HOLY FREAKING CRAP, YOU GUYS. I’m actually quite flabbergasted and conflicted over the news that those persistent rumors of Steve Burton leaving the show are apparently true this time.
On the one hand, you all know that my feelings toward Jason have been less than complimentary of late. And his centrality to the canvas has been a huge problem for years. Losing SuperJason, the town saint, (assuming they don’t recast) is pretty much one of the few things that actually could change GH forever.
It also opens the door to John/Sam getting a serious shot regardless of how/when the paternity secret comes out, and that is a thing that I would very much enjoy.
On the other hand… this means that once again, just as it seemed like we might be getting a shot at a real, well-written Liason story, outside forces are screwing it up. And despite all my problems with him at times, Jason is a hugely important legacy character with connections all over the canvas that I was hoping RC would explore more. Particularly with the Q’s. And now that chance will be lost. Plus, you know, there was a time when I genuinely loved him! And it will be weird to contemplate a Port Charles without him in it…
If he “dies,” they’ll clearly leave the door open for a return. If he goes to jail? I would pretty much die happy, actually. But with Jason gone, so many opportunities open up for other characters to shine — and this will affect pretty much everyone in some way or another. Many of the writers have gotten really comfortable with the patterns of his interactions. Shaking that up can only be a good thing.
(YOU GUYS! Who will all the ladies fantasize about now? Who will listen to all Carly’s problems? Who will save the town from every catastrophe? What will Liz/Sam fans fight about? WHO WILL BLOW SONNY’S NOSE FOR HIM?)
See what I mean? CONFLICTED! But holy crap, this is huge.