Cheryl has been writing breaking news, spoiler alerts and recaps for daytime drama for several years and is a soap fan for five decades.
The Cassadine prince has returned
General Hospital fans had been teased for three years regarding a possible return of Nicolas Cassadine. Spoiler alerts and rumors consistently and on a continual basis declared that Laura's son was not dead. Psychic's told both Laura and Ava that Spencer's dad was alive and on Halloween, he proved them right. Close to one year ago a man with black hair was seen about to take a shower and he had a ring with the Cassadine crest. Later Sam was talking to her cellmate Cassandra Pierce who mentioned knowing multiple Cassadines. In a flashback, she was shown riding in a vehicle and a hand wearing the family ring was on her leg.
Meanwhile, a masked man bumped into Laura and followed Ava to her gallery. Ms. Jerome pulled a gun and asked the intruder to take off his mask and he obliged her. The face was not familiar to viewers but Ava shrieked "Nikolas" and the wait was over. This obviously was a well-guarded secret because spoiler alerts did not reveal that a new actor had been hired in place of Tyler Christopher. There is also the issue of fans being deceived for so long they may not have had as much anticipation this time around. There were rumblings that Nick would return or the Chupacabra storyline and show up at the Nurses Balls in 2017 and 2018. There were rumors and spoilers that suggested the Cassadine Prince would show up during May Sweeps 2018 and 2019. He returned just in time for November Sweeps and now Marcus Columbo is coming into his own in the role.
Nik and Ava
Columbo portrays the Cassadine prince with just the right amount of villain and vulnerability. There is a thin line between love and hate and that line is being crossed by Nava. Many viewers are surprised it took the couple this long to explore their feelings, but now the marriage has been consummated. Spencer is not on board with his stepmother but this too could change. In the meantime, Marcus Columbo and Maura West have great chemistry. it's a shame that because of the coronavirus they have to maintain themselves at arm's length. Soap Dirt spoilers say that soon, Franco and Liz will begin putting the pieces together and realize that Nicolas and Ava are using them. Now there is the issue of the photo's taken of Nic kissing Liz and Franco in a lip lock with Ava, Could Nava have each hired a photographer to try to catch the other rin adultery or could Spencer be behind it all?
Marcus Columba IS the Cassadine prince
Soap Dirt reveals that Marcus Colomba's heritage is German, Native American, Spanish and Italian which makes him perfect to portray Nikolas whose ethnicity is Greek. Coumba even has the same black hair and dark complexion as his predecessor. So far General Hospital fans seem to be adapting to the new Cassadine prince who has his hands full with drama since returning to Port Charles.. Liz will barely speak to her old friend because he sent her sister Hayden away. Spencer and his father had been working together trying to get rid of Ava which begs the question of whether or not the young prince knew all along that his dad was alive. Fans will recall that Kevin,(Ryan) and Laura found out that the young prince had two cell phones and at least twice he spoke with someone whom the viewers did not see.
Now that Spencer is a teenager, he may show himself to be just as ruthless as his dad. Viewers are eager for Nikolas Bechtel to return to General Hospital but no timeline has been set for Spencer to come back to Port Charles. In the meantime, Nick and Ava are at a crossroads in their marriage. Neither of them expected to actually be falling in love and this is a different side to them both, Viewers are enjoying Marcus Columbo and Maura West exploring their feelings and becoming true Cassadine prince and princess. Stay tuned to General Hospital to find out how this relationship will continue to develop.
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© 2019 Cheryl E Preston