Who shot Hayden Barnes on General Hospital? Plot recap

Eve Edwards May 14, 2021
Who shot Hayden Barnes on General Hospital? Plot recap
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General Hospital viewers are still wondering ‘Who shot Hayden Barnes?’ as the plot-line resurfaces this May 2021.

Hayden Barnes (Rebecca Budig) was a core character on ABC’s General Hospital. She featured in the show from 2015 to 2020.

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Who shot Hayden Barnes on General Hospital?

  • Nikolas Cassadine

General Hospital fans may recall it was Hayden Barnes’ husband Nikolas Cassadine who arranged her murder.

While Shawn Butler was sent to jail for the crime, it was really Nikolas who was behind the shooting.

General Hospital recap: How did Hayden Barnes get shot?

For those who need a refresher, we have a quick summary!

Shawn Butler was sent by Sonny Corinthos to kill Jake Doe, who he found working at Xtreme Motors. Hayden was also at the garage when Shawn arrives.

Shawn fired his gun, as did Nikolas’ hitman, and it was the hitman’s bullet that hit Hayden in the head. That Nikolas was the one to organise the fatal bullet was unknown to the audience when the episode aired on 18 May 2015. It was presumed Shawn was responsible for the shooting.

Shawn was charged with the crime. However, if the police had cross-checked the bullet Hayden was shot with with Shawn’s gun, they would’ve realised they had the wrong shooter.

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General Hospital fans react to the Hayden Barnes plot resurfacing

As the shooting of Hayden Barnes took place in 2015, many General Hospital fans have forgotten the story line.

One viewer tweeted on 14 May 2021: “Can someone please refresh my memory? I seem to recall that both Elizabeth and Laura know Nikolas was behind Hayden’s shooting. Didn’t Alexis eventually find out? I thought she had. She’s bound to find out helping Shawn.”

A General Hospital Twitter fan page joked about the characters’ collective ability to forget: “How many people remember who shot Hayden? LOL.”

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