There's so much drama ready to unfold in season four of Riverdale, but the first episode of the new chapter included a much-needed pause in honor of the late Luke Perry.
When Luke Perry died in March 2019 after suffering a stroke, the actor's massive fanbase and network of industry friends and family were stunned. The CW series was put on hold, but they finished out the third season without addressing his or his character's death. The series' creators wanted to honor him in a more thoughtful way, and they definitely succeeded.
The former star of Beverly Hills, 90210 had always wanted one of his castmates, Shannen Doherty, to guest-star on Riverdale, and the writers finally made it happen.
Archie received the heartbreaking call at the beginning of the episode.
Perry's character Fred Andrews, Archie's dad, died in an accidental way — which, in a show like Riverdale, is unheard of. Andrews stopped to help someone on the side of the road and was struck by a car in a hit-and-run accident. Archie received the call while with his core group of friends at Pop's Diner, the spot where Fred nearly lost his life in season one.