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Jonathan Jackson On His GH Return This Week: "It Was Really Exciting To Get To Do Those Scenes With Tony. It Was Really Special For Me."

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This week, five-time Daytime Emmy winner Jonathan Jackson (Lucky) returns to General Hospital for his whirlwind guest stint, as the story picks up with Luke and Laura at the mercy of their old adversary Frank Smith!

Jackson, who is currently on tour this summer with his band Enation, and will start shooting season four of the primetime ABC series Nashville this month, discussed his brief, but emotional return to the soap that got him his start.

While Jonathan would not give away any story points in his interview with TV Line, he says he was so excited to work one last time with Anthony Geary (Luke), and being able to fit his short arc into his busy summer schedule.

Jonathan commented: “I did what was probably a week’s worth of work in two days. It was a whirlwind. But it was so fun to see everyone. It was really exciting to get to do those scenes with Tony. It was really special for me.”  As to Lucky being in peril, Jackson hinted:  “Yeah. But we were able to find some moments to have some more heartfelt scenes which was something that (I was really) looking forward to. I was excited about that.”

And as for also being reunited with his TV mother Genie Francis (Laura), Jackson didn’t even know she was going to be part of the storyline until just before he arrived to GH: “I hadn’t been following the show, so I didn’t know Genie was going to be there until maybe a week or so before I flew to L.A. I was so excited to see Genie and to get to work with her again.”

So, will you be tuning in this week to see Jonathan, Tony, and Genie together?  Will Lucky save Luke and Laura?  What kind of heartfelt scenes are about to be served up:  Jackson and Geary always made their scenes top notch!

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Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Wish i could feel as excited but with GHs convulted mess im not so LUCKY…lol

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

GH does its version of Dynastys Moldavian shooting(ok, scaled back version) and Luke and Laura get Lucky(in a small room and with FS goons close with guns) and survive without even breaking a nail or one hair out of place…Bravo GH—you are number1 with cartoony camp!!!

su0000
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su0000

Laura a gun packing Gun Moll ahh-haa! hadda laff ..(so lame lol
Truly campy comedy ..

Anytime I can have a good laugh, that is good thing 🙂

Harry
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Harry

Suoo, your hatred of Laura is baffling to just about everyone.

Margie
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Margie

Aww. Sweet. Everyone loves Genie. I’m really looking forward to these scenes. JJ, Genie and Tony played the quintessential little family back in the day. It’s been a real pleasure watching him grow up.

Harry
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Harry

The first few seconds of the aforementioned threes’ reunion was powerful.
The way Lucky exchanged looks with Laura, then Luke conveyed such an intense emotional punch which was accented by these three actors’ long history.
It really felt like parents were reuniting with their grown son.
The Spencers really are special.
I just wish the writing were up to par but Genie, Tony and JJ are rising above it making it work.

Fanny
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Fanny

I also was touched by how genuine & emotional those first few
moments were between Lucky, Laura & Luke it felt like days of
yore. I can only hope there’s more to come….

Shay
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Shay

“Everyone loves Genie”……except, of course, for su!!!!!

Fanny
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Fanny

@Shay..What’s not to Love!

Timmm
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Timmm

Jonathan is top notch, him and Tony were pure magic together and I cannot wait to see them on screen again! It was cool for Johnathan to appear on GH now since he has so many other irons in the fire. Just goes to show you he is grateful where he came from and how much respect he has for Anthony Geary.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Jonathan is beautiful…love the hair…looks good on him, not on Carlos.
In a round-about-way, I sort of guessed that Lucky was in on this scheme; but, only as a hoax. Frank Smith has had Jake all this time? ….guess so! Smith must have blackmailed Lucky , in that, unless Lucky brought Luke, Laura and Holly to him, then, no Jake….bartering.
I can feel the vibe between Luke and Lucky, Timmm….now, I get it!!!! You are soooo right…I see, I see…LOL.

Timmm
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Timmm

Come into the light!

Fanny
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Fanny

Couldn’t agree with you more Timm… Jonathan is a breath of fresh air.
Unexpected twist in the storyline today, involving little Jake..
Could he really be alive???? Where’s Helena, she has to be
party to this.

Timmm
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Timmm

And thats why people shouldnt write off the Luke, “Goodbye” story as a bust, YET! Give them some time people.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yeah, Fanny. Shay and I were just discussing that very fact, on the other “Lucky” site. No Cassadines? None? I would have thought Helena’ would have her dream come true, no? The opportunity to obliterate the Spencers!!

Fanny
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Fanny

Hi, CeeCee & Shay…This is so up her alley, she’s probably
salivating over the eventual face-off with Luke…
A Cassadine/Spencer Grand Finale is just what the DR.
ordered..

Shay
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Shay

@Fanny and CeeCee……Oh, there’s definitely a Cassadine or two to be had in the end mix….but which mad miscreants(s) will they be???? Helena seems a most obvious choice, but what if Nik is a part of this dubious and dastardly doing? Or, perhaps there is yet another “resurrection” of presumed dead family members to be announced???? I’m still waiting for something big, REALLY big! As for your query above, Fanny….”What’s not to love about Laura????” Beats me….you’d have to consult with su on that one, as she seems to be the solitary voice of dissent on the subject of fandom… Read more »

Fanny
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Fanny

@Shay & CeeCee… Definitely several delusional, demented, Cassadine’s
will livin the end game. Nik must be privy to some part of the goings on, it
would explain the about face… I’m also waiting for this Exemplary storyline
to WOW me…and waiting..and waiting…..
Last but certainly not least Laura is…. Lovely, Loyal, Sincere, Kind…. I
guess she’s an acquired taste….

Aria
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Aria

It looks like he’ll also be sharing scenes with Rebecca Herbts, that will be great, it got me thinking though for the the most part the women on this show have been shown the short end of the stick when it comes to respect or recognition, especially genie Francis and Rebecca Herbst. I mentioned both of them because in both their cases their long time screen partners have been rewarded over and over agian, and I found it interesting that genie only has 1emmy to tony 8 and Rebecca only has 1 nomination to Jonathan’s 5 Emmy wins .. Isn’t… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Good point about the Emmys, Aria! My feeling is that the Emmys are, for the most part, a popularity contest. Talent is only sometimes rewarded. You are correct: the actresses you mention are just as talented as their much-heralded male counterparts.

Timmm
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Timmm

Mostly because other women from other shows are more deserving. Also, there have not been a lot of strong women on GH. Anna only came to mind.

Rose9
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Rose9

Sooooooo excited to see Lucky/Tony/Genie. OH! Can’t wait!

Harry
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Harry

I couldn’t wait either, Rose. But I blinked and it appears to be over.
Frank Smith uttered about five words and was shot about 100 times.
What was that?

Rose9
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Rose9

I was surprised that the next two episodes took us back to Port Charles, but it can’t be over already, can it? I am holding out hope that there is more with Lucky. I feel like his last scene was a tag, so they have to go back. (I HOPE!)

Plus I can see lots of possibilities for Lucky to tie into an exit. So hopefully we just broke away to explore the Lulu/Dante stuff and then we will be back to Tony/Genie/Lucky. Fingers Crossed!!!!!

su0000
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su0000

The exit story has been moving really fast since Laura and Holly and Lucky and what’s his name entered the story cus there was no time left to go into a longer story. The exit story has only 15 more days to go.(that is if it is on every day)

And-
Luke still needs to get back to Tracy, I am really looking forward to the last Tracy and Tony moments , that’s when the heartache will begin 🙁

Charday
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Charday

I found the shootings (particularly Luke shooting Frank Smith multiple times) rather disturbing.

Timmm
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Timmm

Shot Frank like a dog but I guess Smith pushed his buttons all these years and Luke was pissed!

Robbyrob
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Robbyrob

Goodness…all this whining about the writing….I could open my own winery! If it’s truly such a chore to sit through….move on. What kind of life is it to be so miserable. Little Jake being ‘killed off’ was like 100 Duke Lavery’s in terms of outrage. You should all be so happy. Instead of being so thankful Tony, Genie, & Jonathan are together one last time….you go about the writing….again. If you Dickens…GH ain’t it..sorry! Everyone seems to raving about Brad Bell being the Third Coming….watch that…and Darla’s floating head. No outrage about that. I love GH. I enjoy GH. I… Read more »

Margie
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Margie

Part of the fun of watching soaps is critiquing it. What’s not cool or original or interesting is whining about other posters posts.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, Margie,
You go, Girl…!!!!
Exactly the point for these sites.

su0000
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su0000

Hello Robbyrob !
I think I love you…………. lol

I’m a GH fan !! I Love GH !!
Long Live GH !!
It is the #1 soap for me !!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Ok, Su…LOL.
F rom here-on-in, any negative remark you make about Y&R and/or Sharon, I will call you on it. How about that? Double LOL.

su0000
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su0000

hey CeeCee , There is huge difference when people use a sentence or two voice ”dislike/irration” of whatever or whomever.. It is the constant habitual complainers, whiners, suffering from soap burnout that write 5 pages of hate this and hate all of that ranting crap.. that is crazy stuff! and- just for you 🙂 Sharon is a worse irritation than a bad ass rash <- simply said ah-ha! 🙂 Summer is a whine machine with a squished up face that looks like constipation and nothing's moving ah-ha! <– simply said.. Nieter comment needed paragraphs of ranting 🙂 The double Jacks… Read more »

Fanny
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Fanny

Robbyrob… Do I get a little cheese with my Wine….

Harry
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Harry

Robby–Suoo sees her kindred spirit in you.
Be afraid. Be very afraid.

su0000
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su0000

Dear Harry,,
have no doubts, you will always be my #1 banter buddy 🙂
and-
IF I were to make a comment about your love the renaissance gun moll Laura, I will try to remember to give you fair warning 🙂
rave on !!

Harry
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Harry

Thank Goodness for the smile icons.
Otherwise, Su00’s comments might be offensive to some of us.

downtownla
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downtownla

Yes, it was nice to see the Spencers together. When you add Tony Geary, Genie Francis and Jonathan Jackson with Julie Marie Berman, they really did a great job of casting the original Spencer family. They all looked and felt like a real family. GH needs to replace them somehow on the canvas. As for raising a dead character after 20 years, only to kill him off 3 days later, once again shows the fantastically short-sighted writing. It cheapens any death that happens on screen. Imagine all those gut-wrenching scenes with Tony, Felicia, Bobby and Frisco when little BJ died… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

downtownla, since you live nearby, why don’t you march over to the Prospect studios and give the GH braintrust your feedback in person! I totally agree with you!

GH has brought countless characters back from the dead, including many who are currently on screen. Bringing back Frank Smith was ridiculous (again, with a different actor, and killing off the character in 3 days), similar to a new Jennifer Smith (on for 2 or 3 days).

Most regard the B.J. storyline you mentioned as the creative peak of GH. Indeed, quite moving. Will the viewer ever see such heights again? …

Timmm
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Timmm

Frank Smith should have been brought back months ago before he was killed off! Lazy and inpatient.

downtownla
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downtownla

I posted this comment in another thread, but it’s like all these revived characters are an apt metaphor for the show – Ron is trying to raise the dead. Problem is – whether it’s AJ, Duke or Frank Smith, Ron has no idea what to do with them when they’re alive. It’s like he can go for the spectacular moment, but he can’t sustain it.

Anthony
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Anthony

downtownla: You’re right on point about any “death” on GH – there’s no longer any impact. When a character “disappears” off camera and is declared dead then there is the possibility that they are not dead and can reappear down the line in a believable storyline. GH writers have bad a mockery of our intelligence. Nowadays characters get shot in the heart, flat-line on the operating table, blow up in explosions – are declared dead at the scene – and then they all appear alive and well years later with some crazy revenge plan. I am not a novice soap… Read more »

downtownla
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downtownla

Yes, it’s all about balance. I can go for crazy, wild and fun. I just need to have development and emotional, too. I don’t want to come off as someone living in the past (Youtube makes it far too easy!), but I would like it to guide the future. I want to watch stories that have heart and emotion, while still challenging me. I want to feel for the characters and their struggles. That’s what will bring me back as a full-time viewer.

su0000
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su0000

hmmm
General Hospital is not for everybody..
I suggest you quickly tune out and find a soap that is for you..
Then ya’ll will be happy campers 🙂

janet
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janet

I came back to see the Spencers. They did very well on screen. JJ , Genie and even Tony showed up The real Luke not the idiot that had been there. I like Emme so that was fine with me. Julie wanted to leave so get over it ! Oh goodness I even like Nathan Parsons’s Ethan. Good actor and He was fine also . As for Frank S at least they killed him. How original on GH the good guys won and the bad guys lost ??? The two young Actors came back to a show that gave them… Read more »

Kathy Weber
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Kathy Weber

I’m very happy to see Lucky, Eathan and Laura back on the show. I’m puzzled as to how little Jake could be alive. If he is alive whose kidney did Josscelyn get? The only Jake in the story is Jake Doe. Could this be the Jake Frank Smith was referring to?

Kelly j Ryan
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Kelly j Ryan

Tony Geary just lights up when he is in scenes with Jonathan Jackson.
It’s like watching poetry come to life.
Those two are just magic together.

It’s been such a gift watching them through the years because that history enriches and enhances their performances. I can remember watching them and thinking how they shared something really special.
Just two genuine and gifted actors feeding and learning off one another.

Rose
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Rose

Agreed, 100%. Those two must have so much respect for each other. Their scenes feel completely honest, always. Like these two actors really love each other. It’s always incredible work.

Kelly j Ryan
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Kelly j Ryan

I always got teary eyed when Luke called Lucky “Cowboy”.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Helena, Jennifer Smith & The Ice Princess: What Did You Think of Luke Spencer’s Memorial?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital brought the highly-anticipated story around the apparent death of Port Charles iconic, Luke Spencer (Tony Geary), although many fans, and even some of the cast of the show, are not sold that Luke is “dead” dead.

During the show, characters spoke of some of the history of Luke in Port Charles, most especially Luke’s sister, Bobbie played by Jackie Zeman.  Throughout the years, Zeman is at her best when she is given material through the writing of the show to connect to the history of Luke and Bobbie.  She did so when Bobbie was remembering how Luke came to Port Charles to help her break up Scotty and Laura, in a discussion with her daughter, Carly (Laura Wright).

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As everyone is gathering at the Haunted Star to pay their respects to Luke, Curtis (Donnell Turner) arrives to support Laura (Genie Francis), Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Anna (Finola Hughes) arrive together, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West), as well as Spencer (Nicholas Alexander Chavez  also show up. It is through Nikolas’ conversation with Laura that we learn why Luke’s sons, Ethan and Lucky, can’t make the funeral and, of course, we know why Luke’s daughter Lulu can’t make it because she is in a coma!

Victor (Charles Shaughnessy) shows up and snipes at everyone and then leaves.  Tracy (Jane Elliot), who has arranged the memorial, is with an urn supposedly filled with Luke’s ashes and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) finds her on the deck of the Haunted Star and talks her into giving her planned eulogy.

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Meanwhile, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finds his dad, Sonny (Maurice Benard) drinking at Charlie’s, and later Scott (Kin Shriner) and Robert (Tristan Rogers) stop in and heated words are exchanged between Sonny and Scott. Victor shows up and instead of Scott and Sonny pummeling each other, they get into a fight against Victor.

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As Scott and Robert are about to be on their way to the Haunted Star, Scott stays behind because of his past with Luke.  Then, Sonny tried to patch things up with Carly before they head to the memorial.

Back on the yacht, Anna and Felicia find a note and a flash drive, after hearing a commotion on the yacht.  When the note says “play me”, none other than Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers) addresses Luke’s friends and family from apparently the great beyond.  As Helena spews her venom against Luke, Laura has enough and pulls the plug on Helena’s video speech.  Tracy looks concerned, like she may want to hear whatever else Helena had to say.

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Next, Tracy does her best in short order to eulogize Luke.  That is juxtaposed with Scott trashing Luke.  Later, by herself on the deck, Tracy spreads Luke’s ashes over the waters of Port Charles. Back on the pier, Scott relishes Luke being gone, and that he is still standing saying, “You lose you son of a bitch!” Just then Luke’s ashes blow in into his face.  When Bobbie arrives, and see Scott full of ashes, she asks what happened.  Scott says, “I caught the bouquet,” an obvious nod to the Luke and Laura wedding of the past, where Scott returned at their wedding and caught the wedding bouquet.

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Back on the Haunted Star, Tracy then has a gift in hand for Laura, but she tells Tracy if that’s the Ice Princess she does not want anything to do with it, and tells Tracy to keep it.  Spencer sees this go down and his interest on the diamond is instantly piqued.

Back at Charlie’s bar, Victor has an ominous toast to Luke saying, “The good people of your fair city are in for a big surprise!”

At the Haunted Star, dressed in black with black veil, Jennifer Smith reveals herself to a shocked Laura.

So, what did you think of Luke’s memorial episode? Favorite parts of it? Least favorite? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But first, check out Helena’s videotaped speech and Tracy’s eulogy to Luke below.

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(WATCH) GH’s Genie Francis Shares: “I Just Have a Hard Time Believing, In My Heart, That The Great Luke Spencer Died in an Accident”

Today’s Friday episode of General Hospital, is set to feature the funeral of the iconic Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

While family and friends will gather on the Haunted Star to memorialize him, what been teased by the ABC daytime drama is it will also set a whole storyline in motion.

ABC7 entertainment guru, George Pennacchio, spoke to several of the GH cast, who are involved in the episode including: Luke Spencer’s long-time love, Laura played by Genie Francis.

Francis exclaimed on the whole story: “I just have a hard time believing, in my heart, that the great Luke Spencer died in an accident.  No one stays dead on a soap. I don’t know how many times I’ve been dead. Really!”

Genie added: “I feel like they’re setting the stage, really, for a wonderful comeback and I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for that.”

Luke’s longtime friend played by Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) shared: “And has it actually happened? I mean, frankly, we have a little urn about this big that’s supposed to contain him and that’s it.”

And Luke’s sister, Bobbie, played by Jackie Zeman, also weighed-in if Luke is really a-goner: “Sometimes you get these little red herrings so, as you know, George, you know, you never really know.”

Watch Pennacchio chat with the GH stars below.

Now weigh-in, do you believe Luke is very much alive and well? Held captive, or “dead” dead? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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FRIDAY: Luke Spencer’s Family and Friends Gather To Say Goodbye On General Hospital

On this Friday’s, January 21st episode of ABC’s General Hospital, look for Port Charles to bid farewell to the iconic character of Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

In story, after his sudden passing, Luke’s loved ones gather – along with some surprise guests – to memorialize him at the Haunted Star, where things don’t go entirely as planned.  As the town says goodbye to Luke, an exciting new mystery unfolds.  Meanwhile, life continues to unravel for the rest of Port Charles as a beloved couple comes to a fork in the road of their relationship.

ABC released this new photo of those gathered to pay their respects to Luke including cast members: Kristina Wagner (Felicia), Finola Hughes (Anna), Donnell Turner (Curtis), Tristan Rogers (Robert), Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), Laura Wright (Carly), Maurice Benard (Sonny), Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer), Marcus Coloma (Nikolas), Maura West (Ava), Jackie Zeman (Bobbie), Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), Genie Francis (Laura) and Jane Elliot (Tracy).

 

Looking forward to this emotional episode of General Hospital? Share your thoughts on what you think will happen via the comment section below.

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