It’s been three and a half months since Luke Perry passed away but with the BH90210 revival hitting the small screen soon and seeing the promos starring his former co-stars, it’s just another sad reminder that he’s no longer with us.
Let’s not forget about Riverdale, the last show he was on. While we still have a few months before the hit show returns, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa shared the bittersweet details of the upcoming season premiere, which will be titled “In Memoriam,” and will be directed by Gabriel Correa. Aguirre-Sacasa explained in a tweet that the episode will serve as not only a tribute to both the actor and his character, Fred Andrews, but serve as an an opportunity to honour both. Perry died in March and his last appearance on Riverdale aired in April, though Fred’s absence had yet to be addressed. Looks like it will be when the series comes back in October.
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
Aguirre-Sacasa further revealed that he didn’t want to rush the reveal on Fred’s status, and give Perry the respect he deserved. “When Luke passed, we had already broken and written a lot of the end of the season, and we really wanted to … I mean, it was just devastating,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “And we wanted to honor Luke, and figure out the best way to handle the character of Fred Andrews in the show, so we sort of said, you know what? Let’s not squeeze, let’s not rush to squeeze something into the finale, or into the last couple of episodes, let’s really think about it, and let’s tell that story at the beginning of season four.” He added that “Luke was one of the hearts of the show” and they “wanted to take the time to understand how the show will change [without Fred].”
Perry was an original cast member of the CW show and appeared in just about every episode since it premiered in 2017. In addition to his Riverdale role that introduced him to a new generation, Perry is probably best known for playing Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210. That show’s revival will also find a way to honour Perry, who was only originally only set to appear in a few episodes because of his Riverdale commitments.
Perry will also be seen in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (out July 26) but the upcoming episodes of Riverdale will serve as the last that he filmed prior to his passing March 4 after suffering a massive stroke. He was 52.