It’s over. After seven seasons on The CW Riverdale will be wrapping up its story — and the cast has plenty to say about heading to the finish line.
Before the show was renewed in its final season, Cole SprouseHe teased that he was ready and willing to take on new opportunities. “I’m not a creative force behind [Riverdale]. I actually have no creative control,” he told GQIn March 2022. “We show up, receive the scripts often the day of, and we’re asked to shoot.”
The former child star also noted that his fellow cast members were ready to “wrap it up with a bow.”
Later that year, The CW’s CEO Mark PedowitzIt has been confirmed RiverdaleThe seventh season would be its last. “I am a big believer in attempting to give series that have had long runs an appropriate sendoff,” he said during a call with reporters in May 2022. “We had a long conversation with [executive producer] Roberto [Aguirre-Sacasa]Yesterday, who was thrilled by the news. We will treat the show with the respect it deserves. We want to make sure it goes out the right way.”
He added: “I think they, too, felt that seven years is the right amount. As a fan myself, I do want to do what is right for the show.”
The same month: KJ ApaHe broke his silence on the major career shift. “I try not to think about it, because the more I think about it, the more real it becomes,” the I Still Believe starHe has been on RiverdaleSince its 2017 debut in 2017, told TV Line. “I think a lot of us saw it coming, season 7 most probably being the final season. So it didn’t come as too much of a surprise to me.”
Apa joked that there was one aspect of playing Archie Andrews that he wouldn’t mind leaving behind, adding, “I can’t say I’d miss dying my hair every week. I’m looking forward to being myself again, but I promise you guys, this last season, we are going to end it with a bang, and we can’t wait to share it with you.”
His onscreen love interest and costar Lili ReinhartLater, the cast was able to show us how they would spend their time before season 7 production begins. “We spend so much time together during our filming season, that when it is our hiatus, we’re all like, ‘Bye.’ And we do keep in contact with each other for sure,” she detailed to Entertainment TonightAugust 2022. “I talk to Cami and Mads and Vanessa all the time and Mädchen, but everyone’s busy, everyone’s doing their things, and we know we’re coming back to each other, so, [our cast group chat is] not weepy yet.”
The Ohio native, Betty Cooper, has been playing the role since season 1. She spoke out about what she hopes for her character’s ending.
“I would obviously like to see a happy ending for Betty, knowing that she will be OK — an optimistic, lighthearted note,” she continued. “I don’t know who she’s gonna end up with or where, how, why, when — I know nothing about the final season — but I just hope that she’s happy, and you have an idea that things are gonna settle down for her in the best way.”
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