Riverdale returns to Netflix with an emotional tribute to the late Luke Perry in the season premiere, In Memoriam.
Perry played Fred Andrew, the father of Kiwi Ap Kiwi actor Archie Andrew, in the first three episodes of the hit show.
The star died after a stroke in March, 52 years old.
Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has decided to wait for a fourth season before looking back on the loss of Andrew, E Newwith reported.
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The episode is about Perry and how Archie and his friends and family deal with the loss of their father.
The death of Perry, who was iconic in the 1990s for his role as Dylan McKay in Beverly Hills 90210, hit the fans hard.
"We kind of knew this was going to be brutal on the acting scene [KJ Apa], who was Luke's main stage partner, "said Aguirre-Sacasa.
"I think everyone was really proud that they came together to pay tribute to Fred and Luke. I think everyone was … I don't want to say they were happy about catharsis, but I think when we did, we were kind to all scattered around, so there was something really special about coming together to do a table reading that was cathartic. "
A lot of viewers were deeply personally connected to Perry, Aguirre-Sacasa said.
"The truth is, everyone knew Luke. I mean, everybody knows Luke, they knew Luke and they loved him," he said.
Perry's death casts a shadow on later episodes in season four, but the second episode is easier and the play returns to its normal high school realm.