Brandon Barash has returned to General Hospital and he is taking his character to a whole new level. In the past, Johnny Zacchara was called The Prince of Darkness, but honestly, he didn’t quite live up to that name. Compared to his (grand)father Anthony Zacchara (Bruce Weitz) and sister, Claudia, Johnny (Sarah Joy Brown) was a walk in the park. He always had a soft spot for the special ladies in his life. Kristina Corinthos (Lexi Ainsworth), although he used her to get a rise out of Sonny and make him vulnerable, he genuinely cared for the young girl. There was also Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero), Carly Corinthos Jacks (Laura Wright), and real life wife, Maxie Jones (Kirsten Storms) to name a few. Johnny wasn’t as ruthless and calculating as the rest of the Zacchara clan. Then one day things changed, Johnny had turned into someone we hadn’t quite seen before. We always knew he wasn’t squeaky clean, but when he killed Anthony, his own father, it was obvious that Johnny had changed.
Johnny went to Pentonville and is currently serving time for his crimes. It doens’t seem like his punishment has had any positive effect on his conscience that’s for sure. If anything, being in Pentonville has hardened the once kind-hearted, son of a mobster. He has already encounterd his arch enemy Sonny Corinthos, as Sonny is in prison for the murder of AJ Quartermaine. Johnny introduced Sonny to the head of the Mexican cartel, and Heavy gave Sonny a taste of prison life. Johnny sat around and watched Sonny get the crap kicked out of him.
Johnny isn’t going to stop with just roughing Sonny up in the slammer. Johnny wants Sonny to take care of the crime in Port Charles, but on his orders. Johnny told Sonny that his brother Ric Lansing (Rick Hearst) is alive, and that Johnny has Ric. He told Sonny that if he didn’t do what he wanted, he could have Ric cut up piece by piece. Johnny really has taken his role in the mob to a whole new level. Prison life has hardened him to the core. What will Sonny be facing in prison at the hands of his long time enemy, Johnny Zacchara?