Riverdale: Luke Perry's Final Episode Gets Air Date at The CW

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It's the end of an era for The CW's Riverdale.

Luke Perry's final episode as Archie’s dad Fred Andrews will air this Wednesday, according to executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa announced.

"This week’s Riverdale is the last episode Luke filmed,” the EP wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

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“As always, Fred’s imparting words of wisdom to Archie. A beautiful, true moment between father and son. Wish these scenes could go on forever…”

Perry died days after suffering a stroke last month at 52 years of age, but Fred has continued to appear on episodes of the drama series because the episodes are filmed in advance.

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It's still unclear how Perry's death will be handled on-screen, and fans have a lot of thoughts about what should happen, commenting on Roberto's post.

One fan replied: “I hope they have a fitting tribute for his character planned. Please don’t recast.”

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Another added: “Please tell me you guys aren’t going to recast Fred? Nobody can play Fred like Luke did!”

One fan paid tribute to the man and the character: “I just caught top and honestly every scene with Luke in it… I teared up. He was such a special human being.”

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The Riverdale cast and crew were in mourning when Perry's passing was announced last month, and production was shut down for a number of days to allow them to process the stunning news.

The CW opted to let the series air as normal without placing it on hiatus in the immediate aftermath.

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As for what the episode will be about, the official synopsis for Riverdale Season 3 Episode 19 reads:

JELLYBEAN GOES MISSING — When Jellybean (guest star Trinity Likins) goes missing, Jughead (Cole Sprouse), Gladys (Gina Gershon) and FP (Skeet Ulrich) follow a series of cryptic clues to get her home.

Elsewhere, Archie (KJ Apa) faces the fallout from his latest boxing match, while Betty (Lili Reinhart) makes a major discovery about Evelyn’s (guest star Zoe De Grand’Maison) past.

Finally, Josie (Ashleigh Murray) makes a big decision about her future. Camila Mendes, Madelaine Petsch, Madchen Amick, Luke Perry, Mark Consuelos, Skeet Ulrich, Casey Cott and Vanessa Morgan also star.

Alexandra La Roche directed the episode written by Janine Salinas Schoenberg & Will Ewing (#319).

Remember you can watch Riverdale online right here via TV Fanatic.

Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8/7c.

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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Riverdale Quotes

Veronica: What the hell is a "Sticky Maple"?
Kevin: It's kinda what it sounds like. It's a Riverdale thing.
Veronica: No, Kevin, it's a slut-shaming thing. And I'm neither a slut nor am I going to be shamed by someone named, excuse me, Chuck Clayton! Does he really think he can get away with this? Does he not know who I am?! I will cut the brakes on his supped-up phallic symbol.

Archie: Ronnie, when I first met you … you were it for me. Everything I could ever wanted. I saw our whole future.
Veronica: Because we’re endgame, Archie.
Archie: I hope you know how much I love you.
Veronica: If you loved me, you would come home.
Archie: God, Ronnie, you know in your heart that I’m right about this. It just hurts to admit it.
Veronica: Don’t you make me say goodbye, Archie Andrews, because I don’t wanna hear it back. I can’t. I can’t.
[She drops the phone, cries, and Kevin consoles her]