Season 5 of Riverdale is not holding back. From killers to love triangles to some of the hottest hookups TV has ever seen, The CW’s series continues to make an impression. And while the show has always been buzzy, after a sneak peek at the Aug. 25 episode, it looks like the heat — and danger — is really getting turned up. The Season 5, Episode 13 Riverdale promo shows the characters doing what they do best: taking down bad guys and looking good while doing it.
Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers from Riverdale Season 5, Episode 12, “Citizen Lodge.” After a four-month hiatus, Riverdale’s mid-season return gave viewers a lot to process. — most importantly, a look at one of the town’s most notorious bad guys, Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos). The Aug. 18 episode centered around Veronica’s dad sharing his backstory to his apprentice, Reggie (Charles Melton), and how he went from a shoeshiner to the kingpin of Riverdale.
Basically, young Hiram (played by Consuelos’ IRL son, Michael Consuelos) decided he wanted a more ~glamorous~ life, so he got involved with some shady folks. As a result, his father (played by Mark Consuelos — confusing, I know) was murdered after trying to stand in the way of his son’s new career path. Naturally, this pissed young Hiram off, so he killed the group of bad guys he was working for and, in turn, became the ultimate bad guy of Riverdale.
After sharing his story, Hiram realized he didn’t want to stand in the way of Reggie’s relationship with his own father. Even though Reggie insisted he wanted to work for him, Hiram decided to let Reggie go and urged him to avoid the gangster life. But since Reggie got the boot, it looks like another Lodge is going to swoop in. The Episode 13 promo shows Veronica (Camila Mendes), who is still not a fan of her father, trying to team up with her former flame in order to take Hiram down.
In the clip, Veronica and Reggie appear to be combining forces to go after her father’s investors. If they succeed, this could make Veronica the new Big Bad™ of Riverdale. And while they’re busy chasing money and that precious palladium, it looks like Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Tabitha (Erinn Westbrook) are still looking for Jughead, who went missing on the Lonely Highway.
In order to lure truckers into Pop’s (and thereforee catch the killer), it looks like they decide to have a Coyote Ugly-type event. The clip showed Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) and Toni (Vanessa Morgan) dancing on a bar which is A) very hot and B) very exciting because it could bring the former lovers back together. Whatever else happens, seeing Choni reunited onstage is reason enough to tune in next week.
New episodes of Riverdale Season 5 air Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.