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    15 Behind-The-Scenes Details About The "Riverdale" Tribute To Luke Perry

    Luke had talked about getting Shannen Doherty to guest star, so having her in the episode was a way to honor his wishes.

    Warning: There are MASSIVE spoilers for the Riverdale Season 4 premiere.

    1. First, Riverdale involved Luke's family in the production of the episode as much as they could — they read the script before production began.

    2. In fact, the photos of Fred that Mary looks through are actually real-life photos of Luke that his family provided.

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    Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told EW, "They read the script and they provided those great photos. I love seeing him in his baseball uniform."

    3. Creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said that "very early on" the writers decided to have Fred have a heroic death on screen.

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    He continued, saying, "Fred should have a heroic death and that would be impactful for Archie. It felt like that’s a way that Fred could have gone."

    4. As you can imagine, the episode was "incredibly hard to perform" for the entire cast and when they all arrived back on set for Season 4 it felt like they were all reliving Luke's death all over again.

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    At New York Comic-Con, Marisol Nichols said, "When we came back, we were right back in the incident as soon as we showed up on set. It's so hard because you expect to see him in Pop's or turning the corner...You feel him around. His spirit is still there and still with us."

    5. One of the inspirations behind the stand alone tribute episode was the Friday Night Lights episode "The Son."


    Roberto explained to EW, "We wanted to tell a very grounded, truthful story. That became the organizing principle or the marching orders."

    6. Lili said the scene in the script that made her cry the most when she first read it was when the parade for Fred happens in Riverdale.

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    7. And the line that stood out to Lili was when Archie talked about going to Sears with his dad.

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    She tweeted, "Archie’s line about going to Sears with Fred always really hit me. Reminded me of when I would go with my dad to Home Depot as a kid. And how special even those silly things can be"

    8. While filming the episode, the cast would share their own special memories of Luke — it was similar to what all the kids did in Archie's backyard.

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    9. In order to break up the highly emotional scenes they were filming, Lili, KJ Apa, Cole Sprouse, and Camila Mendes found a trampoline on set and were able to "laugh between set ups."

    The house that we used for the funeral home had a trampoline outside. So even though we were filming highly emotional scenes, we were able to laugh between set ups #Riverdale

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    10. During his time on Riverdale, Luke had talked about getting Shannen Doherty to guest star since Season 1, so having her in this episode was a way to honor his wishes.

    11. Roberto thought having Shannen ultimately play the character Fred saved was perfect because "Luke cared so deeply about Shannen."

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    He continued, saying, "It resonates for Fred, it also resonates for Luke, and Shannen speaks to that."

    12. After filming the scene with Shannen Doherty, the cast took a "moment of silence to honor Luke."

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    13. Also during this scene, Lili revealed that there was a dog they would play with in-between takes — "Luke loved dogs so much."

    Luke loved dogs so much, he was always showing me a picture of his pup at home. This beautiful little guy was watching us film the scene ❤️ #Riverdale

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    14. Cole said Shannen felt very privileged to be able to share the "burden of Luke's passing" with a cast that loved him as much as she did.

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    At San Diego Comic-Con, Cole opened up about how "cathartic" it was to have Shannen on set.

    15. And finally, Fred's death will continue to be felt throughout the entire season "especially around the Andrews house" — Archie will "struggle with grief and struggle with how to live up to Fred’s memory."

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