Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones in "Riverdale" season three
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That Riverdale cliff-hanger has been gnawing at fans for weeks, and finally some relief is on the way. The fourth season of the Archie Comics turned CW teen drama series will premiere on Wednesday, October 9, keeping in line with its typical fall release. 

Last we saw the core four together — Archie, Veronica, Betty, and Jughead — they were toasting to a chill senior year. Fast-forward to the girls and Archie throwing Jughead's iconic beanie into a fire to dispose of any evidence in what looked like an unspeakable crime. 

Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa gave Entertainment Weekly a few hints about what fans can expect in the coming season, including how the show will address Luke Perry's character, Fred Andrews, following Perry's death. 

We have a date, people, so mark your calendars now!

Wednesday nights are about to get mysterious again, with a slew of sneaky teens uncovering murders on two CW series. Of course, Riverdale is back on its regularly scheduled Wednesday night, but a new face is hitting the network — Nancy Drew. The series starring newcomer Kennedy McMann is a re-creation of the hit book series about a young detective with an edgier vibe. 

"New mysteries, same night. #Riverdale and @cw_nancydrew premiere Wednesday, October 9 on The CW!" the Riverdale Instagram account shared. Thankfully October 9 is less than four months away. 

Archie dreamed of a drama-free senior year, but did he forget that he lives in a town where a new serial killer, cult, or villainous parent shows up on the daily? 

The cliff-hanger scene in the season three finale left fans speechless. People were left wondering: What happened to Jughead? What crime was committed? Will the core four remain friends, or are we thinking we'll get a I Know What You Did Last Summer situation where they all go their separate ways never to speak of their crimes again? Maybe four months is a long time to wait for all of these questions. 

"Can't wait for senior year. Stream the season finale now," the show's Twitter account shared. At least episodes are available on The CW's website and on Netflix to binge to your hearts content. 

Veronica's dad, Hiram Lodge, is always up to no good — that likely won't change in season four.

Hiram Lodge used his corrupt power to get his wife in trouble for a crime she didn't commit in season three. Now Veronica has no parents to look after her and an evil father in a jail that he owns and obviously has power in. "Hiram always has something up his sleeve," the Riverdale Twitter account shared along with this scene from the latest season. 

Aguirre-Sacasa revealed to EW the next Lodge family story line is hinted at in this scene, "He’s powerful no matter where he is, jail or no jail. In the finale, a little bit of a hint: When Hermione is arrested, she is on the phone with someone, and she says, 'I can’t believe Hiram was hiding that from me.' And before Hermione can tell Veronica what that is, she’s arrested. We’re going to pick that thread up in season four — the mystery of what Hiram was hiding."

Betty's mom, Alice Cooper, was faking it with The Farm the entire time, but now she's missing and her long-estranged son has returned to help find her. 

Alice Cooper (Mädchen Amick) was apparently an FBI Informant for the organ harvesting cult, The Farm, run by Edgar Evernever (Chad Michael Murray). Unfortunately, they made an inexplicable escape leaving behind only one witness, Kevin Keller. Betty and Jughead's shared half-brother Charles returned as a member of the FBI team in charge of finding out where The Farm and Alice Cooper have gone. 

Aguirre-Sacasa told EW that he was done with the Farm plotline, so likely this mystery will be solved early on in the season. 

Amick shared this Alice GIF along with the caption, "...and ya’ll doubted #Alice How dare you! #undercoverAlice #sleuthing #FBI #informant #riverdale #savingherbabies #downgoesthefarm." 

And The CW's newest show Nancy Drew will premiere right after the Archie Comics series this October.

Another teen murder mystery will debut on Wednesday night. The supernatural murder mystery series will star Kennedy McMann, Alex Saxon, Leah Lewis, Maddison Jaziani, and Tunji Kasim. 

Working in a small town, Nancy Drew happens upon the murder of a wealthy woman and immediately suspects the husband until some ghost stories start sounding all too convincing. 

The trailer actually looks a little spooky with some jump scares, so the wholesome detective novels could potentially get a dark and mature twist.