The relationship between Shannen Doherty and late actor Luke Perry has always been a special one, from their days on Beverly Hills 90210 to right now. And that’s why this most recent news didn’t surprise anyone.
It was recently announced that Doherty will appear as a guest star on the season 4 premiere of Riverdale, the very show that Perry was starring in when he passed away suddenly back in March as a result of a stroke. During this particular episode, there will be a tribute to Perry, who played the role of Fred Andrews on the show. Details as to the specifics of the tribute are currently being kept private.
However, it’s no secret that Perry had long hoped that Doherty would appear with him on the much loved series, with Riverdale’s executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa saying that it was “something that Luke wanted to happen since season 1.”
“They were such good friends, and when we were putting together this tribute episode, we wanted to make it as special as possible, and so we asked Shannen to do a pivotal, super-emotional role,” Aguirre-Sacasa told a crowd at Comic-Con according to Variety. “She read the script and immediately said ‘yes.’ It’s very impactful.”
Cole Sprouse, who plays Jughead Jones on the show, said that the chance to work with Doherty proved to be quite cathartic.
“It put the cherry on top of that episode and made a nice tribute,” he said. “She was overjoyed to have the ability to share some of the burden of Luke’s passing that she had gone through in a cathartic setting with the rest of us.”
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Shannen took to Instagram to share he feelings about he tribute.
“I am deeply honored to pay tribute to Luke on Riverdale,” she wrote. “The care in which this show takes in honoring his memory is beautiful. He is missed. Today. Tomorrow. Forever.”