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Next Week On GH: The Farewell To Edward Quartermaine! Head Scribe Ron Carlivati On What To Expect!

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Next week on General Hospital, familiar faces and turkey day traditions mark the emotional goodbye to the beloved Edward Quartermaine all the more special and significant.  As soap fans know, John Ingle who passed away in September played Edward for all he is worth and then some.  And so, GH head writer Ron Carlivati decided to craft a demise for the character that would have high emotional stakes for the Q family and resonate with the fans of the series!

In the latest edition of Soap Opera Digest on newsstand now, Carlivati discusses why the decision was made to bring Robin Christopher (Skye) and Wally Kurth (Ned) back to the fold at this time, and not others with a connection to Edward, plus what Edward’s death will mean for Tracy (Jane Elliot) and Monica (Leslie Charleson), and what will happen to ELQ?   Here are a few excerpts!

Carlivati on the choice of returning characters,  Skye and Ned, from a large list of MIA Quartermaines and relatives:  “There’s definitely the opportunity there to bring back as many people as you possibly could, but logistically, that’s not possible.   And also, I don’t want to overshadow the reactions of everybody who is already there on the canvas.  There is a point where it gets to be a balance.  Yes, it would be great to have 50 people come back, but at some point, it really wasn’t practical, and so we tried to zero in on a couple who made sense and would have the most impact.  Ultimately, that’s what happened and we are thrilled to have Ned and Skye present at Thanksgiving.”

Carlivati on how Tracy will be impacted by Edward’s death: “For Tracy, the loss of her father will absolutely be an important life moment. It was a relationship that was often contentious, but I think the audience understands how much those two loved each other, even though they were often at each other’s throats. So I think for Tracy, it is going to be very, very difficult for her to accept that this man is gone.”

Carlivati on how Monica will be impacted by Edward’s death:  “For all intent and purposes, he’s her father. They’ve lived in the same house for how many years? I think it will definitely takes its tool on Monica as well.   I think, oddly, that this is a place where Monica and Tracy may end up finding some common ground in their love for Edward.   And I think that’s  a very real thing that people put aside their differences at a time like this.”

Carlivati on the fate of ELQ:  “Obviously, this is an incredibly wealthy family and the fate of the company (ELQ) is something that had been fought over for years. So you can imagine that when the patriarch and the head of the company is not able to be there to run it anymore, there is some potential there fora possible power grab.”

So soapers, are you happy about the choice of Skye and Ned returning?  Are you ready to say goodbye to Edward Quartermaine?  Who do you think will get their hands on ELQ first after the reading of Edward’s will? Weigh-in!

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Violet

I’m incredibly sad to say good bye to Edward and to Mr. Ingle. I wish there were some way to keep the character of Edward alive, but letting him die with Mr. Ingle does seem appropriate. Plus. Tracy and Monica’s ages probably dictate it.

On the other hand, I’m thrilled, thrilled to see Ned back! I hope he can stay and fight for ELQ. I dont want a quick “driveby” from Ned. When was the last time anyone even mentioned ELQ on the show? I seem to remember a casual mention a couple of months or more ago around the time of the water poisoning, but doesn’t count.

I wish Dillon would come back for his mom and Auntie. I really liked his character.

su0000
su0000

I absolutely love love love seeing some of my favorites return even if for a shot stint..
I understand the budged and that not all can be under contract with GH., but! to be able to see long gone loved characters again is so awesome..
I love how the stories move quickly and turn into other directions that bring my fav vets back into stories .
No other soaps have or are bring back all the many many vets for their fans, as GH!
RC and FV are going way out for us the fans. I appreciate their efforts to keep GH alive and climbing to the top! .

Decker Moss
Decker Moss

So sad, but I am loving GH now. I think everything will be left to Michael.

heidi
heidi

Glad to see Ned come back and with Wally playing him. Would love to have him back more along with Dillon. Skye is always fun to have back and look forward to her usual antics. I can’t wait for Jane Elliot’s performances as Tracy! Tracy is such a great character and Jane nails her every moment she is given. Sounds like Tracy may get the house away from Monica for awhile and looking forward to that. I hope that the farewell for Edwad/John is done well… he was so beloved and so very talented! Miss you John! Thanksgiving’s/holiday’s are always interesting at the Q’s.

Tammy
Tammy

I do think this will be a very bittersweet story for us longtime viewers (30+ yrs)
I think it will be good for monica and tracy to finally come to turns with there Sister ship, but so sad to say good-bye to Mr.Q and Mr.Engles.He will surely be missed by all of us !

Bonnie
Bonnie

Yes, I always liked Skye and Ned, just wish they could stay around longer. It is going to be a very emotional funeral, maybe more so then Robin’s. Humm, well it could be baby Daniel. I am not sure if Edward had a favortie grandchild, but he had a soft spot for Jason.

He should leave it to Tracy being his daughter and Ned being the first and eldest Granchild. But this is a soap so…

ashlee
ashlee

Those two are always good to return. However, is this show EVER going to re-mention Jimmy Lee Holt, Edward‘s son? I still say the show should grab Tom Eplin to play that part. He could really shake things up, and he has been away from soaps for 10 years.

dg
dg

Fans will be disappointed with only 2 returns but GH has budget const
raints. I just hope Cartini takes this opportunity to create strong story that will return the much neglected Q family to the front burner. The family, John Ingle and ELQ have been neglected for over a decade now. In the 90s much of the Qs multilayered drama centered around AJ and Michael. All the elements to recreate that classic drama is in place now. I hope Cartini doesn’t blow it. The only weak acting link is Chad Duel.
Also I want a dramatic death for Edward. No more of this he died in his sleep junk. Why not have him die of a massive coronary after seeing AJ alive. Talk about drama. I won’t hold my breath waiting for Cartini to handle this right. They are master’s of cliffhangers, sensationalism and convoluted plots. But they are weak when it comes to crafting well developed , multilayered, intelligent long arc stories.

Patrick
Patrick

I agree, that, Chad Duel…. as Michael… which is a pivotal character… IMO… isn’t playing the part… he lacks something… i’m not convinced he’s Michael. geez.. for a younger actor… to reel with stalwarts like carly and sonny… and almost every one else… around him… i’ts gotta be tough. especially, now… because of AJ home… and his screen time with Star.

Rodd
Rodd

Totally disagree. I think Chad is fantastic!

hfirkins
hfirkins

I completely disagree as well. I think Chad is doing a fantastic job. I was just thinking that the other day watching GH with my husband.

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

Blah Blah Blah-just another unneccessary cheap shot from people with anti-soap agendas. Get over yourselves

Jamie
Jamie

Oh my, I have been waiting/dreading these episodes. I’m gonna be a mess! I usually watch GH while I am getting ready for work in the morning, but I have a feeling that for the sake of my make up, I’m going to have to watch after work instead. Very excited to hear that Ned is coming back. I wish there was room for more to return. (Esp Vanessa Marcil. It would be amazing to see her and Ned bonding again and she had a great relationship with Edward) Just to see some for a few days is always a treat.

Kathy
Kathy

Tracy will be relentless on trying to get her hands on ELQ. I can see Tracy and AJ going up against each other to get the company. Sonny may try as a payback to Monica for bring AJ back.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Miss Edward/John Ingle…but this is going to be soooo good:)

Beacon
Beacon

Loved Edward and Skye’s relationship. I feel like she was more of a daughter to him than Tracy ever tried to be, which is why Tracy despises her. John Ingle and Robin Christopher had a terrific bond on screen. There was a real love and regard there.

Ann
Ann

I love Ned but Skye makes sense? Where are Brenda, who Edward loved like a daughter and would have a much bigger story than Skye? Where is Brooklyn, his granddaughter? Where is Dillon, his grandson? Skye is who he settled on?

Rusty
Rusty

I really wish they would bring somebody (anybody) else but Skye. I can’t stand her character. She is so needy and insecure and it gets on my nerves. I usually skip the scenes with her in them as much as possible. So disappointed they’re bringing her back.

mike
mike

Mr. Ingle will be greatly missed. The actor and character could never be replaced. I think they should bring in a new ruthless mogul to try to take over ELQ and maybe be a love interest for Tracy. Jerry ver Dorn/Clint Buchanan would be perfect.

Anji
Anji

I’m thrilled that Wally Kurth is returning as Ned. The Quartermaines definitely need their gatekeeper more than ever now. I really want to see Ned stay for the long all. I think there is a lot more that can be down with Ned and of course with ELQ too. Please RC and FV bring back Wally Kurth as Ned again and this time permanently.

I’m really going to miss John Ingle/Edward. 🙁

stef
stef

There is a teeny, tiny part of me dreading this episode for the mere fact that I’m NOT ready to say goodbye to Edward Quartermaine! (nor was I ready to say goodbye to John Ingle when he passed away!) I have full confidence that GH is going to do this right and give Edward/John the recognition they both deserve and earned! I already have tissues at the top of my grocery shopping list in preparation for this!

Patrick
Patrick

Tracy Quartermaine… I’d like to see beyond her tough exterior… her quipping witicisms… bely her steely resolve… what makes her vulnerable… what makes her tick… the passing of her father, is an opportune time… ie: when, Alan came back and touched her on the shoulder… that was a reveal. it’s a shame that Joe scully jr. isn’t around to play with her… he had that potential.

Patrick
Patrick

ie: I loved that Joe Scully told tracy before he died… that he shared his “antidote” with Tracy…. I had hoped for her to get emotional…. that made me emotional…

ALI
ALI

I think faison should be involved or Helena because he put faison away years ago by setting him up and his final word was u and ur family will pay or Helena as she said the same thing because of Nicholas over Emily! As far as ELQ there should be a contest between Tracy Ned Skye may the best Q win! Micheals character isn’t strong enough nor are his acting abilities to go up against these 3 power houses

susan M.
susan M.

Robert Scorpio is back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have alway’s liked him. He will find out that Duke isn’t Duke… Olivia “s premonition she saw a different person when looking at the fake Duke. Robert was talking to LuLu about the fake Duke that it is to good to be true…So something is off… She mentioned something about a mask to Robert. Doesn’t Anna realize it isn’t Duke when they kissed?? And Faison was about to answer the door with no mask on & heard Anna’s voice. Can he get that mask on fast enough or on properley !!!! I hope Anna pulls the mask off….

Patrick
Patrick

I laughed when, as soon as Robert, came on screen, and showed up at Anna’s door… Robert, no sooner, ribbed and eschewed Anna… for “falling” for Duke… LOL…. it was cute as well… that australian demeanor….

Christy
Christy

I think it would be lovely if ELQ were left to Lois and Ned and Skye…. and Tracy. Those four together would be a lot of good material!

as far as missing relatives, there aren’t a lot left. Em, Jason, Alan are all dead – so maybe they’ll be surprise ghosts?? Edward and Lila, are really dead, so they won’t be seen unless in old footage, which would be lovely!

but if they want others to say goodbye, like Bobbi! maybe Ned could read messages from Edward’s ‘myface’ page! I just went to a funeral and his son and daughter took turns reading all the comments on the guy’s facebook page – and they showed photos of the guy while they were reading. it was really nice, especially for people that couldn’t attend, at least we all got to hear their thoughts – how they met him, funny stories, kind thoughts.

they could say, Audrey Hardy wrote…., Bobbi Spencer wrote…

RobertC
RobertC

I think Edward should have been killed off when he gave the cure so Emma could live when Jerry Jax poisoned Port Charles as then his death would have meaned something.

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

For those of you hoping for a Ned long stay, Wally Kurth is on DAYS. It’s my understanding that DAYS OK’d Kurth’s appearance since Ingle was a member of their family as well

Rodd
Rodd

SPOIKER ALERT: (If you’re reading this prior to watching Edward’s death play out on GH) Just watched the last two days of GH dealing with Edward’s death. Tear-stained cheeks. That about sums it up. It was beautifully written and imaginative; a great mix of vintage Edward clips. The detail that went into shooting this was spectactular; from the hands of the actor playing Edward on his deathbed, to the one playing Edward’s “back” as the family remembered to sing before eating. And then to see such close resemblances playing Edward and Lila going to the stairs and walking up into the light…Breath-taking! Kudos to all invovled in this tender and touching farewell to Edward and John Ingle.

Utahgirl
Utahgirl

Hope Decker comes back to Port Charles!!! I’m sure they would recast the part but that’s fine!!!

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GH Preview – Week of July 16, 2018

This week on General Hospital the fallout from Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s (Chloe Lanier) nuptials will change the course of several lives including Carly’s (Laura Wright), who has come to bust up of the wedding, by busting out of Ferncliff!

Meanwhile, after those close to Drew (Billy Miller) encourage him to try to date again after his divorce from Sam (Kelly Monaco), he ends up in a surprise encounter with Marqaux (Elizabeth Hendrickson).  Will sparks fly?

Check out these other teasers for this week’s GH below, and you can watch the tease for Monday’s episode here.

Let us know in the comment section below what storyline has you most intrigued.

MONDAY JULY 16

Michael is torn.

TUESDAY JULY 17

Valentin puts two and two together.

WEDNESDAY JULY 18, 2018  

Curtis offers Liz an explanation.  

THURSDAY JULY 19, 2018 

Carly faces the consequences of her actions.

 FRIDAY JULY 20, 2018

Obrecht encounters an obstacle.

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GH’s Vinessa Antoine Lands Primetime Series Will Make Canadian TV History!

Fantastic news for General Hospital favorite, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan)! The talented actress had landed the leading role in the primetime Canadian series, Diggstown!

The legal drama is scheduled to air this fall.  In Diggstown, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This casting news will make Vinessa a part of Canadian TV history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, CBC.

Antoine spoke to the Toronto Star about her starring role, “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system. And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of color, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”

However as suspected, and according to the Toronto Star: “General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.”

So, excited to hear Vinessa has been cast in a leading primetime series?  Comment below!

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Dominic Zamprogna Speaks Out On His Decision To Leave GH, His Final Scenes With Emme Rylan & How Dante Exited The Canvas

A few weeks ago, General Hospital fans watched as one of the series beloved stars, Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) exited the show in scenes opposite his longtime on-screen love interest, Emme Rylan (Lulu).  For nine years, Zamprogna brought authenticity, emotion, and heart to the son of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero) to life.  While Dante’s journey started out with a bang, literally (thanks, Sonny!), over the years it appeared he was taking a backseat in meatier storylines.  All the while, Dante and Lulu remained one of the more popular duos with the viewers.

After much reflection, Zamprogna decided it was time for him to walk away from a place that became his second home.  His desire now shifted to play different characters in different projects, but it was not without taking many things into account with his life-changing decision.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Dominic to glean more insight into: if there was anything GH could have done to make him sign on the dotted line again, what went down to make those final scenes seem so rushed, how it was to say goodbye to his co-workers in front of the camera and behind the scenes, if he would consider a return at some point, and how would he feel if GH now planned on recasting Dante, and much more.

For us; we recall meeting Dominic for the first times just six months into his time at General Hospital for our first interview together.  We were instantly struck by his sincerity, humor, and his eagerness to learn from some of the best in the business.  Now exiting as a “soap vet“, per se, it is a full-circle moment that we had the time to conclude his GH journey with this conversation.  Here’s what Dom had to say about it all.

What were the factors that contributed to your decision to exit GH?  Was there a pivotal moment where you were feeling, and recognizing, that you were underutilized that you felt you needed to make a change? 

DOMINIC:  When you named me the “Most Underutilized Actor of 2017!” (Laughs) Well, my plan was never to stay forever.  But half-way through my second contract,  Emme Rylan (Lulu) and I were approached by our producer on set, who said words to the effect of: you guys have been on the sideline, time to get you into the game.  That led to the Dante cheating storyline, which gave us story for about a year … which was great!  But as that ended, so did any subsequent storylines, it seemed.  In the year that followed, I started entertaining thoughts of leaving.  By the next year, I started talking about it with my wife, Linda, who had started to notice that maybe I wasn’t happy anymore, and I wasn’t.  That’s not a good feeling, especially if you’re bringing that energy home with you.  Then, I made the mistake of going on social media, which is a terrible place to go sometimes.  But fans were saying the same sort of things I was feeling.  Was it all due to story or lack-thereof?  No.  I was starting to crave playing other roles, and that’s hard to do when you’re under contract.

Were discussions even had with Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and the powers-that-be about your feelings of dissatisfaction over not being utilized more in storylines?

DOMINIC:  The discussions happened late.  Not until the negotiation process, actually.  I’m no squeaky wheel I guess, but I also don’t feel it’s in my job description to be one.  I did put out a few ideas here and there, but they didn’t happen.  I know other actors have tried the same and it didn’t lead to anything for them, either.  I was a creation of Bob Guza (former head writer, GH), and maybe I was spoiled by the amount of great writing I received while he was there.

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There had to be some sadness in walking away from GH.

DOMINIC:  Oh yeah… it was sad.  I built that character, and now here I was walking away from it, and essentially my second family.  That’s been the hardest part.  Lifelong friendships were made, and memories.  However, it’s been over a month and a half since I’ve been at GH and I feel happy.  I’ve been up in Canada shooting Tin Star, which has been a great experience.  I’ve stayed in touch with everybody and I miss everybody, in fact, I just spoke to Mo (Maurice Benard) yesterday, and I’m in class with Emme (she won’t leave me alone).  But, I feel like I made the right choice for me at this moment.

To clarify; were you actually trying to work out a deal to stay put, but both sides just could not hammer things out to a satisfactory conclusion?

DOMINIC:  We did try to work out a deal.  After more talks and conversations, I felt maybe we were going to get things done.  I was being told things would change and maybe shift things in the direction we wanted to go.  But at the end of the day, it’s gotta be in writing.  I feel like I’d been told similar things in the past which hadn’t come to fruition.  I was also reminded that it was me who needed to sign my name on that dotted line and live with that decision, and I chose not to do so.

If someone would have said to you: “We have an “A” story for you, and you are going to be driving it,” would you have been more apt to stay?   

DOMINIC:  There was talk about us sitting down and talking about storylines, but that didn’t end up happening, not sure why.  And even if it did, I don’t know that it would’ve changed my mind about leaving, anyway.   But just to be clear: I have no anger towards anybody.  It’s all a business at the end of the day.  Both sides did what they felt was right.  For me, I just felt this chapter had come to an end.

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When, and how did you tell on-screen scene partner, Emme Rylan that you were leaving?  Was she happy for you and your decision?

DOMINIC:  Emme knew really early on.  Once January rolled around I was like: “I have been thinking for the last six to nine months that I am going to go.”   I wanted her to know, because we have been a couple for five years on the show.  Emme was very happy for me.  I went, “Wait a minute!  Don’t be this happy.  I’m leaving.” (Laughing)  

What happened when you told your on-screen mom, Lisa LoCicero ?

DOMINIC:  She was sad, but she is also said, “You’re in your prime, go see what’s out there!”   I wouldn’t have done this move if I did not get support at home.  My wife is the rock and the one that makes this household go.  Some things outside the show were starting to happen; I had a nice screen-test for a pilot, and then I booked these four episodes of Tin Star.  When you have choices in life; you have power and control over your future.  I think Emme and Lisa as actors realized that.  That’s what made them happy for me … for the future.  The last nine years were exciting.  However, when you can have a little bit more say in what you are doing on a day to day basis, that is empowering.  So, in saying, “no” to something, and saying, “Thank you, but that’s not what I am looking for right now,” that can feel good.

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It was a shame that through all the regimes that they rarely wrote any scenes between Dante and his father, Sonny.  What was Maurice Benard’s reaction when you told him you were leaving?

DOMINIC:  It has been pretty publicized that he and I were dissatisfied at the lack of  storyline, or scenes together.  Maurice asked the powers-that-be, “Why aren’t we working together more?”  We never had a clear answer as to why.  He didn’t know from one day to the next what was happening with my contract talks.  Mo saw me smiling one day and asked, “So does that smile mean you’re staying?”  And I said, “No, that smile is because I’m leaving.” (Laughs)  I said that more to mess with him, and make him sad.  He said, “As long as you are good financially, then I am all for anybody getting out of here and seeing what else is out there.” Really, Mo talks people into leaving so he can get more screen-time. (Laughs)

Let’s talk about the final airshow, and the story that came out of left field to facilitate your exit.  Was that written quickly to accommodate a shooting schedule or contract completion?  It felt rushed to the viewing audience.

DOMINIC:  Left field is right!  I still had a week and a half left of work when they found out I wasn’t going to re-sign, and within twelve hours I had six exit scenes written.  So, it wasn’t done to facilitate anything but a set (Lante’s house), I think.  My final tape date was May 18th, and Emme and I had scenes on the Wednesday or Thursday before that.  I guess they wanted my last scenes that aired to be with Emme, and that might have been the only scheduling day that worked for the set and the actors, and maybe that’s also why it felt so rushed.  All I could assume is that they didn’t think I was really going to leave so they didn’t plan for it, or they chose to protect themselves in this way, by not making a big deal about it.  I had another week of scenes in the PCPD with Chase (Josh Swickard) and Michael (Chad Duell) that was shot afterward.  But they had nothing to do with Dante’s “secret mission!”

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I thought, “Wait!  Is that it?  Is this Dominic’s final show?  Dante doesn’t say goodbye to his mother… his father … or his son, Rocco?

DOMINIC:  Yeah, that was tough for me.  After 9 years you think you’re going to get a little bit better of a send off.   You also, hope they’re going to honor the character.  Dante wouldn’t leave to go to the 7-eleven without saying goodbye to his mother and kids.   Maurice and I talked about that.  He said, “I guess, they don’t want people to feel really sad.  You and me doing some goodbye scenes, people are going to be devastated.”   I agree with that.  However, I also think it’s a soap and that’s what fans want … good, ole drama.  I would have loved to have had scenes with Sonny, Olivia, and Dante’s kids, but when you make a decision like this, how you leave on-air is not up to you.  Both parties are going to handle it how it’s best for them.   I was very grateful they gave Emme and I something to seek our teeth into. 

They were very sad scenes.  You are one of those actors that can take the material and connect with it while delivering it in a very subtle and heartfelt way.  How was Emme after your final scenes?

DOMINIC:  She was kind of crying the whole time, going “Damn you! Damn you.”   I was having fun with it, because I love making Emme cry.  It’s not a very difficult thing to do.  (Laughs).  We were both pretty teary-eyed, actually.  Then, when we finished the scenes and I looked over and I saw how upset the crew was, that’s what really got me.  Barbara, one of the camera operators actually jokingly apologized; suggesting that if my last shot was blurry it was my fault!  As an actor, when you make the crew feel something it kind of gives you some extra good feels. That was always the best feeling, talking to Craig (our stage manager), or Donna (head of makeup department) after a scene to get the honest truth on how you did.  I’ll miss them.

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Viewers, watching Dante have this flashback about the guy who was responsible for Lulu going overboard the Haunted Star a few years ago, probably needed a moment to connect the dots.  Some viewers were going, “What?  Dante is going after the guy that tried to drown Lulu from two years ago?”

DOMINIC:  When I read that in the script even I went, “What?” Who’s that?”  I had no idea, either. (Laughs)

Then there was this:  Dante was so hard on Lulu for her pursuing her dream as a journalist and how it inadvertently got Nathan killed.  Then all of a sudden in your final scenes, Dante has a line to Lulu in which he says something to the effect of: I understand now – you got to do, what you got to do.  In story, prior to these scenes it was leaning more towards Dante and Lulu were going to break-up over what had recently transpired.

DOMINIC:  Which, who knows?  If Dante had stayed in Port Charles it could have been the direction they were going in.  It certainly looked like they were building toward conflict, conflict, conflict, but with me leaving it was much sweeter to leave on the note that we left on, instead of Dante leaving, because he can’t deal with being around Lulu. This all leads me to believe that they didn’t want to do anything too permanent to give them time to make the proper decisions.

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What was the last day of shooting like for you?  Was it hard to get through?

DOMINIC:  It felt like a regular day, and my final scenes were up towards the end of the tape day. They had a cake afterwards.  Frank briefly spoke and introduced Maurice; who said a bunch of sweet words.  That meant a lot to me.  I said “goodbye” to everybody and took some photos, and that was it.  I already had my room packed up.  Once you’re ready to go, you’re ready to go.  Afterwards, I went out with Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) and Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Ex-Carlos) for some beers and wings at the bar down the street.  It wasn’t until everybody came back after a two-week break that it felt real, because then I was receiving text messages from people saying, “We’re back.  Why the hell aren’t you here?”

The door has been left open for Dante to return.  Would you ever come back?

DOMINIC:  Of course, at some point.  But it might not be my choice, they might recast.  They told me they won’t, but who knows what’ll be done.  Do I think you can just recast a role?  No, I think it’s always a tough sell, but they’ve done it with bigger names/characters than mine.  I would be a little surprised, only because there hasn’t been much story for Dante in the last three years.  For me, as of now, I’ve moved on, and I’m very happy with my decision and my life.  It’s sad in other respects, don’t get me wrong.  I’ve read things that people have said on Twitter, and I want everyone to know I’ve seen it all and it means a lot to me.  People have been beautiful to me.  I’m truly overwhelmed by the love.  I thought there would be more of, “Who cares?” when fans found out I left.   I must have done something right during the years I was at GH.

Did you think when you made the decision to leave they would kill-off Dante? 

DOMINIC:  No, not at all.  I don’t think killing off Dante would be a good idea, especially after they killed Nathan, and also because of the climate we live in with police involved shootings and violence, in general.  In a perfect world as an actor, you crave the opportunity to have one last moment with the other characters that have been important to your character over the years.  That’s all I would have wanted for myself, and Dante.  I’ll take what I got though.  It was extremely meaningful because of what Emme and I had and built.  I feel we got to the heart and soul of those two characters in a pretty short amount of time in our scenes.

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Speaking of Nathan, I think thus far those funeral scenes, which you were wonderful in, and the story arc revolving around his death, are GH’s best bet for an Emmy in the Drama Series category next year. 

DOMINIC:  I agree.  It was so well-done.  We’d all would like to go out like that!  Tragic, but it made for great TV and great soap.  It was phenomenally well-acted across the board.  Lots of Emmy reel stuff for Michelle Stafford (Nina) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie), and Kathleen Gati (Liesl), and hopefully for our directors and crew, also.  They did an amazing job bringing that to life.

This now leaves Josh Swickard as the lone cop now by default on GH.   he PCPD is notorious for being the worst cop shop in the history of soaps! (Laughs) They can’t ever solve a crime.

DOMINIC: (Laughs) I know!  What is Josh is going to do?   Maybe between Chase and Jordan (Vienssa Antoine) they will solve crimes.  Maybe, they’ll bring on a new cop.  Josh is a great guy and I enjoyed working with him.  At the beginning, we had that contentious relationship between the two guys.  That would’ve been fun if it lasted longer, where they had this continual real dislike for one another.  Who knows?  With Dante gone, maybe they will start solving some crimes! (Laughs) Maybe now the PCPD will be the greatest police unit in the USA.

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Over your nine years at GH, would you still consider that your best storyline was coming on to the show and then having Sonny shoot Dante, only for it to turn out that he just shot his own son?

DOMINIC:  Yes, I think you have to.  That was my intro.  They had this story planned eight months before they even cast the role.  To get to that moment, was a classic soap cliffhanger.  I grew up watching soap operas with my grandparents, and if they had been alive for that scene they would have lost it, because it was something that ‘old school’ soap fans would really dig.  For me, doing that story felt so special.  ABC also pumped it with the promotion, and the promos, and the TV spots, and amped it up.  I didn’t feel it disappointed.  It was actually the audition scene that I had to perform to get the part!  Then six months later you get to say these lines that got you the part, and you hope you don’t whiff on the softball.

While putting together and producing the GH 55th anniversary tribute package for this year’s Daytime Emmys, I included that moment between Sonny and Dante.  I remember watching the complete scene before editing it and the dialog was so good.  It still holds up to this day.

DOMINIC:  My manager was at the Emmys that night, and said what a great moment that was.  I meant to thank you for that, because I really appreciated it being in there.

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Are there any other scenes that come to mind that you are most proud of?

DOMINIC:  I also really loved the scenes with Max Gail (Mike). He is a special guy.  There was so much in our scenes; where Dante finds him with Avery in the stables.  Those moments are going to stick with me for a long time.

On June 28th, the airdate of your last episode, you posted a tweet to the fans that read: “The love you guys have given me over the years and continue to give is overwhelming.  It is I that must thank YOU!”  I thought that was extremely touching and very appreciated by the fans.

DOMINIC:  I was thinking, “Man, I have to thank you, because I would not legitimately be here if you hadn’t liked this guy, Dante.”  It was bringing tears to my eyes reading what people were saying, and seeing how much love I was receiving.

Tell me about your role in the British-Canadian production of Tin Star?

DOMINIC:  It’s a recurring role,  I’ve been working on it since March.  It’s something very different from what I’ve been doing the last 9 years.  Can’t give much away, but I play a hired gun type of guy.  There are some great scenes and moments, and I was lucky enough to work with Christina Hendricks, John Lynch, and the legend, Tim Roth.

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Do you feel now that you have had some time away now from GH, and have been playing another role, that the thought of playing Dante for you at this point is like: “Been there. Done that?”

DOMINIC:  I would never say Dante is done forever.  Right now for me, he is.  They left it open, hopefully they left it open for me, but every actor hopes that.  We want our cake and to eat it too!  I want to leave right now, but I want you to want me to come back some day.  No one wants their role to be recast.  But it’s an important character, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.  Who knows what the future holds.  I left on good terms.  Just so everyone knows; I didn’t spring something on GH on the last day of my contract.  It’s important that I let people know that I didn’t just wake up one day and say, “See ya”.  This also wasn’t about money.  Sure, we want to be paid what we believe we’re worth.  But this in no way was about me asking for the moon, or I was going to leave.  It was a very, very difficult decision.

So, what do you think about how GH wrapped up Dante’s story for Dominic’s exit? Would you like him to return to GH sooner than later?  Do you think the role of Dante was problematic to write for?  What were your favorite scenes of Dom’s during his time at GH? Let us know via the comment section below.

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