‘Riverdale’ Creator on How Luke Perry’s Death Will Be Addressed


The creator of Riverdale, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, opened up about Luke Perry’s death in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.

Perry played Archie’s father, Fred Andrews, on the CW drama, Riverdale. Many have been wondering what will happen to his beloved character since he passed. Perry died earlier this month after suffering a massive stroke. He was 52-year-old.

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“You know, honestly, we are I think all still in shock and are all still processing and grieving,” Aguirre-Sacasa told ET. “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.”

“Luke was, is, and will always be a big part of Riverdale,” he said. “We’re kind of a family and when a loss like this happens, you carry it always. It changes and it hopefully becomes a little less painful as time goes by, but you’re changed.”

“When I was with the crew, I said, ‘It will never be the same,’ and that’s true because Luke was such a part of the show.” Aguirre-Sacasa continued, “There are still a few more episodes that have Luke in them, so we’re glad to share those.”

“His spirit — which was so generous and wise and vivacious — we hope will infuse every episode, so in my mind, every episode for the rest of time on Riverdale will have a bit of Luke in it,” he said.

The showrunner took to Twitter to express how heartbroken he was shortly after Perry’s death. He also revealed that all remaining episodes will be dedicated to the late actor.

Aguirre-Sacasa expressed, “So heartbroken about Luke. He was a father, brother, friend, and mentor. Each night before he had to shoot a scene, he’d call me and we’d talk about…everything. I will miss those calls. And my heart goes out to all his family and friends.”

“Going through pictures on my way to set. From the early days. With Luke in the middle. Our heart, always. Tonight’s episode of finds Fred doing what he does best–helping Archie. It is dedicated to Luke, as all episodes will be for the rest of our run,” he wrote in another tweet.

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Rest in peace, Luke Perry.