And apparently, the town of Riverdale isn’t doing great.

The time jump in Riverdale’s upcoming season will see a lot of changes for our favorite characters – and for the town itself.

As previously announced, the first three episodes of season 5 will finish the original plan for season 4. (As with many shows, COVID-19 suspended production before the final episodes could be made.) After the gang’s senior prom and high school graduation, the story will fast-forward about five years.

It’s actually described as a “dying town.” Though the specifics about Riverdale’s woes are under wraps, we do know about one major change: Pop’s is under new management.

Riverdale Season 5

Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe, arguably Riverdale’s most iconic spot, has served the town for decades. Even when the Lodge family bought the diner, Pop continued to be the face of it. But new casting details for season 5 have revealed someone else will be taking over. Here’s who:

[TABITHA TATE] Female, 20s. Black. The ambitious, entrepreneurial granddaughter of Pop Tate who has plans to turn Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe into a franchise diner, even within the dying town of Riverdale. SERIES REGULAR.

It looks like the family business is passing to Pop’s granddaughter, Tabitha. While we’re glad to see Pop’s staying in the Tate family, this casting has us a little worried for Pop himself. He once told Jughead he’d work in the diner until the day he died…

More season 5 changes

The next season of Riverdale will shake up the relationships of the core cast as well. Betty and Jughead split up. Veronica gets married (and it’s not to who you think)

Meanwhile, Archie joins the army.

There’s also a mysterious new art appraiser in town. The casting calls for:

[MISS MARBLE] Female, 30s. Open ethnicity. An attractive Art Appraiser with a keen eye for detail. Though good at her job, she isn’t afraid to use the power of her persuasion to earn an extra penny or two. RECURRING GUEST STAR.

Not sure what Miss Marble is doing in Riverdale, but it sounds like she’s down for some shady business.

Riverdale’s creator, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, announced on Instagram that the show was resuming production, so fans may get answers soon.