Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa shared a photo of the title page of his finished script for the CW show’s Season Four premiere, “In Memoriam,” a special tribute to the Luke Perry and his character on the show, Fred Andrews, father of Archie Andrews.
“A tribute to a fallen friend,” Aguirre-Sacasa tweeted with the image of the script bearing the bright yellow Riverdale logo. The elegiac episode (directed by Gabriel Correa) will kick off the new season on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.
Perry’s death on March 4 at the age of 52 following a massive stroke was a heartrending loss for the Riverdale cast and crew and an emotional blow for fans of both Riverdale and the former Beverly Hills 90210 star.
The Riverdale creative team, wanting a proper on-screen tribute to the popular Perry, opted to wait until early in Season 4 to directly address the absence of Fred, who has been “away on business” within the narrative of the series, which aired its Season 3 finale in May.
Perry portrayed Fred, father of Archie (KJ Apa) and husband to Mary (Molly Ringwald). He made his last on-screen appearance in Episode 19, which aired April 24, about two months after the Ohio-born actor’s death in Burbank. The Season 4 premiere will be episode No. 58.