I was shocked to see those scenes many years ago because they have been around forever in Italian. It's a really bold story climax, yet the built up does not hold up to classic Bill Bell standards. It's like a writer's strike story finished within 5 seconds after the strike has ended which is kinda sad. That said; it's getting reallllllly wicked eventually and perfectly over the top in ca. 2 months' time.
Three of Frank's pets are currently written into a corner:
Valentin "murdered" Nikolas and murdered (if she's dead) Cassandra
Julian tampered with Brad's car, almost killing his son, killing Kendra.
Peter had Andre stabbed and probably Drew's plane set to cash, and now ordered both Andre and Frankles deaths.