Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Says All Future Riverdale Episodes Will Be Dedicated To Luke Perry
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa publicly commented on the passing of Riverdale actor Luke Perry late Wednesday morning, the day of the series’ first episode since Luke died following complications from a stroke.
Because much of the remainder of Riverdale‘s third season has already been filmed, Luke’s character Fred Andrews is slated to appear in a handful of posthumous episodes. Roberto and the Riverdale team dedicated last night’s episode to Luke with a pre-credits title card in memoriam of the Beverly Hills 90210 heartthrob. Wednesday’s episode featured Fred comforting and bandaging his son, Archie Andrews, after Archie had been stabbed.
Roberto revealed on Twitter that all episodes for the rest of Riverdale‘s run, which will likely be a long one if public interest is any indicator, will be dedicated to Luke, the heart of the show. The Riverdale showrunner shared a photo from the early days of Riverdale‘s filming in 2016:
Going through pictures on my way to set. From the early days. With Luke in the middle. Our heart, always. Tonight’s episode of #Riverdale finds Fred doing what he does best–helping Archie. It is dedicated to Luke, as all episodes will be for the rest of our run. 💔❤️🏆 pic.twitter.com/Nx8iCFBoMe
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) March 6, 2019
This isn’t the first time Roberto has paid tribute to the late actor over Twitter. The morning Luke passed, Roberto shared another on-set photo of Luke while reminiscing over their long pre-filming phone calls, one of many ways he touched the hearts of his co-workers, family, and friends:
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
The Riverdale cast has also taken to social media to pay their own personal tributes to the actor who had been called “America’s Dad” by The Atlantic and “The Moral Compass of Riverdale” by Teen Vogue.
Madelaine Petsch shared her memories of Luke through Instagram, as did Mädchen Amick and Marisol Nichols, while Lili Reinhart took to Twitter and Instagram Stories to send her condolences to Luke’s family members. Series star KJ Apa has yet to publicly comment on Luke’s death, while Cole Sprouse has only spoken of Luke through an in-person interview:
“It’s not the easiest thing to talk about, but he was well loved,” Cole said after being asked about Luke during an interview for his film Five Feet Apart. “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.”
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Luke, I am so lucky to have known you & gotten so close to you these last 3 years. You were such a light in our lives; the most genuine & kind soul I will ever know. From day one of this show you were the most amazing mentor to me. Thank you for teaching me not only about this industry, but also about kindness and being a family and how to foster and nurture those important relationships… you were the absolute best at that. I love you Luke, you and those sweet forehead kisses will forever be missed. 💔
I’m finding it hard to grasp that he will no longer be around to give long hugs and share his wisdom and kindness with all of us.
I’m thinking of his family. His children.
I pray for them to heal and find peace in this devastating loss.
— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) March 4, 2019
Production of the show has been halted, and it’s unclear how the show will move forward without Luke’s presence. It’s unlikely that Roberto and the writers would recast Fred Andrews, but anything’s possible. For now, we’ll just have to wait and see — and know that Luke will be a part of the show no matter what.