Luke Perry’s sudden and tragic death in March 2019 left the Riverdale writers room with the undertaking of giving Fred Andrews a proper sendoff while also honoring the late actor. The crew decided to hold off on addressing the character’s absence until season 4, dedicating the entire premiere in October 2019 to saying goodbye.
“It was really hard on everybody. We had gone through the hiatus and sort of, in a way, could dodge the feelings if we needed to, whatever the healing process became,” Skeet Ulrich exclusively told Us Weekly in October 2019. “We could lean on each other still through that break and then when we were tasked in retelling our own grief, in a way, it was quite a bonding experience.”
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