Executive producer, Frank Valentini promised a big and unexpected surprise on Monday’s episode of General Hospital, in what is quite simply a stunner when you think about the history of the character!
Here is what went down: At the end of the episode Duke Lavery (Ian Buchanan) appeared in the clinic that Anna and Luke went in search for Robin! But how is this possible when Duke was shot dead in 1990? Valentini spoke with TV Guide to give some teasers and rationale at just how he and head writer, Ron Carlivati plan to pull of the story!
“Our audience is very excited about the growing relationship between Luke (Tony Geary) and Anna (Finola Hughes) and their story looks like it has really good legs … so what’s the best thing to do? Make a triangle. We will eventually find out that the Duke Lavery we saw die all those many years ago was an imposter. This is the real Duke. Ian is a fantastic actor and when he was suddenly available Ron quickly came up with an idea and — boom! — we ran with it!”
Valentini then admits that Ian Buchanan will now not be seen on camera for another five weeks or so, but that the story will play out: “In the interim, Luke and Anna will find themselves in a new place with their romance and they will be very surprised by the intensity of it. Anna will, of course, be shocked and conflicted, she’ll run the whole gamut of emotions when she finally comes face-to-face with Duke. She’s going to want a lot of answers and Duke is really going to have to prove himself. Needless to say, Luke will not be happy about Duke’s return. He’s really going to have to fight for his gal. This is a very big story for all three of them.”
So GH fans, what do you think of the reveal? Are you excited to see Duke Lavery return? How would you weave and tell the story? Let us know!