10 October 2019 19:51

The fourth season of Riverdale kicked off last night (October 9) with a very emotional Luke Perry tribute.


Netflix Contains spoilers from Riverdale Season 4, Episode 1. Riverdale made its return to screens this week as it kicked off its fourth season. However, this season premiere wasn't like the rest as, instead of setting up a new story, it paid tribute to Luke Perry - who sadly passed away in February. There was no elaborate scheme to partake in or compelling mystery to solve - just a town and a show that came together to honor someone who was a major part of Riverdale's very fabric. 'Chapter Fifty-Eight: In Memoriam' was a fitting tribute to the late, great Perry that allowed the cast (and us) to reflect on all he had given to the show and their lives.

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It was an emotional farewell to one of the show's greatest characters - and one that undoubtedly did him proud. It's a rare thing for Riverdale to produce something of perfection, but this premiere was nothing short of magnificence. The harshest of critics might take issue with how Kevin's reversion from cult follower to friend wasn't explained, or how a sheriff willingly gave a grieving boy the address of the man who took his father from him, but this writer would rather see them for the necessary plot points that they were because they gave the show the means to produce a heartbreaking and heartfelt tale in memory of one of its finest. And the result was, without a doubt, the perfect Riverdale episode. The fourth season of Riverdale kicked off last night (October 9) with a very emotional Luke Perry tribute.

In the beginning of the episode, Archie (KJ Apa) receives a phone call that his father Fred has died. During the episode, he has to grasp the fact that his dad is gone and how he's going to continue his legacy. While Riverdale showrunners were reluctant to tackle how Fred died this season, they decided that an episode at the beginning of the season was the best way to pay tribute to the late actor. "Very early on, we landed on the idea that Fred should have a heroic death and that would be impactful for Archie," Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa tells EW. "It felt like that's a way that Fred could have gone. After that, we said this episode really isn't going to launch any huge stories for this season. It was really going to be focused on that and the emotional effects of that passing for everyone." Click to the next slide to find out exactly how Fred dies…