‘Riverdale’ Boss Explains That Confusing Time Skip Date Mistake & Possible ‘Sabrina’ Crossover!

Raise your hand if you have a lot of questions about Riverdaletime jump …

Okay. Now is the time to get some answers.

The fifth season of the hit CW series looks to turn things around tonight with an all-new episode featuring the highly anticipated flash forward story. Now that we’ve seen our favorites graduate from Riverdale High, we’re fast-forwarding seven years and it’s time to see what Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, and the rest of the Pop-loving gang have been up to.

(Mini spoiler alert: It’s been a rough few years for absolutely everyone!)

For the inside scoop on what’s to come, and finally find out what year the show takes place in! – ET called Riverdale creator and executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to chat a bit before the episode.

Happy almost jump in time, Roberto! What were your goals with this first episode of flash forward, and what did you hope these mysterious seven years in the future would do for the series?

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa: Well, on a practical level, we really wanted: I still call them kids [Laughs] – but for children to play characters closer to their age. And I think one of the hallmarks of Riverdale It has been that it is not a procedure. Each episode is its own genre and constantly reinvents itself, and it felt like if we had stayed in high school, we could risk playing the same rhythms and stories over and over again. So I think the idea was that it would be a creative boost for the writers, a creative boost for the actors and after four years of a very gonzo, intricate and incestuous plot, it was like, “Oh!” Well, we can leave everyone in new stories that feel organic to the characters, but allow us to feel like we can move a little more nimbly. Without the burden of, you know, Bughead dating or Archie’s burden still struggling with the immediate death of his father. It felt like a way to refresh everything and I feel like that was the big goal.

Let’s chat about the timeline because we’re a little confused. We see in a preview of Wednesday’s episode that Veronica says to her husband, “It’s 2021, Chad. Didn’t you hear? Women can have it all now.” Does that mean that the show’s timeline has finally been defined and that it is taking place today?

Very good question! I mean that aesthetics will always be timeless, but we let it go. It’s funny and I’m not sure, but I think some banner from the graduation episode says “Congratulations Class of 2021”.

Did! That was our next question. We are so confused: what is the real 2021?

[Laughs] Yeah this is kind of like the bummer of not having the natural summer break between seasons four and five because it really highlights how totally crazy it is. Riverdale The timeline really is, but yeah, it seems like we’re finally in the present, although the aesthetic will hopefully remain as timeless as ever.

Now that we’ve established the timeline, does this mean that we could have Kiernan Shipka from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina come here for Riverdale For a visit?

That’s a very good question and I’ll tell you that we haven’t had a lot of conversations about how to find a way to bring characters from Katy keene to Riverdale and of Sabrina to Riverdale, so it’s more possible that it ever was, let me say that.

For even juicier time-jumping secrets, and a romantic update on what’s next for Varchie, Barchie, Bughead, and Choni! – Come back to ETonline immediately after watching tonight’s episode!

Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 pm ET / PT on The CW.

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