They say evil never dies, and that definitely applies to Ryan Chamberlain on GENERAL HOSPITAL! Longtime fans were stunned when it was revealed that Kevin was treating his twin brother, Ryan, at Ferncliff since the psycho was supposed to be dead! And newer viewers found themselves wondering who this Ryan guy is, and why everyone is so scared of him! Of course, recent developments now have fans wondering “Is Ryan going to die?” But as you’ll see from the killer’s history, he’s a hard man to kill!
Ryan first appeared in June of 1992, played by actor Jon Lindstrom, who did double duty when GH introduced Ryan’s twin, Kevin Collins, the following year. Ryan was introduced as a pediatrician at General Hospital, but it was soon revealed that he had been hiding his mentally unstable behavior for quite a while. Felicia Jones knew him in Texas where he was calling himself “Todd Wilson” and had witnessed him murder his wife, Gloria!
When Felicia returned to Port Charles, she had amnesia and didn’t remember Ryan. But he remembered her, and quickly became obsessed with the beautiful blonde, trapping her in a cabin! He was arrested for attempted murder, and Kevin, a psychiatrist, came to town intent on rehabilitating his brother. Unfortunately, Ryan was faking his progress and used his twin to escape the mental hospital and impersonate him!
Ryan crashed Felicia and Mac’s wedding with a bomb, but Kevin managed to persuade the hospital staff of his true identity and raced to the church to stop his twin. After Ryan was apprehended once more, Kevin washed his hands of his brother. But Ryan escaped again with the help of his counselor, Connie, who he murdered. Impersonating Kevin, Ryan kidnapped Felicia’s daughter, Georgie!
Kevin helped Mac and Felicia track his psychotic twin down at a funhouse and rescue Georgie, though the killer let himself die in the building’s violent explosion rather than be locked away in the hospital again. Over the years, Ryan continued to haunt Kevin, who felt guilty for failing to save his brother, but those were thankfully just memories.
Although some fans suspected Kevin’s unusual behavior in 2018 meant he’d been swapped with his evil twin, it turns out that he hadn’t been… at least not yet! When Carly was temporarily institutionalized in Ferncliff, it was revealed that the mystery patient in the room next to her was actually Ryan, who Kevin had been secretly keeping there for treatment. Unfortunately, during one of Kevin’s visits, Ryan got the upper hand and knocked his sibling unconscious so they could switch places!
Impersonating Kevin, Ryan began making plans for revenge, but hit a bit of a snag when Laura returned home from Switzerland and began noticing something wasn’t quite right with her husband. So to keep her from uncovering his secret, Ryan broke up with her. Also believing him to be Kevin, Mary Pat tried to extort money from him, threatening to reveal that he knew his brother was alive and in Ferncliff. So Ryan silenced the nurse forever by murdering her!
Ryan tried to get a suspicious Laura off his case by filing for a divorce, and soon found himself smitten with Ava Jerome. But when Ava wanted to make Kiki Jerome pay for stealing her boyfriend, Griffin Monroe, Ryan helped her out by killing her daughter! The cops are looking for the killer stalking Port Charles, but they’re getting help on the case from “Kevin,” who is easily covering his own tracks. Such as when a documentary filmmaker got a little too close to the truth that Ryan was still alive, and the killer took him out and destroyed the evidence.
Lulu found herself next on Ryan’s hit list when she, too, came too close to the shocking truth. However, after he stabbed her, Ryan was suddenly struck down with a terrible headache and passed out, giving her a chance to get away. As Lulu was rushed to the hospital, “Kevin” was brought there as well, having mysteriously lost his sight in the same way that Anna Devane had! He recovered his eyesight in time to try and finish Lulu off, but was foiled, so he instead used hypnosis to restore Lulu’s memory of her attack… but made her believe it was Franco who had tried to kill her!
Believing himself in the clear, Ryan popped the question to Ava, but when Franco gave an interview gloating about the killings as part of a plan to smoke out the real murderer, Ryan fell for the bait and flew into a rage. Stabbing Franco and stuffing Carly in the trunk of his car, Ryan headed to Niagara Falls to marry Ava, but once there, his plans fell apart as Jason and Laura showed up to put a stop to his reign of terror. Jason shot Ryan, who jumped off a bridge and tried to take Ava with him! Jason rescued Ava (and later, Carly) but Ryan disappeared.
The cops later called off the search when Ryan’s severed hand was found, but because he was alive when it was removed, Jordan suspected the killer could still be out there somewhere. Laura and Curtis went looking for him and discovered Ryan was not only alive, but headed back to Port Charles for revenge! He crashed the Nurses Ball to truss up Kevin and then followed Ava to a secluded location where she was laying in wait for him! He taunted her mercilessly, but when the cops arrived, she decided not to pull the trigger. She did, however, stab him in the back (literally!), putting him in the hospital where he was tricked into donating his kidney to save Jordan’s life. But even after he was locked up in Pentonville, Ryan continued to haunt Ava, sending her letters so she’d never forget about him as much as she might want to!
Stay tuned to see what Ryan might do next, and for more GH news, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!