Riverdale’s season 4 will air with a tribute to Luke Perry, who died in March 2019 after suffering a stroke. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the show’s creator announced on Wednesday.
Aguirre-Sacasa shared a photo of the script for Season 4 premiere, titled “In Memoriam.” Perry, who played Fred Andrews, had his last appearance on Riverdale in April, nearly two months after his death, the absence of his character, Fred Andrews, has yet to be addressed on screen. Luke was an original cast member of the show, appearing in almost every single episode of the series till date.
A HEAVY SILENCE
“Probably the most important episode of #Riverdale we’ll do this year, if not ever,” he shared on Twitter. “A tribute to our fallen friend. Thankful for this opportunity to honor Luke & Fred.”
“It was just devastating,” Roberto recalled. “And we wanted to honor Luke, and figure out the best way to handle the character of Fred Andrews in the show, 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.”
“Luke was one of the hearts of the show — Luke and KJ Apa, their relationship, and as crazy as things got, we always turned back to them, That was so wonderful to have, and so that was part of our thinking too. We wanted to take the time to understand how the show will change without Fred, and how we could best address that.”
SEASON FOUR: RELEASE DATE
The CW hit series Riverdale returns for its fourth season on Wednesday, October 9, 2019.