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Riverdale came to a satisfying end this week, and most of the season's gripping questions were answered. 

Almost all of the core four's issues resolved, and the episode ended with them making a pact to have a stress-free, normal senior year. Suddenly, flash-forward to their following senior year spring break. Archie, Betty, and Veronica are huddled around a bonfire warning each other to never speak of "this" again, and one major key player is missing — Jughead sans beanie.

Riverdale creator Roberto Aguierre-Sacasa talked to Entertainment Weekly about what is to come on the upcoming season.

Fred Andrews's fate will be revealed. 

After Luke Perry died in March this year, the actor's friends, family, costars, and fans took to social media to mourn their loss. Camila Mendes (Veronica) posted this touching tribute to Perry on Instagram. 

Aguierre-Sacasa adressed in his interview with EW that the show will address Luke Perry's character early in the season. He said that an entire episode will be dedicated to the character's fate and will honor Perry. The season three ending had already been determined, so the writers decided to hold off on furthering the character's story.

"We didn’t want to rush into that at the end of the season and give it short shrift or not make that story as great and emotional as it needs to be to honor both the character and the actor. I think that’s going to be a big part of Archie’s journey next season, honestly," the executive producer said. 

The core four (except maybe Jughead) are definitely sticking together this season. 

In the flash-forward, it's clear something major went down among the show's core gang. Season three gave the four characters their own storylines and mysteries to solve separately. Now that those problems have mostly wrapped up, Aguierre-Sacasa revealed that he wanted the core four to stick together. 

"We loved the core four together in the finale. We wanted to do something that tied them all together for the core mystery and for a big secret, and it felt like having them all around that bonfire, minus Jughead, would be a way to tie them all together so that when we get to the central mystery of what happened that night and what led to the events of burning their clothes, it would be all of our foursome and not the kids split off again."

But, something "dire" has happened to Jughead. 

The Riverdale writer kept things hush-hush regarding Jughead's fate. In his interview, he did mention that things look alarming for the beanie-sporting character. "All I can say is, I guess things look very dire for Jughead in that scene, for sure."

We have not seen the last of the Gargoyle King mastermind, Penelope Blossom.

Both Aguierre-Sacasa and Nathalie Boltt, who plays Penelope Blossom, confirmed that the red headed mother will certainly be around in the next season. "See you next season folks!" Boltt wrote to Twitter. 

And Aguierre-Sacasa said in his interview, "I love Penelope Blossom and I love the actress Nathalie Boltt and originally, she was going to be in jail or die, and we just couldn’t bring ourselves to do either because we love the character and the actress so much."

Now that Jason has, er, resurfaced, things don't look great for Cheryl's mental state. 

Madelaine Petsch in Riverdale as Cheryl Blossom
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Last we saw Cheryl, she was talking to the dug-up corpse of her brother. According to Aguierre-Sacasa, the death of her brother has always been something that persistently disturbs Cheryl. Her relationship with him will take an even darker and more twisted turn in the upcoming season. 

Alice is fully in with the FBI, but she's still MIA. 

Mädchen Amick posted to Twitter a triumphant message for her character: "... and ya’ll doubted #Alice How dare you!" Throughout season three, fans were frustrated at her character's willingness to follow the cult leader Edgar Evernever. In the season three finale it was revealed that Alice Cooper was actually an FBI informant the whole time, however, she was taken by the cult during their "ascension" — whatever that means. 

The Farm will still play a role in the season, but not for long. 

The Riverdale writers are ready to wrap up the business with the Farm. According to Aguirre-Sacasa's interview, the mysteries surrounding the cult will be revealed early in the season, to make room for the new mystery afoot. 

"Edgar’s not in jail, and Alice is MIA. We are going to resolve that story. It’s not going to be the season-long story, though. We’re going to resolve it pretty quickly," he said. 

Charles might not have the best intentions for turning up. 

Another big plot twist in the season three finale was the return of Charles — Alice's long-lost son viewers assumed to be dead. When the FBI agent turned up to Betty's front door and revealed himself to be her (and Jughead's) half-brother, the characters were pretty much shocked. Fans have already theorized that Charles has malicious intent, and Aguirre-Sacasa pretty much confirmed it in his interview. 

"Even when we introduce someone with the best of intentions, like this person is normal, this person is a good person; the way things shake out, there are always secrets," he said about Charles's introduction. The creator also brought up the "serial killer gene" storyline that was centered around Betty and revealed, "Charles will have a part of that."

Hiram Lodge is *still* a jerk. 

To no one's surprise, Hiram Lodge remains an absolute sleazebag. Hiram is definitely up to something in the season finale, as hinted at when Hermione says to the family attorney, "You're sure? How could he have hid this from me." 

Aguirre-Sacasa disclosed that "We’re going to pick that thread up in season 4 — the mystery of what Hiram was hiding."

The third season ended with the core four planning for a "normal" senior year — in Riverdale speak, that means it's about to be the wildest ride yet. 

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It couldn't be a more typical foreshadowing, the core four toasting to a drama-free year with no mysteries to solve. Of course, when it comes to Riverdale, as soon as one mystery is resolved another one is right around the corner. Despite the cheery final shot of season three, season four is set up to be the darkest season yet.