From the moment Claudia Zacchara arrived in Port Charles she was an enigma, a mystery. No one knew exactly what she was after or just how far she would go to get it. She was the character that you hated to love and loved to hate. From viewers, she commanded a range of emotions from empathy to disgust and then back again, often within the same scene. This set her apart from typical soap villains, making her a tragic figure of sorts, which of course makes her death seem all the more tragic.
Claudia's death left many questions unanswered. One could always assume that her actions were the direct, and in some cases, the indirect result of her upbringing, even though this was never fully addressed. Growing up she wasn't just surrounded by violence, but appeared to be the target of it on many occasions, often the result of her own father's actions. In many ways this made her an ideal partner for Sonny, capable of understanding the emptiness that comes with feeling unloved. And it is kind of a shame that this relationship was never explored outside the shadow of Michael's shooting.
Aside from Claudia's relationship with Sonny, I have often felt that this character had many more stories left to tell, which is why I had hoped for a less final ending for her. For instance, when Claudia first arrived in Port Charles it was stated that this character would always be wearing one red item, the significance of which would be revealed as the character unfolded. Unfortunately no explanation was ever offered for Claudia accentuating her wardrobe with this color, even though I noticed her wearing it on number of occasions.
Another avenue left unexplored was the relationship Claudia had with her father. I always felt that her reasons for resenting him went much deeper than the fact that she felt unloved and unwanted. There just always seemed to be some dark family secret there that was never disclosed, although certainly implied. And ultimately I thought that this was all a part of what made Claudia so complex and helped explain some of the behavior that was so reprehensible. In a way though it seems kind of fitting that no one ever truly knew who Claudia was, as is the case with many tragic figures. She was introduced to viewers as someone with a mystifying quality, a trait she retains even in death.