The show chose not to address the fate of the Fred Andrews character played by Luke Perry.
“I mean, it was just devastating,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “And we wanted to honor Luke, and figure out the best way to handle the character of Fred Andrews in the show, so we sort of said, you know what? Let’s not squeeze, let’s not rush to squeeze something into the finale, or into the last couple of episodes, let’s really think about it, and let’s tell that story at the beginning of season four.”
After Perry’s death, Aguirre-Sacasa said Season 3 was dedicated to the star’s memory.
He said Perry, whose character is the father of Archie Andrews, was “one of the hearts of the show.”
“We wanted to take the time to understand how the show will change [without Fred], and how we could best address that,” Aguirre-Sacasa said.
The showrunner also shared that Molly Ringwald, who plays Archie’s mom Mary, offered to be available for more scenes in the wake of Perry’s death, something Aguirre-Sacasa said they took her up on.