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THE FIRST TABLE READ OF Riverdale season 4 was a somber affair.

Tim Stack

“I’d never really experienced the power and the emotion of a group of people gathered,” showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa reflects of assembling the cast to read episode 401, which serves as a tribute to costar Luke Perry, who died in March after suffering a stroke. “Even the actors who didn’t have lines in the episode came to be a part of that. We were all crying. At a certain point, KJ [Apa] started, then Cami [Mendes] started, and I started, and we just didn’t stop. I’m really, really proud of the way everyone came together in terms of honoring the memory of Luke and honoring the character of [Archie’s dad,] Fred.”

Aguirre-Sacasa has shared with EW an exclusive script excerpt (page 68) from the emotional hour, the majority of which takes place on the Fourth of July. “It’s the immediate aftermath of what happened to Fred, and the story is really set around Archie [Apa] wrestling with this huge tragedy and his friends being there for him and helping him through it,” says the writer-producer, who doesn’t specify how Fred dies. “Veronica’s kind of prepared,” Mendes says of how her character reacts. “She had to step up in the beginning of season 3 and be this girlfriend she didn’t know how to be that was very supportive and kind of a rock. She’s older now and she’s more experienced and she’s ready to help Archie through this tragic time in his life.&rd

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