Hayden Barnes returns to Port Charles on General Hospital
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Hayden’s return to Port Charles ellicits excitement and questions.

As Soaps.com previously reported, Rebecca Budig is returning to General Hospital as Hayden Barnes. With that excitement comes many questions about what she’s been up to and what’s in store for Finn’s former love. As we wait to see it play out onscreen, we’re taking a look back at her character and speculating about the future.

Hayden Barnes came to Port Charles when Ric Lansing (Rick Hearst) hired her to pretend to be Jake Doe a.k.a. Jason Quartermaine a.k.a. Drew Cain’s (Billy Miller) wife in order to get him away from Elizabeth Webber (Rebecca Herbst). When Hayden was exposed as a fraud, she tried to blackmail Nikolas Cassadine (Tyler Christopher) because he knew the truth about Jake being “Jason.” The two ended up in a mutually manipulative relationship, ending in marriage. Feelings developed between them and she even became close to Nikolas’ son Spencer Cassadine (Nicolas Bechtel).

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Hayden also befriended Tracy Quartermaine (Jane Elliot) and Curtis Ashford (Donnell Turner) along the way and was eventually revealed to be Rachel Berlin, the daughter of a disgraced businessman who conned people out of millions of dollars. Not only that, but she learned she was really the daughter of Jeff Webber (Richard Dean Anderson), making her Elizabeth Webber’s sister.

After Nikolas faked his death, Hayden ran into Hamilton Finn (Michael Easton) at the Floating Rib. When she noted he looked ill due to his Blackwood’s Syndrome, she helped him back to his room at the Metro Court. A friendship ensued and eventually love, with her ending up pregnant. However, her ex-husband Jared came to Port Charles blackmailing her, which Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) orchestrated. It seemed Hayden was involved in a drunken hit and run, but Jared took the rap. Hayden confessed everything to Finn, who assured her he still loved her. However, she left town on their wedding day and let him think she miscarried their baby, which she did not. When Finn became involved with Anna Devane (Finola Hughes), he received a message from her that she wanted to meet, but he passed on the opportunity.

Now, Hayden is on her way back. While we envision her and Tracy frolicking around Europe together, we can’t wait to find out where she’s actually been, if she’ll be bringing the baby with her, and why she’s returning now.

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With Finn’s purpose of late being that as a support system to Anna as she struggles with the memory mapping debacle and the uncertainty over her being Peter August’s (Wes Ramsey) mother, it will be nice to see him driving their story for a change. Finn’s been very understanding of Anna’s relationship with her ex Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers), but how will Anna feel about his ex coming back into his life and with a baby no less (if that’s that case) – especially if Finn ever pulls the trigger and proposes to her. He did ask Elizabeth about Hayden’s whereabouts because he had something to tell her, so maybe he does track her down and tells her about the engagement, prompting her return.

Whatever the reason, we’d love to see Hayden reconnect with Elizabeth, Curtis, and of course Spencer, who could always use another adult to help guide him, even if she’s a little on the shady side.

Are you looking forward to Rebecca Budig and Hayden’s return? What do you hope happens? Share your thoughts and theories below.