With Riverdale Set to wrap up with its upcoming seventh season, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa assures The CW’s Archie Comics-based drama will come out with a “big swing.”
In a recent interview with TVLineAguirre-Sacasa was asked how the decision to end Riverdale with season 7 was born. “He came out of conversations with the studio and The CW and [CEO] Mark Pedowitz,” he replied. “When we were renewed for season 7, although we weren’t told at the time that it would be our last season, I think we all felt that it could be. When Mark and I talked about it…it was bittersweet.”
However, Aguirre-Sacasa and the rest of the Riverdale team” are so proud of the run we’ve had, and the call came as we were working on the final episode of Season 6. We were debating what the final beats of this episode would be and torn between a really big swing and a quieter ending, and that really encouraged us to take the plunge for season 7. It’s really exciting.
A dark and dramatic reimagining of iconic teenage characters from Archie Comics, Riverdale originally premiered on The CW in early 2017. Five years later, the series is currently in the middle of its sixth season, with its main characters having left high school and entering the adult world. All the while, the town of Riverdale itself has gotten stranger and more dangerous.
In March 2022, shortly after Riverdale Season 6 returned from its hiatus, the show was officially renewed for season 7. A few months later, however, it emerged that RiverdaleThe seventh season of would indeed be the last – something even series star Lili Reinhart has predicted could be the case as early as December 2021.
In addition to RiverdaleAguirre-Sacasa served as showrunner on Chilling Adventures of Sabrinaa Netflix series based on the Archie Comics title of the same name, itself a mature reimagining of the original Sabrina the Teenage Witch comics. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina ran on Netflix for two seasons (divided into four parts) from 2018 to 2020, with series lead Kiernan Shipka later reprising her role as Sabrina Spellman in Riverdale Season 6. Riverdale also spawned a series of direct spinoffs in the form of Katy Keenairing on The CW for a single season in 2020.
The next episode of Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, June 26 on The CW.