Riverdale: 20 most important characters on the show

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Riverdale — “Chapter Thirty-Seven: Fortune and Men’s Eyes” — Image Number: RVD302b_0015.jpg — Pictured: Mark Consuelos as Hiram — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

6. Hiram Lodge

There’s an argument for Hiram Lodge being the most important character on Riverdale, but who would want to give him that much credit? He’s dangerous, dead-set on destruction and downright evil.

Still, he’s been central to the horrifying corruption and mysteries plaguing the town. No matter how despicable he might be, he’s an irrefutably vital character we love to hate. Although, maybe some fans hate to love him, that’s totally up to your discretion.

Mark Consuelos first appeared as the man whose bad reputation precedes him in the second season, though his name and actions from behind bars made an impact on the first season.

To list all the messes Hiram has created would require its own 20-page list, as he has his hands in Fizzle Rock trades, for-profit prison developments and maple syrup mafias. Archie falls under the spell of his mist in Season 2, which later bites him where it hurts when Hiram frames him for murder.

Hiram’s reach and power knows no bounds. Very few people can outsmart his mobster moves. Between forcing Hermione into claiming the mayoral position to controlling the sheriff’s department, he’s single-handedly running Riverdale into the ground and turning it into a crime mecca.

Not to mention, he’s fueled the Gryphons & Gargoyles craze and still has a hit out on Archie. Seeing what Hiram will do next keeps the show interesting and viewers on the edge of their seats.