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Maurice Benard Previews What’s Next for Sonny and Carly (and Nina!)


Now that GENERAL HOSPITAL’s “Mike” has fully remembered who he is, Sonny is back in Port Charles trying to put back together the pieces of his life, which fractured after he was presumed dead nearly a year ago. But doing so won’t be easy, seeing as his wife, Carly, married his right-hand man, Jason, and her rival, Nina, holds a piece of his heart! The recovered amnesiac’s portrayer, Maurice Benard, sat down for a Facebook Live chat to answer GH viewers’ questions — and the Emmy winner had lots to share about what’s ahead for Sonny, Carly, Jason, and Nina!

Benard shared that he purposely played Sonny returning to town with a vengeance. “There could have been different ways of coming back, but I just decided to have Sonny come back like the old Sonny. A little meaner,” shared the actor, adding that Sonny understands Carly and Jason’s reasons for getting married to save the Corinthos business. “We’ve been playing some great, great stuff.”

Carly and Jason’s marriage isn’t legal since Sonny is still alive, but might it still cause friction between the mob boss and his enforcer? “Jason and Sonny’s friendship, it can never end. There could be a strain, but it can never end,” teased Benard. “It’s too bonded. But wait until you see what’s happening between them. It’s really good.”

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In the weeks ahead, Sonny will not only have to untangle the mess that is Carly and Jason’s marriage but the lingering feelings he has for Nina that developed while he thought he was “Mike.”ABC

Benard promised that there are also plenty of must-see scenes ahead between his leading ladies, Laura Wright (Carly) and Cynthia Watros (Nina), as Sonny’s wife learns that Mike’s girlfriend had been purposely keeping him from his family for months. After all, that plot point did not go over well with viewers and left the GH audience divided on whether they even liked “Mike” with Nina or not. “This was so difficult [for Cynthia] to play. When you involve not telling somebody about [their] kids, it’s an uphill battle,” Benard mused. “In the beginning, it was all hate [from the audience], and then it was like, ‘Maybe we hate Nina, but we love Cynthia.’ And I thought that was a tribute to her and her acting ability.”

What comes next for Sonny, Carly, and Nina sounds like a classic soap love triangle! “You can forget your memory, but you can’t forget your heart,” Benard teased. “He’s going to cover it, but he still loves Nina. And he loves his wife. He’s going to protect his wife and stand by his wife, but anytime he’s near Nina, stuff happens. And I can’t wait ’til the day that you see it.”

To see what else Benard had to say about Sonny’s return to Port Charles, you can watch the entire Facebook Live chat below!

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