The sudden fall and death of “General Hospital” teen Rafe Kovich, Jr. came as a bit of surprise to viewers. Fans of the show barely got the chance to get to know the son of legacy character Allison Barrison before his sudden turn to drugs and desperate behavior led to his tragic death. Rafe’s fate not only surprised viewers, but also shocked actor Jimmy Deshler, who only learned about Rafe’s demise a few days before he taped the episode.
In an interview with Soaps In Depth published Wednesday, Deshler opens up about his shocking exit from the daytime drama. In the age of spoilers, Rafe’s eventual demise wasn’t exactly a secret, but the way he went out and how fast he was killed off remained confidential. Deshler tells the magazine, “I guess it was just confidential and they didn’t want any of the story getting out. So I found out the Monday of the week it was happening. I guess it was a surprise to all of us.”
Rafe’s brief time on the show involved the very forgettable Stephen Clay vampire storyline, a teen love triangle and the recent drug addiction storyline. Although there probably could’ve been a better direction the show could’ve taken the character in, Deshler is grateful for the experience. He says, “It’s good to have something on your resume like ‘GH’ and I did a year and a half of it. I learned a lot from it. I’ve been on a set as a guest star, but I’ve never been a regular part of a show. It was a very good experience.”
Deshler’s future plans involved college and roles on the big screen. Although Deshler is gone from “GH,” his character remains a major part of a current storyline. Not only have fans found out that Rafe was responsible for the accident that ran Patrick (Jason Thompson) and Sabrina (Teresa Castillo) off the road, viewers are also learning that Victor Cassadine (Thaao Penghlis) was behind it all. Rafe was able to pass a hint along to Molly (Haley Pullos) before he was involved in his own accident that eventually led to his death.