Next week on General Hospital, familiar faces and turkey day traditions mark the emotional goodbye to the beloved Edward Quartermaine all the more special and significant. As soap fans know, John Ingle who passed away in September played Edward for all he is worth and then some. And so, GH head writer Ron Carlivati decided to craft a demise for the character that would have high emotional stakes for the Q family and resonate with the fans of the series!
In the latest edition of Soap Opera Digest on newsstand now, Carlivati discusses why the decision was made to bring Robin Christopher (Skye) and Wally Kurth (Ned) back to the fold at this time, and not others with a connection to Edward, plus what Edward’s death will mean for Tracy (Jane Elliot) and Monica (Leslie Charleson), and what will happen to ELQ? Here are a few excerpts!
Carlivati on the choice of returning characters, Skye and Ned, from a large list of MIA Quartermaines and relatives: “There’s definitely the opportunity there to bring back as many people as you possibly could, but logistically, that’s not possible. And also, I don’t want to overshadow the reactions of everybody who is already there on the canvas. There is a point where it gets to be a balance. Yes, it would be great to have 50 people come back, but at some point, it really wasn’t practical, and so we tried to zero in on a couple who made sense and would have the most impact. Ultimately, that’s what happened and we are thrilled to have Ned and Skye present at Thanksgiving.”
Carlivati on how Tracy will be impacted by Edward’s death: “For Tracy, the loss of her father will absolutely be an important life moment. It was a relationship that was often contentious, but I think the audience understands how much those two loved each other, even though they were often at each other’s throats. So I think for Tracy, it is going to be very, very difficult for her to accept that this man is gone.”
Carlivati on how Monica will be impacted by Edward’s death: “For all intent and purposes, he’s her father. They’ve lived in the same house for how many years? I think it will definitely takes its tool on Monica as well. I think, oddly, that this is a place where Monica and Tracy may end up finding some common ground in their love for Edward. And I think that’s a very real thing that people put aside their differences at a time like this.”
Carlivati on the fate of ELQ: “Obviously, this is an incredibly wealthy family and the fate of the company (ELQ) is something that had been fought over for years. So you can imagine that when the patriarch and the head of the company is not able to be there to run it anymore, there is some potential there fora possible power grab.”
So soapers, are you happy about the choice of Skye and Ned returning? Are you ready to say goodbye to Edward Quartermaine? Who do you think will get their hands on ELQ first after the reading of Edward’s will? Weigh-in!