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51 August 31st, 2015 GH’s Donna Mills Talks On Madeline The Murderer, Michael Easton’s Exit & Queens of Drama Season Two!

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Viewers of ABC’s General Hospital learned during Friday’s cliffhanger that it looks like Madeline Reeves (Donna Mills), Nina’s (Michelle Stafford) greedy and evil mother was the guilty party who murdered Dr. Silas Clay (Michael Easton)!  At the end of the episode, the audience began to see a flashback of Madeline visiting Silas on the day he was murdered.  And, it was confirmed today on Monday’s episode that she stabbed the guy!

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with the ever-popular Donna Mills late last week at the Television Academy cocktail reception honoring the daytime community at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.  The former star of the classic soap Knots Landing, where she is beloved for her portrayal of the manipulative Abby Cunningham, guest star on General Hospital, where she won a Daytime Emmy this year for her work, and the woman who stirs the pot on Pop TV’s docu-drama, Queens of Drama has a lot happening in her busy career of late.

Donna shared her thoughts on: the departure of Michael Easton, the Silas Clay murder mystery storyline, the head writing change at GH, being part of a series like Queens of Drama for the first time in her iconic career, what happened to Hunter Tylo during the show’s first season, and more!

Looks like Madeline has been revealed as the murderer of Dr. Silas Clay!

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DONNA:  Moi?  What? (Laughs)

Did you have plenty of warning that this was going to be a murder mystery storyline?  Did you know Michael Easton was exiting GH?

DONNA:  I did not know what it was going to be.  General Hospital’s executive producer, Frank Valentini sort of kept it a mystery for awhile.  They did film different characters stabbing Silas, and when I came in to that I didn’t know Michael Easton was leaving the show.  I had no idea, and so I said, “Michael, you must be going off to do a big movie or something, right?”  Michael answered back, “No.”  So, I hope Michael gets a big movie.  He is a lovely guy.

With the new writers coming into the show, even if Madeline is given prison time, we don’t know what that means long term for you or your character, I would assume?

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DONNA:  I don’t know.  I have no idea.  I usually do a story arc then I will be off for a month or two and come back.

How do you feel about the head writing change which saw Ron Carlivati exiting the series, and now Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante taking over the reins?   Ron brought you on to GH.

DONNA:  Ron Carlivati was a big fan of mine, and I really liked him a lot!  He is a really nice guy.  But, I think the storylines got a little unreal.  I think there was too much of that going on.  So, I think it’s probably a good thing to bring it down to a little more reality again.

Queens of Drama is prepping its second season.  It has been reported that the producers have been looking at some actresses, who have appeared on the soaps as possible new cast members.  Have you had some input into the casting choices?

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DONNA:  They are going to cast one more, and they are going to cast a few guest stars that are going to come in and out.  I did make a few casting suggestions and they did listen to what I had to say. (Laughs)

The final moments of season one when you walked out of the network pitch meeting after the other gals blindsided you, after you blindsided them, provided much drama.  There was also the over-the-top red dress moment where you show up at the photo shoot when all the other gals agreed to wear black.  It seems that Queens of Drama really played up the camp and an amped-up version of Donna Mills.  Did you enjoy your first experience doing a docu-drama?

DONNA:  I had a great time doing that show.  I played it for the humor a lot of the times.  The red dress incident I thought was so funny.  It’s real life but on steroids.  You gotta pump it up or it’s not going to be interesting.  So, we pumped it up and it was funny.  I have to say all the girls really liked each other.

What about Hunter Tylo (Taylor, B&B)?  It seems like she had gone into hiding after the shocker of the QOD season, when all of a sudden during filming of the teaser for the pilot you were producing, she took a spill right in front of the camera, and unfortunately injured herself.

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DONNA:  Well, Hunter disappeared.  We all wanted to know how she was, and if we could come over and see how she was doing.  And just what you saw on the screen is what happened.  It wasn’t like she tripped.  She just fell over and all of us were like, “What was that?”  It was a very bizarre incident.  I just hope Hunter is O.K.

UPDATED: So, what do you think of Madeline being confirmed the killer of Silas on GH?  Good move for story?  Would you like to see Donna continue as Madeline Reeves on the ABC daytime drama series when the new writer’s material begins to air?  What did you think of Donna in season one of Queens of Drama?  What did you think of the incident involving Hunter Tylo?   Share your thoughts in the comment section below.  But first, watch Madeline’s murderess confession from Monday’s episode below.

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  1. Jenny Brooks says:

    Donna Mills just commands the screen anytime she is on it. I’ve loved watching her on GH. I do understand the cast is very large, so I think it’s brilliant for the show to be able to bring big names like Mills in and out of the show. However, I would hope they’ve learned from experience (Ava) that writing someone into the terrible corner of murdering someone is hard to just wash away later if they plan to keep the character. But someone murdered Silas, and I guess Madelyn is the most obvious choice.

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    Charles David Haskell replied

    Donna Mills is indeed the Queen of Drama and she will be back in season two and be the star of the show.

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  2. AJQ says:

    Donna Mills has had a very successful career, she’s a good actress and of course Abby was a primetime soap legend.

    But why is Madeline even a character we are talking about? Just another example of casting actors from other shows to play new characters and in this case building an entirely new family that linked to Dr.O, Nathan, Nina and now involves Franco.

    Again, nothing against Ms. Mills, but she was brought on because RC was a fan and he wanted to see her on GH and then she was brought on to create this entirely new family. Why was she not brought on as a member of an existing family and tied to GH history? Why wasn’t she brought on and tied to Monica? She and Leslie Charleson worked together in daytime when they were both starting out. Oh yeah, then you’d have to see Monica and who would want that?

    Well, the answer to that is a lot of viewers in the 18-49 demo who have left.

    Soap Opera Network reports that that the bulk of W18-49 viewers for soaps are W35-49 and that #GH lows are from rapidly declining W35-49. Those viewers would have been teens and twenty somethings in the 80′s and 90′s.

    GH is unrecognizable to them and like long time viewers of any soap, they want to see characters that they know and love. Without any consideration for actual math, people constantly post that veteran characters would only appeal to “old” viewers. The 35-49 portion of the all important 18-49 demo are people who would have been watching 20-30 years ago. They have left because they want to see GH and GH characters. Not vets from OLTL, Y&R, ATWT or Knots Landing, again absolutely no disrespect to Ms. Mills at all.

    And it is a ridiculous argument when people claim that newer viewers wouldn’t enjoy veteran characters. Why not? They would be as new to them as any new character, they would be played by seasoned and talented soap veterans and they would see characters that have years of history, backstory, development and personal relationships.

    And getting back to Leslie Charleson, Michael Fairman told Billy Miller that one of his favorite scenes was Jake and Monica. Billy told Michael that the best scene he’s had so far was with Monica. Billy just might know something about soaps and what works, Michael Fairman too.

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I wouldve liked to seen Donna and Leslie in scenes together…maybe reveal Monica and Madeline as faternal lost twins…i know there is an age difference but it wouldve been nice seeing them play sisters again as a nod to them playing sisters on the old daytime serial ‘LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDOR THING’

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    lost faternal twins…i need to take longer naps before i write…lol

    CeeCee replied

    Hi, Jimh.
    The age difference between Leslie and Donna is not that great. Only four years…..it could have worked. I actually, always liked your idea.

    Shay replied

    jimh….At the very least, there could have been a fun, harmless moment when the two ladies bumped into one another and had a “Don’t I know you from somewhere?” scene. It would have thrown a bone to veteran soap fans and shown some appreciation for daytime drama history. Same goes for Ilene Kristen and Robin Mattson, since they both played the same role on Ryan’s Hope! “Dueling Delias” could have been a hoot….perhaps they could have fought over a BLT at Kelly’s with dialogue along the lines of appropriating something that belonged to the other. Just saying….

    Timmm replied

    Donna could have come on a Monica’s lost sister who fights for the Q mansion!

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    Guest replied

    Well Monica got the mansion as a wedding present from ALAN. It was not from inheritance . Besides, Monica grew up in a orphanage. Then was fostered by Gail Baldwin and later was a mentor and sort of BFF with Gail.

    Harry replied

    Timm, I would rather have Erika Slezak in that role but I love your idea.

    janet replied

    Did you forget YT. Anyone who wants to see history can go there and catch up. I really started watching when L&L and Lucky returned to the show. I watched other saps in the GH hay day. G.L etc . I love the Scorpios and the Q’s . The only prime time show I did love was Knots Landing and Donna was a big part of that. I like watching a show when the talented actors are on screen. We know on GH murderers get pardond . never pay Just the ones who will have to listen to KIKI scream about *you killed my father. You know the one I was o screen with twice. When she runs to the serial killer rapist to say sorry uck. For a soap it was kind of bloody. No love in the afternoon, just murder and mayhem in General Hospital. As for Queen. The show mostly was everyone fighting. Got on my nerves. will try again.

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  3. Lou Piikes says:

    Madelline didn’t kill Silas. I think KiKi did it in a fit of rage over finding out her mom and boyfriend were hooking up again.

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    Rodd replied

    I would LOVE that scenario so they could send Kiki off to Pentonville. I cannot stand that character.

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    Timmm replied

    No way.

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  4. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Silas couldve lived…while Ric cheated on Nina with Madeline, Mad couldve cheated on Ric with Silas…i know Silas and Mad never really liked each other but that could seem to change…let’s say Madeline got trapped in a burning car meant for Nina and Silas rescues her…Mad is grateful to Silas for saving her life and even grows to like him, especially after he performs life saving surgery on her as well…Silas ostensibly has an affair with Mad hoping the ruse will get her to reveal how she and Ric are attempting to get their hands on Ninas money…when Mad learns Silas tricked her, we later see Silas stabbed…we could still have all the same suspects…however, unbeknowst to all Silas is alive but has no memory who stabbed him and the police have him in hiding…after the killer is revealled and despite nearly being killed, Silas and Sam join together as private investagators…Silas still remains a doc…working together, Silas and Sam redeveloped feelings for each other…Sam is now torn between two lovers Silas and Patrick…then Jason too!!!…lots of drama possibilities???…also, Silas and Nina’s relationship shouldve been shown in flashback the way Luke’s life was shown…they couldve got young actors playing Silas, and Nina showing their romance, his affair with young Ava, and Maddie putting Nina in a coma ect.,…maybe i couldve came to like the Nina character had she been better developed…maybe…lol…oh, well i hardly watch GH these days and tptb will not look here and listen to us fans on what we feel is wrong with the show and what could save it!!!

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    CeeCee replied

    Sounds really good, Jimh…LOL. There’s just one thing which would not make the affair work. Silas was not a sleeze . Rick is. Yes, kidnapping Avery was reprehensible by law….but, he did it to save a life. And, that’s what he did. Fundamentally and Hippocratically Silas was bound by that oath.

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Silas was married to Nina but had an affair with Ava…to me that makes him a sleeze…but hitting the sheets with Maddie wouldnt…he would do it to get info out of her…nothing beyond that…lol

    CeeCee replied

    @jimh.
    HaHa. You are so right. I forgot about Silas cheating. I guess he was a sleaze too, but he came a long way….Rick would actually sell his soul to the devil for a penny. I really don’t like any kind of cheater….so, you got me on this one, my friend.

  5. Dylan says:

    It is so refreshing to hear that Mizz Mills is in on the joke…with the ampred up, camped up version of herself! Lol. It is also nice to hear GH actors talk about the quality (or lack thereof) of the writing on the show. Cant wait for Altman and Passanante to dig in and get this show back on track…ANY track!!

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  6. Mo says:

    I didn’t understand what happened to Hunter. Maybe she had a health issue she didn’t disclose (her choice) and is in treatment. Hopefully she is okay.

    Looking forward to season 2 of QOD!

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  7. B&B Fan says:

    Good Riddens to Hunter. Glad she not on B&B or QOD.
    I bet she fell on purpose so she can sue them. She the Queen of Lawsuits. LOL!

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  8. su0000 says:

    Hey! someone had to kill him, why not Maddy lol
    I dunno, still don’t think it was her, but it has to be someone, so yeah..

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    Shay replied

    Actually, the most fitting perp would have been a deranged Stephen Clay stalker/fan named “Cartini” who mistook Silas for the fallen rock star. Furthermore, the perfect person to play that role would have been none other than a gothed-up Ron C., since he was the one who truly knifed Michael Easton in the back with his atrocious storyline!!!!

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    Harry replied

    I like the way you think, Shay! And your analogy is spot on.

    Shay replied

    Thanks, Harry! I’m still frosted over Michael Easton’s dismissal….guess I’m not the only one!

    janet replied

    right on shay.

    Shay replied

    Thank you, Janet!!!!

  9. JUDY says:

    GOOD ACTRESS, BEAUTIFUL LADY……STORYLINE NOT SO GOOD…BRING BACK MICHAEL EASTON!!!!!

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  10. Mister Media says:

    This was a pointless story with a pointless conclusion. Michael Easton was sacrificed for NOTHING.

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    Shay replied

    Agreed, Mister Media! Additionally, choosing the predictable Madeline as Dr. Clay’s killer was a total cop-out and just an excuse to send Donna Mills packing. Whilst her part in the dreadful Nina saga was reprehensible, the family dynamics left to be explored amongst her wacky Westbourne clan could have provided so much enjoyable drama. That is where the emphasis should have been placed….with the Swiss Sibs, Liesl and Magda, and Dr. O’s kinder, Britt and Nathan….Nina was completely unnecessary to the scenario, and nothing but an utter bore who dragged down the rest of what could have been a fun and compelling story with two fabulous, yet polar opposite, leading ladies!!!!.

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  11. Aria says:

    Wow Donna Mills even thought RC writing was to unreal, and he brought her on, so it’s refreshing to know that you can recognize like she was able to that things had to be taken care of. I hope she stays with the show and pops up here and there when needed and hopefully GH can get its act together and be great agian.

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  12. Mary SF says:

    Well all I can say thank God they are throwing Madeline under the bus–rather than Ric– Donna Mills has another gig, her talents were woefully misused on GH–only scene I ever liked was when we found out she and Dr. O were sisters. Right now my hope is she killed Silas because somehow he figured out Nina’s baby lived and that child is Kiki– and note to new writers please change that character’s name to Lauren, or if she is Nina’s daughter perhaps she can get whole new name.

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    And a different actress for the role as well!!!

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    Mary SF replied

    Actually I don’t mind the actress, she is growing on me– and horror of horrors I like the actresses who play Sabrina and Rosalie too– their stories have bit the big one but I don’t have issues with them like some GH fans.

    Rebecca1 replied

    I agree, Mary SF. Although I love Kristen I think nu Kiki has grown quite well into the role. I like her. Have also always liked Sabrina and Rosalie and the actresses who portray them.

    CeeCee replied

    Well, Mary. You have just filled my heart with joy and hope. I suppose you and I are the only remaining viewers who still think Kiki is Nina’s. It’s a great feeling not being alone. I was getting very lonesome with my Kiki-Nina-thoughts……LOL.

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    Shay replied

    Oh CeeCee, I STILL believe that Kiki is really Nina’s bio-child….I simply don’t care about this storyline anymore, because I cannot abide either MS’s character or the nuKiki. It’s as simple as that. But if making it so will expedite the departure of both of these deplorable personalities from the GH canvas, then I’m all in….just let this reunited mother and daughter leave for parts unknown. The sooner the better!

  13. Dawn Sullivan says:

    Bring back Silas I like him and dont want him to leave the show.I wanted him to get back together with Sam. Silas come back.

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  14. Joanmarie Kasten says:

    I still like RC and don’t think he should have been let go. He gave such suspense. Fans are so inpatient now and I like a good drama and with the Jason story – sorry I loved Steve Burton but he was not given what he wanted and wanted perks and moved, and Jill gave it to him (don’t like him on Y&R either) but he has a right to want to do different roles and in this day and age (except for TG) – they don’t give them but Billy Miller is doing a good job and may make a new type of Jason. I like change and that is why I liked RC. I know everyone thought the stories were too long but the suspense made the conclusion way better. I have seen these two women writers before some good/somebad but I think they should have a man and a woman do the writing. Still love RC.

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  15. Charday says:

    I liked her on GH and even more on that idiotic show, Queens of Drama. One of the stupidest shows on tv, but for some reason I found it entertaining!

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  16. Mateo says:

    Quite honestly, I am so dreadfully tired of people saying that the main characters are gone from GH. Hate to break it to all you whiners but the majority of the characters from the 80′s and 90′s are either dead or so old now a story would consist of them mixing Metamucil and lamenting on love’s long vacation. General Hospital is telling some great story right now in the present day. Sonny’s family dealing with the after effects of his bipolar disorder and it being passed on to his own son. That is stellar storytelling. Maurice Bernard is flawless. The big reveal is coming soon with for Jason/Jake. It’s called patience. Immediate payoff is never worth it. I think that I agree with too many plot devices being employed to extend this reveal but all the actors involved are doing a great job playing it. I, i know in the MINORITY, am going to miss Ron Carlivati as a writer for GH. He brought humanity to the characters he created and his humor in writing was off the scales. I happen to like Nina and Franco and Madeline and Nathan and their family extensions. With Luke gone the old Luke and Laura stories are out of tune with modern times. Let’s face it, Luke is pushing 70 now, he can’t go out and woo Laura back. I mean I don’t think Laura much cares any more. All the olden golden characters of old can’t revisit the old stories. How about instead of bitching and whining because you can’t have your way you start to support a show that you allegedly love and remain a faithful viewer. The reason why soaps get cancelled is not because of bad stories but because viewers are fickle and are not loyal. I have watched great soaps go into the cancellation heaven above and they were great shows but they were cancelled because people couldn’t support them. I have seen Another World, Guiding Light, As The World Turns disappear and I know many people were loyal to All My Children and One Life To Live but gave up on them. GH has great actors. They have some of the best people in the business. They tell good story. They are fresh and they utilize the older characters. Tracy Quartermain is proof. She is great. I think they need to bring Monica back into the fold but seriously there is not a lot she can do other than react to the actions of the current characters in her sphere. I give my support to GH because when I watch I enjoy just about every minute. Out of the 4 remaining shows on daytime I watch 3 and I am glad I do. They each add something to the genre known as daytime and I don’t want to see any more shows go away to be replaced by cooking or inane talk shows with people sitting around the table feeding their faces and talking about how Miley took three men to bed last night. Viewership is down on GH…..let’s show ABC we value GH and are going to ride it through no matter what….cause they are worth it.

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    Rose replied

    Mateo…. A lot of good points. But some of the stories under RC just didn’t go over for me…mainly Fluke/Luke, killing off characters like Silas, Duke, AJ, and even Carlos (but that may be changing). Plus it is called General Hospital but you wouldn’t know why much any more. More like Mobster Inc.

    On the other hand, like you, I still find a lot entertaining, especially since the way-too-long-Tony-farewell/ Fluke are over, and now we can get back to wrapping up some stories and onto others. Also, I don’t mind a lot of actors/characters that seemed to get dumped on a lot like Sabrina and Alexis. Plus I think Kiki and Morgan are rising to the occasion in the last few episodes. As are Franco and Nina in their quirky way. Love Dr. O. We need a good villainous when Helena isn’t around. And always love to see what you call the vets when they can squeeze in a little air time for them.

    So now on to a post Tony/RC era. Am going to hope for the best with the new/old writers and hope they combine the best of the traditional GH, along with the new stories/characters/actors to keep the show alive.

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    Timmm replied

    Heres the thing about building a climax to a story, how long is too long? I agree that every week you cannot turn over a story and write a new one but Jason is past due. There has not been any new break throughs with that character in months! Billy Miller didnt sign a life time contract! Its time to flesh out who he really is and let this guy go and do some acting! He is a super talent and he needs to be on more often and he needs something juicy to bite into. Enough is enough!

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    Liz replied

    I am sorry, as much as I am a fan of General Hospital , have been for the last 30 years, most storylines have to go. I agree the Sonny/Carly/Morgan Bi-polar storyline should be a great story but its because of legacy characters, not just because of Morgan. And , not all of the actors/characters from the 90′s are too old to come back and have a great storyline. Monica could be integral with the Jason reveal. As could having Robert back when Finola comes back. Ana is a legacy character and has been rocking her scenes. It would be great to see her and Robert go off again and try to find out what happened to their daughter, or be a family with Emma. And while the Fluke storyline did drag on for too long, Tony Geary should have had a proper send off. Not just going out into the fog. When actors left or got killed off the show, we used to see montages of them through the years. A good example, why did Duke get montages but Luke didn’t? A great montage was when Robin supposedly “died” and we saw Kimberly in flashbacks growing up on the show. I loved when they brought Wally Kurth back as Ned, his pairing with Olivia was great. Loved Jonathan Jackson back and as great as his scenes were with TG, I wanted to see more with Nikolas. So, not all of our faves are old and withering.

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    Harry replied

    Mateo, there are so many missteps and errors in your assertions that I don’t even know where to start so I won’t.
    But please refrain from referring to criticism as “bitching” and “moaning.”

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    Mateo replied

    quit your bitching and moaning!

  17. Debbie says:

    I really wish Silas was alive somehow. I think letting Michael Easton go was a huge mistake,

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  18. Chrystie Delancey says:

    GH can’t hold my interest to watch anymore, so I come here for the updates.

    So Madeline WAS the killer of Silas after all?! No surprises there. BIG murder mystery it was not. She was the only one I suspected. I knew it had to be a woman because use of a knife is typically a crime of passion.

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  19. loree221 says:

    okay, i am one of those people who is so relieved that rc is gone. however, i will say that she, donna mills, along w nathan west, are the two things that i liked. i also liked britt when she was w nicolas, but now don’t miss her that she is gone. dr. o. i liked when she first came on, but now it is too silly and misused.

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  20. Delainey says:

    Can Prospect Park and ABC Disney end their lawsuit and allow Ron to write OLTL again?

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  21. Jimmy says:

    It makes total sense that Madeline be Silas’ killer, she was never too fond of him in the first place. But this probably means that Donna Mills’ days on GH are coming to an end, which is a shame, because has has such a commanding screen presence, and was able to make Madeline an interesting character, even if the writing wasn’t always the strongest.

    But thank god Ava wasn’t Silas’ killer, because if she killed the person who saved her from drowning, took care of her for months, and saved her again from terminal cancer, I would have been done with Ava for good. It’s bad enough she killed Connie and may get away with it, but if she had killed Silas too? No way.

    I’m also happy Ric didn’t kill Silas, because after all the character assassination Ric has gone through in the past year, adding cold-blooded murder to that would have been a catastrophe.

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