Is Mark Consuelos leaving Riverdale? (Is Hiram Lodge really gone?)

Riverdale -- “Chapter Seventy-Eight: The Preppy Murders” -- Image Number: RVD502fg_0027r -- Pictured: Mark Consuelos as Hiram Lodge -- Photo: The CW -- © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Riverdale -- “Chapter Seventy-Eight: The Preppy Murders” -- Image Number: RVD502fg_0027r -- Pictured: Mark Consuelos as Hiram Lodge -- Photo: The CW -- © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /
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Riverdale season 6 has been full of surprises from the “Rivervale” event that took up its first five episodes to the shocking midseason premiere that saw Veronica putting a hit on her father. The writers didn’t leave us hanging with that plot as Hiram Lodge was supposedly murdered off-screen in the same episode.

Without actually seeing Riverdale’s Big Bad go down in a blaze of glory and with one last monologue, fans wondered whether or not Hiram would be gone for good. His final parting shot was actually in the season 5 finale when he left town after planting a bomb beneath Archie’s bed.

Archie, Betty, Jughead, and even Archie’s dog, Bingo, have been dealing with the fall out of Hiram’s actions since Riverdale returned to The CW on March 20.

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This week’s episode, “Chapter One Hundred and Two: Death at a Funeral,” put another nail in Hiram’s coffin when Veronica confessed to Reggie how her father died. Hiram had been shot four times in the back of the head and his body had been burned. Reggie asked if it could be a fake out but Veronica is certain her dad is dead because she’s the one who had him killed.

V’s whole plot in the episode revolved around laying her father to rest and acknowledging that he was a complicated man that she loved. Hiram left her a voice message speaking to the love he had for her as well and his desire for her to take over his rum business. The moment seemed to close the book on the father-daughter feud, however, it also left the door open for more Lodge drama.

Is Mark Consuelos still on Riverdale?

According to showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Mark Consuelos hasn’t left Riverdale completely even though he’ll no longer be a series regular. Hiram, however, is done on the show. RAS told Entertainment Weekly:

"He’s as dead as anyone on Riverdale has ever been. Even when characters are dead, they come back sometimes in flashbacks or dreams. I’ll say this: Mark Consuelos isn’t dead on Riverdale, though Hiram pretty much is."

We got our first taste of Consuelos’ continued presence in Riverdale with the voice recording mentioned above. Since Veronica is now taking over Hiram’s rum business, we expect for the Big Bad to keep popping up in some capacity in the rest of the season. Not to mention Hermosa looks to be stepping into the man’s shoes to become the thorn in V’s side.

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