Brando Corbin and Sasha Gilmore made the heart-wrenching decision to take their infant son Liam Michael off life support given his medical condition on General Hospital. Fans are emotionally gutted and many are questioning GH’s decision to kill off the infant (especially at Christmas time) but now, Johnny Wactor, who plays Brando is taking to social media to try to alleviate some of the pain.
Johnny Wactor Talks to Viewers Affected by Liam’s Death
“I want to thank everyone for being so invested in watching Liam’s journey,” Wactor wrote in a series of tweets in order to fully convey his feelings about the show’s emotional tale. “It’s obviously an incredibly painful storyline that has left many of you with the question, simply put, ‘Why?’ [Why] tell a story of two new parents [Brando and Sasha, played by Sofia Mattsson], with a shaky foundation, but who have hope to maybe be something together, and then take away the greatest gift they’ve ever had before they even get to truly cherish and nurture that gift, their baby boy Liam?
“Why this story during one of, if not the roughest stretch of time in many our personal lives? Why during the holidays?” Wactor rhetorically posed. “Especially, when General Hospital is many of yours escape. An escape that is expected to provide joy in times of need. I won’t speak on the timing, appropriateness, etc., BUT I will offer my speculation from my end as a player in telling stories.
Soaps Reflect The Human Condition
“We tell stories that are oftentimes extreme, rare, and worst-case scenario,” Johnny Wactor offers. “These stories are painful. Painful to watch and painful to play. This story about Liam is especially devastating due to the child’s innocence and unfair circumstances. Imagine the pain of those families that have suffered these circumstances in their own real lives. This story is for them. To show them that we see them. That something so terrible and seemingly uncommon and unbelievable can be recognized by the storytellers they watch and they get to see their story shared with millions of viewers.”
“Perhaps, that brings them comfort in some way,” Johnny Wactor muses. “Being seen. And perhaps as a not-so-gentle encouragement to people everywhere to be grateful for the things we do often take for granted. One of them being life. Our own life and the life of our loved ones. Especially during the holidays. So often we can get caught up in buying gifts and receiving gifts and prioritizing such as the most important part of the holidays when really the most important is being with those you love and are still with you on these holidays. Life is precious and fragile, and death, although inevitable for everyone, can come unexpectedly.
Johnny Wactor Tries To Answer Why
“So…” Wactor says, “I share this not because it’s the ‘right’ answer to the question ‘why?’ There is no right answer. This is just my speculation. My understanding. And I think conversations that are geared towards understanding are far more productive and helpful to everyone than a conversation where the goal is to be right. I hope my understanding of Liam’s storyline is helpful. That is all.”
“Again, I’m so thankful to all of our fans for watching, the kind praise and truly just honored to have such sparked such fervent conversation with this story.” Johnny Wactor concludes. “Hope to bring everyone some undisputed JOY in the storylines to follow. Much love. And happy holidays.”
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1. I want to thank everyone for being so invested in watching Liam’s journey. It’s obviously an incredibly painful storyline that has left many of you with the question, simply put, “Why?” Why tell a story of two new parents, with a shaky foundation, but who have hope to maybe be
— Johnny Wactor (@WactorTractor) December 17, 2021