Riverdale has created one of the most dynamic ensemble casts throughout its 4 seasons. Skeet Ulrich who has played the father of Cole Sprouse’s Jughead Jones has been part of the show since 2017. Earlier this year, he announced departure from the beloved teen series together with Marisol Nichols. Although his character is confirmed to leave the show, will he be actually killed off?
In a previous Instagram Live video with his partner Megan Blake Irwin, Ulrich revealed why he chose to exit The CW show.
“I’m leaving ‘Riverdale’ because I got bored creatively,” he said. “How’s that? That’s the most honest answer.”
Discussing further his decision, he commented, “I’m incredibly grateful for the friendships I’ve made on Riverdale, and I will miss seeing everyone on a daily basis. I’m proud to have been part of such a talented group of people, in front of the camera and behind. But I’ve decided that it’s time for me to move on to explore other creative opportunities.”
In his recent Instagram post, Ulrich has also shared his final day of filming on the show. He wrote, “Goodbye Riverdale…thank you for introducing me to some lifelong friendships and so many beautiful souls. Today is my last day on set but the experience will never leave my heart ❤️ Thank you to all of you for the love and support 🙏.”
Ulrich has portrayed FP Jones, father of Jughead and a gang leader-turned-sheriff since the series premiere season. Another Riverdale cast member bidding goodbye is Marisol Nichols, who confirmed her character exit February this year. Nichols plays mother to Camila Mendes’ character, Veronica Lodge. Both would not be returning as regulars for the fifth season of the hit series.
Will FP Jones be killed in Riverdale Season 5?
Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa seemed to have hinted at FP’s fate when he recently addressed Skeet’s exit from the series.
In a statement on the actor and co-star Marisol Nichols’ departure, the series’ creator said, “Part of life in Riverdale and part of growing up is saying goodbye to people. I’m grateful to Skeet and Marisol for their incredible work on the show these last four years, and we all wish them well on their future endeavours.”
He further added, “FP and Hermione will never be far from our hearts. And, of course, they’re always welcome back in Riverdale.”
Moreover, in Ulrich’s same Instagram tribute for his character, Aguirre-Sacasa replied, “Last day…for now! Thank you, Skeet, for everything. Don’t be a stranger, in life, nor on the show. There will always be a hook for you to hang your Serpent jacket on in Riverdale. ❤️🏆🐍🚀.”
These remarks appear to confirm that FP Jones will not die, but is instead always “welcome” to return.
Riverdale Season 5 Plot and Release Date
The upcoming season will begin with the characters’ final days as students at Riverdale High. A seven-year time jump follows, moving past the characters’ college years entirely.
Riverdale gets renewed for a fifth season by the CW in January, but its official release date remains unknown.
Meanwhile, the previous seasons are available for streaming on CW’s website and app, or on Netflix.