Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Says All Future Riverdale Episodes Will Be Dedicated To Luke Perry

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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:

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:

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.”

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.

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