The upcoming fourth-season premiere of “Riverdale” promises to be a highly emotional one, with series creator and showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa revealing plans to honour the late Luke Perry in the episode.
In a tweet issued on Wednesday, Aguire-Sacasa told his Twitter followers that the episode will be “probably the most important episode of #Riverdale we’ll do this year, if not ever,” sharing a photo of the episode’s script, titled “In Memoriam”.
He added: “A tribute to our fallen friend.”
Perry, who played the father of KJ Apa’s Archie Andrews on the show, passed away in March after suffering a stroke. He was 52.
In an interview with The Wrap, Aguirre-Sacasa explained the decision to hold off until the fourth season to pay tribute to Perry.
“We’d started writing the end of the season and we made the decision to not address it at the end of Season 3 because we felt it would be rushed,” Aguirre-Sacasa said.
“We felt it wouldn’t be the right way to honour neither Luke nor the character Fred,” he added. “So we decided not long after the tragedy that we would wait and do a tribute to Luke and honoring his memory and deal with losing Fred Andrews at the beginning of Season 4.”
The new season of “Riverdale” premieres on Wednesday, Oct. 9.