The General Hospital Peter ‘Twist’ We All Saw Coming — and What We Really Need to See Happen Next
The real shock will be if the audience gets their wish.
Raise your hand if you thought Peter’s corpse would be in that freezer when General Hospital‘s Anna and Finn opened it? Sure, that’s where Elizabeth and Peter stashed the bad guy’s corpse, but from the start, fans speculated that when next the ice box was opened, it would be as empty as Old Mother Hubbard’s cupboard.
After all, the first rule of soaps is — or at least should be — that if a situation has two possible outcomes, writers should always go with the most dramatic option. The “wrong” man should be the father of the baby, the least-likely killer pulled the trigger and, in this case, the carefully-stashed body of the man everyone despised will, of course, go missing.
So yeah, as shocking twists go, this one was right up there with finding out that water is wet.
The revelation does, however, open the door for the show to do something truly shocking: listen to the audience. Because if there’s one thing they’ve made abundantly clear they do not want, it’s Peter becoming the latest member of Port Charles’ zombie population.
This has nothing to do with his talented portrayer, Wes Ramsey, but rather the fact that Peter majorly outstayed his welcome, his every move earning the wrath of another segment of the audience.
So while we’re going to join the chorus of those hoping that Peter is really, most sincerely dead, we do see a way for his MIA corpse to be turned into a fun little story. Because should his body suddenly show up (preferably, somewhere wildly unconventional) the question becomes who moved it and why? There’s also the possibility that Peter wasn’t quite as dead as Finn and Elizabeth believed — which could result in a fun Whodunit? — although that doesn’t speak well of their medical training.
But now we want to hear what you think. How will you react if Peter is, like so many before him, resurrected? If someone moved the body, to what end? Hit the comment section with your thoughts, then check out the gallery below in which we recall a slew of truly shocking soap deaths, some of which we’re still reeling from.
<p>Starting off our most shocking soap opera deaths… Next time you’re enjoying pancakes, think about All My Children heroine, and the love of Tad Martin’s life, Dixie Cooney’s infamous ‘death by pancakes’. Dixie accidentally scarfed down a poisonous batch of pancakes intended for the Satin Slayer’s next victim, Babe Carey Chandler. Neither of the Martin Docs could save Dixie and she died in the hospital.</p>
<p>All My Children’s Jesse Hubbard was one of Pine Valley’s finest. When Eugene framed him for theft, it was Jesse himself who discovered the evidence needed for his exoneration. Impressed by his savvy detective skills, the police department offered Jesse a job. Tragically, Jesse was killed in that very role, after suffering a fatal gunshot while pursuing criminal Remy Remington.</p>
<p>As the World Turns’ James Stenbeck had been presumed dead more times than we can count. His final rest came at the hands of Audrey Coleman, who injected him with a paralyzing agent that caused him to go into cardiac arrest. He died and because he escaped death in the past, Barbara, Emily, Paul and Henry examined his body at the funeral to ensure it stuck.</p>
<p>Beloved Detective, As the World Turns’ Hal Munson, was killed in the line of duty while on a stakeout. The loving husband, father and humanitarian died while saving a teenager. Sadly, suffering from depression, the talented actor, Benjamin Hendrickson, had taken his own life months before.</p>
<p>Bold and the Beautiful’s mentally ill Aly Forrester decided Steffy was the ruination of all that was virtuous in Forrester Creations. After slashing Steffy’s tire, Aly followed Steffy and attacked her with a tire iron while she was changing said tire and later, with a rock. In self defense, Steffy knocked Aly to the ground with the tire iron and she died after hitting her head on a rock.</p>
<p>Bold and the Beautiful’s Phoebe Forrester’s own anger led to her untimely death. Enraged by Rick’s manipulation of her father and sister, Phoebe jumped in Rick’s car and confronted him as he was leaving for Ridge and Brooke’s rehearsal dinner. As Rick drove, she physically and verbally attacked him. Distressed and sidetracked Rick lost control and the car crashed, killing Phoebe instantly.</p>
<p>On the eve of Days of our Lives’ Will Horton’s death, he discovered two things: he wanted to reunite with Sonny, and he knew Ben was the Necktie Killer. Unfortunately for Will, Ben arrived just after this realization. After a brief struggle, Ben senselessly strangled Will to death, shocking Salem. However, Will came back from the dead at the hands of Dr. Wilhelm Rolf.</p>
<p>Before General Hospital’s A.J. Quartermaine could explain to Sonny that Ava was Connie’s killer, Sonny shot him. Then he was unable to name Sonny as his shooter because he slipped into a coma. He emerged from his coma long enough to spill to Carly before slipping away to the afterlife to join his sister Emily.</p>
<p>Trying to protect her sister Maxie from the Text Message Killer, legendary General Hospital character Georgie Jones became his victim herself. The text message Georgie received had been intended for Maxie, but Georgie wound up in her place. Damian Spinelli found her lifeless body in the park – she had been strangled. Georgie had died protecting her sister, a role she continued in the afterlife. In 2018, she appeared as a ghost, along with Maxie’s deceased husband Nathan West.</p>
<p>Guiding Light’s Ross Marler was flying back to Springfield when his plane crashed, leaving his wife Blake devastated. No bodies were recovered. Later it was revealed that his presumed dead nephew Phillip Spaulding had hired a mechanic to sabotage Ross’ plane so it wouldn’t take off, allowing for Ross to find out that Phillip was still alive. Unfortunately, Ross decided not to wait out the repairs and instead chose to board the ill fated plane.</p>
<p>Guiding Light’s Gus Aitoro was caring for Olivia, who had weeks to live. When she vanished from the hospital, he went in search for her on his motorcycle. Sadly, he lost control and his bike and went off the road. On his death bed he revealed to Harley that he still loved her, and later Olivia awoke from a heart transplant operation to learn she had Gus’ heart.</p>
<p>Asa Buchanan’s years of ruthless scheming on One Life to Live seemed to catch up to him through a deteriorating heart. When Spencer Truman claimed he was Asa’s long lost son who had returned for revenge, the shock and distress caused Asa a second heart attack. Although it was proven that Spencer was not Asa’s son, his health continued to deteriorate and he eventually passed away.</p>
<p>One Life to Live’s Nash Brennan was determined to make a name for himself with his vineyard. Things went south however, when Nash found himself in trouble with a business associate and had to accept Buchanan money from Jared Banks to save the vineyard. Unfortunately, Jared was not really a Buchanan, therefore his business dealings were invalid, causing Nash to lose the vineyard. During a fight with Jared, Nash plunged to his death through a skylight at The Palace Hotel.</p>
<p>Living doll Timmy was Tabitha’s pride and joy on Passions. Timmy was severely injured by Zombie Charity during a fight between the real Charity and Zombie Charity. He died shortly thereafter and gave his heart to Charity. In a tragic twist, the actor died of a congenital heart defect the same day his character died on the NBC soap opera.</p>
<p>Passions’ fiendish Alistair Crane tortured many victims over the years. It’s one of the reasons his son Julian didn’t mind shooting him in the chest at pointblank range. As Julian was arrested, it was revealed that the gun he shot Alistair with was full of blanks. The audience was shown that it had actually been Viki, from afar, who had shot and killed Alistair.</p>
<p>Young and the Restless’ Drucilla Winters died trying to help her best friend. During an NVP photo shoot, Sharon and Phyllis got into a physical altercation over cell phone evidence Phyllis had of Sharon’s affair with Brad. Dru intervened and all three toppled over the cliff they had been arguing on. Unfortunately, Dru plunged into the river and her body was never recovered.</p>
<p>Talk about a devotion to revenge. Young and the Restless’ Matt Clark returned to Genoa City as Carter Mills, thanks to plastic surgery. After his first revenge schemes against Nick and Sharon didn’t pan out, Clark/Carter decided to enact his last revenge plot from his deathbed. He removed his breathing tube and committed suicide, letting Nick take the fall! Though Matt was played by Eddie Cibrian, at the time of the character’s death, he was played by Rick Hearst.</p>
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