When actor Wes Ramsey joined the cast of GENERAL HOSPITAL as the mysterious Peter August in November of 2017, it was clear that there was more to him than meets the eye. But after his true identity as Henrik Faison was revealed to Port Charles, he struggled to find his place in Port Charles. He seems to be settling in okay, but as more of his shady past comes to light, that could definitely change!
Peter August arrived in Port Charles to interview with Drew Cain for a position at Aurora Media, and was soon hired to be the COO. He hired Lulu Falconeri to write for Aurora, and worked with Nina and Maxie on Crimson. Unfortunately, he published Lulu’s interview with Nathan West in which he revealed that he is the biological son of infamous supervillain Cesar Faison. While Drew and Sam were away and Peter was left in charge, he refused to help Anna Devane lure Faison to town, but it was unnecessary, really, because Lulu’s story had already brought Faison back to confront Peter himself!
Maxie arrived at the office and found herself caught up in the hostage situation as Faison held them at gunpoint. Peter tried to shoot the villain, but was hit instead. Luckily, he was prepared and wearing a bulletproof vest. Tragically, Nathan wasn’t as lucky and when he rushed to Maxie’s rescue; Faison shot and killed him. Peter later visited Faison in the hospital and called him “Dad,” revealing himself as the mysterious Henrik Faison that people had been searching for. He gloated that he now held all the cards, including the flash drive containing Drew’s memories. When Faison struggled to breathe, Peter refused to help and left his father to die.
As Maxie grieved, Peter offered the expectant mother a shoulder to cry on and they became very close although she had no idea of his true identity. But because she’d worried her child could inherit Faison’s Huntington’s disease, a worried Peter went to Dr. Griffin Monroe for blood tests himself. And while Peter learned he was in fine health, Griffin also put the pieces together and realized he was Henrik. When the doctor confronted him, Peter was able to manipulate him into keeping his secret. He also clashed frequently with Valentin Cassadine, who feared his own involvement in Peter’s mysteries could come to light and jeopardize everything he’d built in Port Charles.
But there were too many people searching for Henrik for Peter to keep his secret much longer, and during the Nurses Ball, Sam and Jason found the lighter in Peter’s office that made them realize who he really is. Lucky for Peter, he’d already left the ball to drive Maxie home, ending up delivering her baby on the side of the road when she went into labor! Also, Peter was stunned to learn Anna is really his mother.
Seeking vengeance for her son’s death, Liesl Obrecht kidnapped Peter and tortured him in a secluded cabin with Nina’s help. After the angry doc transferred him to Spoon Island, Peter convinced Nina to help him and they barely escaped with their lives when Obrecht set the building on fire. After he got out of the hospital, Peter was determined to make a fresh start, purchasing The Invader and hiring Lulu to write for him again. He also met his sister, Robin Scorpio Drake, properly and hoped one day to prove to her that she can accept him as family.
As time went on, Peter’s relationship with Maxie deepened, and they ultimately confessed their feelings to each other. After a few false starts, the pair finally began dating and made love. Peter’s relationship with Anna, however, was trickier as he wasn’t comfortable with her acting like his mother. Just as things were finally looking up for Peter, he found himself blackmailed by Shiloh who threatened to reveal that Henrik was working with Helena Cassadine years ago and was part of the plot to kidnap Drew and Jason!
Things got even worse as Peter arranged for Drew’s plane to go missing and for someone to stab Andre Maddox to keep the secret. Then, when Franco wanted to erase Drew’s memories in the hopes of restoring his own, Peter hired another hitman to kill Franco and Andre! When investigations into the assassination attempt led Anna to Eurotech, a shell corporation used by the evil DVX, she asked Peter about his working for them but he spun her a yarn and promised he wasn’t Heinrik anymore, so she agreed to cover his involvement. He also covered his tracks by pinning the attempted murder on Obrecht!
Stay tuned to see how far Peter will go to keep his secrets, and for more GH news, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!
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