Two weeks after the sudden passing of Luke Perry, Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is opening up about how the show will handle the heartbreaking loss.
Luke portrayed Archie’s father Fred Andrews on the hit CW series. He died at the age of 52 following a massive stroke.
On Sunday, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, in an exclusive with ET, shared how Riverdale plans to address Luke’s passing through his on-screen character.
Touching on how the entire Riverdale family is still reeling from the painful loss, he said:
“You know, honestly, we are I think all still in shock and are all still processing and grieving.
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.”
Roberto went on to say that they all hope to infuse every episode with Luke’s spirit and his heart:
“Luke was, is, and will always be a big part of Riverdale. We’re kind of a family and when a loss like this happens, you carry it always. It changes and it hopefully becomes a little less painful as time goes by, but you’re changed.
When I was with the crew, I said, ‘It will never be the same,’ and that’s true because Luke was such a part of the show. There are still a few more episodes that have Luke in them, so we’re glad to share those.
His spirit — which was so generous and wise and vivacious — we hope will infuse every episode, so in my mind, every episode for the rest of time on Riverdale will have a bit of Luke in it.”
Awww. Beautifully said.
Shortly after Luke’s death, Roberto said in a statement via Twitter that all remaining episodes of Riverdale will be dedicated to the late actor:
Going through pictures on my way to set. 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.”
An on-screen in memoriam message has been included since his passing.
Last week, Cole Sprouse, who plays Jughead Jones on the show, also talked about how Riverdale will deal with the star’s passing.
On his March 12 appearance on The View, Cole revealed:
“I can’t go too much into the spoilers of it, but we do have something planned narratively. We dedicated some of the episodes to him.
He was very well loved. I mean, the whole world is mourning his passing. But, he was one of those guys that would rather have us all laughing about his great stories than mourning for too long.”
Production on Riverdale immediately shut down for two days after Luke’s death on March 4.