Could it be true? Will “General Hospital” viewers finally get to see Peter August (Wes Ramsey) pay for his crimes? A teaser published in the latest issue of TV Guide Magazine, on newsstands now, seems to indicate that the character could finally get what’s coming to him on Tuesday, February 22.
Highlighted as a “Daytime Pick,” the magazine states, “Can anything or anyone stop Peter August (Wes Ramsey) from terrorizing distraught ex Maxie (Kirsten Storms), their baby Louise and all of Port Charles? Today, he may finally get his comeuppance.”
While the magazine doesn’t reveal whether Peter will live, die or truly go to prison for everything he’s done, one thing is certain: we’re mostly in the endgame portion of this years-long storyline arc. We could also be at the beginning of a new phase should history repeat itself. Last June, when it seemed that Peter had died following a fall down the stairs at General Hospital and his body locked away in a freezer, Deadline reported (via Soap Opera Digest) that Ramsey had been confirmed to have left the series. The actor returned two months later with the character being revealed to be very much alive weeks after his body was discovered missing by Finn (Michael Easton) and Anna (Finola Hughes).
Alternatively, savvy fans who pay attention to the show’s weekly end credits that highlight contract and recurring cast noticed that Ramsey’s name didn’t appear in either section based on the most recent listing (Friday, February 4). One week earlier (Friday, January 28), Ramsey was listed as a contract player. This seemingly gives credence to the possibility that the actor’s run on the soap is about to come to an end.
Reps for “General Hospital” did not return a request for comment by Soap Opera Network. The network traditionally does not comment on actor contracts.
In recent episodes, Peter discovered that Louise was in town all along right under everyone’s nose and took her from the Quartermaines with plans to flee town. On the Wednesday, February 9 episode (click here to watch a clip), Maxie was given an ultimatum by Peter. He told her, “If you want to see our daughter it’s going to be on my terms now. I’m leaving the country with Louise, Maxie. I want you to say goodbye to her here and now, knowing you will never see her again, or, you come with us and we’ll be a family forever.”
Of course, Maxie would do anything for her daughter and agreed to go with Peter, except they’d have to leave Louise behind. “I’ll go with you, Peter, whatever, tonight, right now… but if you love our daughter as much as you say you do you’ll understand why we have to leave her behind.” A distraught Peter responded to Maxie, telling her, “I don’t understand! Leave Louise? After I spent a year trying to find her, searching for… risking my life to find her, to be with her.” He later asks Maxie why she’s doing this, making him give up his daughter. Maxie lays out solid reasons to Peter, albeit with ulterior motives.
In the end, Peter agreed to leave Louise behind with a plan to have her found by the local fire department. Later, Anna and Chase (Josh Swickard) come upon Louise after they get a call from a firefighter about a found baby girl. Anna deduces Maxie was able to convince Peter to leave Louise behind but is worried about the two’s whereabouts, hoping to catch Peter before Maxie disappears forever.
Watch a clip from the Thursday, February 10 episode where more people learn that Bailey is really Louise, and watch as Maxie and Peter leave town after leaving Louise behind.