As everyone is watching Kimberly McCullough’s (Robin) six month return to General Hospital come to its inclusion on-air, so much has been said and commented about as to the decision of just how to write out Robin, but to somehow still leave the door open for another return, especially after telling her heroic journey back to the arms of her husband, Patrick (Jason Thompson) and her daughter, Emma (Brooklyn Rae Silzer)!
In a new piece out on in the current issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now (make sure to pick it up!), GH head writer, Ron Carlivati explains the difficult process he went through in figuring out just how to write the beloved character out, in light of the fact she just reunited with her family. The head scribe also relates how they came to the decision to have Robin leave Port Charles to go save Jason. Here is an excerpt!
Carlivati offered up on Robin’s exit story: “We talked through every possible story of why she would leave the canvas, why Patrick will stay, versions where Patrick would not stay. There was an issue with every one. All of them had their negatives. Every one was, ‘Why would she leave her daughter? Why would she leave her husband? If she doesn’t go willingly, why would he give up looking for her? Or what if she died?’ Ultimately, I had to make the final decision along with Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and the network and ultimately, this was the one that all three parties – the network, Frank and I – agreed would be, if not the best, then maybe the most palatable.”
So trying to put yourself in the head writers shoes, do you understand the difficulties in trying to make Robin’s exit story make sense and work under constraints of Kimberly’s limited time with the series, and wanting to still keep the character alive? Do you think having Robin going off to save Jason makes the most sense, given those two characters history with each other? Comment below!