By Samantha Highfill
July 21, 2019 at 04:08 PM EDT
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Riverdale‘s San Diego Comic-Con panel got off to an emotional start on Sunday when showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa took the stage and made an announcement. “We suffered a huge, huge, huge loss and it’s something that we’re going to be feeling for as long as we’re lucky enough to keep making the show,” Aguirre-Sacasa said, referencing Luke Perry’s death.

Aguirre-Sacasa remembered that during Perry’s audition for the series, Perry told him “I love this character of Fred because he’s just like me.” Aguirre-Sacasa then shared a tribute reel that the show’s team had put together for the cast and crew at the season 3 wrap party, which was filled with some of Fred’s best scenes, many of which included heart-to-heart talks between Fred and Archie.

Following the reel, Aguirre-Sacasa was asked about the season 4 premiere, which will serve as a tribute to both Perry and Fred Andrews and which will feature Perry’s good friend Shannen Doherty.  “We really wanted to honor Luke, we really wanted to honor Fred,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “We wanted it to be a very special episode, kind of [a] standalone.”

In terms of how the show will handle Archie losing his father, Aguirre-Sacasa said Molly Ringwald will return in a bigger way, saying, “She’ll be Archie’s mom more or less full-time this season.”

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Other highlights from the panel include:

  • This year, the show will do its first Halloween episode, and Aguirre-Sacasa teased that he was trying to get clearance on a couple of DC Comics characters for Cheryl and Toni’s costumes.
  • Jughead will be going to prep school in season 4, which Cole Sprouse described as Gossip Girl-esque. That school will serve as the setting for the flash-forwards that will unravel the mystery launched by the season 3 finale. It will also be a rival school for Riverdale High. (Read: Expect a football game between the schools.)
  • The Archies, a band made up of the core four — Archie, Veronica, Betty, and Jughead — is coming to Riverdale, along with a Battle of the Bands episode.
  • Veronica and Cheryl are going to become business partners. “It’s a little like Risky Business,” Aguirre-Sacasa said.
  • Veronica has an extended family member coming to town, though that’s all they shared on the matter.
  • Aguirre-Sacasa promised an on-screen kiss between F.P. and Alice.
  • One of Kevin’s old flames will be coming back to Riverdale.
  • Josie is back in the season 4 premiere despite her starring role in the new Katy Keene spin-off series. Speaking of Katy Keene, Aguirre-Sacasa said, “We probably will be doing a Katy KeeneRiverdale crossover.”

Riverdale returns Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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