Riverdale Season 3 Poster: Let the Games Begin!

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We're just a few weeks away from the return of Riverdale, and The CW has dropped the official poster for teen soap's third season. 

What it teases is the key players posing for a photo opportunity, and it sure looks like things are getting darker in the quiet but deadly little town of Riverdale. 

Have a look below. 

Riverdale Season 3 Poster

The biggest takeaway from the poster may well be that this will be the season of Archie. It's unclear whether his head being considerably bigger than the other characters was intentional or just an oversight. 

Still, it's a huge thing to miss. 

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At the bottom of the poster, we have an animal skull seemingly wrapping itself around the teenagers, likely setting up the big mystery. 

The previous two trailers have confirmed there will be a cult plot thrown in, and the most recent of which showed someone wearing an animal mask. 

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Could that be the cult leader? We'll need to tune in to find out. 

In any case, the "Let The Games Begin" tagline certainly makes it seem like the teenagers are ready to take down whichever threat is ready to cause problems for them. 

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With Vanessa Morgan and Charles Melton promoted to series regulars, they are also present in the poster. 

Riverdale is one of many shows that struggles to service all of the characters. It remains to be seen whether that will be addressed in the coming episodes. 

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When Riverdale Season 3 debuts, Archie will be on trial for murder following his arrest on Riverdale Season 2 Episode 22

If you watch Riverdale online, you know that Hiram Lodge orchestrated this because Archie admitted that he was no longer helping the villain with his plans. 

What are your thoughts on the poster?

Hit the comments below. 

Riverdale returns Wednesday, October 10. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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Riverdale Quotes

I’m sorry, Donna, but I’m the ultimate wild card. I am the daughter of The Black Hood. The nightmare from next door. I’m training with the FBI and I’m coming for you, you psycho b****! Not Joan, not Jonathan, not even Brett. Just you.


Cheryl: Ummm, did you have a lobotomy for breakfast? You’re wearing my signature color!
Toni: You don’t own the color red. Red existed before you.
Cheryl: Not at Riverdale High. Here, I invented red. I am red.
[Cheryl snaps her fingers and two girls stand behind her]
Cheryl: Sorry, but this school is not big enough for the both of us, faux-pink lady. And I was here first. Go to Centerville High or Westerberg, I don’t care. But you have until first bell Monday to clear every trace of yourself out of these halls. Copy?
[Cheryl flips her hair in Toni’s face and walks away]