The Season 4 premiere of Riverdale airs tonight on The CW at 8 p.m. Eastern (7 p.m. Central.) The episode is called In Memoriam. After some of the big plot twists that happened last season, you’ll likely want to watch the finale live so you aren’t spoiled on a thing.
If you don’t have cable, you can watch a live stream of the CW on your computer, phone, Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV or other streaming device via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
The CW (live in select markets) is one of 95-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle.
You can start a free 7-day trial of FuboTV right here, and you can then watch a live stream of CW on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which allows you to watch most shows up to three days after they air even if you forgot to record them.
In addition to a Netflix-like on-demand streaming library, Hulu also offers a bundle of 60-plus live TV channels, which includes CW (live in most markets).
You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of CW on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” comes with both its extensive on-demand library (which has new episodes available after they air) and 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
AT&T TV Now offers six different channel packages, all of which include the CW (live in select markets).
You can sign up for AT&T TV Now right here, and you can then watch a live stream of CW on your computer via the AT&T TV Now website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the AT&T TV app.
If you can’t watch live, AT&T TV Now comes with included cloud DVR.
‘Riverdale’ Recap & Preview
Here’s where we left off last season and what happened in the Season 3 finale. Spoilers for Season 3 below.
Edgar tells his followers that the ascension is going to happen, and Alice is suspicious. She asks Edgar about the organ rumors, but Cheryl interrupts her. So Alice helps Cheryl escape, but stays to help Polly.
But then Jughead, Archie, Betty, and Veronica get invitations to dinner from the Gargoyle King, hosted by Penelope Blossom at the Hunting Lodge on Thornhill. Then the Black Hood and the Gargoyle King show up for dinner too. We learn that Hal is dressed as the Black Hood and the Gargoyle King is Chic with red hair.
Chic pledged his life to Hal rather than be murdered when Betty sent him off. Chic spread the message to the others who followed the Gargoyle King.
Penelope forces the group to play one final, fatal game. They have to make it through the woods and survive, but they must complete each of their quests in the process or die. Archie must fight a large man dressed as a bear. He wins, and then Veronica and Betty must play spin the bottle and drink out of chalices. But one is poisoned. Veronica won’t let Betty drink the last one, so Penelope tells her that she passed. But all the chalices were poisoned, so now they’re poisoned too. Oops.
Next, Jughead has to fight Chic and he wins.
Betty’s given a gun with one bullet and Hal has a gun too. She has to kill Hal or he will kill her and all her friends. If she kills him, they get antidotes. Betty shoots him, but not to kill him. So Penelope kills Hal. Archie and the others steal the antidotes and run as the Gargoyles chase them. The Poisons and Serpents show up to rescue them. They win the battle and they’re all going to be OK!
Hal’s dead, Chic goes to jail, and Penelope escaped. Meanwhile, Hiram’s in jail and got evidence planted to have Hermione arrested for conspiring to kill him.
But things are still overall good for the main four. Archie now owns El Royale and he and Mad Dog will turn it into a community center to help others.
Betty learns her mom was an FBI informant, and the FBI agent working with her is Charles, her half-brother. The episode ends with the main four at Pop’s. They’re happy.
But then we flash forward to the future, spring break of their senior year, with Archie covered in blood. He’s holding Jug’s beanie and Betty and Veronica are also covered in blood. They’re burning everything and “never speak” of what happened again.
The official synopsis for Season 4 Episode 1 reads: “As the residents of Riverdale prepare for its upcoming Independence Day parade, Archie receives a phone call that will change the rest of his life forever.”
And here’s a preview for tonight:
It’s going to be a tough episode to watch.