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Hiram Lodge has left the building and Mark Consuelos has left Riverdale as a series regular, Deadline has learned.
Consuelos, who has starred as the conspiratorial father of Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) since Season 2, made his final appearance as a regular guest on tonight’s season finale, titled “Riverdale: RIP.” Riverdale creator, executive producer and showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa reflected on Consuelos’ time as Hiram in a statement shared with Deadline.
“So tonight’s episode is Mark’s swan song playing our handsome villain Hiram Lodge” Riverdale after four crazy, glorious years. From the moment Mark came to us, he was up for literally anything, one hundred percent committed to making Archie’s life hell. And what’s funny is that Mark couldn’t be more different from Hiram. A classy pro and the sweetest man, always on the lookout for everyone,” said Aguirre-Sacasa, “We wish Mark the best and hope this isn’t the last we’ve seen from Hiram Lodge.”
The actor made his grand exit during the Season 5 finale, where Archie (KJ Apa), Veronica, Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Jughead (Cole Sprouse) came together with the rest of Riverdale folk exile Hiram, bringing an end to his reign of terror – at least temporarily. Read our summary of the final and a Q&A with Aguirre-Sacasa here.
“First of all, I would like to thank Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa for this incredible opportunity,” Consuelos said of his time in the series. “Never before did playing a character so bad felt so good. Big thanks to the Riverdale fandom, to the brilliant crew and cast, who I consider best friends and family.”
Consuelos also appeared alongside Madelaine Petsch, Casey Cott, Madchen Amick, Vanessa Morgan and more.
The CW is a series based on the characters from Archie Comics. Riverdale is produced by Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, in association with Berlanti Productions.