This week, General Hospital fans were in for a surprise, that many hoped was secretly in the works! We of course are talking about the key scenes where it is revealed that Dr. Robin Scorpio Drake is very much alive, and being drugged and kept captive somewhere! Now for the first time in the new issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, GH’s head writer, Ron Carlivati and actress, Kimberly McCullough (Robin) provide insight into why the decision was reached to keep Robin alive and kicking, and how it all came about!
Ron Carlivati related to SOD: “The first day I laid out (for GH) was the episode right after the explosion. I believe in the original version, you would see her death. There was talk that Patrick would attempt to operate and be unable to save her, and I felt strongly right away, that it was important that in the end, there would be hope that Robin could be alive – for a couple of reasons. First, just in the overall general landscape of daytime, with these shows going off the air and soap fans feeling so lost and disenfranchised and giving up hope for their shows, I wanted there to hope that this was not the end of Robin’s story. That was important, and whether the show stays on for one year or 50 years, I wanted to leave the door open that Robin is going to come back and get her happy ending at some point.
The reason that it was held was that we could milk the genuine emotion of her loss before you knew there’s a chance that she is still out there. We ended up having so much material (during Robin’s funeral) that five episodes became six so we could explore nearly every possible moment of emotion, and grief that any of the various characters would experience.”
Kimberly McCullough shared, “We had a conversation about it, me, Frank Valentini and Ron, before I even met them. Ron told me he wasn’t comfortable with Robin being “completely dead”. He thought it would be better for the show and the fans if Robin was out there somewhere, and they would love for me to come back someday if I could or wanted to, or God forbid, the show was canceled. They wanted to leave the door open for the good of the character, and I was absolutely fine with that.”
So soapers, it would seem that Ron Carlivati actually saved Robin from the grave! How do you feel about the ending of Robin’s current story? And Ron’s and Kimberly’s statements? It seems like a lot of thought went into preserving this legacy character, and we are all for that, especially in light of so many of our favorite characters not on your screens anymore due to the untimely cancellations of many daytime soaps over the last four years.
We might add … don’t forget to pick up your copy of Soap Opera Digest, it’s one of only two soap publications soon to be left covering the genre, as we prepare to say goodbye to Soap Opera Weekly!