It’s been a long and winding road to get here, but we’ve finally reached the end of Riverdale Season 5. After a delayed season premiere thanks to pandemic-related scheduling issues and a significant break in filming over the summer, the Riverdale Season 5 finale airs Wednesday, Oct. 6 on The CW. If you haven’t been tuning in this season, or you’re just excited for a chance to re-watch the whole season straight through, you’re probably wondering when Riverdale Season 5 will finally arrive on Netflix. While there’s no official date set in stone yet, it’s not too hard to get a good idea of a premiere date.
The first four seasons of Riverdale are currently available on Netflix, but fans may have to wait a little bit for a Netflix marathon viewing of Season 5. Netflix hasn’t announced a release date for Riverdale Season 5 yet, but fans can use the schedule of past season releases to make an educated guess about this upcoming one. For example, Riverdale Season 4 arrived on Netflix about a week after the Season 4 finale on The CW in May 2020. If Season 5 follows the same pattern, then fans can expect to see the latest Riverdale episodes hit Netflix in mid-October 2021.
Most of Season 5 of Riverdale takes place seven years after Archie and his friends graduated from Riverdale High. The main cast of characters grew up and ventured out into the real world, but, of course, Riverdale always pulls everyone back in. Following the time-jump, the grown-up Riverdale gang returned to save the town (because when does it *not* need saving?) and embarked on a series of dark adventures trying to track down a potential serial killer.
After Season 5 wraps up, fans won’t have to wait too long to pick back up with Season 6. The new season premieres on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 9 p.m. ET. Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told Decider that Season 6 will focus a lot more on the core relationships of the series, saying, “I will say that we’re definitely picking up on a lot of the emotional relationship stories in Season 6. So, a lot of the friendships and relationships and redefinition of relationships that we get to at the end of Season 5 [will] continue into Season 6.”