Following the sudden death of actor Luke Perry two weeks ago, people are wondering what will happen to the hit show Riverdale and Perry’s character, Fred Andrews.
In the teen drama, Perry played the father of the main character Archie Andrews, with fans of the show now left wondering how the actor’s death will be dealt with on the show.
Speaking with ET, executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said that they are planning to address Perry’s death through his on-screen character Fred, however, no official storylines have been written yet.
“You know, honestly, we are I think all still in shock and are all still processing and grieving,” Aguirre-Sacasa told ET while at the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina ATAS official event in LA.
“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 honour him.”
This comes after the show runner announced on Twitter that all remaining episodes of Riverdale would be dedicated to the late actor. That same week, an on-screen in memoriam message was displayed before the credits at the end of the latest episode.
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. 💔❤️🏆 pic.twitter.com/Nx8iCFBoMe
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) March 6, 2019
Aguirre-Scasa has confirmed that Perry’s “wise and vivacious” spirit will live on through the CW series.
“Luke was, is, and always will be a big part of Riverdale,” he said. “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,” he continued.
“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.”