Riverdale's Tribute To Luke Perry Will Be The 'Most Important Episode' Ever And We're Already Crying

This will change everything.

The fourth season of Riverdale will begin with a tribute to Luke Perry, who played Fred Andrews on the show and tragically passed away following a stroke in March this year.

The showrunners couldn’t figure out a way to write in Fred’s death with everything that was happening during the third season, so decided to wait until they could give him the tribute he deserved.

Up until this point, Fred has simply been out of town and Archie’s mum, Mary Andrews, played by Molly Ringwald, came back to Riverdale be with Archie.

Now, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has revealed the tribute episode will be the show’s “most important” ever.

Taking to Twitter, he shared that the first episode of season four will be called ‘In Memorium’ and will pay tribute to Perry.

Aguirre-Sacasa wrote, “Probably the most important episode of #Riverdale we’ll do this year, if not ever. A tribute to our fallen friend. Thankful for this opportunity to [honour] Luke & Fred.”

The episode will air on Wednesday October 9 in the US.

It’s pretty safe to say that Fred’s death will have a huge affect on Archie’s storyline in the next season.

The storylines for the major characters were teased at the end of season three, but Archie was given the least revealing ending.

Betty and Jughead find out they have a half-brother who works for the FBI and Veronica finds out her imprisoned father has somehow arranged for her mother to be arrested.

Archie, however, is deciding whether to turn his boxing gym into a community centre for homeless youth.

It’s unclear at this stage whether Mary Andrews will stick around and become a main character or whether she’ll continue as a recurring role.

However, Aguirre-Sacasa told TVLine that Molly is welcome whenever she wants to appear on the show.

“[We’ve told her], ‘You’re welcome back anytime, as often as you want and as much as you want.’”

“We actually already had her scheduled to come back to Riverdale to visit Archie and Fred. When the tragedy happened, she said, ‘If you need me to stay, I’ll stay.’ And I said, ‘We’d love you to stay.'”

“We’ve talked about Molly having a bigger presence next year to help her son.”

There’s only a few months until we find out, one thing we do know for sure is that ‘In Memorium’ is going to be a serious tearjerker of an episode!

The Reason Riverdale Hasn't Addressed Luke Perry's Death Yet Makes A Lot Of Sense

Fred Andrews has simply disappeared with no explanation.

When Luke Perry suddenly died in early March, the big question on every Riverdale fan’s lips was how will the series address the sudden disappearance of his character Fred Andrews.

Since Perry’s death, eight episodes have aired and he has yet to be written out of the show.

The actor’s final appearance on the show was in the fourth last episode of season three and after that Archie (KJ Apa) mentions his dad is out of town for some reason and his estranged mother Mary Andrews (Molly Ringwald) fills in at home.

Now, showrunner Robert Aguirre-Sacasa has confirmed the Riverdale will address his disappearance at the very beginning of season four.

Speaking with E! News, Aguirre-Sacasa said he and the writers of the show postponed writing Fred Andrews out of the show because the final episodes of the show had already been heavily plotted and they didn’t want to rush saying goodbye to the character.

“When Luke passed, it was such a shock, and it was devastating and we kind of have to deal with the emotion of that, and then you have to figure out everything that comes next. And we’d already pretty much plotted out the rest of the season. We’d written a bunch of the rest of the season and it felt like rather than try to squeeze something — and for me, something that’s so monumental and so defining… and we didn’t know how we wanted to deal with it. You know, you’re just reacting. So we thought rather than do it quickly or do it wrong, let’s take our time, let’s figure it out, and let’s deal with it at the beginning of Season 4.”

Which makes a lot of sense. Why would you rush writing off a much-loved character from the show when you can give yourself a little time to breathe and figure it out.

Knowing the Riverdale writers, the storyline could end up being a little left of field!


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