Riverdale fans can attest that the Season 4 premiere was an emotional one, as it acknowledged the death of cast member Luke Perry. His character, Fred Andrews, was simply doing what he does best, being a nice, helpful guy, and trying to help a stranger on the side of the road (played by his 90210 co-star Shannen Doherty) when he was struck and killed by a car.
We all knew the episode was coming, yet it was still devastating, from the core four and Doherty’s character saying a prayer at the side of the road, to Josie singing “Amazing Grace” and Archie’s poignant speech at Fred’s service, to everyone reading Jughead’s obituary for Archie’s dad, it was the perfect tribute to a beloved character and an even more beloved man. But Fred’s legacy isn’t done just yet. Deadline reported that we will soon meet Fred’s younger brother, Frank Andrews, and it’s safe to say he’s nothing like his big bro.
According to Deadline, Ryan Robbins will take on the role of Frank, described as a “blue collar, former high school football star – tough, brash, and charming.” He also has a temper that “constantly get him into trouble” and has been living in Fred’s shadow since he was born. “As a result, Frank joined the Army in search of his own identity” but after three tours of duty, “Frank Andrews is haunted and in need of a home.” How the addition of Frank will play out on the show remains to be seen, but if there’s a place that’s perfect for that type of character seeking refuge, it’s Riverdale. And Robbins couldn’t be happier about his new home, though he admits it’ll be “bittersweet.”
Well… secret’s out now. Bittersweet role for me, but I promise I’ll give it my very best. I’m excited to join this amazing family… https://t.co/4zJor6dyKC
— Ryan Robbins (@RyRobbins) October 21, 2019
Robbins currently stars on Pure, which wrapped its second season in July. The Canadian actor has also appeared in Falling Skies, Arrow, Continuum and Sanctuary.
Entertainment Weekly reported that Robbins will show up in Riverdale during the ninth episode of the season, which will air in the new year.
Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.