Luke Perry's final episode of Riverdale will air this week
22 April 2019, 17:07 | Updated: 22 April 2019, 17:30
Riverdale's season 3, episode 19 will be Perry's final time appearing on screen as Archie's dad Fred.
Luke Perry's final scenes as Riverdale's resident wholesome dad Fred Andrews will air this week in season 3, episode 19 on Wednesday 24th April.
Since his passing on March 4, Luke has appeared as Fred in a handful of episodes. In episode 14 ('Fire Walk with Me'), he came to Archie's aid after a stabbing. In episode 15 ('American Dreams'), he and FP shared a thought provoking conversation and in last week's episode ('Jawbreaker'), he could be seen in the crowd at Archie's boxing match supporting his son.
Luke's last episode as Fred will see him doing what he does best: passing on his priceless wisdom to Archie.
Confirming the final scenes on social media, show runner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa wrote: "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..."
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
While episode 19 was the last episode that Luke Perry filmed on the show, Fred's storyline was far from over. Molly Ringwald, who plays Archie's mum Mary Andrews, will return as a guest star in episode 20 and episode 21, presumably filling in for where Fred would have played a role in the storyline.
It's already been confirmed that the show will address Luke's passing through his character. Speaking to ET, Aguirre-Sacasa said that "we know that we have to address it in some way, but we’re giving ourselves a little bit of time and space before we figure out the best way to honour him."
So far, there are no confirmed plans about what will happen to Fred on the show.
As of episode 19, Luke will have appeared in 47 out of Riverdale's 54 episodes. He'll no doubt be sorely missed for the rest of the series run.