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Does Archie die in the next season of ‘Riverdale’? This photo has people convinced he does

Anything goes in this show!

After production halted in March, Riverdale has now officially resumed filming, the gang’s all back together again! Whether you think that’s a wise decision given the fact the cast has to take three COVID-19 tests a week and we’re still very much in the midst of a pandemic is a totally different matter… Things also look dangerous for KJ Apa’s character on the CW show, Archie Andrews.

Based on pictures of the upcoming fifth seasons’ scripts, which the show’s creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa posted, it looks like we might need to start preparing for Archie’s death.

The images are from table reads for season 5, and the one that’s got people wondering is for “Chapter Eighty: Purgatory”. The comic art shows Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, and Jughead Jones standing over a grave, meanwhile an image of Archie in a helmet hovers over them.

It could be a reference to the fact Archie was planning on joining the Naval Academy after graduation and given we know thanks to Lili Reinhart there’s going to be a significant time skip, perhaps it’s a signal he’s died in combat?

According to E!, the actual comic panel is from Archie 1941. In that comic, Archie was presumed dead in battle in World War II but was actually alive.

It’s hard to tell if the show might play with this plot point and have Archie join the military and ‘die’ at some point during the time skip… after all, we know Riverdale doesn’t mind a fake death (like Jughead’s ‘death’ earlier in it’s run). That said, KJ Apa has talked about leaving Riverdale before and he does have some new projects lined up so it’s not totally out of the question that Archie will actually die in Riverdale‘s fifth season.

We still have a while to wait until these episodes arrive in 2021, but until then we’ll be poring over these clues and fan theories.

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