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11th Oct 2019

Riverdale viewers ‘crying themselves to sleep’ after Luke Perry tribute episode

Keeley Ryan

Have you seen it yet?

Netflix users have said they were “crying themselves to sleep” as Riverdale’s tribute to Luke Perry landed.

The 52-year-old – who played Fred Andrews on the CW series – passed away in March, five days after he suffered a stroke.

Spoilers for Riverdale’s season four premiere, In Memoriam, lie below this photo. 

In Memoriam was centred around the death of Archie’s dad, Fred, who was killed in a hit-and-run after he pulled over to help a person who was stranded.

When Archie receives the news, he falls to his knees in Pops’ Diner, racked with disbelief and grief.

Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica later take a trip to Cherry Creek to learn more about Fred’s death – and to bring him back home to Riverdale.

As they return to town, FP gives them a police escort, with the entire town having lined the streets to pay a final tribute to Fred.

It also featured a funeral for Perry’s character and touching tributes from each of the characters – with Archie delivering a powerful speech.

“My dad was here for every high and every low. He’s the greatest man I’ve ever known. It hurts me that I never got to say goodbye,” he said.

“But his spirit and his memory lives on, in this town and in everyone he’s met. Fred Andrews will always be a part of Riverdale. I love you so much, Dad.”

And fans have said they were left “crying themselves to sleep” after the heartbreaking scenes.