“Huge thanks to the Riverdale fandom, to the brilliant crew and amazing cast.”
Riverdale has said goodbye to villain Hiram Lodge after four seasons on the show.
The hit drama has confirmed that Mark Consuelos has exited the CW series following a final appearance in last night’s (October 6) season five finale.
In the episode ‘Riverdale: RIP’, Veronica’s dad was exiled by his daughter and others after finding out he was guilty of murder. However, he managed one final act by planting a bomb under Archie’s bed before he left.
“So tonight’s episode is Mark’s swan song playing our hunky villain Hiram Lodge on Riverdale after four insane, glorious years,” showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said in a statement (via Deadline).
“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.”
Consuelos added: “First and foremost, I would like to thank Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa for this incredible opportunity.
“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.”
With season five done and dusted, fans will be looking forward to season six, which will be the most dramatic yet if Aguirre-Sacasa is to be believed.