So long, daddy! Mark Consuelos has wrapped his part as Hiram Lodge in Riverdale following four years in The CW show.
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the show’s director, confirmed 50-year-old actor was no longer a regular on the show following the conclusion of season five Tuesday, October 6.
“So tonight’s episode is Mark’s swan song playing our hunky villain Hiram Lodge on Riverdale after four insane, glorious years,” Aguirre Sacasa told Deadline. “From the time Mark came on board, he’s been up for almost everything, and was completely dedicated to making Archie’s existence an absolute nightmare. What’s more, Mark could not be more different than Hiram. A polished professional and the most sweet guy always watching out for his fellow guests. We hope Mark all the best and hope this isn’t the last thing we’ve seen of Hiram Lodge.”
Consuelos’ Hiram has been at war with his daughter Veronica (Camila Mendes) and her on-again, off again partner Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) since the time he joined season 2. In Wednesday’s episode pair chased him out of town after they discovered evidence to prove he was guilty of murder.
|Mark Consuelos in ‘Riverdale.’ The CW|
“The other thing we considered was killing Hiram off,” Aguirre Sacasa told Deadline. “And we enjoyed imagining possible scenarios for what could take place. Two versions of Hiram’s death that we were really enjoying late into the conclusion of the show were that Archie took Hiram to deep woods … then then only Archie came back in the form of something straight from The Sopranos. One of the most plausible theories (never confirmed) is that Archie killed Hiram and buried Hiram’s body at Swedlow Swamp. Another issue we spoke about was whether Veronica and Archie would transport Hiram on a trip to his building site to place him to rest in cement in the foundation of the building. But in the end our affection for Mark Consuelos and our belief that he’ll be part of Riverdale prevailed … in very small margins.”
When he left in Season 5’s finale Hiram was able to place an explosive under Archie’s bed. This ensures that his existence will still be felt throughout season 6.
“That will have a huge, immediate, and lasting impact on our characters and story lines moving into season 6,” Aguirre-Sacasa stated. “As we were creating the season finale we felt that we required one last shot to end the season with Hiram and we laughed that in the previous season Hiram was able to blow up his prison, and then destroyed his home. Blossom mines … and do these things typically happen in threes? What could happen if, after many seasons, Hiram was finally like”Screw this you’re doing, I’m gonna blow up Archie’s house’, and then he actually does. Naturally, it occurs at exactly the same time Archie is and Betty are getting closer. …”
Consuelos on his own expressed gratitude to the writer to thank him for an “incredible opportunity” to star in the show. The series also brought in his daughter, Michael, whom he has with his spouse Kelly Ripa, to play the younger version of Hiram for a number of episodes.
“Never before has playing a character that was so bad, felt so good,” he told the media outlet. “Huge thanks to the Riverdale fandom, to the brilliant crew and amazing cast, whom I consider dear friends and family.”
Since he left his position at Canada, Consuelos has filled the role of Ryan Seacrest in the show Live With Kelly and Ryan in recent weeks.
Riverdale that also features Cole Sprouse, Lili Reinhart and Madelaine Petsch, will return on The CW for season 6 on the 16th of November on Tuesday.
Via US Magazine