Luke Perry's last episode on 'Riverdale' will feature a 'beautiful moment between father and his son'
'Chapter Fifty-Four: Fear the Reaper' of 'Riverdale', which will air Wednesday, will be the last episode of the CW series featuring Luke Perry following his untimely death on March 4
As heartwrenching as it may be, the time has come for 'Riverdale' fans to say goodbye to Luke Perry. The star played Archie's father Fred Andrews on the show and was one of the most loved characters. Sadly, episode 'Chapter Fifty-Four: Fear the Reaper' of 'Riverdale', which will air April 25, will be the last episode of the CW series featuring Luke Perry following his untimely death on March 4.
Perry's character remained the voice of reason throughout the series which saw the quiet town of Riverdale undergo a great transformation over three seasons, starting with the murder of Jason Blossom and progressing onto gang wars and blown-up family drama.
Fred Andrews was quite the opposite of his son Archie Andrews. While Archie is portrayed as a macho and often impulsive teenager, Fred was a sensitive romantic, back in his day. Owning a construction business in Riverdale, Fred separated from his wife Mary Andrews and his bond with their son Archie is something fans will always cherish.
As a tribute to this father-son bond and, more importantly, to Luke Perry who portrayed the character so well, Fred's imparting words to Archie were tweeted out by Riverdale‘s showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa as he announced that the Wednesday episode will be the last one with Perry. "This week’s Riverdale is the last episode Luke filmed. 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 wrote in a tweet. He also confirmed in an interview that the episode would address the actor's death.
This week’s #Riverdale is the last episode Luke filmed. 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...❤️🏆💎👨🏻💻 pic.twitter.com/meokbvo0Wt— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) April 22, 2019
Perry's character Dylan McKay from 'Beverly Hills, 90210', saw him rise to fame and quickly become the heartthrob of the '90s with his textbook teenage rebel traits, troubled family, struggle with alcoholism and perennially creased forehead.
Dylan was the archetype of lonely, troubled, poetry-reading loverboys who would soon show up all over pop culture. After his role on '90210', Perry appeared on shows such as 'Criminal Minds, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit', 'The Simpsons', and 'Will & Grace'. 'Riverdale' was his next big break.
Perry's co-star on 'Riverdale', Camila Mendes, who plays Veronica Lodge, paid a tribute to the actor via an Instagram post in which she said: "An authentic man who took pleasure in offering us his guidance and wisdom. His presence was healing; he had the ability to make you feel comfortable and at ease within seconds of seeing him. I will never forget the collective shock and distress we experienced when the news broke on set."
"We lost a dear friend. My heart hurts for his family and anybody who had the pleasure of knowing him. Rest in peace, Luke. Although you’re no longer around to wrap me in the warmth of your hug, I can still remember what it felt like. Whenever I think of you, I will remember that feeling," she added.
Perry was taken to hospital on February 28 after suffering a stroke at his home in Los Angeles and died on March 4. He will appear posthumously in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film 'Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood' later this year.