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It’s the shocker some fans have “predicted” for years!

“When you think about it,” General Hospital‘s Jason told Michael during the September 15th episode, “you were the first significant thing that your mother and I shared. You were the only child that I was able to raise as an infant. And the fact that Carly and I are [about to get married] is in large part because of you.”

It was a beautiful, emotional scene… and one that renewed in some fans their long-held belief that the show should at last reveal that Jason is, in fact, Michael’s biological father.

The potential paternity twist may at first seem far-fetched, but it doesn’t come entirely out of left field. Let’s not forget that before becoming best buds, Jason and Carly were the kind of friends who have benefits. And when Carly suffered a debilitating bout of postpartum depression after giving birth, it was Jason who cared for Michael, allowing everyone to think he was the baby’s father even while refusing to lie if directly asked. (Were it not for Robin’s need to butt in and tell A.J. the truth, people might still believe Jason to be Michael’s pop as opposed to his uncle!)

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In the years since, Jason has been a major presence in Michael’s life, serving as his friend, protector and confidant. He even went to jail to help keep the young man safe after he was sent to the slammer for stepmom Claudia’s murder. And every single time the leather-clad hitman acted as a surrogate dad to his best friend’s son, fans have suggested the tie that binds Michael and Jason be made official.

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It’s not like this shocker would be particularly difficult to pull off. Given Carly and Jason’s history, a few lines of dialogue and a newly-created flashback would do the trick. The payoff, on the other hand, would be epic, especially if it turned out that Carly has known all along and opted to keep the truth from her husband, his loyalist employee and the young man they both love!

The storyline possibilities are as endless as they are tantalizing. But is this something you’d like to see play out? Hit the comments below to weigh in on the idea, and tell us how you imagine it playing out. Then check out the gallery below in which we take a closer look at Jason’s life and the people who have played significant roles in it.