"Thankful for this opportunity to honor Luke & Fred," says the showrunner.
The show's creator, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, announced on Twitter Wednesday that "Riverdale" will honor Perry when the series returns for its fourth season this fall. The actor played the character of Fred Andrews on the series until he tragically passed away last March.
While a few episodes were filmed after his death, his absence has yet to be explained.
"Probably the most important episode of Riverdale we'll do this year, if not ever," Aguirre-Sacasa tweeted about the episode. "A tribute to our fallen friend. Thankful for this opportunity to honor Luke and Fred."
Along with his tweet, the producer also shared a photo the script, which revealed the title as "Chapter Fifty-Eighty: IN MEMORIAM."
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 honor Luke & Fred. ❤️🏆💎👨🏻💻 pic.twitter.com/MH7xOjNyDu— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) June 19, 2019
Perry passed away at the age of 52 on March 4 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank, days after suffering a "massive" stroke at his Los Angeles home. The "Beverly Hills, 90210" is survived by his two children, Jack, 21, and Sophie, 18, his kids with ex-wife, Rachel Minnie Sharp.
Perry's final episode of "Riverdale" aired on April 25. Although he was only in one scene, it was touching, poignant, and appropriate. Viewers witnessed Perry's final moments on the show doing what his character, Fred, did best: giving his son, Archie, (KJ Apa) advice.
It's unclear how they will pay tribute to Perry in the Season 4 premiere, but if Aguirre-Sacasa's tweet is any indication, we'll definitely need tissues.
Season 4 of "Riverdale" premieres Wednesday, October 9 at 8 p.m. The CW.
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