The season five finale of The CW’s “Riverdale” on Wednesday, October 6 saw “All My Children” alum Mark Consuelos concluding his four season run as a Hiram Lodge, at least as a series regular.
In the finale, Archie (K.J. Apa), Betty (Lili Reinhart), Jughead (Cole Sprouse) and others worked with Veronica (Camila Mendes) to force her father, Hiram Lodge (Consuelos), out of Riverdale in the hopes of ending his reign of terror on the town.
In a statement shared with Deadline, Consuelos said of his time on the show, “First and foremost, I would like to thank Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa for this incredible opportunity.” He 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.”
“So tonight’s episode is Mark’s swan song playing our hunky villain Hiram Lodge on ‘Riverdale’ after four insane, glorious years. 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,” Aguirre-Sacasa told Deadline. “We wish Mark the best and hope this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Hiram Lodge.”
You can watch Consuelos’ exit below.
In flashback scenes, the role of Hiram Lodge was played by Consuelos’ real-life son, Michael Consuelos.