General Hospital’s Maurice Benard Answers Your Burning Questions About Sonny’s Future With Carly — *and* Nina! Plus, a Shocking Buddy the Goat Update
“I’ll answer as honestly as I can,” the actor promised… and boy, did he deliver!
Toward the end of a 30-minute Facebook live session in which General Hospital‘s Maurice Benard took questions from fans, he teased of upcoming storyilnes, “Expect the unexpected.” But the same could have been said of his chat, which covered a wide range of topics and including more than a few juicy tidbits!
For example, the actor teased that despite the anger we saw Sonny direct toward Nina upon finding out she’d lied to him for months, don’t expect the feelings Mike developed for her to simply fade away.
“You can forget your memory, but you can’t forget your heart,” he mused. “[Sonny’s] gonna hide it and cover it, but he still loves Nina, right? And he loves his wife, so he’s going to protect his wife and stand by [her], but anytime he’s near Nina, stuff happens!”
While some CarSon fans will no doubt be displeased to hear their favorite couple won’t simply reunite and enjoy their lives, the actor sees it differently. “Happily ever after? Who wants that on a soap opera? I think you want happy and then not ever after. You want happy, you want sad, you want it all. To me, happy is boring.”
Despite the fact that Mike wasn’t real, the life he lived for those months in Nixon Falls was, and they’ll continue to impact Sonny. “What I love is that anything goes now with Sonny,” says Benard. “Because you could always say, ‘That’s Mike.’ Like if he’s having feelings for Nina, that’s Mike!”
As for how his time as Mike will impact Sonny, Benard says there are two things he plans to incorporate into Carly’s hubby. And while he wanted to keep one under wraps as a surprise for viewers, he did share his plan to “have Sonny laugh a little more. That will show that he’s not the same Sonny.”
One thing he promises won’t change: “Jason and Sonny’s friendship can never end,” he vows. “There can be a strain, but it can never end. It’s too bonded.”
The same can not be said, however, for Benard and his Instagram co-star. “Buddy The Goat started out great when he was little,” laments Benard toward the end of the chat, which can be seen in its entirety below. “He loved me, he’d jump on me, we would hug, we did videos together. Everything was fantastic.”
Recently, however, Buddy has made it clear that he wants to step out of the spotlight. He will, however, be making at least one more appearance… and Benard warns that it’s a doozy. “You’ll never see this in your life in the world: Buddy The Goat speaks.”
“He’s gonna talk,” the actor confirms with a laugh. “It’s amazing.”
While we process that tease (not to mention the whole “Sonny loves Nina” thing), hit the comments with your thoughts on Sonny’s return and what you’d like to see happen next. Then check out our photo gallery in which we look at the Corinthos family tree… including a few branches Sonny might just as soon lop off!
<p>You might think that at the center of a soap called <em>General Hospital</em> you would find, you know, a hospital. But in fact, most of the drama in Port Charles revolves around its Teflon don, the dimpled mafioso whose life of crime has afforded him untold riches and power… <em>and</em> saddled him with a terrible tendency to look over his shoulder. Like here, for instance. He’s actually talking to someone directly in front of him, and yet his gaze is drawn… Well, you can see where it’s drawn, can’t you?</p>
<p>Though Monica and the late Alan Quartermaine’s son isn’t a blood relative of Sonny’s, make no mistake, Stone Cold is family. He’s as devoted to his brooding BFF and his relatives as he is addicted to size XS black T-shirts — and obviously, he likes those a <em>lot</em>. Heck Jason even let go of ex-wife Sam McCall and their child rather than give up acting as a human shield for the big kahuna and his kids.</p>
<p>Ah, if Sonny’s dimples could talk, they’d say that many and varied are the women who have, ahem, mobbed him. But his true soulmate — his partner in crime, if you will — is Jason’s ex-lover, a moll so tough and cunning, she could scare off would-be assailants one-handed, as illustrated, and at the same time crank-call the Port Charles PD. “Who is this? Umm… My name’s Liz, officer. Liz Webber.”</p>
<p>Did we mention that Sonny can impregnate a woman from 20 paces? Because he not only can, he has. Case in point: Back in his Bensonhurst days, he left in a delicate condition girlfriend Connie Falconeri’s cousin, Olivia. (Full disclosure: We have no idea how many paces away she was at the time.) Decades later, he welcomed to the fold his surprise firstborn by shooting the undercover cop in cold blood. Lucky for him, Dante took as a sufficient apology, “Sorry, man, I didn’t know we were related.”</p>
<p>Even before he was hitched to Carly, Sonny wasn’t a big fan of Jason’s half brother, A.J., who knocked up the future Mrs. C, only to be misled about his son’s paternity, drugged and left in an alley to wake up thinking that he’d tumbled off the wagon. So Port Charles’ Al Capone thought nothing of shoving Richie Rich out of the life of his and Carly’s son and raising him as his own. (At least he eventually felt a <em>little</em> bad about pumping Michael’s biological father full of lead.)</p>
<p>We may never know whether the night that Sonny spent with attorney Alexis Davis was filed under “billable hours” (or who billed whom!). But what we <em>do</em> know is that the, erm, legal consultation resulted in the birth of the smooth criminal’s first biological child, a daughter who over the years has gone from teen terror to would-be reality-TV star to out-and-proud lesbian who is all too rarely spotted on screen. In fact, you’ll probably see more of her in the photo above than you will on the show this year.</p>
<p>Sonny’s first child with Carly inherited a whole lot from Dad — maybe even too much. In addition to getting Pop’s good looks and charm, Morgan grew into his father’s dangerous edge, bipolar-disorder diagnosis and refusal to smile when anyone said, “Cheese!” Also like Sonny, Morgan had an impossible time resisting the siren song of Port Charles’ most formidable femme fatale, Ava Jerome, who’d ultimately add to the family tree a branch for…</p>
<p>We could show you the daughter that Sonny and Ava conceived while having ill-advised grief sex in a mausoleum here. Or we could show you something even rarer: the youngster’s parents looking like they don’t want to murder one another and like they’ve all but forgotten that uncomfortable stretch when they didn’t know whether she was expecting Sonny’s child or his grandchild, and he bided his time by threatening to fit Connie’s killer with cement shoes. On second thought, we should’ve gone with a photo of Avery.</p>
<p>Given the difficulties that Carly had had with previous pregnancies, Sonny wasn’t exactly popping the cork when she revealed that their New Year’s Eve 2019 celebration had resulted in her being once again with child. But as soon as he met the tyke, who endured her first kidnapping in utero — thanks a <em>lot</em>, Ryan Chamberlain! — he of course fell head over heels in love so fast, he couldn’t be sure that he didn’t have vertigo. Oh, and another thing: He’s a much more doting dad than this picture makes him look like. He totally knows she’s there. (Probably just cross about that “Cheese!” joke and proving that he will sometimes smile on cue.)</p>
<p>There is only one thing about Jasper Jacks that Sonny likes, and it isn’t even that he, too, blew it with their lost love, Brenda Barrett. It’s Jax’s daughter with Carly, a natural born spitfire who fits in with the Corinthoses as snugly as a bullet in its chamber.</p>
<p>“Close” would not have been the word that you’d have used to describe the relationship between Sonny and the father who abandoned him and his mother — at least not until the older man was stricken with Alzheimer’s disease. Then, both of them knowing that time was running out, they took great pains to heal old wounds before it was too late. And hey, if nothing else, Mike introduced to Sonny’s life…</p>
<p>Oh boy. Sonny took to having a kid sister like a fish to concrete. He was so overprotective at first, it drove the independent young woman crazy. And after she’d fallen into and out of relationships with everyone from A.J. to Jason, from Jax to Nikolas Cassadine, it turned out that the great and powerful “coffee importer” couldn’t safeguard her at all, anyway: She succumbed not to a bad romance but to encephalitis.</p>
<p>If Sonny’s nephew wants to say, “My life is a soap opera!” he can go right on ahead and do so. How <em>else</em> could he sum up his existence when it was begun while mom Courtney was cheating on husband Jax with Nikolas, who was in turn cheating on wife Emily Quartermaine?</p>
<p>You’d generally only have called Sonny and his half sibling blood brothers because that was the bodily fluid that they most wanted to draw from one another. But if they could’ve just cut out the BS that Ric’s father, Trevor, implanted in his head — about Sonny pushing their mother down a flight of stairs to remain an only child — they probably could’ve much sooner become the sort of jolly goodfellas who could tell one another, “Uh, bro, the facial hair… that’s kinda <em>my</em> thing.”</p>
<p>Careful with the seating at these Thanksgiving dinners. After Sonny and Alexis brought into the world Kristina, she and Ric cooked up her formidable little sister, which makes her the godfather’s goddaugh… Wait, no. That makes her Sonny’s… Hold on. We can figure it out. Molly is Sonny’s… um… <em>Niece</em> — that’s it! Also both Kristina’s cousin <em>and</em> half sister. See? This is exactly why a family tree like this comes in so handy!</p>
<p>The moppet with Lulu Spencer above is her son with Dante. Now, it might seem strange for us to come right out and say that so plainly; you know we like to have our fun. But in this case, simple seemed better, because honestly, the kid’s history is <em>hella</em> complicated: At various times, Sonny’s grandson was believed to be the offspring of Patrick Drake, Britt Westbourne, Brad Cooper… See what we mean? His birth certificate had to be written in pencil in order to facilitate frequent changes.</p>
<p>Speaking of youngsters with identity crises… Michael’s son with human wrecking ball Nelle Benson began his life with Mom passing him off to Brad to raise with his husband, Carly’s adopted brother, Lucas Jones. As if that wasn’t confusing enough, the tot, who was meant to be named Jonah, was for that period believed to be the biological offspring of Willow Tait, with whom — are you still following all this? — Michael is now bringing him up.</p>
<p>Sometimes it pays to have a family that’s so large that you always have a relative in reserve to call into action when the need arises. For example, Mike’s cousin and her “late” son came in awfully handy to Sonny when he was looking for an American citizen to pass off as the biological father of…</p>
<p>When Sonny was searching for MIA son Dante in Turkey in 2019, this teenage pickpocket made such an impression that the godfather took him under his wing and into his home back in Port Charles. Alas, Dev’s life expectancy turned out to be as short as that of the moving target’s last ward, Stone Cates, whose name we still can’t type without getting misty-eyed and sniffly.</p>
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