However, we think Rivervale is an alternate version of Riverdale, where dark magic exists and is believed in. Cheryl’s curse is likely to be the most possible explanation for this, as she emerges as the center of pagan magic and witchcraft in this season.
Yep, you read that right: The dark teen series has begun teasing an enigmatic name change as it heads into Season 6. So just what is Rivervale? Riverdale fans think they’ve figured out Season 6’s wild twist already, and it sounds like a massive change for the show. Spoiler alert: This post contains details from the Riverdale Season 5 finale.
It definitely looks like the Rivervale event will center on Cheryl’s newfound powers, and the town’s name change likely indicates either an effect of Cheryl’s curse or possibly a Riverdale alternate universe. If this is an alternate universe, it would explain why Sabrina’s still alive after her untimely Chilling Adventures of Sabrina finale fate.
For the first five seasons of the hit CW series, the story following Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, and Jughead Jones remained primarily set within the town of Riverdale.