The first episode of Season 4 of the CW teen drama, Riverdale, will be a tribute to Luke Perry, who died in March after a “massive stroke.”
“Riverdale” creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa revealed Wednesday on Twitter that the episode, which he wrote, would be titled “In Memoriam.”
“Probably the most important episode of #Riverdale we’ll do this year, if not ever,” Aguirre-Sacasa captioned a photo of the script. “A tribute to our fallen friend. Thankful for this opportunity to honor Luke & Fred.”
Perry’s final appearance on the show came over a month after his death. The first episode that aired after his death was dedicated to Perry, though the storyline had not yet acknowledged the fate of Fred Andrews.
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
As Aguirre-Sacasa told EW’s Tim Stack of addressing Perry’s death and the vacancy left by Fred, “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.”