It is not every character on General Hospital that garners such a vast and adoring fan base as Steve Burton has in his role of Jason Morgan. The protective family member, loyal friend, lover, scrupulous mob enforcer, the courageous and sexy hit-man fans have come to know in recent years as “Stone Cold.” Steve Burton has made his reasons for leaving ABC’s General Hospital clear, but now that he’s gone, should his role be recast? Some fans do believe so, and have left their comments choosing Judson Mills, Jason Lewis, and a few others from the list of twenty potential recasts on IMDb, “the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content.”
While all the characters on GH who knew Jason seem to have accepted his missing body to mean that he died in the Port Charles harbor, swept away at sea, his wife, Sam McCall, is holding on to faith that he will return to her and their son, Danny. Meanwhile, Sonny Corrintos shows sparse emotion, eerily acting as if he knows Jason is still alive. Or is that just a projection by some fans who don’t wish to perceive Sonny to be so callous as not to grieve for the loss of his enforcer, best friend, and protector of the Corrintos family? So this begs the question, does Sonny know where Jason is hiding or is Sonny in denial about Jason’s alleged death?
It is true that Jason’s body has not been found, but that does not invite for closure for the character’s family, friends, or Jason Moran, the character himself. Closure is what’s sorely missing from this plot. But either way, Jason’s body can never and should never be found dead by any citizen of Port Charles. He must remain either indefinitely missing or recast – for now – keeping his character available for Steve Burton’s possible return in the future. Fans of Steve Burton need to hold on to the hope that they will see their man again. After all, it is possible, because it has been done before. This is not the first time Steve Burton has left the show and returned to his role of Jason.
Steve Burton began playing Jason on General Hospital with his surname originally Quartermaine twenty-one years ago, on December 19, 1991. Four years later, a car accident involving his intoxicated brother, AJ at the wheel, rendered Jason with a brain injury and total memory loss. Since this accident in 1995, Jason could not relate to his Quartermaine roots, so he took his grandmother Lila Quartermaine’s middle name and changed his last name to Morgan. Jason’s new personality from that point on reflected the nick-name, “Stone Cold,” given to him years later by a friend and collaborator, Damien Spinelli. But in 1999, in a decision to pursue other opportunities, Steve Burton decided not to renew his contract with ABC’s General Hospital. Nevertheless, he did return on a part-time basis between the years 2000 and 2002, and finally returned to stay with the show after the May Sweeps in 2002.
Ten years have gone by since Steve Burton’s full-time return. Jason is one of the longest running characters on General Hospital. His undeniable charisma, good looks, and acting ability have fans clamoring for his return … wondering … and hoping he will never be found in the harbor, at sea, or anywhere stone cold.