Riverdale’s Season 4 Premiere Will Be “In Memoriam” To Luke Perry

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Riverdale will return for its fourth season in the fall. It won’t start off happily.

As fans know, Luke Perry, who plays Fred Andrews, died in March after suffering a major stroke. It was sudden and shocking to those who knew him and he’s missed. Riverdale did not address Luke’s passing in the final episodes of season three that were filmed following his death. Instead, he went away on a “business trip” out of town.

When season four returns, they’re not wasting time addressing Perry’s passing and how it will affect the show.

Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa tweeted the title page of the season four premiere, called “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,” the tweet said.

The episode is penned by Aguirre-Sacasa and will be directed by Gabriel Correa.

Talking with Entertainment Weekly awhile back, Aguirre-Sacasa revealed why the death wasn’t addressed in season three. It was an issue of wanting to do Perry’s memory and the story justice.

“When Luke passed, we’d already more or less outlined the last two or three episodes [of season 3], and we didn’t want to rush that or get it wrong. So we are 100 percent going to deal with it narratively at the beginning of season 4, and we want that episode to really honor the character of Fred and honestly, to honor the actor Luke and our friend Luke. I’ve read online that they’re like, ‘Ooh, Riverdale‘s not dealing with this. Is Fred going to just be on a business trip?’ So Tim, I would be so grateful if you make it clear that we are 100 percent going to deal with Fred’s death. We didn’t want to rush into that at the end of the season and give it short shrift or not make that story as great and emotional as it needs to be to honor both the character and the actor. I think that’s going to be a big part of Archie’s journey next season, honestly.”

Riverdale season four premieres on Wednesday, October 9th at 8/7c on the CW.

Bec Heim