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'Riverdale' Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Opens Up About Deciding How To Write Fred's Death

'Riverdale' Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Opens Up About Deciding How To Write Fred's Death

Luke Perry‘s death wasn’t originally going to be covered in the new season of Riverdale.

Showrunner and creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa opened up about making the decision to address his death in the storyline of the season four premiere.

“When Luke passed [last season] we very quickly made the decision that we weren’t going to address it in the current season of Riverdale,” he told EW. “We didn’t want to rush it, we didn’t want to sandwich it into all the other plot lines, and we just wanted to take our time and think about it. We briefly thought that maybe something would happen at the end of the season that would signal it and that felt a little cheap. We thought let’s just hold it so that we can think about it over the hiatus and reflect on it. That was absolutely the right decision and it allowed us to absorb what had happened and really think about what kind of story we wanted to tell.”

“Very early on, we landed on the idea that Fred should have a heroic death and that would be impactful for Archie,” he added. “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.”

“There have been sadly a lot of tribute episodes in television — one of my favorites is the Friday Night Lights episode where the football player’s father dies, called ‘The Son,’” Roberto continued. “We wanted to tell a very grounded, truthful story. That became the organizing principle or the marching orders.”

Intense New 'Riverdale' Trailer Drops at New York Comic Con - Watch Now!

Intense New 'Riverdale' Trailer Drops at New York Comic Con - Watch Now!

A new Riverdale trailer was just released on Sunday (October 6) at 2019 New York Comic Con!

The clip starts out with Archie (KJ Apa) finding out the devastating news that his father has passed away, and how he’s going to continue his legacy.

Also featured in the new trailer is a first look at Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) and Toni’s (Vanessa Morgan) Halloween costumes, which were teased at San Diego Comic Con as being other DC Comics characters. Cheryl is dressed as Poison Ivy while Toni is dressed as Harley Quinn.

Riverdale season four premieres THIS Wednesday (October 9) at 8PM ET/PT on The CW.

Pictured inside: Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Molly Ringwald, Madchen Amick, Mark Consuelos, Marisol Nichols and Skeet Ulrich at the Riverdale panel at New York Comic Con.

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'Riverdale' EP Talks 'Brutal' Luke Perry Tribute Episode

'Riverdale' EP Talks 'Brutal' Luke Perry Tribute Episode

The premiere of season four of Riverdale is right around the corner, and it’s going to be “brutal.”

The episode will pay tribute to the death of beloved cast member Luke Perry, who played Fred Andrews.

“When Luke passed, we very quickly made the decision that we weren’t going to address it [at the end of season three],” executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told TVLine. “We didn’t want to rush it. We didn’t want to sandwich it in between all the other plotlines.” Even finishing off last season with a brief acknowledgement “felt a little cheap. So we thought, ‘Let’s just hold it, so we can think about it over the hiatus and reflect on it.’”

The upcoming full episode addressing Luke Perry‘s passing was “absolutely the right decision,” Roberto said. “It kind of allowed us to absorb what happened, and really think about what kind of story we wanted to tell.”

It will draw inspiration from the Friday Night Lights episode “The Son,” which is about the death of quarterback Matt Saracen’s father: “We kind of wanted to just tell a very grounded, truthful story.”

“We kind of knew this was going to be brutal on the cast, especially KJ [Apa], who was Luke’s main scene partner,” Roberto added. “[But] everyone was really proud to gather to tell this tribute to Fred, and to Luke. When it happened, we were all kind of scattered. So there was something really special when we gathered to do the table read that was cathartic. You know, shows are families. But we knew it was going to be hard, and it was.”

Season four of Riverdale premieres on October 9 on The CW at 8/7c.

READ MORE: The New Promo For ‘Riverdale’s Luke Perry Tribute Will Make You Tear Up

'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' Creator Teases Spellman Death In Season 3

'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' Creator Teases Spellman Death In Season 3

Looks like one of the Spellmans is going to die in the upcoming third season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa shared a photo from filming and teased a death.

“A scene from yesterday’s filming of #sabrinanetflix! The dread banshee has arrived, but which Spellman will die? #CAOS 🔥🔮🕷☠️🚑🎡📺,” he captioned the image on social media. Check it out HERE!

Roberto has also previously revealed that the new season likely won’t be ready by Halloween. He also dished that in the new episodes they’re going to hell.

“I think it’s safe to say that we are going to Hell, yes. We’re going to Hell. It’s very fun. It’s very fun. It’s dangerous, but it’s really fun,” he told The Wrap.

Cole Sprouse Teases Jughead's 'Gossip Girl' Inspired Future on 'Riverdale'!

Cole Sprouse Teases Jughead's 'Gossip Girl' Inspired Future on 'Riverdale'!

Cole Sprouse is getting ready for a very new Jughead!

The 26-year-old star revealed that his iconic Riverdale character is headed for some major changes in Season 4 during the show’s Comic-Con panel on Sunday (July 21) in San Diego, Calif.

“Jughead gets whisked away on a scholarship to a very, sort of, Gossip Girl, Upper East Side, preppy, pretentious, richy-rich, silver spoon [school,] and he’s going to be the new blood,” Cole shared. “But yeah, I think it’s fun. And the school also kind of serves — I assume, maybe I’m just speaking out of turn here — but it serves as the setting for the flash-forward.”

Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa also chimed in with some details about Jughead’s future.

“Yeah,” Roberto agreed. “One of the biggest mysteries of the season is kind of centered around Jughead at the new school, which is also going to be a big rival school for Riverdale High. So Archie and the Bulldogs will be having a football game against the Stonewall Stags.”

Find out which classic CW show Cole Sprouse wants Riverdale to do a crossover with here!