Riverdale fans the world over were eagerly awaiting the premiere of Season 4 and on Wednesday night the wait was over.
In March this year, the Riverdale family was hit with tragedy as beloved actor Luke Perry died at his home in LA, surrounded by loved ones . In addition to his role in Riverdale, perhaps he was best known for his role in Beverly Hills 90210.
Following his death came an outpouring of grief and lots of heartfelt tributes from fellow cast members, actors and of course the fans themselves on social media. All of them wanting to remember him in their own way.
So it was with no surprise that the production team and writers wanted to give the character the death he deserved and honour the cherished actor who portrayed him.
At the end of the last season, the character’s absence was explained simply by stating that he was out of town on a business trip. This was to give the writers time to create a fitting end for the character.
Creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa explained the thought process behind giving the character a fitting death at a screening event recently.
“To give Fred’s (and Perry’s) death the respect it deserved. The Riverdale writers decided that the premiere wasn’t going to launch any huge stories for the season. It was really going to be kind of focused on [Fred’s passing], and the emotional effects of that passing for everyone.”
Aguirre-Sacasa at a screening event for Riverdale season 4.
Season 4 Episode 1 – In Memoriam
Without a doubt fans everywhere were touched by heartbreaking speeches made by key characters. Especially as they brought back touching memories of an irreplaceable and beloved friend.
Most of the young actors, weren’t just mourning as their characters. They were also grieving for the man they knew and loved. This made the speeches even more poignant, especially the speech from his on screen son Archie (Played by KJ Apa).
The opening scene shows the 4 main characters. Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica preparing to head off to college. The four friends are sat in a diner planning a camping trip before they all head off to different colleges when Archie’s phone rings. Unaware of what is about to happen, he excuses himself to answer it. He is then seen falling to his knees as the devastating news is delivered. Cue the emotional scenes of identifying the body and the beautifully portrayed funeral scene.
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Within the first ten minutes of episode, there wasn’t a dry eye anywhere as fans took to twitter to share their heartbreak.
The cast joined in as well, to pay their own special tributes and show that they were watching along with the fans.
Fans everywhere felt a mix of emotions throughout the episode as towards the end it took a turn leaving viewers to discover more about the Hit and Run as Archie (Played by KJ Apa) vowed to find out who killed his father.
The cast and crew received the highest praise from impressed fans for their outstanding work on what was surely a highly emotional episode during a very difficult time.
One thing was evident throughout the episode: that the feelings and emotions of the cast being very real. Undoubtedly, it remained an episode of Riverdale with just the right mix of emotions, making it the perfect homage to a great actor, who will never be forgotten.
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