How many secrets can one man keep under wraps? That’s the question where GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Peter is concerned. We asked the show’s co-headwriters, Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, to weigh in on the juggling act which has become Peter’s life!
From the beginning, Peter has been an incredibly complicated character. Not surprisingly, he’s also elicited a wide array of reactions from viewers. Some believe he can change, especially with the help of the women in his life. Others think he should be dumped by Maxie and arrested by Anna! Equally torn when it comes to Peter is Anna, who may or may not turn out to be his mother. Although she spent several months trying to figure out whether she or twin sister Alex actually gave birth to Faison’s son, that search didn’t prove terribly helpful. “Alex’s trail ran cold,” Van Etten said to Soaps In Depth, “leaving Anna between a rock and a hard place, whether to forsake Peter or accept the memory she’s living with, that he’s her son.”
Truth be told, Peter himself may be struggling to figure out exactly what kind of man he is, too. “He’s done ugly things in the name of protecting his beautiful life,” pointed out O’Connor. “Even as he’s committing them, he’s wondering if he is even worthy of the life he’s leading! Anna is basically the angel on his shoulder, and the ghost of Faison is the devil.”
Ultimately, it might be Maxie who tips the scales between good and evil. “Whether he realizes it or not,” suggested Van Etten, “Peter believes that Maxie’s love makes him worthy and makes him a better person.” But the sins of the past rarely stay buried on a soap opera, and Peter’s are slowly bubbling to the surface. Worse, it’s his own supposed mother, Anna, who could hold his fate in her hands!
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