Spoilers ahead for the Riverdale Season 4 debut. There’s a scene in the Riverdale Season 4 debut in which the town’s youngsters lounge around recounting to their preferred tales about Fred Andrews, who has quite recently been slaughtered in an attempt at manslaughter. A portion of their accounts are sweet, others are tragic, yet all through every one of them, the pain is substantial — in light of the fact that the characters are grieving Fred, but since the show’s entertainers are likewise grieving Luke Perry, who passed on startlingly in March.
Riverdale’s third season was still reporting in real time when Perry endured a deadly stroke, and other than a commitment to the entertainer in one of the scenes following his passing, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa needed to stand by to address his nonappearance in the show until they could do it appropriately. “At the point when Luke passed, we immediately settled on the choice that we weren’t going to address it [in Season 3],” he disclosed to TVLine not long ago. “We would not like to surge it. We would not like to sandwich it in the middle of the various plotlines.”
The outcome is a grave Season 4 debut that capacities fundamentally as a jug scene honoring Perry’s heritage, which was naturally hard for the cast to film, given how close they’d developed to the late entertainer. “After [Perry] passed, his family called and inquired as to whether they could have his private remembrance at my home, and I resembled, ‘Completely. Be that as it may, why?'” Skeet Ulrich, who plays Jughead’s father FP Jones, told Bustle at New York Comic Con. “What’s more, I didn’t understand it, yet clearly Luke didn’t care to go numerous spots, however he constantly needed to go to my home. Furthermore, we lived extremely near one another. I’d keep running into him at the neighborhood home improvement shop more than I would on set.”
Luke Perry as Fred Andrews and KJ Apa as Archie Andrews in ‘Riverdale’ Season 1
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This made being the one to tell Mary (Molly Ringwald) and Archie (KJ Apa) that Fred had passed on as hard for Ulrich as it was his character. “I don’t think I’ve at any point had that crude of an encounter that was shot previously,” he said of the scene. “Actually practically difficult to absolute lines — out of the blue, to be completely forthright.”
In any case, similarly as Jughead, Archie, Betty, Veronica, Reggie, and Kevin discovered some purge in sharing their preferred tales about Fred, so did the Riverdale cast with Perry. “I’ll always remember one time Luke called me in the middle of Season 1 and Season 2, and he stated, ‘I truly need to converse with you about my character,'” Aguirre-Sacasa stated, he expected Perry was vexed about how his character was being composed. “He stated, ‘You know, I’ve been considering Fred a great deal, and I think Fred ought to have increasingly filthy dishes in the sink.’ And I stated, ‘What do you mean?’ And he resembles, ‘I mean, he’s an unhitched male. Archie’s a single guy. Nobody’s doing dishes in the house.'”
As indicated by Aguirre-Sacasa, Perry likewise had solid emotions about the quantity of wool shirts Fred possessed — he said his character had enough as of now and didn’t require any more. “And afterward the exact opposite thing he said was, ‘I want to be hammering more stuff,'” Aguirre-Sacasa added, smiling at the memory. “And it’s funny because in the premiere, we flash back to that one scene from Season 1 where he’s hammering something.”