The CW's Riverdale unveils the first trailer for season 3 during the show's panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2018. In early 2017, Riverdale premiered as a midseason replacement on The CW and quickly earned positive reviews from critics as well as inspiring a devoted fan base. The series reimagines classic Archie Comics characters for a new generation, focusing on Archie Andrews (KJ Apa), Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart), Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse) and Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) dealing with the dark underbelly of their small town. Season 1 of Riverdale saw the teens solve the murder mystery of local boy Jason Blossom.
Then, Riverdale season 2 got much more complicated. The sophomore outing of Riverdale featured Archie and his friends contend with a serial killer known as the Black Hood, a town takeover orchestrated by Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos) and the struggles of the Southside Serpents. Though everything seemed to go back to business as usual by the end of season 2, the final moments of the finale dropped a major bombshell: Archie being arrested for the murder Cassidy Bullock. Now, during the show's panel at Comic-Con, the first footage from season 3 was released.
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The CW revealed the first trailer for Riverdale season 3 during their panel in Hall H at Comic-Con 2018, which can be viewed above. There isn't a great deal of new footage in the season 3 teaser, but it does confirm there will be a three month time jump since the end of season 2.
The trailer picks up at Labor Day weekend, with the core four headed for a weekend getaway - and everything seems fine. Archie and Veronica, Betty and Jughead all seem happy enough, even though Archie makes it clear he simply doesn't want to deal with the darker parts of their past year. In the final scene of the season 3 trailer, ominous music plays as Betty creeps downstairs at her home, only to find her mom and sister in the backyard, holding Polly's twins above a bonfire in some kind of ceremony.
During season 2, Polly was living at a place called The Farm, where she was raising her children away from the dangers of Riverdale. In the season 2 finale, after Hal Cooper was revealed to be the Black Hood, Polly suggested Alice could use some of the Farm's charms to get her life back on track. Now it seems Polly has brought the Farm to Riverdale, and that somehow leads to backyard bonfire ceremonies in the middle of the night.
It's unclear how season 3 will resolve Archie being arrested, but his comment about the time jump period being "the worst summer ever" indicates will find out eventually, likely through flashback. After a second season with all kinds of drama going on - perhaps even too much - season 3 seems to be getting back to basics at the beginning. Where they go from there, though, is anyone's guess once Riverdale returns later this year.
Source: The CW