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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Who Will Die In Ryan’s Halloween Murder?

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Looks like Ryan (Jon Lindstrom) has a murderous Halloween planned for one unlucky lady … or is it? In the latest promo from ABC’s General Hospital, now that Laura (Genie Francis) and Carly (Laura Wright) are snooping around Ferncliff, and have run into none other than fired nurse Mary Pat (Patricia Bethune), the potential victims are mounting.

Will Ryan need to silence someone so his secret that he traded places with his brother not come to light?

Meanwhile, poor Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) who is locked up called out Laura’s name, but she never heard it, nor saw him!

With Ryan’s past also being brought up by an investigative story via Lulu (Emme Rylan), will he try to kill Felicia (Kristina Wagner) once and for all?  Who will die?  GH promises in their latest promo that someone will by week’s end.

Watch the promo below, and then let us know who you think will suffer a horrible fate at the hands of Ryan in the comment section below.

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James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I am trying to think who could be the first one to die since Ryan broke free. I don’t want to see anyone get killed but if I had to guess, I think I would say Amy.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Noooo; not Amy. She hasn’t been on in ages and it wouldn’t pack an emotional wallop. I like her, though. Want to see her back at the nurse’s station!

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

The Nurse’s ball wouldn’t be as much fun if she weren’t around to watch either, huh?

Steve
Steve

We probably won’t see Amy until then, unless they need seat fillers for Kiki’s funeral.

Shay
Shay

@James….Oh, if only it were to be Amy! Cannot stand her overbearing, chirpy, loquacious personality!!!!!

AVP
AVP

Why is Laura Wright involved in this storyline? Carly was not in Port Charles during Ryan’s initial reign of terror. The storyline should revolve around Kevin/Ryan, Laura, and Felicia, of course. We’ve hardly seen Felicia, which makes zero sense.

rebecca1
rebecca1

So agree! I also hoped it would involve Mac..as in Mac and Felicia. Kevin and Mac are best friends so you would think this would be a perfect opportunity to bring back Mac (who should never have been written off) as Kevin goes after Felicia.

Carly? I’m surprised they don’t have her sitting in the support group next to Michael. Ugh.

AVP
AVP

YES. MAC. Good point!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Ugh; meant Ryan goes after Felicia.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

AVP, you have nailed it — thoroughly. If someone has to die, I would vote for Carly. Then Sonny would be so devastated, he would leave Port Charles never to return again… That’s how I would write it anyway…. 🙂

Celia
Celia

Hey, AVP,
That’s not so hard to figure out, my friend. The PTB had to stick a Corinthos in there, somehow.

Jimh
Jimh

Nurder Mary-Pat will be killed off first…and most likely the only one…and why the name Mary-Pat-sounds like a nun’s name-lol….sick of how the writers continue to make the Corinthos look good..Micheal is the worse…wish he was one of Kevin/s victims!!!…and then Peter!!!!

Celia
Celia

We already know about Kiki ( bummer–not happy)…..what about Mary Pat?
I hope Britt won’t be among those, who will meet a horrific death, a’ la Michael Myers.
I love Britt—-she’s fundamentally a good person with heart. Perhaps, she will save one of Ryan’s victims and she will be THE heroine…..reinstated at GH.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Unfortunately, it’s a short stay. She’s only filming a few episodes. Seems like her sights are on gigs other than soaps. Love the character. Shame we can’t get her back.

Shay
Shay

As you know, CeeCeeGirl, Britt is one of my all-time favorite GH gals, along with her equally-beloved “Mutter!” It would be wonderful to see her back in Port Charles society, both plying her medical trade and trading barbs with her not-so-maternal figure of a mother. But God forbid either of them becomes one of Ryan’s victims…there are enough other dispensible femmes who could satiate his bloodlust. By the way, love this new bold typeface….looks great and is much more reader-friendly. Kudos!

Rodd
Rodd

What about Kiki are we supposed to know?

Mina Morehouse
Mina Morehouse

She is going to bee killed by Ryan. Poor Griffin

Rodd
Rodd

What? Where did you hear that? I don’t care for the character but she’s Ava’s daughter. That IS shocking to me.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

This should hopefully make Ava miserable , but seeing how Kiki is apparently Nina’s daughter, Ava does not have the maternal love for Kiki that she should have.It was fine to sleep with Morgan, but when Kiki and Griffen got together, that was unforgivable. I wish she would be a Ryan victim, but too many fans and the producers love her to death. I liked her as Carly on ATWT, but not this time around. Speaking of ATWT, I just saw Michael Park that played Jack, Carly’s husband, on Blue Bloods, and I must say, this man gets better looking with years. The grey in his hair just made him more so. Made this old lady swoon!

Mina Morehouse
Mina Morehouse

I read it in spoilers but several days later I read the actor said she wasn’t leaving GH so who knows what is true

Celia
Celia

Hey, Rodd….
My sister read it on one of her social media venues a few weeks ago….
Apparently, Ryan will kill Kiki….I commented on it, as soon as I heard. Hopefull, if Ryan attempts to kill Kiki, Griffin saves her at the eleventh hour—create suspense? She is one of my faves.

AVP
AVP

Britt is hysterical! She had me in stitches! We need some laughter and humor on the show!
What a great actress!

Patrick
Patrick

YES YES YES – I so agree… watching her at the floating rib… an act unto herself GOD ! I simply cannot stand the antics the showey camaraderie playmanship between the ooey gooey sicky syrupy.. not funny at all… Anna and Finn it’s nauseating .. because they are not funny, or cute. I have given up on Finola Hughes’ character… STUCK with the insufferable bores Finn and Peter. I can accept Britta for Peter sake… was always fun and a treat to see Britta MIX with ALL th cast.. she’s that good. OK what is going on here.. w/Willow ? she’s going to be Nina long lost daughter ? Chase has found a love interest ? I had hoped for Sasha… seeing as Kiki is leaving the show… that frees up her interest in Griffin. oh my god.. I am so over the over the top Laura… barging in to Ferncliff w/Laura … as a candidate , she still wouldn’t have had that opportunity to CHECK out the conditions … barf ! Thunderous applause year in and year out for laura Wright Carly ??? her appeal in that arena of take no prisoners has gotten so tired lame and dull… as she tries to feature her sensitive overbearing side “it’s all about family” and reach out for the care of that other cellmate sharing morse code ????? busy body Laura determined , does she have gas, to get her husband back. as most posts have already gone their… the writers have no intriguing plot points no suspense… just plodding along. where’s the zeal flavor and guts when all stories lead back to his favorites… Carly / Sonny / Sam / Jason / Michael / Finn / Franco / Peter. did Kelly Monaco who stated in SOD not too long ago… with painful hip issues also take care of her bigger than life larger than life career with bigger boobs OH Maxie – what to do about you… stuck on Peter… those puppy dog eyes and jelousy @Lulu OVER Peter… two lost characters… thank god you at least can show life with Nina and hopefully Britta. otherwise.. this maturity you should have been REELING since Nathan death… you’ve sunk back to ditz I LOVE that Shelly and Chris did try and feature cast characters long thought dead… w/ Jon Lindstrom ACTING… he’s a veteran he’s a professional he’s a class act… he’s sexy.. handsome… dark edgier turns are meg watt sensation oh god to see this going to waste with Carly and Laura… does any one know SOS Morse CODE… we hate the Corinthos I just cringe at any and all scenes with Carly / Sonny / Michael / Josslyn.. how they crest : no one hurts my family. w/dullard lap dog Jason and Sam and Spinelli waiting in the wings… seriously the dumbest decision by Frank Valentini to be @GH featured family. they inspire not one iota of appeal, they lack in sharing real emotion… just bad acting who cannot… Read more »

Patrick
Patrick

by all accounts ; this Ryan story is already dead before Jon Lindstrom even had a chance to act any thing

since when do Carly and Laura have any thing to really do with one another ?

back to Willow – ? – YIKES !!!! what is this… I really do like the idea , and story potential that ^^^^ some one shared.. that Willow is in that bereavement group… ala the baby she gave up … for Lucas and Brad… and Michael for his

yet they’ve thrown in a wrench that Chase has a thing for her ??? PLEASE GH.. Michael is no where near the same echelon as Chase… I’m still holding out that Chase can turn Sasha around.. and forget about Griffin… OR .. what about an older woman Britta WITH Chase .. that sounds even more inviting.

Willow and MIchael… OH MY GOD>. his trials and tribulations… does any one care ? he’s the worst actor on daytime

as if he needs to be generalized.. I love how Carly cradles his face and endearingly searches his expressionless face with his moping mug. “you are the most decent” person . kill him off please !

Celia
Celia

Hey, Patrick,
So glad to see you post regularly again. …..yes, as I keep saying; I always had a funny feeling about the Sasha story. Yet, naively, I thought Valentin was on the up and up ……I did not think he would go so far ….I understand he did it out of love? But did he? I guess he thought this lie would bring them back together.
Lies accomplish nothing….just the opposite. We tend to lie again to cover another lie….then we forget we lied ….am I making sense? Better not to lie. Hmmmm.
I have secretly sworn ( LOL) that I will never give up on the idea of Kiki being Nina’s daughter, Patrick…..until the end…..but, a big BUT, that “end” (accidental play-on-words, LOL) not to constitute her death.
I’d like a happy ending!!
Morse Code? Yeah, right….Carly is the most profoundly informed, judicious, intelligent, fair, faithful, motherly, loyal, sagacious person in PC. She took a couse in communications ( namely, Morse Code). When elephants nest in trees.
You are so right, my friend…..the families showcased, on this soap, do not inspire a scintilla of emotional, familial folklore.
There is no hearth by which to gather, discussing stuff and the mundane, as a family is wont to do.
You know how I feel about the characters you mention above…..therefore, no need for redundancy.
❤️

Shay
Shay

So, CeeCee….Have you seen the “Freddie Flick” yet??? I watched Boho Rhapsody in the wee hours of the morning and looked forward to comparing notes with you. Overall, it was a nice, nostalgic slice of the ‘70’s/‘80’s…I was never a huge Queen fan, but I enjoyed the movie all the same. Besides recalling the original thrill of witnessing “Live Aid,” my favorite scene involved the re-creation of the iconic Biba retail palace…that was a place where I would have simply adored shopping, so it was rather intoxicating to see it lovingly presented in all of its legendary decadent glory! The only aspects of the film which gave me pause were spotting Allen Leech, aka, Downton Abbey’s well-recognized “Branson,” —-playing way against type as Freddie’s slimy squeeze—-(Whatever would the Dowager Countess have to say about that?? Lol….)—-and realizing (to my great horror!) that within Mercury’s soul resided a “crazy cat lady!” Seeing all those felines freely frolicking about his manse made me shudder! Other than that, BR was not a bad way to spend two hours! What say you, mia amica????

Celia
Celia

Hi, Shay,
It’s been sort of hectic around here; so, I haven’t gotten to Rami Malek’s interpretation of my Freddie…
I wish Malek luck….hard to replicate a ‘god’, LOL.
Freddies’s stage presence; his moves, his little derriere, his form, his sexiness, his performace, his voice, his ‘tude, his gorgeous eyes….what can I say? Perfection. Even his teeth worked for him. LOL.
I wasn’t born, of course, but I grew up enveloped in his music…..how could I escape it? My mother and grandmother are both such crazy fans. Same for Janis—-so many others!! ( and, all the psychedelic music–as Gran calls it).
I need to be in harmony with myself for me to dare watch someone else try to ‘do’ Freddie. No one else can compare.
When I reach my heavenly comfort zone, I will watch….then we can compare notes.
A presto ( soon), cara.❤️

Shay
Shay

Having only casually observed Mercury during his career, I probably found Rami’s star turn as the rock god far more acceptable than will you, CeeCeeGirl…He definitely lacked the supreme flamboyance, yet raw, animal masculinity that defined Freddie, but his performance was quite heartfelt and respectful, albeit in a quite restrained and sanitized version. I simply allowed myself to suspend disbelief and buy into the whole nostalgia trip…hence I enjoyed the ride. Having said that, I doubt anyone could really capture Freddie’s truly unique essence to a “t.” He was one-of-a-kind…like Bowie! Another highly-individual soul whose likes we shall never again see here on planet earth!!! Still, the music and the obvious efforts to recreate a world long gone away made the time spent watching this biopic worthwhile!!! As long as you keep that perspective in mind, I don’t think you will find BR to be wholly disappointing, even as a diehard Queen fan! Let me know when you are finally able to take the viewing plunge!

Rodd
Rodd

Mary-Pat will probably be the one murdered. It seems so random. I loved Mary-Pat vs. Carly in Ferncliff and was excited when she asked for a job at GH. I wanted more g0-rounds between her and Carly. But now it seems obvious that she’ll be killed. They wouldn’t dare kill off the other women in the seemingly-thrown-together-ad since they’re stars of GH…with the exception of Felicia…whom, if they killed her off would send another wave of outrage through the halls at GH and have people spouting off about not watching the show…just what GH needs, right? Yeah, MP seems a safe bet.

Caleb
Caleb

Well, I don’t think Genie Francis would come back to the show only to have Lulu killed off or be killed off herself… I guess I assume it’ll be Mary Pat since she probably tortured him like she did Carly.

Patrick
Patrick

I was clearly disgusted with Shelly and Chris WRITNG ???? as Carly is sharing with Laura… how

she was drugged up so much… blah blah blech ! I only saw -twice- before all the stoogies rallied round her and she was “escaped” by Jason and Franco

quite frankly it would seem the story is over before it even started… nothing zilch nada with giving Jon Lindstrom THAT – opportunity – to REEL – HIS – acting chops… OK he had that knife / switchblade @ the floating rib

WHAT must Maura West THINK !!!! all this dark anger of her own… just disowning Kiki so blatantly and so ugly.. ??? because “her” sessions with Kevin say it’s OK? as cold as Ava can be… she’s a mother first… AND to watch her getting “old” and losing out to her daughter over a man… AND Ava doesn’t rationalize what she did to her own daughter with Morgan ???? !!! just doesn’t wash… Ava with no heart ??? Shelly and Chris are belittling and whittling down any character Ava had.

the most fun I’ve had in EON … watching Michael angst .. as he asks mumsy Carly… is he addressing his issues that life deals… OH my god.. he can’t act . all this opportunity to flesh out… it’s a joke that he’s still CEO of ELQ … on the board @General Hospital… AND he’s this heart of gold son for Carly and Sonny… what gives ???? a personality … FIRE

Patrick
Patrick

Kristina Wagner (Felicia) – is – my OOH LA LA Lovely ^^^^ LOOK @ above pic w/Jon Lindstrom… can we say magic… too bad this isn’t

she just hasn’t aged… WOAH

speaking of the man gender… the one that always strikes me… Wally Kurth… LOOKS SO GOOD FOR our age group… from the time he hit the telee… umpteenth years ago… is still rocking it.. swag… and va va voom. HOTTIE

so isn’t jon lindstrom
so isn’t Jacklyn Zeaman
so isn’t big mac, anna , hotted out

can’t say the same for bad acting AND just overload over kill . the dullards Frank VAlentini “thinks” are all that

Carly / Sonny / Sam / Jason / Michael / Franco / Finn / Peter

if you cannot “write” Shelly and/or Chris for the most boring lot on your canvas

GET OUT

MissySnow
MissySnow

I say kill off everyone that was hired by FV after he joined the show in 2012!

su000
su000

Question;
”Who Will Die In Ryan’s Halloween Murder?”
Answer;
Nurse Pat

Michael
Michael

I’m hoping it’s Mary Pat since I’ve despised that character this whole time.

Steve
Steve

They’ll probably be 3 victims. Mary Pat, Kiki and someone not critical. Ryan will be caught once he holds Felicia captive.

The story won’t end with Ryan’s capture/death. Kevin will have a lot of explaning and remorse when he finally gets out of Ferncliff.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I saw who Ryan’s first murder victim is, and was not surprised, but the next one really upsets me, but do not want to let the cat out of he bag, and spoil it, as it was a spoiler, and I do know a lot of people hate them.

AVP
AVP

This storyline will probably be like Paul’s murder spree, a lot of hoopla with no real pay-off. Mary Pat was expendable, Hayley Erin is leaving the show, and then there are A LOT of expendable newcomers that Ryan can harm and that will be forgotten about. I’d like Ryan to shut Oscar up, bury Dawson next to her father, and send Peter back to the parking lot.

Patrick
Patrick

OH MY GOD – did I roar with laughter… who knew PIER 55

@GH “Ryan” simply told Laura… “less is more” that they were thru.. he’d be out of the apartment at the end of the day.. and walked away. kudos to the writers .. if you can believe that … no long histrionics drawn out begging pleading.. just over it

THE ONE THING that just stings; hurts; STINKS : Laura Wright Carly

Carly will never be able to paly out all the full beats women on this show are. are shelly and chris w/Frank that stupid to think that Laura Wright can ? be sensitive, be cared for, that the audience would simply dismiss ALL the years of in your face loud mouthed take no prisoners… YEARS and YEARS of the same.. lacked so much emotion… WHEN TPTB at that time fired Ingo Rademacher… for which he helped Laura Wright eck out a win… for lead actress. NO MORE… that’s not possible

Carly does not know how to return love affection and nurture.. or ever truly care like most all characters on GH

Sonny has had to “console” Laura several times due to nightmares… ???? !!!! THIS is NOT Laura Wright story… Carly has no place in this at all…

I loved how Ryan lit in to Carly about her pushy insistence that they help that patient in the very next room… as she stupidly keeps bringing up SOS morse code… whoopee. end of story.. who would have it any other way… Frank VAlentini has no imagination….

already they’ve killed any chances for Nina and Valentin.. by not even giving Nina a chance to feel and celebrate that she does have a daughter… KILLED this story

WRITING STINKS

Frank Valentini : dead on arrival

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lucas Gives Wiley To Michael; While Willow Learns the Devastating Truth

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, brought the highly-emotional moments viewers had been waiting for all-week long; following the year and a half reveal that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Brad (Parry Shen) engineered a baby switch with Willow’s (Katelyn MacMullen) dead baby, Wiley being passed off as Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s newborn, Jonah, and Jonah being raised by Brad and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) as Wiley.  Now with the truth out, it was time for two of the heaviest beats of the story to be played out.

When Willow comes to at the hospital with Chase (Josh Swickard) by her side, needless to say she is dazed and freaking out that Nelle took Wiley.  Chase tells her he has some things to tell her and it’s not going to be easy to hear. Willow braces herself and then Chase tells her the story of the baby switch and how her baby died a SIDS death while at Brad and Lucas’ and then how the babies were switched.

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In a heartbreaking and powerful performance from Katelyn MacMullen (yes, she is our pick for “Power Performance of the Week”), Willow struggles to come to grips with the truth and starts to realize all of Brad’s machinations, as she thinks back to herself how could she do that to her son … to trust him with Brad, only to have the little infant die.  The devastation played by MacMullen, whose Willow, now must realize her baby never lived the full and happy young life she thought, was gut-wrenching.

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Meanwhile, in yet another top-notch performance, William deVry (Julian) showed the pain and the need to unburden himself as Julian talks to his sister. Ava (Maura West) and spills what happened.   He goes so far to admit to Ava that he knew what Brad had done. Ava cannot believe he did not go to Sonny (Maurice Benard) right away with this Intel, but Julian just could not do this to his son, Lucas and rip the baby from his arms.  Julian says he will face-off with Sonny and not leave town, if it comes to that.   Ava says they have to come up with a way to silence Brad … before Brad gives up Julian’s part in the whole baby cover-up.

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And in yet another masterful performance, we have to give it up to Chloe Lanier.  Who can play Nelle and spin stories and the tears so well, that if you did not know this pathological liar you would think she is telling the truth. When in opposing holding cells at the PCPD, Nelle lays it on about Brad so that the guard can hear them. She blames Brad for being the instigator in the baby switch and taking advantage of her – a distraught new mother, confused and dazed on the route where the baby switch happened.  It works! Brad is moved to a different cell and thinks look very grim for him.  Nelle smiles through her crocodile tears!

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Then, in what we all knew had to happen, and even so, was still as heartbreaking as ever; Lucas spends his final moments with Wiley as his father in the kitchen at the Corinthos’ along with Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright).  Lucas starts to tell his mother and sister, all the things Wiley needs and likes, such as having a story read to him.  All of this brings the tears as they know Lucas has to give the child back to Michael; who has been robbed of a year and half as the baby’s rightful father.

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Michael tells Lucas they will work this out, so Lucas remains a constant in Wiley’s life. He also tells Sonny and Sasha (Sofia Matteson) he feels so badly for Lucas, but they tell him to be happy for this chance to have the son he grieved for.   In the end, a tear-filled Lucas hands Wiley to Michael as everyone watches on in sadness for one father … and joy for the other.  Ryan Carnes was poignant in the scenes; as was Chad Duell.

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So, what did you think of the performances from Friday’s GH featuring Katelyn, Ryan, Chad, William, Chloe and Parry? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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