It’s time to bid goodbye to Riverdale star Mark Consuelos. Yes, you heard it right. Mark Consuelos had portrayed Veronica’s father Hiram since the second season of Riverdale after his name was mentioned throughout season one. As per Deadline, he left the series with the Season 5 finale.
Mark Consuelas To Exit Riverdale
“So tonight’s episode is Mark’s swan song playing our hunky villain Hiram Lodge on Riverdale after four insane, glorious years,” Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said. “From the moment Mark joined us, he was up for literally anything, a hundred percent committed to making Archie’s life a living hell. And what’s funny is, Mark couldn’t be more different from Hiram. A classy pro and the sweetest guy, always looking out for everyone. We wish Mark the best and hope this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Hiram Lodge.”
“First and foremost, I would like to thank Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa for this incredible opportunity,” Consuelos added. “Never before has playing a character that was so bad, felt so good. Huge thanks to the Riverdale fandom, to the brilliant crew and amazing cast, whom I consider dear friends and family.”
Conseulos’ Hiram Had Been A Thorn In Archie’s Way
Hiram has been a thorn in Betty, Archie, Jughead, and Veronica’s side since his debut on Riverdale. In the season 5 finale, things came to a halt as the gang and the rest of Riverdale saw his packing and leaving.
“[Going into] Season 6, Archie is a sort of everyman hero and going on an everyman hero’s journey and there are still elements from the comic books that are very true to the series — Veronica is a daddy’s girl, for instance,” Aguirre-Sacasa recently told CBR. “It’s a matter of letting the characters and stories expand organically and the biggest difference is that now the characters have gotten older. They’re in their 20s now and that sort of changes the DNA of the show a little bit and allows us to have Archie and Jughead sitting around drinking beer and it’s totally natural because they’re not teenagers now and we’re not breaking any rules. It’s a very porous boundary that we’re operating in and discovering it episode-by-episode.”
Riverdale Season 6 will premiere on November 16 on The CW.