Luke Perry Will Be Honored in 'Riverdale' Season 4 Premiere
"Riverdale" fans can expect to see a full episode dedicated to the memory of the late Luke Perry, whose storyline was left open at the end of the last season.
In a tweet from "Riverdale" creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, fans learned that they would say a proper farewell to the late star's character Fred Andrews in the opening episode of season four.
Sacasa said that the episode was "probably the most important episode of #Riverdale we'll do this year, if not ever," and several fans would agree. The heart-wrenching loss of Perry came as a shock on March 4, 2019.
So heartbroken about Luke. He was a father, brother, friend, and mentor. Each night before he had to shoot a scene, he’d call me and we’d talk about...everything. I will miss those calls. And my heart goes out to all his family and friends. 💔 pic.twitter.com/2GaFkV2mI7— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) March 4, 2019
At the time, Sacasa shared a snippet of the episode to Twitter, calling it a "beautiful true moment" as he wished such "scenes could go on forever." However, the episode wasn't conclusive.
This week’s #Riverdale is the last episode Luke filmed. As always, Fred’s imparting words of wisdom to Archie. A beautiful, true moment between a father and his son. Wish these scenes could go on forever...❤️🏆💎👨🏻💻 pic.twitter.com/meokbvo0Wt— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) April 22, 2019
In May, Sacasa spoke to the Hollywood Reporter about the reason Fred's storyline was left open. "We wanted to honor Luke, and figure out the best way to handle the character of Fred Andrews in the show," he revealed.
"So we sort of said, you know what? Let's not squeeze, let's not rush to squeeze something into the finale, or into the last couple of episodes, let's really think about it, and let's tell that story at the beginning of season four."
Probably the most important episode of #Riverdale we’ll do this year, if not ever. A tribute to our fallen friend. Thankful for this opportunity to honor Luke & Fred. ❤️🏆💎👨🏻💻 pic.twitter.com/MH7xOjNyDu— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) June 19, 2019
As per hSacasa's latest Twitter post, the episode will be "a tribute to our fallen friend." He added: "Thankful for this opportunity to honor Luke & Fred." Fittingly, the episode is titled, "In Memorium" and will premiere on October 9 on CW.
Perry was 52 when he suffered a massive stroke a week before passing away. His family, including his children Jack and Sophie, his fiance Wendy Madison Bauer, and his ex-wife were all present at his side.
In a statement, the family expressed appreciation for "the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world."
Executive producers, including Sacasa, also released a statement in which they described Perry as "an incredibly caring, consummate professional with a giant heart, and a true friend to all."