Valentin Cassadine had been spoken of in hushed whispers for what seemed like ages before the man actually made his first appearance on GENERAL HOSPITAL. But now that he’s in Port Charles, he’s made quite an impression, especially with Nina! The Cassadine seems to be attempting to redeem himself for his previous villainous acts, but can everyone forgive and forget?
James Patrick Stuart, best known to soap fans as Will Cortlandt on ALL MY CHILDREN, joined the cast of GH and made his debut in July of 2016. Helena considered Valentin to be the most dangerous of the Cassadines and was terrified of Mikkos’ son. Jason, Sam, Ava, and Nikolas encountered a fisherman on Cassadine Island named Theo, who soon revealed himself to be Valentin. He forced Nikolas to sign over the Cassadine family fortune, but when he attempted to shoot Ava, Nik attacked him and was shot and presumed dead. Valentin later also shot Kevin when he was trying to protect Laura.
After Valentin shot Kevin, Lulu got the drop on him! (Photo Credit: XJJohnson/jpistudios.com)
Valentin finally showed up in Port Charles where he seduced Nina, then warned Claudette that she’d taken something that belongs to him. He revealed himself to the Spencers at Wyndemere on Halloween, announcing that he now owns the castle and was hoping to be able to redeem himself.
While it was revealed that Charlotte was Valentin’s daughter, it wasn’t until a bit later that Lulu learned that she was the little girl’s mother, not Claudette. Helena had used Claudette to carry the baby she created with Valentin’s sperm and Lulu’s stolen egg. This launched a custody battle between Lulu and Valentin where he quickly married Nina in order to give Charlotte a proper family. Lulu was furious when the judge awarded custody of the girl to Valentin and Nina, and vowed to continue fighting for her child.
Lulu was shocked to discover Charlotte is her daughter! (Photo Credit: XJJohnson/jpistudios.com)
Anna recalled fragments of her past with Valentin from the WSB, and he told her that her rejection of his romantic advances was what inspired him to change his life. But when Anna became seriously ill, he remained by her side, demonstrating that his old feelings had not died. Anna’s continued investigation into their shared past caused friction in his marriage as Nina became jealous of the Brit.
Eventually it was revealed that the Anna who kept trying to seduce Valentin away from Nina was actually her twin sister, Alex, but the damage had already been done. At the 2017 Nurses Ball, Valentin sang Billy Joel’s “And So It Goes” in an attempt to win back Nina’s love. (Watch the beautiful performance right here!)
Valentin is trying to repair is fractured marriage to Nina while he struggles to figure out a custody arrangement that will keep Charlotte happy while also appeasing Lulu. But his involvement in selling the powerful Chimera Virus to Helena years ago could be the one thing the Cassadine may not be able to redeem himself for! Stay tuned as the drama unfolds on GH!
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