These New 'Riverdale' Season 5 Posters Could Mean Big Things For The Mothmen

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These New 'Riverdale' Season 5 Posters Could Mean Big Things For The Mothmen

After a months-long hiatus, Riverdale is finally coming back with new episodes in August. And while teasers and trailers have been few and far between, these new Riverdale Season 5 posters tease that the story of the Mothmen is just beginning.

As of Monday, July 19, the official Riverdale Instagram account had posted two pairs of posters teasing new episodes: the first featuring Jughead and Tabitha, the other featuring Fangs and Kevin. Or do they? Don't get me wrong, it's definitely the actors playing Jughead, Tabitha, Fangs, and Kevin on the posters, but is it really their characters? I'm not so sure. Something about these new images has me convinced we're looking at another time traveling Riverdale episode, and this time it has nothing to do with the Gargoyle King, and everything to do with the Mothmen and their potential alien origin.

Look at these posters and tell me they don't scream "time warp" to you. It's all there. The grainy filter, the UFO graphic that looks straight out of Roswell, the typewriter (not unusual for Jughead, but still), but most importantly: the clothes — more specifically, Jughead's clothes.

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I'll admit that what Tabitha, Fangs, and Kevin are wearing in their Season 5 posters seems like their normal, present-day uniforms, but Jughead's turtleneck definitely does not. Seriously, in what universe would Jughead Jones, brooding author with mounting debt, wear a crisp white turtleneck? It just doesn't fit with his overall messy vibe this season.

It would, however, fit perfectly with an episode that takes place in the past... like say the late '60s and early '70s, right around the time Pop Tate saw the Mothmen outside the diner. This would explain the UFOs in the posters and Jughead's turtleneck. And, yes, I do see that Jughead is wearing the same corduroy jacket he's been wearing all season, but I stand by my assessment. He's a hipster, it's vintage.

But my main piece of evidence supporting this theory is just that going back to the past to explore the origin of the Mothmen makes sense. In fact, it really feels like the only way they could possibly make this bonkers storyline work.

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As for Kevin and Fangs, two people who have had literally nothing to do with the Mothmen storyline, I have to admit, I'm not so sure. But, given that their posters have that same grainy filter — not to mention two space ships floating around — I'm gonna say they could also just be playing different characters in the '60s. This would especially make sense if Riverdale is planning on doing an entire episode set in a different time. This isn't the kind of show to have an entire hour without any series regulars, so the way around that is to just take your actors and repurpose them for an episode.

Now we'll just have to wait to see what Cheryl, Toni, Veronica, Betty, and Archie's posters look like...and what the whole crew gets up to when Riverdale returns with new episodes Aug. 11.


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Image: Riverdale/Instagram

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