s closes up shop for good.
The CW drama’s upcoming Season 7 will be its last, with a premiere set for Wednesday, March 29 at 9/8c and the series finale slated for Aug. 23. The final season will find Archie and the gang living in the gee-golly 1950s, with only Jughead aware that they’ve somehow been zapped through time. Despite the time-bending twist, though, we have a lot of burning questions and lingering mysteries that we need to see resolved by the time the final credits roll. We’re talking unresolved love triangles, dead characters who may not actually be dead and the fate of a few notable former residents, just for starters. (C’mon, we’ve been loyal viewers for six seasons now; all we’re asking for here is a little closure.)
So while we wait for Riverdale to kick off its swan song, we’re jotting down all the things we’re really hoping to see for Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and company in the final episodes. Grab a burger and a milkshake and keep reading to see our full list, and then hit the comments to share your personal wish list for Riverdale‘s final season.
A resolution to the Archie/Betty/Veronica love triangle
To be clear, we’re not taking sides in the great #Barchie vs. #Varchie debate, but we would like to see it settled, one way or the other, this season, with Archie finally making up his mind between the blonde sweetheart next door and the rich big-city brunette. (We are expecting this trip to the ’50s to reset all of the show’s romantic relationships, so let’s start fresh!)
Some form of rekindling for Betty and Jughead, romantic or otherwise
Even if Betty ends up with Archie, we still want to see the Bughead Detective Agency back in business. These two formed the most essential couple this show ever gave us, and we’re dying to hear some more of that old-school Betty and Jughead banter in Season 7.
A happy ending for Cheryl
This girl has been through a lot over the past six seasons: a dead brother, a variety of supernatural enemies and an evil mother who rejected her sexuality, to name a few. Whether she ends up back with Toni (our preference!) or finds happiness with Heather or someone else or just finds peace on her own, we firmly believe that the witchy redhead deserves a break.
A legitimate storyline for Kevin
This poor guy has been relegated to the sidelines for most of Riverdale‘s run, offering a few words of encouragement to the gang before retreating to the background. Let’s get him a subplot! Or a boyfriend, at least.
Confirmation that Hiram is actually dead
Yes, we know Veronica’s scheming mob boss dad supposedly died last season after Ronnie put out a hit on him, but we’ve learned to never say never when it comes to Riverdale. With the new season taking place in a 1950s alternate universe, we wouldn’t be shocked to see Hiram pop up again to wreak some more havoc. We’d prefer him six feet under, though, honestly.
More time well spent with Nana Rose
Cheryl’s supremely creepy grandma, played by Barbara Wallace, has always been a personal favorite of ours, and she’s cheated death more than once already, so we’d love to see the grande dame of Thistle House get the triumphant send-off she deserves.
A visit from F.P. Jones
Jughead’s biker gang leader dad left town early on in Season 5, with cast member Skeet Ulrich exiting the series. But F.P. and Jughead had a sweet bond, and F.P. really stepped up as a father figure after Fred’s death, so we’re hoping to see him come back and check in on Jughead in Season 7. Hey, maybe Jughead’s mom Gladys and sister Jellybean could join him!
Another spell from Sabrina
The teenage witch paid a visit to Riverdale during Season 6’s supernatural “Rivervale” event and returned later that season to resurrect the gang. Kiernan Shipka’s guest spots were always a treat, so we wouldn’t mind a return appearance from her in the final season. Her show was technically a Riverdale spinoff, after all. And while we’re at it, maybe a visit from Katy Keene, too?
An update on Josie and the Pussycats
Ashleigh Murray’s rocker girl and her bandmates were a big part of Season 1, but they got sidelined soon after, with Murray finally leaving the show in Season 3. We did catch up with Josie, Melody and Valerie in a Season 5 episode, but we’d like to hear what they’re up to now, even if we can’t see them in the flesh again. (Since they’re busy being global pop stars and all.)
One more good mystery
Murder mysteries and serial killers have been Riverdale‘s bread and butter from the start, so it’d be a shame if we didn’t get to unmask one last bad guy in the final episodes. We need Betty and Jughead deciphering clues together, just like old times.
One more musical episode
The annual musical episode is another cherished Riverdale tradition we wouldn’t mind seeing revived for one last curtain call — and since Season 7 takes place in the ’50s, maybe Grease is the word this time?
A nod to Luke Perry's Fred
Perry’s untimely death in 2019 not only robbed Riverdale of a beloved actor, but also of a rock-solid father figure who helped ground the series amid all its surreal and campy flourishes. We know he can’t return, but we’d love to see Archie pay tribute to his late dad in the final season — because his genuine bond with Fred was where the heart of Riverdale truly lied.