Riverdale Is Doing a Musical Episode of Heathers

There will be battles of another version when Riverdale takes on Heathers.
There will be battles of another version when Riverdale takes on Heathers.
Photo: CW

We love that Riverdale is so regularly bonkers that at any point, the show can just up and do a musical episode. Last year, it was Carrie. This year, we now know it’s Heathers.

Heathers, of course, is a 1988 cult film starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater that satirizes the cutthroat world of high-school popularity. A musical version has been playing smaller theater venues in Los Angeles, New York, and London over the last five years or so. But now, it’s coming to Riverdale in an episode airing March 20.

“Last year, we had a blast doing Carrie. This year, we wanted to honor another iconic teen movie. Heathers: The Musical is BIG FUN, with great roles for the Riverdale kids,” executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told the official Archie Comics site. “And everyone is singing…”


The site even posted the cast list, which gives some clues about the episode.

The Heathers cast list in Riverdale.
The Heathers cast list in Riverdale.
Photo: Archie Comics

The play is sponsored by the Farm, a group that’s become a mysterious presence on the show this season. And the paper itself has references from the movie on it, such as the burned corner, the slushie drunk, and that chainsaw, which we all know what to do with. Josie is Veronica, the Winona Ryder role; Sweet Pea is JD, the Christian Slater role; and the three Heathers are the three other main girls: Veronica, Betty, and Cheryl. If it seems odd that none of those girls is the star—don’t forget, Josie is the singer.

The Carrie episode was pretty freaking awesome, so there’s little doubt Heathers will be similar. We’ll find out on March 20.


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Matthew Catania

Aw, that image spoils yesterday’s cliffhanger. If Riverdale actually killed off Archie via random Canadian grizzly, that would have been the funniest thing ever.