Riverdale has “something planned” in the storyline to deal with the sudden loss of one of its pivotal characters.
Luke Perry played Archie’s dad, Fred Andrews, on Riverdale and his character was a force of good on the show – a sort of moral compass, if you will.
Last Monday (March 4), Luke passed away after suffering a massive stroke. He was 52. Riverdale shut down production for two days following his death, and on Wednesday (March 6), show creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa announced that they will be dedicating all remaining episodes to the late actor.
“Going through pictures on my way to set,” Roberto wrote alongside a throwback group photo of some of the cast. “From the early days. With Luke in the middle. Our heart, always. Tonight’s episode of #Riverdale 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.”
That night’s episode – the first to air since Luke’s passing – had an “In Memoriam” card to honor the him at the end.
The episode also had scenes that included the late actor, from previous tapings. It’s not yet known how many episodes will continue to have Luke in it, and how the show will deal with losing their Fred Andrews, story-wise.
When Cole Sprouse, who plays Jughead Jones on the show, appeared on The View to promote his new movie, Five Feet Apart, the subject of Riverdale inevitably came up.
“I can’t go too much into the spoilers of it, but we do have something planned narratively,” Cole said, when asked about what the show was doing to honor Luke. “We dedicated some of the episodes to him.”
“He was very well loved. I mean, the whole world is mourning his passing,” the 26-year-old actor added. “But, he was one of those guys that would rather have us all laughing about his great stories than mourning for too long.”
In a previous interview on The Late Late Show With James Corden, Cole also revealed that the entire Riverdale family are “recovering” and “going through the paces.”
“Luke was one of those guys, I think, that would much rather have us laughing and telling stories about his life than sort of lamenting it,” he said.
Several cast members have shared touching tributes to Luke on social media.
KJ Apa, who plays Luke’s onscreen son, Archie, paid tribute to his Riverdale dad. In a brief, poignant, and very touching post, the 21-year-old actor took to Instagram to share a photo of Luke enjoying a day out on the water. He simply captioned it:
“Rest in Love bro.”
Camila Mendes, who plays Veronica Lodge on the show, also paid tribute to Luke, writing a heartfelt note which said:
“He took care of us all. An authentic man who took pleasure in offering us his guidance and wisdom, his presence was healing. He had the ability to make you feel comfortable and at ease within seconds of seeing him. I will never forget the collective shock and distress we experienced when the news broke on set.
We lost a dear friend. My heart hurts for his family and anybody who had the pleasure of knowing. Rest in peace, Luke. Although you’re no longer around to wrap me in the warmth of your hug, I can still remember what it felt like.
Whenever I think of you, I will remember that feeling.”
And Lili Reinhart wrote a touching message on Twitter.
“I’m finding it hard to grasp that he will no longer be around to give long hugs and share his wisdom and kindness with all of us.
I’m thinking of his family. His children.
I pray for them to heal and find peace in this devastating loss.”
Cole spoke about Luke on Thursday (March 7) at the LA premiere of his upcoming movie Five Feet Apart, sweetly reflecting on Luke’s memory:
“He was a good man. He will be missed.”
You will be missed, Luke.