Riverdale Season Four Premiere Will Be Tribute To Luke Perry

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The season four premiere of Riverdale is going to be a real tearjerker. It looks like Riverdale has finally figured out how it wants to address the death of actor Luke Perry, who played Fred Andrews, the father one of the show’s central characters, Archie Andrews. Roberto Aguirre Sacasa, the show’s creator, announced on Twitter yesterday that the title of the upcoming season premiere would be “Chapter Fifty-Eight: In Memorium” and it would address the absence of Luke’s character, Fred. It remains to be seen how the show will explain the absence of one of its central grounding figures.

Luke Perry, who also starred in the ’90s hit TV show Beverly Hills, 90210, died in March following complications from a massive stroke. Because Perry had already completed filming on several episodes of season three of Riverdale, his final appearance on the hit The CW show took place months after his death in April. Riverdale writers were hesitant to attempt to squeeze a tribute to the late actor into the tail end of the season, so they decided to wait until the show returned for a fourth season in order to address Luke’s death and the fate of his character Fred Andrews. It was also announced that all episodes in the rest of Riverdale‘s run will be dedicated to the actor.

In his announcement, Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre Sacasa called the episode “Probably the most important episode of #Riverdale we’ll do this year, if not ever” and “A tribute to our fallen friend.” Cast members like Lili Reinhart, Madelaine Petsch commented on Luke’s passing on social media, while Cole Sprouse addressed it in an interview for his film Five Feet Apart, saying “There’s been an outpouring of emotional support from people around the world, which just goes to show what a wonderful person he was and how much he impacted people’s lives, and impacted our lives.”

Riverdale season four will premiere on October 9 on The CW. We will be watching and bawling.

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