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Kimberly McCullough and Finola Hughes Interview – General Hospital

In a heartfelt, emotional, and nostalgic chat with Michael Fairman, and in her final video interview with On-Air On-Soaps as a cast member of General Hospital, Kimberly McCullough says farewell to decades as Dr. Robin Scorpio Drake alongside her on-screen mom, Finola Hughes, who just returned to the series as Anna Devane.

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Doe
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Doe

I’m so glad you had this last interview with Kimberly and Finola, Michael. I also have followed Kimberly since she was a child, and what an amazing career she has had.She will be missed as a kind of pioneer of her own. So much has been with Kimberly being the center piece of many, many stories. I wish her good luck with her new endeavors……

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I saw Kimberlerly when she first appeared on Gh… With Shawn Doneely, anna Devane, robert Scorpio, etc…..Those were the good old days on GH!!!!!!!! Luke & Laura marrige……..

countrymom56
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countrymom56

I agree

Tonia
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Tonia

I have loved Kim/Robin since their first day on GH. They grew up onscreen in front of me. I was a young teenager and it was nice to see a child like Robin being written into the show as she was. I understand Kim wanting to leave and wish her the best and will continue to follow her career in whatever path it takes her. However, I will deeply miss Robin she is so much a part of GH. I am sad that we never got to see Robin and Jason reunited. They were so amazing and I always held… Read more »

Mary H
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Mary H

Good Luck Kimberly!! You will be missed on General Hospital!

Endeliz
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Endeliz

VERY Sad to say Goodbye… Good luck can not wait to see the films that you create !

B
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B

My favorite interview by far!

Lisa
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Lisa

I was totally tearing up watching this interview… I really am going to feel such a loss when Robin leaves the show. I’ll miss you Kimberly.

heidi
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heidi

Thank you Michael!!! Love Finola so glad she is back for however long would love to see her more! Love the two of them together and have since the beginning! This is going to be so sad!

Deborah Doucet
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Deborah Doucet

Great interview!Love you Kimberly and Finola!Good luck Kimberly,will miss you.Have been watching GH since you started.Was dreading the final episode!Will look for your interviews on you tube.Thank you!

heidi
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heidi

Forgot to say how much I have been enjoying Kimberly’s interviews over and over again! My favorites are Steve Burton, Jane Elliot and John York. Thank you Kimberly… and Michael for introducing us to them. Want more! Can’t wait to see one with Finola and Tristan! Wish she could do one with Kirsten Storms! Want one with everyone on GH! Those will be great to watch for years! Thank you!

Diane V
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Diane V

Since I have watched GH from the beginning, I have watched Kimberly grow up. I will miss her. I wish her well. Hopefully, I will get to see her in Tampa at the end of March. NGFL was accepted in the Gasparilla Film Festival. As a fan, I will show her support any way that I can.

Kristin
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Kristin

I have been waiting for this interview, Michael and it didn’t disappoint. It was a wonderfully sentimental walk down memory lane. I’m going to miss Robin Scorpio-Drake and more importantly Kimberly McCullough on our GH screen. I look forward to watching her become an even more amazing director. Heck yeah Soap Fans Rock!!

cathy
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cathy

love Kimberly and Finola and my favorite interviews have to be with Jason Thompson because you can see how close he and Kimberly are. For me this is bittersweet that GH resorted to killing Robin a character I grew up with. There was many ways to write Robin out but death isn’t it. I much prefer Robin, Patrick and Emma leave for Robin’s birthday trips. No couple will even compare to Scrubs and you can blame Kimberly M and Jason T for that. Bringing back all the vets (who Kimberly starred with) won’t make it better.GH died today.GH missed opportunities… Read more »

Moviegal
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Moviegal

It was actually Kimberly McCullough’s decision that her character should die – and she presented it to the show, not the other way around. She felt that, as a legacy character, it would be best this way and there wouldn’t be a need for a recast.

Christina Mauradian
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Christina Mauradian

I am so pissed, sad and confused as well. I just do not understand why, Robin is leaving the soap I wish General Hospital would just let one couple be happy on there for once. Robin will be missed so much by my mother and my myself. I have watched GH sense I was 4 and my mother has watched it sense the beinning.

JC
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JC

Kimberly McCullough is choosing to leaving by her own accord to pursue a career in directing.

countrymom56
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countrymom56

Good Luck Kimberly… you shall be truly missed a lot

Sandy
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Sandy

Michael, as always, when it comes to interviews with our favorite soap stars, you have put together another amazing interview. I love any interview with Kimberly, and with Jason Thompson, but I especially enjoy a Michael Fairman interview! I am sad because I will miss Kimberly working with Jason Thompson on General Hospital, but I know that she will continue to take the movie world by storm, just as she has with Nice Guys, just as he will continue to shine on GH. I wish Kimberly the best of luck in everything the future holds for her! Thank you, thank… Read more »

Andrea
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Andrea

Kimberly, it has been such a pleasure to watch you grow up into a beautiful young woman. I will never forget all the fun we had on the set, and in between. You’re priceless!
Love, Andrea

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

She truly is. Gosh, will I miss her. She got killed off. Robin was such a stoic character, should she ever decide to come back, it would be so fake if its a twin or lookalike. They would have to go the bad dream direction. *Chow

barbara t
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barbara t

thats why they cant kill her,shes hiding somewhere afraid to come out because she has no memory of anything ,she gets a hold of a few dollars ,buys a ticket and flies out of port charles,or my original plot ,gets on grey hound bus.I agree with you ,we dont want a twin or a look alike ,a recast maybe,thats hard because she has been our robin since she was 6 .hopefully we get a clue at the end of week cliff hanger,then I spent the weekend figuring out more ways to save robin.star shows up today,next week the mannings ,I… Read more »

Wanda
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Wanda

Kimberly you will be missed. I will watch GH just tell I see how Jason takes the news. Hope they show Sonny fining out . Best of luck Kimberly you made my afternoons. Hope some day to meet you. Love you and fallow you always.

kathy culpepper
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kathy culpepper

we are so proud of you kim. you will be missed.

S. Butler
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S. Butler

I have watched Kim grow up on GH along with my Grandmother…I Can’t imagine GH without Robin!!! I wish you Kim all the luck in the world, and hope that your happy and sucessfull in your new adventures 😉 I just wish and hope that they give you the recognition and respect you deserve, ie..give Robin the funeral she deserves NOT one with over half the show devoted to Sonny, Jason, Sam, Carly, Johnny etc.!!! Like your death show was…I didn’t think that was fair or respectful to the character or to you the actress!! Again, I wish you all… Read more »

Amber
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Amber

You will be missed Kimberly!!! You’ve always been one of my favs on the show and it’s so sad to see you go *tear. I wish you the best of luck in your career as a director.

Cindy
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Cindy

Will miss you so much Kimberly, enjoyed all the years watching you as Robin, the best of luck to you in everything you do in the future. I love GH, have watched it since I was a little girl back in 1963, since the beginning. So happy to see Finola, miss her too, on the show. I just hope GH can stay on for another fifty years. I will watch ABC as long as GH is on the air. Thanks to you all for the entertainment of GH.

heidi
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heidi

Michael can you post the clip of Robin in Anna’s shoes and earrings… please? I have been trying to find it and vaguely remember it from all those years back and would love to see it! If you can’t post it could you find out how it is labelled? Thank you!!!

Lexi
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Lexi

Wonderful interview Michael! I’m so greatful to have been lucky enough to have not only worked with Kimberly but also to count her as a awesome friend and mentor. I look forward to working with her in her successful new career as director, as I know her new work will be just as amazing. What a legacy!

Karen
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Karen

The interview was wonderful. I was disappointed in Anna’s reaction to finding out her daughter was killed. I expected , Shock, disbelief and hysteria from Anna. She missed out on her daughter for years being away, haven’t spoken to her in a long time and brushes her tears away as quickly as they appeared. “Ok, Patrick go see your daughter.” Does anyone agree with me.?

Shirley Miller
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Shirley Miller

I agree, Karen. I really thought Anna would show more hysteria, tears upon learning that Robin had died. Maybe when she and Robert were involved in a lot of thrilling escapades, she has learned to control her feelings better. Also, she could be in shock and once Robert arrives and someone is with her to stay with Emma, she may break down. If not, it does seem very strange to me also!!!

auotb
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auotb

I dont think Robin is dead.This is a soap after all.Heres hoping!!!!

barbara t
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barbara t

Im with you, in the robin isnt dead,I hope we are right.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

“did you read my post that says if you watch the soaps on the net your not counted in the ratings, ”

Yes, I got that post and responded to it yes’t. U should have many responses in your inbox.

barbara t
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barbara t

yes I got it,I had a shit load of them ,I think I answered them all ,its a slow day,and I have a bad headache.I will be glad when this day is over ,seems everything on the I d channel is a repeat till tonight.I hope that no one is dead in the crash.I heard cole may be dead ,but until I see it I wont believe it.also went to wikpedia and I looked up robin scorpio at one place they said she was7 the other on the same page said 6,I would like to know .really hate to see… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

and I woke up with another headache today.I wonder who will survive the crash,Im hearing cole is gone,here he survives a bullet and now he may get killed in a car crash,talk about bad luck,they should have kept him with marty and patrick. will find out today.and I hope there is more news about robin.

Shirley Miller
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Shirley Miller

It was wonderful to see Anna (Finola Hughes) back on GH but soooo very sad to see the way the writers handled the demise of Robin (Kimberly). I have watched Robin since she was a little girl on the soap – one of her finest performances as a little girl was in the Asian episode. I can’t believe that Robin would have left the lab to see her Mum & daughter when she was in the midst of seeking a life-saving cure for Jason. She was just too dedicated a Dr for that. It seems that the fire in the… Read more »

Jane
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Jane

I just don’t know why GH writers and producers felt the need to kill Robin’s character off. Just not right!

barbara t
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barbara t

stay tuned, I dont think she is dead,clue,fire was to hot for anything to survive,like melting a human body,I say the explosion made her loose her mind and forget who she is,robin would never leave her baby or patrick,at least thats what I hope.My version ,she hops on a greyhound bus and leaves town.so the robin character can always come back.it doesnt have to be a greyhound bus.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Barbara said: “yes I got it,I had a shit load of them ,I think I answered them all ,its a slow day,and I have a bad headache.”

You didn’t have to answer them all, some of them I was replying to you, Barb. LOL Yesterday, I had a headache, today it’s you with one.

Norma
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Norma

I love them both!

heidi
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heidi

I too have seen GH on and off since the first few years. I have sen Robin grow up before my eyes. It is interesting to have heard Robin say that they changed how she was exiting four or so times. I get the impression with everyone involved that they all do not like this way and you can tell in the acting and how it is being handled on screen beginning with Robin. When she left the lab she was not playing it well and with Patrick too… it just wasn’t right. And… Anna… agreed she has not handled… Read more »

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

” Oh… forgot to say how strange it was to see Monica the Chief of Staff tell Sam she just heard about Robin’s death and that is all the Chief of Staff has to say about a horrific accident in the hospital and the loss of an incredible doctor??? Get real please! ” Yes Heidi: I noticed that too, BUT there was sooooo many inadequacies that I didn’t just FOCUS on that, because there was so much WRONG going on. But when U don’t know that (at that time) you are just trying to follow along to give them the… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

that was strange,if I was one of the characters in port charles and I was a friend of robins I would be pulling my hair out in panic that my friend is gone ,its like no one cares ,well Im not blaming ron hes just getting started ,gh is low in the ratings again this week thats bad.did you read my post that says if you watch the soaps on the net your not counted in the ratings,something else I learned today.

heidi
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heidi

Agreed… I loveabcsoaps! Thanks! It is such a shame and a missed opportunity. Ron and others had been tweeting and FB’ing that this was supposed o have been such a great week and tune in… very disappointing in terms of Robin’s death. Might be better with the Cassadine storyline moving forward and the car crash with AZ and Starr & Cole. I would hope RC can rectify the Robin storyline next week with Emma and Robert and a funeral. I am hoping Anna deals more appropriately with Robert or maybe with Emma… In any case I will be watching and… Read more »

Lynda
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Lynda

Kimberly, you will truly be missed, I have watched you since you started. Your HIV role in the soap has truly touch lives, 2 very close friend of mine have used how you handeled it to incorp it into there lives.. Good luck with all you do and know we love you.

peggy
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peggy

this is really sad

sue
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sue

robin will be missed when u little i watched u and then same good luck and prayers r with u

Patty
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Patty

Thank you for this interview with Kimberely & Finola!! I REALLY enjoyed it. I like so many other GH followers have watched these 2 characters since they started on GH about 27 years ago. My lovely grandmother & I were avid GH watchers way back when… and now you are sprouting your wings to other avenues which is great. Kimberely seems to be a wonderful person as she has been to me ALL these years on GH. She is so intelligent and I wish her nothing but the very BEST with her career. I hope to hear more interviews about… Read more »

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Nancy Lee Grahn Debuted 25 Years Ago Today as General Hospital’s Alexis Davis

Back on September 26th, 1996, (25 years ago today!) the new character of Alexis Davis made her debut on ABC’s General Hospital, and brought to the iconic soap opera, the talents of Nancy Lee Grahn.

Grahn, had already made a name for herself with her captivating portrayal of lawyer Julia Wainwright Capwell on Santa Barbara for which she won a Supporting Actress Daytime Emmy in 1989, in a tie with AMC’s Debbi Morgan.

Back in April, General Hospital, marked this milestone with a special episode for Grahn, that could be remembered come next year’s Emmys.

Alexis, or shall we call her “Natasha”, was introduced on GH as the daughter of Mikkos Cassadine and his mistress, whose throat was slit by Helena Cassadine, which has played into Alexis’ story for many years to come.  At the time of her entrance to the show, Wendy Riche was GH’s executive producer.

Through the years, viewers have witnessed Grahn’s portrayal of: a tough legal eagle, an honest depiction of a woman battling the bottle, failed romances, while all the time being a loving and faithful mother to her three daughters, Sam, Molly, and Kristina.

Nancy won her second Supporting Actress Daytime Emmy, this time for her role as Alexis in 2012, and has been a multi-nominee in the Lead Actress category for her performances on the ABC daytime drama series.

Kate Grahn, Nancy’s daughter took to social media within the last few hours since we posted this story to share a video on how thankful she and her mom are to GH fans and Nancy’s time on the show which afforded her the ability to have and raise Kate.  Check that out below.

Here’s to Nancy for giving us 25 years of her on-screen work as Alexis!

Congratulate Nancy and tell us your favorite Alexis Davis moments via the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Comes Home as Jason and Carly Begin Their Wedding Night

Monday’s episode of General Hospital continued to set the stage for major payoffs in the long and winding road tale of everyone in Port Charles believing Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) is dead.

Only now, with his memory in tact, Sonny is very much alive, no longer living as “Mike” in Nixon Falls. and back in the town which he ruled as the mob kingpin.  Problem is: his wife, Carly (Laura Wright) just got married to his best friend, Jason (Steve Burton) and they are about to have their first night together as newlyweds.  And without all the subplot and subtext, Sonny has no idea that they were first brought together to be a united front to save Sonny’s territory from the ‘Five Families’.  Only now, the two have admitted they truly are in-love with each other.

In story, after the bomb that went off was proven to kill mobsters Buscema and Novak, and not its intended target – the newlyweds – thanks to a double-cross from Ms. Wu – Jason, Carly, and Ms. Wu discuss Cyrus Renault’s (Jeff Kober) involvement and that Wu is happy for Jason and Carly.

 

At the wedding reception, Michael (Chad Duell) gives a touching speech about his mom and Jason and gives the official toast.  Later, Jason and Carly head out after Carly throws the bouquet which Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) catches.

Meanwhile, back in Nixon Falls, Sonny gets out of dodge and away from Nina (Cynthia Watros), thanks to Jax’s (Ingo Rademacher) plane, while Nina gets a visit from Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) and Anna (Finola Hughes), where she admits that Peter (Wes Ramsey) was in Nixon Falls, and caused the fire, and is going to go after Maxie (Kirsten Storms) and the baby.  She does not tell them what she did keeping Sonny away from his family for 9 months.

Anna and Peter split up to find Peter, and Peter’s exit ride hasn’t show up yet to get him out of Nixon Falls, so Anna catches him, gun drawn.

Later at the Corinthos home, Jason and Carly are alone together in the bedroom with wedding night jitters, but Jason says there is no rush as the two kiss, just as Sonny arrives home, smiles, looks around, sees photos of himself with Carly and the family, and heads upstairs!

Will Sonny find the two in each others arms and not tell then he is alive?  Will something call him away? Will Jason and Carly have sex? When will Nina get payback for all that she has done to Carly and Sonny?  Will Peter get away from Anna? Let us know your theories in the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Tells Nina He Knows Exactly Who He Is; Jason & Carly’s Wedding Comes to an Explosive Conclusion

Is it game over for Nina Reeves (Cynthia Watros), or does she have another trick up her sleeve to keep Sonny (Maurice Benard) to herself, now that he remembers who is he?

On Friday’s dramatic episode of General Hospital, “Mike” looks to be gone and Sonny has come back in full force complete with a super hero moment escaping from being trapped underneath the beam that had fallen on top of him inside the burning Tan-O.  Sonny makes his escape after inhaling so many fumes, that he needs medical attention and is rushed to the hospital with Nina going along with him.

Inside the hospital, once given the all clear, Phyllis (Joyce Guy) tells Nina, “Mike” is asking for her, while Jax (Ingo Rademacher) pleads to let the doctors handle this situation.  But, Nina heads inside the room to see Sonny.  Then came the dramatic moment that many GH fans were waiting for.  As Nina calls him “Mike, he rips off his oxygen mask in anger and says that his name is Sonny and he remembers everything!  Nina does a pivot, knowing she is caught, and says the name may have have been a fake one, but they cannot deny the way they feel about each other.  She tells him that she honestly loves him and Sonny defiantly tells her NOT to say that.  Meanwhile Jax confirms to Phyllis that Nina always knew that “Mike” was Sonny and hid it from her and Sonny for months!

Back in Port Charles, Jason (Steve Burton) and Carly’s (Laura Wright) wedding comes to a conclusion! No one interrupts the wedding and the two look lovingly at each other to start their new life together as husband and wife.

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After the ceremony, mobsters Ms. Wu, Vincent, and Charles have a moment where she says “be wary of tomorrow”.  Jason and Carly have a moment alone where Jason looks truly in love with Carly now and all of those feelings he had buried for years have now come back to the surface. How will this all play out when Sonny comes back into everyone’s lives, alive and well?

After the reception had ended, Jason and Carly get in their limo to drive away as newlyweds.  She asks Jason what Ms. Wu whispered in his ear at the reception, he says she confirmed something he already knew.  Meanwhile, Vincent and Charles get in their limo.  Charles shares the world is about to be a better place without Carly and Jason in it.

Next, Carly tells the driver to start the car, and we see a bomb device under a car and the chapel blown up as the show comes to its conclusion.

Our bet is that the Novak/Buscema car was blown to bits, not Jarly’s limo thanks to a Wu double-cross, but we shall see next week! Great performances from Maurice Benard, Cynthia Watros, Laura Wright, and Steve Burton throughout this one.

So, what did you think of the moment Sonny told Nina he remembered who he is? What did you think of Jason and Carly’s nuptials? What do you think will happen next? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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