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Billy Flynn Makes His DAYS Debut As Chad DiMera! What Were Your First Impressions?

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On Monday’s episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives, Billy Flynn shared his first dialog-driven scenes as the new Chad DiMera with his on-screen brother EJ, played by James Scott.

In the scenes, a very upset and revenge-seeking Chad pulls a gun on his elder brother, after first throwing a punch, and let’s him know how betrayed he is that EJ took up with his girl Abigail  (Kate Mansi) after Chad was sent away to recover after taking a bullet meant for EJ! Chad clearly wants payback and is showing his new “DiMera” side!

Flynn takes on the role of Chad after Casey Deidrick had inhabited the role and became a fan favorite.  However, as fans clearly know by now, Flynn’s take on the character will not only be different, but so too, is how the character is being written by the DAYS writing team – this looks to be a more vindictive and cunning Chad, but with a deep sadness underneath it all.   How will it all play out?  That remains to be seen!

So what were your first impressions of Billy Flynn as the new Chad DiMera of Salem?  Weigh-in below!

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jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Oddly, ive accepted him already as Chad…it usually takes me time to adjust to recast…it took me months to accept nuWill…this Chad actually seems more like a Dimera…so IMO this is the perfect recast choice in a long time! He could be to Days what J.R.s son is to Dallas…he kind of reminded me of him during those confrontation scenes with E.J.,…maybe no one else felt that but i did!!!

Amanda
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Amanda

I am not impressed with this new Chad, especially if he is suppose to be the new leader of the Dimera family and another EJ. He does not have the looks or charisma to fit that kind of character. He cold NEVER be remotely close the EJ character portrayed to perfection by James Scott. I have no intentions of watching Days after EJAMI are gone. Nothing at all to look forward to in my opinion. EJAMI are the best thing on Days and the only capturing duo. The rest are SO boring and pathetic!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Amanda….I agree. Flynn put on a mediocre show, sadly, not even close to my idea of what a DiMera should look like or act like. Nonetheless, it would not be fair and very remiss of me not to, at least, give him a shot. I did notice an edge to him…he has that I-dare-you-to-defy-me look. But, he looks very Irish….nothing Italian about him.
Frankly, I think Ben would have been a better choice for the Chad role. Who knows, Flynn may surpass what we expected, in a positive way.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I must amend (somewhat) my previous comments. Today, Flynn WAS a DiMera. He executed the role with aplomb. His icy stare burned a few holes in me.(sorry about the oxymoron…lol…just came out that way), I admit he was great….still too young for being pushed into this dramatic change of character, though….IMO

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Same here, Amanda. A recast is always difficult, but this one doesn’t seem to fit the bill. And I actually preferred the first Ben!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

James,

Yes…AGREED!!!!! To me, Billy Flynn just ain’t cutting it here in the role of Chad DiMera. No. To me, Casey Deidrick was W-A-Y better in the role!!!!! As for that Billy Flynn dude…No Thank You. Next…….

LeeAnn
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LeeAnn

I agree, he is more DiMera-ish?..lol I loved Casey as Chad but Billy is bringing the DiMera out in him. By the way..I loved the right hook to EJ. Looking forward to what happens next! I can’t wait to see how Sonny and Will react to the nuChad…that will be very interesting!

Tony Polar
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Tony Polar

I was not overly impressed but whatever – it seems to me that it will be a somewhat predictable triangle between Abby, her current love interest Ben and the “new” Chad. I guess with current cast members departing, they obviously have to aim storylines around existing and new faces – however I still maintain that instead of constantly adding new actors, they should get some new sets. Everyone is always in that stupid park set, please – the labor day picinic, the big College together, someone’s wedding, the Vatican, an afternoon stroll, outspoken confessions to murder – PLEASE get some… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

My recent favorite was the front of St. Luke’s School/ Church was simply the staircase that used to be a part of the Horton Square with a sign that said St. Luke’s and a green carpet to look like grass where the Square’s flooring was. But the oddest thing is the past the school and the church had no steps– which begs the question, where did those sets go??? But to be fair for the college party they at least put out different park benches—perhaps COSCO had a sale on them– LOL

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Lol…i noticed that too about the steps when Hope was sitting on them…now i wonder what happened to that missing couch that used to be in the square and never got dirty…lol…speaking of missing whatever happened to Bev…she, not dayplayer Jill, shouldv’e been the one helping Eve split up J.J. and Paige…Bev was attracted to J.J., and it wouldv’e made more sense but then Paige might’ve quickly realized it was a setup if Bev was involved…or if she didnt, Bev couldv’e been desperate and blackmailed Eve for more money and this is how Paige learned it was her mother who… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

@jimh– perhaps because their budget for sets is so low that couch belonged to a former cast member who when they left the show, took their couch with them– LOL As for Bev– Eve needed to use someone JJ could not track down after the fact– if she used Bev, I think Paige might have been inclined to believe JJ since Bev already tried to deceived Paige into thinking JJ had an STD. But that Jill lady could show up again at some point and start blackmailing Eve for more money— I think at some point Eve will tell Paige… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I have never seen Catholic Church steps look like that. All the Catholic Churches I have ever attended/and schools, have basilica-style steps…weird!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Tony, funny stuff! It used to be that everything happened in the town square (aka shopping area), and that has been overused. Now, as you say, everything takes place in the woods. If you turn on your TV in the afternoon and you see trees, you’re probably in Salem!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

James,

More and more, you are TOO FUNNY…LOL!!!!!

To me, whenever I continue to leave my TV on in the morning after TPIR and I see trees in The Katherine Chancellor Park, I know that I’m watching something going on in Genoa City…LOL!!!!! Yep.

Take care, my friend. Peace.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

James…dude…quick correction:

I meant to put the word ‘watching’ in-between the words ‘after and TPIR’. It should have read ‘after watching TPIR’. Anyway…MY BAD!!!!!

From J to J…Peace.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Tony…y-e-s. To me, even a walk along a beach would be a refreshing change of pace. Yep. And…’stupid park set’ is right. I mean…spread out, move around…something. Oh, those soaps…LOL!!!!!

Take care, Tony. Peace.

Elite Advisors
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Elite Advisors

I really didn’t feel it….to me he seems even younger than the last Chad… if he were in a t shirt and jeans he would have looked as though he could be in HS! Even younger than JJ. I was hoping with EJ leaving that he would be the new sexy mysterious Demeara, but that’s out the door. maybe in a decade or two…LOL.. Where’s the sexy romance DOOL? ( Don’t say Jennifer and Daniel…please!) I heard Melanie was coming back… perhaps a recast, but she was a fun character! 🙂 Can’t imagine a DOOL without EJ, Kristen, and Sami….… Read more »

PatrickSABRINA_CARLYFranco
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PatrickSABRINA_CARLYFranco

Days without SAMI EJ(who was only on 7 or 8 yrs)will be just as they always are
FINE.
I LOVE nu chad scenes,a real tall guy like other chad was, played by cute casey.
casey imo took some getting liking too as well. so i m giving this one a fair chance

Mary SF
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Mary SF

My first thought was he looks a bit like Nick — too bad that character’s dead, he might have been a good recast for the part. As Chad —still thinking about. I am pleased they are making Chad darker, turning him into a proper DiMera but without the crazy side. Not sure if having him confront EJ and then Abigail for his first scenes was the way to go. They were great scenes just wished I had seen them with Casey in the role or they have given me some time to get to know this new Chad before having… Read more »

Tony Polar
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Tony Polar

I was thinking the same thing, this guy has “Nick vibes” and would have been a good recast for the role of Nick. Predictably, there has already been a brief confrontation between Abby and Ben and Chad in the Fake Leaf park where everything happens. In Salem, you have two places to meet someone – either at the Pub or in the Fake Leaf Park. That’s it. If you want to have dinner somewhere, sorry, it’s a sandwich at the Fake Leaf Park or a fruit plate at the Pub.

Steeeeeven
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Steeeeeven

I liked Caey, but he didn’t want to stick around so I think Billy will do a fine job in the role. At least the writers have realized the need for more Dimeras on the show. Only if a they could find a few more to keep Chad company come November.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Maybe, he will be ok, Steeeeeven. But, already I see traces of an out-of-character Chad. This nuChad is certainly acting as Lord of the Manor, robe and all…lol. The REAL Chad would never roam around the house in a velour robe, no less. Flynn needs to find the REAL Chad somewhere inside and emote that character.

amyrose
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amyrose

chad will show salem the new bad boy hope he is not whipped like ej from sami they made ej into a little lap dog he should have told sami kiss off but he didn’t but I will stay with days chad is what I am watching days for now

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I have a sneaking suspicion that EJ is setting up Sami — I don’t think she can humiliate a man like EJ without consequences. I think he is doing to her, what she did to him, making her believe he is on her side, wants her back, will protect her– but at the right moment I think he will yank the rug from under her, take her kids and disappear. Then Sami will go off looking for them, which is my theory how they will write these two characters off the show.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Sounds plausible…and i love it…you should be a story consultant…but what would be a great twist is that Sami secretly knows what E.J. is up to and she takes off with the kids…and E.J. goes looking for her!!!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

@jimh– yeah that would be a good twist on a twist, but since we already know that James Scott left the show before Allison, we have to assume EJ is first to leave Salem. My theory is based on the fact that I can’t see Sami wanting to leave Salem, uproot her children, be separated from her grandchild, unless the reason was really compelling. So that is why I thought EJ will take off with the kids forcing Sami to go after them– but who knows what will shake down, Days is the only soap I have a hard time… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Jimh, you’re just too funny. Always one up on all of us.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Does anyone else see a resemblance between Billy Flynn and Casey Moss?

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Ye, I do, Jimmy…it’s around the eyes, for me…not the color…just his glance. The nose is similar also.

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

Don’t like the new Chad at all. They should have gotten someone at least as tall as Casey. Billy Flynn looks more like the actor who played Nick. My Mom even thought it was Nick!

Don’t like Flynn’s interpretation of Chad. He plays Chad too creepy. Casey’s Chad was never creepy. Also, I liked the scenes between Casey and Joe Mascolo as Chad and Stefano respectively. Don’t expect to see that same dynamic. I think casting messed this one up.

dawncollins
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dawncollins

I don’t care for him much. I understand the writing of his character being different though. He’s been living with Stefano of course he’s changed and not for the better. I wish Days would move on from someyhing/someone always breaking up Daniel & Jennifer and JJ & Paige. Move on already!! They rehash the same scenarios over and over.

Paul
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Paul

I still miss the original Chad but I’ll give the new actor a chance. I’ll root for any character that will try to make Abigail’s life messy and unhappy.

Tsuds
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Tsuds

I liked him.. good choice.. a good Dimera!

Mo
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Mo

My first impressions were YIKES. Wish nuChad and nuWill would exit.

Mo
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Mo

And bring Stefano back FOR REAL.

BTripp
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BTripp

He does look like a combo of Nick and JJ. I will give him a chance but I was pretty fond of Casey as Chad. If Melanie is coming back also and going to be in a quad with Abigail, Chad, and Ben that might be hot.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

It today’s show is any indication it looks like there might be a Chad/ Jordan pairing in the making. If so, then l hope that will make her more interesting, because she is so dull with Rafe.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

The same thing crossed my mind, Mary……he looks kind of young, though. I think an older Chad would have been a better choice.

Wendy
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Wendy

Chad needs to be replaced. He just does not fit.

Wendy
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Wendy

I really hate the new Chad. The old Chad was so cute and lovable/likable. I thought the new Chad was Nick at first. I couldn’t stand the Nick character either. I hope they do an immediate recast of the new Chad. I’ll never get used to him in this role… Very disappointed!!!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

The character of Chad is a new man. He has recovered from his gunshot and feels betrayed by Abby and EJ. Also, Stefano has influenced Chad.

He is a good recast at the perfect time!

Wendy
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Wendy

I think Stephano will do something to Sami and EJ will protect her by taking her and their kids somewhere. They’ll go into hiding. Of course, you can’t hide from Stephano (and it’ll eventually show that it somehow was Stephano’s plan all along). This will go on until Days figures out a way to bring them back!!!

Belle
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Belle

Give the new Chad a chance . He does appear to have an edge; plus, I think he’s setting up Kate for a huge fall. Chad is on his father’s team.

J.Schmidt
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J.Schmidt

Don’t care for the new Chad, I too thought it was Nick at first.. Redo please…

amyrose
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amyrose

ej will get shot but not killed he will be the new phoenix just like Stefano and he will come back looking for abby and do to abby what Stefano did to marlena just wait and see. Abigail = marlena Ej = Stefano Ben = john see what I see same story and I hope days does it

Jujhu
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Jujhu

he is just perfect, love him love him…. NOT the new will yak

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