Riverdale fans are saying goodbye to Luke Perry’s character.
Perry, who died on March 4 in the wake of enduring a huge stroke, played adored Fred Andrews for almost three seasons on the drama. Furthermore, on Wednesday night’s episode, the late actor showed up in the last scene that he filmed for the CW series in front of his demise.
After Archie (K.J. Apa) was blamed for killing individual boxer Randy amid a battle in the ring, Fred endeavored to comfort his child.
“From everything you’ve said, it’s clear Randy died from those drugs. An autopsy will support that. You’re innocent,” Fred told Archie.
The teenager had questions, however: “I’m not, dad. I knew. I knew Randy was using. I could have stopped the fight, but I didn’t want to forfeit.”
“I’m never stepping into that ring ever again,” Archie continued. “I can’t.”
It’s not clear how Fred’s storyline will end, yet Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa uncovered on Sunday that the current week’s episode was the last one that the actor filmed.
“This week’s #Riverdale is the last episode Luke filmed,” Aguirre-Sacasa wrote on Twitter alongside a photo of Perry as Archie’s dad. “As always, Fred’s imparting words of wisdom to Archie. A beautiful, true moment between a father and his son.”
“Wish these scenes could go on forever…❤️🏆💎👨🏻💻,” he included.
Aguirre-Sacasa conceded in March the cast and group were all the while struggling to come to terms with Perry’s demise.
“You know, honestly, we are I think all still in shock and are all still processing and grieving,” he said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “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.”
Perry was hospitalized in the wake of enduring a stroke on Feb. 27 after paramedics were dispatched to his home in Sherman Oaks, California. A source disclosed to PEOPLE he never regained consciousness.
On March 4, Perry’s rep affirmed that the Beverly Hills, 90210 actor had passed on at age 52.
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