“Riverdale” will be airing the final appearance of the late actor Luke Perry in the episode airing Wednesday, April 24, on The CW. Perry, who played Archie’s dad Fred Andrews on the show, died last March due to cardiac arrest at 52 years old.
Executive producer Robert Aguirre-Sacasa confirmed this in an announcement on Twitter.
“This week’s Riverdale is the last episode Luke filmed,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “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…”
Aguirre-Sacasa, however, did not go into details on how the show will address Perry’s death or if it will have an impact in the story arc on the series. He admitted to the press that they are still quite in shock about Perry being gone forever.
“We know that we have to address it in some way, but we’re giving ourselves a little bit of time and space before we figure out the best way to honor him,” the executive producer said.
Perry was working on “Riverdale” before he suffered a heart attack and was rushed to the hospital. Hence, he was still appearing sporadically in the series and was actually still expected to work on the final episodes but he untimely passed away.
The former teen heartthrob left behind two grown children and a partner he was set to marry. But the people he has worked with over the years also felt the loss as Perry was a well-loved actor.
“Riverdale” has at least three more episodes left to air before the third season wraps up its run this May. The upcoming episode of “Riverdale,” titled “Chapter Fifty-Four: Fear the Reaper” centers on Jellybean’s (played by Trinity Likins) disappearance where Jughead (played by Cole Sprouse) heads the search. Archie (played by KJ Apa), on the other hand, has to deal with what happened to his latest boxing match.