'Riverdale' Showrunner Says Luke Perry Tribute for Season 4 Premiere Will Be Show's 'Most Important' Episode
By Zach Seemayer
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Riverdale's upcoming season four premiere is going to be a heartfelt tribute to Luke Perry, and the series' showrunner wants people to know just how impactful it's going to be.
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa revealed the news to Twitter on Wednesday, sharing the title page of the episode's script, titled "In Memoriam."
"Probably the most important episode of #Riverdale we’ll do this year, if not ever," Aguirre-Sacasa wrote alongside the snapshot. "A tribute to our fallen friend."
Aguirre-Sacasa added in the past that he's "thankful for this opportunity to honor Luke & Fred," referring to Perry's character, Fred Andrews, father of Archie Andrews (KJ Apa).
Probably the most important episode of #Riverdale we’ll do this year, if not ever. A tribute to our fallen friend. Thankful for this opportunity to honor Luke & Fred. ❤️🏆💎👨🏻💻 pic.twitter.com/MH7xOjNyDu
Aguirre-Sacasa told ET's Leanne Aguilera back in May that Perry's character's disappearance will be acknowledged "at the top of season four."
"We knew we had to honor Luke and address Luke's death on the show," Aguirre-Sacasa shared. "When Luke had passed, we had already pretty much plotted out the end of this season and written the end of this season. Rather than try to squeeze something in and potentially not get it right, we thought, 'Let's take a beat and let's figure out really what would be the best way to honor Luke and to honor the character of Fred, and let's do it at the top of season four.'"
Riverdale returns for its fourth season Oct. 9 on The CW.