The parents on Riverdale are just as important to the story as the high schoolers on the show. The one parent that has yet to be introduced is Hiram Lodge, Veronica‘s father. After Hiram was arrested Veronica and her mother moved to Riverdale. Though Hiram hasn’t been seen on the show, he’s had a huge influence on the story by buying the old drive-in movie theater and making a deal with the Southside Serpents. He also now knows that his wife is seeing Fred Andrews so it looks like he’s coming for revenge.
According to TVLine, actor Mark Consuelos has been cast as Hiram Lodge in the second season of Riverdale. Hiram will be heading back to Riverdale to reconnect with his family after his early release from jail.
Ross Bulter, on the other hand, will be departing the show as Reggie Mantle. According to TVLine, scheduling conflicts will prevent actor Ross Butler from reprising his role for the series’ sophomore season, and the role will have to be recast. In a statement about Butler’s departure, series creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said of the role:
“[Next season], we want more Reggie on our show — he’s Archie’s rival! — and because Ross is unavailable to come back to Riverdale, we’re looking for a new Reggie. Those are big shoes to fill, but we’re confident we can find an actor who is as funny and sexy as Ross. And of course we all wish Ross the best.”
You may recognize Butler for his role as Zach Dempsey from the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. Zach is very similar to Reggie, who is portrayed as a stereotypical jock with a heart of gold. The 13 Reasons Why is most likely getting renewed for a second season so this could be the big factor for the cast change.
It looks like we’re going to see a lot of changes in the second season of Riverdale. We’ll keep you updated with any more casting changes or additions.