Next week, General Hospital finally kicks-off the tale of the shocking return of Duke Lavery played by Daytime Emmy winner and fan favorite, Ian Buchanan. After being seen at the end of one episode on August 27th, which hinted that it may be Duke who is behind the snatching of the beloved Dr. Robin Scorpio Drake (Kimberly McCullough), Buchanan is back on-screen as the story begins to unravel on how on earth Duke is alive, why he could be the one behind Robin’s kidnapping, and a rekindling of the Anna/Duke romance. But is Duke … a good Duke or a bad Duke?
In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, General Hospital’s head writer, Ron Carlivati teases and previews Buchanan’s return and key scenes that fans don’t want to miss! Ron revealed, “In thinking about who had Robin, there’s sort of your go-to villains from General Hospital’s past who you might think kidnapped her. I saw a lot of speculation online about Faison and Helena. We wanted something unexpected and something that would give us the most story. Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and I talked a lot about it and came up with Duke Lavery, and we knew that Ian Buchanan was exiting Days of our Lives. We did manage to sneak in one appearance and then we paused to work on the story and explain just why in the world would our beloved Duke Lavery keep Robin from Anna Devane.”
Carlivati went on to say about explaining where Duke has been for 22 years, “The audience will find out as Anna finds out.” Fans can look forward to the moment when Anna and Duke come face to face, Luke to re-enter the picture, and the entire mystery to unravel. As Carlivati puts it, “It’s got a love triangle, it’s got a mysterious return, and it’s got the mystery of Robin in the mix, as well. It’s a very big story!”
So soapers, are you excited about Duke’s return? How do you think it will be explained that Duke is indeed alive and why he is holding Robin? Are you into a Duke/Anna/Luke triangle? Let us know!