Aguirre-Sacasa admitted shortly after Perry's passing the cast and crew were still coming to terms with his death. He told Entertainment Tonight, "You know, honestly, we are I think all still in shock and are all still processing and grieving. We know that we have to address it in some way, but we’re giving ourselves a little bit of time and space before we figure out the best way to honor him."
Perry's final scenes feature his character Fred comforting, and imparting words of wisdom" to his son Archie.
Perry suffered a stroke in his home February 27, and unfortunately never regained consciousness. He passed March 4 at the age of 52.