The cast of The CW series Riverdale reflected on their time with Luke Perry during a table read for the show’s upcoming fourth season, actress Mädchen Amick wrote in a post to Instagram.
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who developed Riverdale for TV, shared on Twitter last month that the season 4 premiere would be titled “In Memoriam.”
Perry died in March at age 52 after suffering a stroke.
“Probably the most important episode of #Riverdale we’ll do this year, if not ever,” he wrote. “A tribute to our fallen friend. Thankful for this opportunity to honor Luke & Fred,” referring to Luke’s character on the show, Fred Andrews.
Aguirre-Sacasa previously discussed the reason he and the other writers didn’t want to address Luke’s onscreen absence until this upcoming season. “When Luke passed, it was such a shock, and it was devastating and we kind of have to deal with the emotion of that, and then you have to figure out everything that comes next,” he told E! News in May. “We didn’t know how we wanted to deal with it. You know, you’re just reacting. So, we thought rather than do it quickly or do it wrong, let’s take our time, let’s figure it out, and let’s deal with it at the beginning of season 4.”
Perry’s final episode of “Riverdale” aired on April 24. The new season begins on Oct. 9.