Riverdale Fans React to Luke Perry’s Final Scene Following Tragic Death
Fans of The CW drama Riverdale got a last look at Luke Perry‘s final scene, which aired on the network Wednesday, April 24th, and the emotions ran high. Disclaimer: you may need some tissues for this.
The scene is set at the hospital where Perry’s character, Fred Andrews, accompanies his son Archie to await the medical outcome of Archie’s boxing opponent, Randy. With Randy’s eventual passing, Archie is left guilt-stricken, believing he had contributed to his cause of death.
Fred tells him, “Son, from everything you’ve said, it’s clear that Randy died from those drugs. An autopsy will support that. You’re innocent.”
Fred was there to provide comfort for his son, not unlike the comfort Perry himself has provided to the Riverdale cast during his tenure on the show; he was someone the entire cast and crew looked up to. Co-star Cole Sprouse, who plays Jughead on the show, had previously described Perry as “the [one] person I’ve never heard a bad thing said about, which is an incredibly impressive thing.”
Following the airing of his final scene, fans took to Twitter to pay tribute and mourn the late actor.
It’ll always BREAK MY HEART to know that we never got to say goodbye to Luke Perry in real life or on #Riverdale…? Sending so much love to his family & friends ❤️
— ♡Bazzi Babe♡ (@DIVYAoOoB13BER) April 25, 2019
Are you crying? Because we are.
Last night's episode was filled with deep sadness; too many good-byes . Luke Perry, we should always say his name and remember the brilliance of this beautiful man. He was love, He is love and He will always be love. #Riverdale #LukePerry #LoveIsEternal pic.twitter.com/pqbePsdM9E
— Maria Mandolesi (@theMMlalaland) April 25, 2019
It was a heart-wrenching episode for more reasons than one and fans, costars and strangers alike all have been touched by his influence..
— paola anderson (@andersonpaolita) April 25, 2019
I can’t believe that was Luke Perry’s last episode! I wish he was in the episode more, but I’m glad we got a final heart-to-heart talk between him and Archie. Luke will be missed ❤️ #Riverdale
— brianna ? (@swimmingphan) April 25, 2019
Some fans expressed disappointment in the brevity of his appearance in the episode, while others questioned how the show will continue without Fred Andrews providing wisdom every week.
it just confuses me how they’re gonna continue Riverdale without Luke Perry. He was such an important role in “Archie’s” life that I’m honestly so confused. #Riverdale
— Sierra (112) (@softest_djh) April 25, 2019
Perry, whose claim to fame was the role of Dylan McKay in Beverly Hills, 90210, passed away in March from a massive stroke. Riverdale‘s executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has said all future episodes will be dedicated to Luke’s memory, but it is not yet known if/how his character will be written off the show or if Fred Andrews will get a new face during season four.
It was a bittersweet farewell to Luke Perry — he will be missed.