Riverdale Airs Bittersweet Final Episode That Luke Perry Filmed — Nearly 2 Months After His Death
Riverdale fans are saying goodbye to Luke Perry‘s character.
Perry, who died on March 4 after suffering a massive stroke, played beloved Fred Andrews for nearly three seasons on the drama. And on Wednesday night’s episode, the late actor appeared in the final scene that he filmed for the CW series ahead of his death.
After Archie (K.J. Apa) was accused of murdering fellow boxer Randy during a fight in the ring, Fred attempted to comfort his son.
“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 doubts, though: “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, but Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa revealed on Sunday that this 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 added.
Aguirre-Sacasa admitted in March the cast and crew were still struggling to come to terms with Perry’s death.
“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 after suffering a stroke on Feb. 27 after paramedics were dispatched to his home in Sherman Oaks, California. A source told PEOPLE he never regained consciousness.
On March 4, Perry’s rep confirmed that the Beverly Hills, 90210 actor had died at age 52.
According to a copy of his death certificate obtained by PEOPLE, Perry was buried in Dickson, Tennessee, one week after his death. The actor was a part-time resident of Tennessee and had owned a farm there since 1995.
Riverdale airs Wednesdays (8 p.m. ET) on the CW.
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