Roberto Aguirre Sacasa explains The Hiram Lodge Origin EpisodeRoberto Aguirre–Sacasa, Riverdale's showrunner, explains how Hiram Lodge was inspired and what you can expect.
Riverdale has finally returned to television last week. This flashback episode will give an insight into the history of Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos), the resident evil in the town. The hour is titled "Chapter Eighty-8: Citizen Lodge" and features Hiram (Charles Melton), telling Reggie Mantle (Charles Melton), how and why he got to where he is today. Roberto Aguirre–Sacasa, showrunner, explains that the episode's origins go back to Consuelos being cast.
Aguirre Sacasa said that Mark Consuelos was an "amazing villain" for Decider. It's hilarious, particularly when casting YA series, that older actors may say "man, why should I care about Archie or Veronica?" It doesn't make any sense that they're high school students. It's not my intention to be unlikable. Mark, however, was quite the opposite. Mark was the exact opposite.
Hiram's actions over five seasons have been quite shocking. Hiram has poisoned water in the town, creating a fake virus outbreak that led to the quarantine of the entire town. Under the disguise of Gryphons and Gargoyles, he has proliferated sale of candy drugs. In the two last episodes, he managed to orchestrate a jailbreak at his private prison. He only constructed it so that he could mine rare metal palladium.
Aguirre Sacasa said, "It occurred to me that we had so demonized Hiram," "We didn't understand why he was so evil." We wanted to show him off.
Conseulos, though, is reportedly a very nice guy, and like most of the cast of Riverdale — and most of the shows currently shot in Vancouver — had to move back to Canada, and stay there for the duration of the lengthy Season 5 shoot. This meant that Conseulos had to leave his children and wife Kelly Ripa behind.
Aguirre Sacasa stated that while it was difficult for all, he felt the most affected. "And then, when I called Mark and asked him about an episode that was going to focus on Hiram and his formative year, Hiram's formative year, Mark replied, "Does this mean that there will be flashbacks of young Hiram?" That's exactly what Mark was thinking. He said that it meant Mike might come back. He said that Mike may come back. I replied, "100 %.''."
If you are not familiar with Riverdale continuity then the series had one flashback episode: Season 3's "Chapter Thirty Nine: The Midnight Club." The series returned to the original hour. It's unclear when exactly the show jumped to, but enough time was allowed for the "kids" to play younger versions of the "adults". That meant Lili Reinhart, who normally plays Betty Cooper, for example, played young Alice, Mädchen Amick's character, who in the 'present day' is Betty's mother. For the adults like Hiram, though, that meant a recast — and in this case, the show had the perfect person in Michael Joseph Consuelos, Mark's real-life son and a dead ringer for the elder Consuelos at a younger age.
The Consueloses didn't have many opportunities to get along with each other due to the complex framing of "The Midnight Club." In 'Citizen Lodge,' however, the flashback finds Michael playing young Hiram Lodge, née Jaime Luna, while Consuelos plays Jaime's father, Javier Luna. Even though Mark Consuelos doesn't play Hiram, Consuelos did get the chance to wear the iconic mustache of Hiram Lodge that the show had avoided since Season 2.
Aguirre Sacasa laughed about the look of Mark's mustache. He said, "There aren’t many Mark looks where he doesn’t look amazing."
Riverdale is broadcast Wednesdays at 8/7c, on The CW.
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