There is very disappointing news emerging for fans of General Hospital and actor Tyler Christopher. The actor last appeared on the soap as Nikolas Cassadine several months ago, but he had recently shared that he thought he would be back this fall. Now, however, it seems that plans have changed.

The General Hospital star had hinted he'd be back soon

The last that viewers saw of Tyler Christopher on General Hospital, he had faked his death and hopped a plane headed out of the country. However, Ava ended up in the seat next to him and thus knew he had fooled everybody else. Just after that, Nick Stabile stepped into the role of Nikolas for a bit, but then Valentin Cassadine and his goons shot Nik and left him for dead.

Clearly, however, the door was left open and fans hoped that Christopher would return.

As TVLine details, Tyler shared at an event over the summer that he hoped to return in September. However, he quickly took to social media after that to caution fans that nothing was final yet. While Christopher noted that he was just taking some vacation time, and he soon shared some scoop on other movies he was working on, the buzz was that tense contract negotiations were behind the departure.

Now, according to Soap Opera Digest, those negotiations fell apart last month. Sadly, the news emerging now reveals that Christopher will not be returning to the role of Nikolas on General Hospital after all.

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Will the show recast the character or just leave this Cassadine figure dead? Is there any chance that the show and the actor can come back together to work things out after all? Would they consider bringing Stabile back to reprise the character? No further information has emerged on this front yet, but fans are surely going to be disappointed by this news.

Neither the actor or General Hospital have confirmed the news yet

Everybody had been anxious to see Tyler return to the role of Nikolas, and judging by his frequent tweets referencing the show and hyping events, it certainly looked like it was on the verge of happening. Christopher has not yet commented on these reports that he's not returning, and General Hospital fans will be anxious to see an official confirmation coming from either the show or the actor.

Do you think that General Hospital should recast the character of Nikolas Cassadine if indeed Tyler Christopher isn't returning? There are other cast shakeups on the way and fans are buzzing with curiosity over where things will head next.