Noir-inspired teen drama Riverdale is back on Netflix.
The last season ended on a dour note after Luke Perry (who played the father of fiery-haired teen heartthrob Archie) passed away while production was under way on season three earlier this year. He did not feature on screen for the final three episodes of the season, though they were dedicated to his memory – and his character has been written out of the series as of the first episode of season four.
The first episode of the new season was dedicated to the late actor, as it saw Archie and his friends dealing with Fred’s sudden death.
The rest of the main cast from previous seasons, including KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhardt as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, all returned for the new episodes.
It has since been announced that Ryan Robbins will star on Riverdale’s fourth season as Frank Andrews, the brother of the late Fred Andrews.
Frank is set to appear from the ninth episode of the new series. He will be a disturbing force among the group, described as a “blue collar, former high school football star – tough, brash, and charming. His temper and vices constantly get him into trouble.”
The description continued: “He’s lived in the shadow of Fred, his beloved older brother, since he was born. As a result, Frank joined the Army in search of his own identity. After three tours of duty, Frank Andrews is haunted and in need of a home.”
Is there a trailer for season 4?
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What is going to happen in Riverdale season 4?
While season three saw the resolution of the Black Hood and Gargoyle King storylines, there is still a lot left to be parsed. Not least in the flash-forward, which appeared to show Archie, Bettie and Veronica cleaning up after a murder.
This time around, the gang will be in senior year, which is sure to bring some real-world drama into the mix.
The first episode of season 4 was a tribute to the actor. It revealed that Fred Andrews had been killed after being struck by a car while trying to help a stranded motorist.
The news was explained to Archie (KJ Apa), Perry’s on-screen son, by new sheriff FP Jones (Skeet Ulrich).
“He pulled over to help someone who was stalled on the side of the road and another vehicle came up on them way too fast and he was struck by them,” Jones told Archie.
Riverdale’s executive producers have since explained the decision to play out Perry’s death in the show, saying they wanted to honour the star.
“Very early on, we landed on the idea that Fred should have a heroic death,” executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said at a press screening. “It felt like that’s a way Fred could’ve gone.
The motorist was played by Perry’s friend Shannen Doherty – who starred alongside him in Beverley Hills: 90210. Doherty said she is “deeply honoured” to be guest starring. Aguirre-Sacasa announced the news at San Diego Comic Con, telling fans Doherty’s involvement “is something that Luke wanted to happen since season one.”