The hunky mobster is going to put on his best black t-shirt and propose to long-time girlfriend Sam this week.
In the past, the couple's agreed to keep things the way they are given their adventurous lifestyles -- he's a mobster and she's a private eye. Thanks to some prodding from Maxie and, of course, some deep reflection on the potential groom's part, Jason appears ready to take the plunge. Tune in on Thursday to see if marriage-shy Sam will accept the proposal or shoot him down. (Figuratively speaking, of course!)
'GH' fans can count on seeing Jason interact with more of his semi-estranged Quartermaine family members even if Sam says no. New head writer Garin Wolf is a big fan of the show's history, and Burton shares that he's spending more screen-time with the fan-favorite clan.
The actor shares with AOL TV his thoughts on why marriage between Jason and Sam may actually work, if the door is forever closed on Jason and Liz and why anyone who's been away from 'GH' should consider tuning back in.
Jason has tried the marriage thing before ...
Yes. He was married to Courtney and Brenda. Both were short-lived. From a story standpoint, [marriage to Courtney] domesticated Jason. That's never a good thing. Plus, she started beating up more people than he did. I used to call her "Kung Fu Courtney." Brenda was just a legality so this would be kind of Jason's first real wedding.
Why is Sam a good match for Jason?
She doesn't expect Jason to be anyone other than who he is. She gets the highs and lows and she understands that Jason may not come back the next day. It works.
What about kids?
I'm sure that will be the next obstacle. If they get married and are happy for a little while they'll approach the subject of kids again. It's a tough one because of what happened with Jake. [Note: Jason's toddler son with Elizabeth was killed in a hit and run earlier this year.] It was an accident. Jason didn't want to be a part of his son's life because of the mob. Also, there are kids like Michael whom Jason's pretty much raised and he's seen what the "business" did to him.
Is Jake's death a catalyst for Jason re-thinking marriage?
I think it's made him live more in the now. In general, people tend to live for the future. They don't appreciate what they have now. It's made him look at life in that way. Jason wants to get married to Sam. Whether she needs it or not, he wants to show her that he wants to.
Will marriage make Sam and Jason's relationship not work as well as it does now?
Good question. I think Sam's the one who has issues with getting married. She spent her whole life doing cons. Marriage meant nothing to her. This is going to be different. Maybe she'll feel different?
Will there be a big wedding in today's budget-conscious times?
I don't know. Knowing them, they wouldn't want a big wedding, but Sam has family and sisters. Jason may not want a big wedding, but sometimes you just go for the big wedding. [Laughs] If I had it to do over again [in real-life] I would have just gone to Hawaii.
How does proposing in real-life compare to doing it on-screen?
Let's just say I was a lot more nervous in real-life, buddy! My poor wife! That whole day she was saying, "What's wrong with you?" I had so much nervous anxiety. I picked her up, we had a picnic on the beach and I had a plane fly by. She was like. "What's going on?" I was looking for the plane. The banner on the plane said, "Will you marry me?" She said yes.
There's still a big fan base out there for Jason and Elizabeth. Would marriage to Sam close the door on that?
I know I have fans who support both pairings. What the fans don't understand always is that I don't write the show. I can't choose who Jason's with. I play each story the best I can. Garin [Wolf, our new head writer] was on the set the other day for the first time, introducing himself. He said to me, "Hey, man, we've got all this stuff planned for you. Do you know what it is?" I said no. He said, "Do you want to know?" I said no. I read my scripts the night before I shoot my scenes. That's what I do. A few years back I'd get more involved. Now, I come to work. I do my job. We're all happy to have a job, and we're rolling with it.
How's it going with Garin?
I know people gave Bob Guza [our former head writer] a hard time. He wrote great story and he gave me the opportunity of a lifetime by changing my character. I'll be forever grateful to him. I miss him. I personally believe that Bob was tired. The difference between Bob and Garin in their writing styles is that Bob likes to do big events. We'd have cool shootouts and stunts and emotional fallout from those events. Now that we've been constricted by budgets, you're going to get a lot of two people scenes in one set.
Hey, there's nothing wrong with that.
No. Absolutely not. It's relationship-based. What I see with Garin and what I like is that he's using everybody on the canvas. I've always been an advocate of the Quartermaines and of seeing everyone be used. Tell story and it will all be good. I think we're headed in that direction. Garin's a great guy and a good writer. He's using a lot more people. Jason's had scenes with Monica and Edward -- I feel an old spark coming back.
So if you've been away from 'GH' now is a good time to come back?
Yeah, because you're going to see everything get shaken up and you're going to see faces that you've wanted to see and haven't for a while.
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