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The fourth season of the teen drama began late on Wednesday (10/19/19), as it was revealed that the late actor Fred Andrews's alter ego had saved a woman – played by her real-life friend Shannen Doherty – by pushing her away. it from speeding. car that hit him instead.
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Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa revealed the team's thoughts when it comes to honoring Luke – who died tragically suddenly earlier this year – and focusing on his screen son, Archie (KJ Apa).
He is quoted by E! News like this: "From the beginning, we came to the idea that Fred should have a heroic death and that would be impactful to Archie. And it seemed that this was how Fred could have gone.
"After that, we really said that this episode wouldn't really release big stories for the season; it would really be focused on that, and the kind of emotional effects of this passage for everyone."
"While we were working on the episode, [we] we talked about putting up other stories, but while we were working on it, we kind of kept focusing on our characters, and really focusing on Archie. "
And Roberto admitted that it was an easy decision to cast Luke Shannen's friend as the woman Fred saved after they repeatedly tried to figure out a way to bring her to the show when he was still alive.
He explained: "She was doing it, or unavailable, or it didn't seem right. And when we were working on the episode, we know there would be some characters outside our cast who would be involved.
"We thought that instead of another actor playing it, we thought it would be nice if it was someone he really cared about in real life. And he cared so much about Shannen."
"That's how we got to that… it sounds like Fred, Luke too, and Shannen kind of talks about it. And I think he really wanted to be a part of it since we talked to her about it."