Whenever there is a storm on a soap opera it usually symbolizes some sort of danger or change that will affect important characters and shift storylines. On “General Hospital” a storm is brewing this week in the form of a mystery man played by Roger Howarth. Fans have been speculating who Howarth’s character may be and finally at the end of Tuesday’s episode, those closest to Jason Morgan got a glimpse of the mystery man. But who is he?
All indications point to Franco previously played by James Franco. Who else would have a connection to Sam, Sonny, Carly, Elizabeth, Michael, Spinelli, Maxie, and A.J. besides Jason himself of course? The writers of course are hinting that this mystery man could be Jason but Jason wouldn’t set up a surprise meeting at the Haunted Star to show those he loves that he is actually alive. No, this is someone who loves the spotlight and enjoys the element of shock. Although it can be assumed Howarth is playing the psychopathic artist known as Franco, there must be more to the story. An actor like Roger Howarth will add more depth to the character, a character that has already done too much to too many in Port Charles to be redeemed.
Howarth being Franco seems too easy. There has to be more complexity and back story and that’s what fans can only hope to find out in the upcoming days, weeks or even months. This Franco, if indeed he is Franco, seems to have some emotion that the previous Franco struggled to get in touch with. There is remorse in his past actions and a sign of humanity. The Franco of the past wasn’t a character expected to stick around and now, with an actor committed to the show, the writers really get to delve into the character and explore the dynamics of his heart and soul. Finally, with Howarth in the role, they will get to introduce Franco as a Quarterrmaine which would bring fourth any relationship he may have with A.J. who is also his brother.
The person Franco will have the greatest impact on is Michael, who was raped in prison under the orders of the deranged artist. Is Michael ready to revisit that dark moment in his past and how will he deal with facing the man responsible? And how will Franco redeem himself with Sam, a woman he kidnapped and made Jason believe he raped? What is Franco’s connection to Ava Jerome (Maura West) and her daughter Kiki (Kristen Alderson)? There are so many questions and possibilities for this character if indeed he is Franco. But in soap land, sometimes what’s on the screen is never fully what it intends to be.
The plot only thickens.