The ever-popular Jason on “General Hospital,” could easily have gone the rest of his life being “New Jason,” sans memories of his previous life, according to the show scribes.
“General Hospital” Head Writers Jean Passanante and Shelly Altman told the latest issue of Soaps in Depth that they seriously debated about whether Jason’s (Billy Miller) memories should return.
Subtle nuances in Jason’s story complicated their decision-making.
“He had lived a new life and formed relationships, some of them with the same people he’d had relationships with in the past,” said Altman. “He has to be the man he was plus the man he has become.”
As for fans, they seem happy just to have the beloved character of Jason back and finally reunited with Sam (Kelly Monaco). They have a legion of passionate fans who rival that of any other in Soapland right now. That’s one reason the writers knew what they had to do.
“There was a temptation to say, ‘Let’s just create this whole new character,” Altman said. “But that wasn’t really fair or even honest.”
Ultimately, the scribes wanted to preserve Jason’s essence, and that required having all his memories return. His “rich history” on the show is now being honored with him remembering whole simultaneously being true to the person he has become over the last 18 months. Now, Jason embraces his Quartermaine side and counsels his bestie, Carly (Laura Wright). The best of both Jasons? We think so.