The late actor Luke Perry final episode as Archie’s dad Fred Andrews will air this Wednesday (8/7c), executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa announced in a tweet.
“This week’s Riverdale is the last episode Luke filmed,” the EP wrote. “As always, Fred’s imparting words of wisdom to Archie. A beautiful, true moment between father and son. Wish these scenes could go on forever…”Perry passed away suddenly last month at just 52 years old after suffering a stroke, but since he filmed several episodes in advance, Fred has been appearing sporadically on Riverdale in the weeks since, offering paternal advice to his son Archie. The show does plan to address Perry’s death on-screen “we know that we have to address it in some way,” Aguirre-Sacasa but there’s been no word yet as to how his death will affect Fred’s story arc. Riverdale still has three more Season 3 episodes to air after this week, wrapping up with a May 15 finale. The tweet, accompanied by a picture of Perry in character, garnered an emotional reaction from fans online.
This week’s #Riverdale is the last episode Luke filmed. As always, Fred’s imparting words of wisdom to Archie. A beautiful, true moment between a father and his son. Wish these scenes could go on forever…❤️🏆💎👨🏻💻 pic.twitter.com/meokbvo0Wt
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) April 22, 2019
“Goodbye to the most kind hearted person in Riverdale,” another replied. “Fred will seriously be missed!”In the episode titled “Chapter Fifty-Four: Fear the Reaper”, Jellybean (Trinity Likins) goes missing, prompting Jughead (Cole Sprouse), Gladys (Gina Gershon) and FP (Skeet Ulrich) to follow a series of clues to bring her home, as Archie deals with the fallout from his latest boxing match. Last month, Riverdale co-star Cole Sprouse shared the show had planned something to address Perry’s death while appearing on The View.“I can’t go too much into the spoilers of it, but we do have something planned narratively,” he said, adding “we dedicated some of the episodes to him”. Luke Perry rose to fame on the hit ’90s show Beverly Hills, 90210, playing resident bad boy Dylan McKay. The teen series premiered in October 1990 when Perry was 24 and quickly became the number one show for teenagers. And everywhere he went, it was mania. It is not yet known how Perry’s character will exit the series.