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Nicholas Chavez Draws Mixed Reviews as Spencer Cassadine Recast on 'General Hospital'

Cheryl has been writing breaking news, spoiler alerts and recaps for daytime drama for several years and is a soap fan for five decades.

Fans have mixed emotions regarding Spencer recast.

Fans have mixed emotions regarding Spencer recast.

Change is difficult

GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers have watched Nicolas Bechtel grow from a child of seven into a tall teen with a changing voice. Last year his character Spencer Casadine returned to the screen and fans were hoping he would stick around. Instead, 21-year-old Nichols Alexander Chavez has been hired to portray the young Cassadine Prince. Viewers of the ABC soap are expressing that they are having varied reactions to the shift with most indicating that it is difficult to get used to another actor in the role. Bechtel grew on viewers over the years and to some, he will always be the only Spencer. This makes it difficult to give Chavez a fair chance. It does to help that he is being written as a sneak and a liar.

Nikolas Betchel will always be Spencer to many fans.

Nikolas Betchel will always be Spencer to many fans.

Spencer hates Ava

Spencer has decided to forgive his dad but not his stepmom. He has done all of these despicable acts just to drive a wedge between the two and have Nikolas to himself. Spencer seems to like Trina who wants to put Nik and his princess back together and this is causing a huge problem. GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers can see the hate in his eyes each time the young prince speaks about his stepmom. He has stopped all of his meanspirited pranks now that Ava and Nik are filing for divorce and has even tried to reunite his father with Britt Westbourne. Eventually, Spencer may be caught because those boots he disposed of in the dumpster will probably resurface and be raced to him. Fans are wondering what Nikolas will do when he finds out that it was his own son who tried to frighten his wife and ruined his marriage? Spencer could lose everything including his friendship with Trina because she truly loves and admires Ava.

What will Trina do when the truth comes out?

What will Trina do when the truth comes out?

Like father like son

GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers seem to split down the middle regarding Nicholas Chavez. In addition to those who wanted Nicolas Bechtel to remain in the role, there are others who have different reasons for not warming up to the recast. Some fans say that Chavez just does not seem believable in the role and this could be related to the fact that he is not Bechtel. Others don't like the fact that he did all of those evil things to tighten Ava and now is trying to come across as sweet and innocent. There are still those who enjoy the ABC soap who wish Tyler Christopher were still portraying Nikolas. Some viewers say that Marcus Columbo looks too young and they just cannot get used to him. Other fans indicate they are enjoying the chemistry between Columbo and Chavez and believe they make a great team as the Cassadine prince and his son. There are viewers who say that Marcus Columbo and Maura West shine as NAVA and that they believe Spencer will grow on the viewing audience as well.

Will Spencer bust up Nik and Ava?

Will Spencer bust up Nik and Ava?

Out of the shadows

The best thing that GENERAL HOSPITAL fans can do is to give Nicholas Chavez a chance. Spencer has been away for a while and needs time to adjust to life in Port Charles. He is trying to find his way but his secrets might be what hurt him the most. Once he is revealed as Ava's stalker she always has the choice to not press charges but initially, she will be very hurt. Perhaps the two can talk things out and come to some type of agreement. Some viewers suspected that Spencer was being coached by Ryan Chamberlain and on Friday it was revealed that Alexis is in the same facility as Kevin's lunatic brother. Ryan was alert and sitting in a wheelchair which raises questions. Is he able to communicate and has Spencer been in contact with him? Things could get worse for this young man before they get better. Along the way, Nicholas Alexander Chavez will be making the role his own. Stay tuned to find out what connection if any, Spencer has with his grandmother's brother-in-law. Be on the lookout for updates to what happens when Trina and Ava find out the depths of hate her stepson has for her how Ms. Robinson will respond to it all. Most viewers say they are willing to give Chavez time to grow into his role so we will see how it works out.

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© 2019 Cheryl E Preston

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