Riverdale viewers have said an emotional farewell to Luke Perry after his poignant final scenes were aired, almost two months after the actor died.
Writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said Wednesday's instalment of The CW series was the last episode Perry filmed.
This week’s #Riverdale is the last episode Luke filmed. As always, Fred’s imparting words of wisdom to Archie. A beautiful, true moment between a father and his son. Wish these scenes could go on forever...❤️🏆💎👨🏻💻 pic.twitter.com/meokbvo0Wt— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) April 22, 2019
It was "a beautiful, true moment between a father and his son", he wrote. "Wish these scenes could go on forever..."
Perry died in March at the age of 52 after suffering a massive stroke.
My heart seeing Luke stops a beat. I still can’t believe it. #Riverdale— RafaAigner (@AignerRafa) April 25, 2019
Perry, who played Fred Andrews, was seen in two scenes in Wednesday's episode, culminating in a heart-to-heart with on-screen son Archie, played by KJ Apa.
Fred was seen reassuring Archie after his boxing opponent Randy died in the ring.
Thank you Luke Perry for giving us 3 seasons of Fred Andrews, an amazing, hardworking and loving father who always puts his son first. I will miss seeing your beautiful smile light up the dark town that is Riverdale. Rest in love ❤️#riverdale— Sammi Ryan (@SammiRyan77) April 25, 2019
I’m going to miss Luke Perry so much I loved watching Archie and Fred scenes he was the best dad in riverdale and it’s going to be weird not seeing him #Riverdale Luke maybe gone but he will never be forgotten he had the kindest soul <3— Red (@ReddStatic) April 25, 2019
The Hollywood Reporter's Emma Dibdin wrote: "Though brief, the scene encapsulates the warmth and humanity Perry brought to Fred, as well as his role as the show's moral compass."
TV Line's Dave Nemetz said: "Though Fred didn't get killed off or leave town or anything like that, he did remind us why he's the best parent on Riverdale by a country mile."
There are three remaining episodes of Riverdale's third series, and producers have not yet revealed how Perry's character will be written out.
Perry's co-stars Ashleigh Murray and Marisol Nichols were among those also marking Perry's final appearance.
“Josie”...— Ashleigh Murray (@iamamurray) April 24, 2019
This video is touching because it reminds me of Luke. How much he believed in me, my voice, talent. More than I did most days. Luke loved seeing me on stage and I can think of a moment we shared from each song.
Tonight is for us. #riverdale https://t.co/OuF6SpW04W