Beneath regular circumstances, the one questions we might be asking about Riverdale‘s season 4 finale can be centered on what is going on to occur on display screen. With the worldwide pandemic of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), although, there is a greater query to be requested: will there even be a season 4 finale in any respect? Manufacturing is presently shut down on Riverdale, in addition to just about each TV present that is presently filming, so this is what we all know to this point about how the remainder of the season is scheduled to pan out.
When manufacturing on Riverdale shut down on Mar. 11 after a crew member got here into contact with coronavirus, the teenager drama had filmed 20 of its deliberate 22 episodes, as reported by TVLine. With solely two episodes left for the present season — and with no clear finish date in sight for when it will likely be protected to renew manufacturing — the most probably scenario proper now could be that Riverdale‘s 20th episode of the season may even function a season finale, dropping the season off at an surprising level. It is presently unclear when the ultimate episodes will air: the season’s 17th episode is scheduled to air on Apr. eight, after a monthlong mini-hiatus, and the airdates for the final accomplished episodes haven’t but been introduced.
That is the second time in as a few years that Riverdale has had an surprising shutdown midseason. In 2019, manufacturing stopped for just a few days following the sudden loss of life of Luke Perry, who performed Fred Andrews, when he died just a few days after struggling a stroke on the finish of February. In that case, nonetheless, the stoppage was for private causes, moderately than a well being disaster, and manufacturing resumed after just a few days, permitting the third season to complete on schedule and in its entirety. This 12 months, nonetheless, the worldwide pandemic has an indefinite timeline, and by the point manufacturing would be capable of restart it most likely would not be financially and logistically possible to get all the pieces began again up once more simply to movie two episodes.
As a substitute, Riverdale‘s fourth season might be going to be just a bit bit shorter, and remaining plot threads should look ahead to season 5 to be resolved. The excellent news is that the CW has already renewed Riverdale — together with its total present slate of programming — for subsequent season, so there isn’t any probability of this being the ultimate farewell! We’ll simply have to attend a bit of bit longer to guarantee that it is protected for the solid and crew to start out enterprise as regular once more.