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DAYS Decimates Will Horton! Should Ben Have Brutally Murdered This Once Legacy Character?

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Courtesy/NBC

It came as no surprise after months of speculation, and of course confirmation in this week’s Soap Opera Digest (on newsstands now), that Days of our Lives Killer Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) would take the life of Will Horton (Guy Wilson) as his next victim.

And on Friday’s episode of the NBC soap opera, the scenes finally played themselves that when all was said in done, snuffed out the life of this once important character to the Salem canvas, and of the LGBT community.  The character also helped the soap earn GLAAD Awards, Daytime Emmys, and gave them a press angle they had not been able to utilize before.  More importantly. it showcased that a core family in town could have a gay child among them, and how the themes of love and acceptance were played out.

If you have not seen today’s (Friday) episode please do not read any further.

In story, Will is at Ben’s apartment waiting for the cable repair man to help his cousin Abby (Kate Mansi), who went to support her fiance’, who is dealing with the news that his father Clyde (James Read) has been arrested as a drug Lord at the Salem PD.  However, while Will is alone, he is shooting paper balls into a trashcan near Ben’s bed from the couch, and then later picking them up.  It is then he finds a red necktie in the trashcan.  Ben happens to come home and sees that Will has the tie, and he becomes increasingly frightening!  Ben is feeling like he has been caught!  When Will tries to leave after getting the creeps from Ben, he is thrown into the refrigrator and knocked out!  Next, in a harrowing moment, Ben takes the necktie and strangles the life out of Will.  He then stuffs Will’s body in what looks to be body/laundry bag.  The scene transistions, and we see that Ben has brought Will back to his apartment, making it look like Will was a victim of a struggle or a break-in.  Finally,  Ben drapes the red necktie around Will’s neck and leaves to go back home to Abby.  In the end, it is Gabi (Camila Banus) who walks in and finds Will’s lifeless body, as she lets out a blood curdling scream.

Mixed-emotions are running high today on social media.  Many, who did not like the character turn under the writing regime of former DAYS scribes Gary Tomlin and Chris Whitesell, now felt bad that the new regime of Josh Griffith and Dena Higley, killed Will off.  Still others have wanted the character gone for quite some time, since they never took to Guy Wilson’s portrayal of him, which got even more intense once the series made the character pretty dispiscable.  It was a far cry from the Will Horton who came out, and was written with such emotional heart and intensity, and played at that time in touching performances by eventual three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Chandler Massey.  Will’s murder also marked the end of the line for the couple known and beloved as WilSon.  First, came Freddie Smith’s (Sonny) decision to exit the series, and now the storyline-dictated move of Guy Wilson’s departure.

Courtesy./NBC

Alison Sweeney (Sami) who returns next week to DAYS, shared her thoughts with SOD on killing her on-screen son Will:  “He’s a legacy character.  Marlena’s grandson.  Another child Sami lost, and he was on the canvas the whole time.”   Sweeney went on to to say: “I feel like that makes a difference: the audience grew up with him.  And yes, he was written into a corner there at the end, and it was heartbreaking.”

The story picks-up next week where in the latest DAYS promo from NBC (you can view below).  It features grieving parents, Sami and Lucas (Bryan Dattilo) seeing Will in the morgue, and Ben going beserk and almost killing Chad (Billy Flynn)!

So, what did you think of the decision to kill off Will Horton, and letting go of Guy Wilson?  Was the character boxed into a corner and therefore needed to die?  If you witnessed the episode, what did you think of the murder scenes?  With DAYS renewed focus on popular couples of the past, and big returns generating story and heat for their golden anniversary run, were they right to axe the character?  Was the Will viewers knew and loved ruined in the writing?  How do you feel about the loss of two of major gay characters from the canvas, leaving only Paul Narita (Christopher Sean)?  Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section below!

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sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

The murder was disgustingly brutal. It shows to me that it’s the end of the line for “Days.” If you plan on keeping a series around for 10, 20 years, you don’t kill off a key legacy character that unites families, a character the audience saw grow up on screen, a groundbreaking character, and an interesting character with many layers (albeit not written very well as of late). You only do shock deaths like that if you are just trying to get as many eyeballs as possible to wring out every last advertising dollar before the show bites the dust.… Read more »

Mariama
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Mariama

I so agree with you why would they kill Will please they have to bring him back.

Kelly
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Kelly

Ted Corday has repeatedly said that all those killed by the necktie killer will be permanently dead. They will not be brought back to life. Corday has also said more than one legacy character will die.

SRE
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SRE

They may not be coming back, but guess what, neither will a huge portion of DAYS’ fan base.

marius
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marius

this is F%$#@ED up!!!!!!!! the writes on days of our lives should be fired if they don’t bring back Will. make the mother or father hit his chest so he can come back to life !! Now!!, perhaps his father should be strangled because he abused both of his kids. if you don’t bring back Will i will boycott the days of our lives show and stop watching it ( i have been a faithful watcher for 30 years , i said 30 years) i will make sure all my friends and pure and simple strangers will stop watching the… Read more »

Jon
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Jon

I’m some glad he’s back on Days again now !

Chaz
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Chaz

Obviously, these writers live in a bubble and are unaware of fans horrified reaction and their outrage to the brutal and violent murder of Frankie Frame on Another World.

blake
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blake

True, they sure didn’t show Serena nor Paige being killed.

Kelly
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Kelly

For those of us who were too young to be aware of Another World who was Frankie Frame.

Chaz
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Chaz

Frankie Frame was a main character on Another World. She too was strangled to death and the scenes were vivid and violent. (They are on Youtube if you need to see them). Her death – and the brutality of it – outraged fans.

denise
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denise

I do remember when Frankie Frame was killed, I was so young and annoyed that i allowed myself to watch that, very traumatizing and just stupid writing. I did not want to watch Wil die, and did not. I am only reading about it. I understand why from a writer’s POV they killed him off because of the mileage they will get with bringing back core characters. I don’t like seeing Bo tortured and won’t watch if we just took a stand maybe the tortuous scenes would be toned down. I get it all i just think there could be… Read more »

SixBells
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SixBells

Nineteen years later, I am STILLtraumatized by how they killed off Frankie Frame. I’m glad someone else mentioned it. I knew I couldn’t be the only one disgusted that another show would make the same mistake.

Another World was off the air less than three years after that debacle. Just sayin’. 🙁

nathan
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nathan

Sonniorsolita I agree with everything you said. I didn’t even bother to watch the past few days since I knew it was coming. Its clear this new writing regime is not interested in anything remotely gay. Dena Higley pretty much said Paul is not a character they are really interested in. Will was truly a legacy character. I think of all those good scenes he had with Sonny..Kate..Sami..EJ..and Marlena. Days did NOT have to do this.

rastia
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rastia

I was happy Will is off, but even I have to say that murder scene was pretty brutal of an exit. No long time character should got that treatment, especially in this time of real life violence.

Patrick
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Patrick

the serial murder mystery is; what slayed me… is the brutal… did it have to happen… with such viciousness and unnerving pummel ??? i dont’ even know how to verbalize… (OK) unnerving pummel of Chad ??? so now.. he’s coma… so ??? this let’s the audience think that Ben’s character has an all out let to further get reaction from the oncoming onslaught of victim? that his character can decimate and massacre more victim? “I cried” for Sami… yeah, it cuts close to home.. that a parent… any parent… would go through this the character of Will was forefront… and… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I really should put out their… what’s the difference of beating to near death… Chad…and murdering Will ? along the lines of keeping in story… ?

viciously beating to death without intent to murder ?

seems inhumane to me… moreso than intent to murder…

it just impacted me the difference

Ellen
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Ellen

I totally agree with all that has been said… How much longer do we have to endure Ben not being caught? I mean… come on writers! This story line has become as brutally violent as some of the Prime Time shows. Enough already!!! Depriving Chad of his child, and watching 2 criminals (Clyde and Ben) come to town and watch their mental disorders rear rheir ugly heads! Paranoia,low self esteem, and brutality does not make a good story line. Get these 2 out of Salem for good!

Kelly
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Kelly

@sonniorsolita

I agree with your entire post. However, if Corday is to be believed Will is not the only legacy character to be killed off. There are rumors that Bo Brady will also be killed off. Peter Reckell didn’t like the way Bo was written off Days when he left. Apparently, Peter agreed to return for only a few weeks to give closure. So if Peter is really done with Bo then Corday has only two options: recast Bo or kill him. I hate both options.

blake
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blake

Yeah it’s looking like Bo will be killed off since the actor doesn’t want to be on there long term. I think that sucks because I don’t think Hope works well with anyone besides Bo. I’d rather have him recast than killed off.

Carolyn
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Carolyn

While the actors certainly stepped up to this difficult moment in Days history, I TOTALLY AGREE with all sonniorsolita wrote. I’ve watched Days for over 35 years and have never felt horrified (and not in an entertaining way–as in a horror film) by what was on screen until the episode of 10/9/2015.

This was a sad reminder of the finale of “Reid Oliver” on ATWT, shortly before that show ended. In addition to killing the character in an awful way, it made the gay s/l the only one with a sad ending when the show concluded.

Torqumada
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Torqumada

I disagree on the point of matter regarding how brutal this was. The scene had an almost dream like quality – suddenly the apt is next to sign that spills red then green light through the window. Wasn’t there before and was only there now for effect. The filming and edits were a series of cutaway. Ben has a necktie he wraps around his hands. Cut to Will on floor with the necktie. NOT brutal. Implied. Your mind is allowed to connect moments. Old trick. The affection for the character is real and the loss feels great. Almost brutal. But… Read more »

Lee
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Lee

That light has been there many many times. Lol. Have you been watching?

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I agree with you, Torqumada. I have been saying all along that it seems Ben is in a dream-like state. I am no psychiatrist, but he is in a daze-sort-of-unreality. Also, he does derive gratification from killing….specifically strangling. This tells me he gets off watching his victims slowly expire, as they draw their last breath. He loves the power he has over them. He definitely gets turned on by taking a life because he goes straight to wanting sex….as soon as Abby walks in he is already sexually aroused. Am I the only one to have noticed this? I remember… Read more »

Ginger S
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Ginger S

Goes to show the fans that DOOL is definitely. Going to sheyit &downhill & to hell quickly. One less fan is fading away fast.

Jenny
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Jenny

Me to Ginger, I will never watch this soap again. I hope nbc cancel Days of our Lives next year. It won’t get renewed.

Nora
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Nora

Great comment and I agree with you.The new regime sound as narrow minded and homophobic as that disgusting “religious” group that protested Matthew Sheppard’s funeral.I think Guy Wilson did the best job he could with the material he was given.To have Will murdered so brutally is the slap in the face for those who watched this young man bravely step out the closet and find love.I will gladly toast the Soap Diva when they cancel this show.

James McDonald
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James McDonald

I disagree. The murder of Will for me was along the lines of an Alfred Hitchcock movie and like film noir. I thought it was appropriate. It was good drama and it is exactly what Days Of Our Lives needed. I don’t want to see the gay storyline end, but let’s see what the new writers have in mind. Yes, the murder was shocking, but it looked heavily edited too. If this murder would have been on a primetime special, it would have lasted longer and could have been more graphic.

Patrick
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Patrick

“… The murder of Will for me was along the lines of an Alfred Hitchcock movie and like film noir. ”

I tip my hat to

Ben’ Character… has been nuancing his acting skill

when he finished his deed

and with his left hand… was pounding on the table leg… and “vocaling” ???? crying… pain, anguish, … ???

it was well done

this is not one dimensional… complacent…

a riveting well done “film Noir”

and Robert Scott Wilson… is beyond measure… meeting expectation

CeeCee
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CeeCee

But, the key word here ,James, is DAYTIME. This is a soap; not ‘ une pellicule noire’. With all due respect, there are children in some households who watch soaps. That scene was obnoxious, …..thank God we monitor what parts of the show the kids are allowed to watch.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Frenzy’ gave me nightmares, James! I’m so happy DAYS’ necktie victims weren’t discovered with their tongues sticking out!

James McDonald
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James McDonald

4ever DAYS, I’ve have seen Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy (1972) many times. Thank goodness Ben didn’t get on top of him and say “lovely”.
That would have been the cable version.

dmr
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dmr

I haven’t watched the episode yet; but, yesterday’s episode where Chad and Ben fight in Ben’s apartment was extremely brutal too-I thought. I couldn’t continue to watch it. It just doesn’t make sense to me that Ben is the serial killer. When he was first introduced to the audience, he was shy and seemed to oppose violence against women. (although, he was played by a different actor at the time). I guess obsessive “love” and infatuation changes a person-into a psychotic serial killer. (albeit, not the brightest one-he did leave a red neck tie in the garbage can, and his… Read more »

kay
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kay

Excuse me that this reply is months later, I agree 100%. If this show is not really over, now I’m quitting watching. The scene today when Ben strangled Chad, was the limit. This scene, like Will’s killing, was completely uncalled for, brutal, viciously cruel, and added nothing to the plot since he ‘let him live’ – in order to set them on fire. It’s my hunch that the executive writer(s) are vividly living out some sick personal fantasy as this theme of graphic onscreen snuff scenes continues. – If these scenes were posted to FB they’d be banned for graphic… Read more »

Mark
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Mark

I felt today’s show was excellent. Yes, it was sad that a character that has been on the show for a long time was killed, but in real life, don’t we all die? Hopefully not murdered, but we do die. As for being brutal, to me, not really. I thought Marlena’s attack was much worse. I have faith in the new writers and with what I have seen so far, the show is 100% better then it was with the other writers. I have read so many people in the past complain about the character of Will and how he’s… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I really have to prop; the actor’ Ben (Robert Scott Wilson)

he has this outlying veneer of mask… that’s disarming…

it’s not one dimensional… what is triggering this outrage ? this maniacal feast as it were? this storm of lust… his burgeoning release ?

dang

Wow!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Absolutely, Patrick. Robert is doing such a sensational job. WOW!…. he even looks the part. But, all things must come to an end. I am sure he has a great career ahead of him. Have you noticed how he gets the urge to taste more blood whenever he holds Abby and/or has flashes of his kill? Classic sign of a serial killer. As I said, he gets a high from it. (Quasi-Dahmer?). Now, we wait and see how long it will take him to go to hospital and kill Chad. Who will catch him in the act? Abby, as my… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Well, Mr. Fairman, your question has been discussed already! Many times. So, again, this legacy character should not have been killed. I wish I understood the stupid move. It just makes no sense to me. Ben was really creepy. I felt his power over poor, docile Will. I felt so sorry for him….like a scared little bird. Until today, I thought Ben committed these murders not from rage, but from a need…..I sensed a disconnect. But, today, his actions….distinct, methodical, diabolical, calculated tell me otherwise. He’s jus b-b-b-bad to the core of his essence. He does do it out of… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

hey CeeCee..
I read the writers do not kill characters, not usually if at all.
The director, producer and network suites decide who lives and dies by how much the actors are used or by high salaries. They let whomever go and tell the writers to write him/her out,.. crazy stuff..

It may not be a fact, just mentioning it..

and– soap characters never die, even when they die they do not die .. 🙂

CeeCee
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CeeCee

That’s so true, su. But, whoever decides to kill off a legacy character, especially the only young character who carries the Horton name, needs to wise-up. Lol.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I want Ben and Abigail still have their wedding day…As they open their wedding gifts, Abigail is confused and Ben is shocked and nervous…all their gifts are neckties! Then, as they cut their cake, blood squirts out and drenches both bride and groom…a horrified Ben turns to his bride and guests…they are all dead and have neckties tied around their necks! Ben awakens in bed, startled by his dream and sweating profusely, hears an eerie voice asking, “Why did you do it?”, he slowly turns to discovery a dead Will in bed with him! Then Ben wakes up from this… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Wow! Jimh; are you sure you weren’t Lon Chaney in a past life? Just kidding. But, I must say, I love it….your imagination deserves an Academy Award for best visual. Strangely enough, that is a feasible scenarios, Jim.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Thanks CeeCee, i actually take that Lon Chaney comparison as a compliment…i grew up watching many of his movies and all those other classic horror movies!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I meant it as a compliment, dear friend…you’re the best. And, your keen observations and comedic comments are right on cue.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

5@Marius. Hi, Marius. I just had to reply to your comment. I sooooo agree with you. If TPTB want to bring him back, they could. It may easily be written in that, on the way to the morgue, or the hospital, Will was revived, but, is in a coma…….the investigating team decided to keep it hush hush as to not alert the killer. This is so pathetic…..of all people. I guess Will was not considered an integral part of the show. Why? Because ‘they’ decided to make Abby so important. Well, because of her, people are getting killed. This character… Read more »

Veronica
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Veronica

I have watched Days on and off for a while and what drew me back was the wonderful way they wrote the Will coming out storyline and the WilSon love story. I love soaps and know that drama happens and when Will cheated on Sonny, it added layers to them both…but I believe the writers wrote Will into a corner! He became so one dimensional and so manulative, not wanting to take responsibility for his wrongdoing. There was so much room for redemption….I believe if they wanted to get rid of Will…they should have gotten him back to that place… Read more »

Lee
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Lee

He did take responsibility. He’s blamed himself over and over.

Make a list of DOOL characters and what they have done and then compare Will’s actions. It is just crazy to see his actions as worse than the majority. Most have cheated and lied and schemed.
Chad betrayed and lied to Abigail numerous times, yet will was “written into a corner?” What? How about writing him to grow up and continue to be a great parent?

su0000
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su0000

Days was near dead in the water from lame boring stories/whatever..
Now– Days is murder, lots of murders, serial killings, and up up and up goes the ratings/numbers.
It would seem people of the 21st century media (what they are use to on cable) tuned in because of murders lol. The sappy campy looooong conversations love stuff kissing couples just don’t up the numbers.
I’d imagine from the numbers most want action, suspense, thrills and chills murders LOL 🙂

Patrick
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Patrick

perhaps this is a laud and prop to American Horror STory….

blake
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blake

I was thinking of American Horror Story also. This new AHS season, Hotel is pretty gruesome but it looks like it’s going to have around 10 million viewers.

Ricky
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Ricky

Will was a great addition to Days and he
Always made viewers smile each time they
saw him. He will be missed and Days will not
be the same without him.

Lew S.
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Lew S.

In total agreement. So sad – Cowardice and lack of imagination.

Sheila
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Sheila

I haven’t watched Days since Serena was killed off, but killing off Will and the manner in which it was done sound just awful. Angering fans in this age of diminished viewer numbers just rings to me of the death knell of the show.

Kaylie15
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Kaylie15

Days has portrayed countless straight romances over the years, but only one gay one – with Paul as the interloper. There have been multiple examples of happy endings for straight couples, but only tragedy for the gay one. Multiple straight characters have cheated, schemed and worse, but Days thinks fans won’t forgive Will. Many super couples have been separated by death, but none where the dying character died alone not knowing they were loved. Will & Sonny didn’t get a kiss goodbye. Will only got a phone message. There has been no gay affection or romance since the new writers… Read more »

Liz
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Liz

I second this. Every word.

Lisa
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Lisa

+1. And it looks JJ is going to be paired with Gabi, whose actions led to his father’s death. And again, how sad is it that Jack is not on the canvas. His adoptive father was a serial killer. Abby could have used her father’s guidance and wisdom when she recovers from this horror. Such a missed opportunity.

Nora
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Nora

Well said Kaylie.I will never forget this disgusting ending.Reminds me of when As The World Turns was in its final weeks.They killed off Lucas Snyder’s boyfriend in a stupid train track accident.We were to believe that this trained (no pun intended) doctor couldn’t unfasten his seatbelt and leave his coat in time to be smashed by a train.Reid was itself in that his heart was transplanted into a dying straight married man.In the soaps finale,Luke was the only character standing alone and tearful while the straight couples practically dancing thru the tv screen.

kay
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kay

I totally agree with this post. It was a senseless, brutal death that should not have happened. They could have sent Will out of town on assignment and the plane crashed “with no known survivors” – and in a year or so brought Will back to Salem with amnesia…I would rather see the character “missing” for awhile then murdered by a cold, calculating maniac. I am a fan of Guy WilSon and Will miss him but have every confidence that his career will continue to rise while DOOL ratings plummet and all the remaining cast lose their jobs due to… Read more »

DYLAN
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DYLAN

Wow! Did you really just openly wish unemployment on about 150 hard working men and women? Yeah, you did. What a mean spirited post. While this may be a fictional piece of entertainment, the people who put the show on are real. They have lives and needs and families to support. They work at a breakneck accelerated pace, possibly harder than anyone in all of show business. And because they kill off ONE character who had run his course, you are hoping for an end to all of them. In this day and age and this economy, we should be… Read more »

James McDonald
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James McDonald

I agree with you. Every gay movie or television storyline I have seen ends with separation and/or tragedy. Even Brokeback Mountain had a horrible ending. Yes, the story of Will and Sonny should have had a wonderful ending with the door open for the couple to return. But Hollywood is still not accepting grown adult men even in a close friendship or a romance and they just want to kill them off. Will they ever have a wonderful movie about gay men with a happy ending that could win an Academy Award? Not even in 2015. On Days Of Our… Read more »

DYLAN
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DYLAN

I don’t see why or how a movie about adultery, divorce, and broken homes could or should have a happy ending.

Kaylie15
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Kaylie15

Yes, there have been plenty of straight characters who died, but unless they were straight up villains, they were usually allowed some sort of redemption or heroic death or a last moment with their loves. Will wasn’t investigating, he didn’t save anyone, he wasn’t even given the agency to fight that hard for his own life. Unlike EJ, he did not get forgiveness from Sonny, spend a last few loving days with Sonny or even have a loving moment with Arianna after Gabi arrived – to do any of that would have required positive gay images on the screen. So,… Read more »

Soapluv2010
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Soapluv2010

Stop with the double standard and trying to conjure up discrimination where none exists. ANY CHARACTER can die on a soap opera. Baby Grace, Lexie, the magnificent EJ DiMera to cite a few recent examples. Of course some people will miss the character and he has a long history and many close ties and family. That’s what makes his murder good drama, the reaction to it, the huge impact across the total canvas. Yes, WilSon is iconic but, it’s over…like EJ and Sammie and a boatload of Super Couples from every single soap opera ever written. Iconic relationships end, too.… Read more »

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

Exactly, SoapLuv! Lexie was the only African-American woman on the show and she was killed off, where was the outrage? I’m unhappy that Will, who is both Brady & Horton, Sami & Lucas’s son, who we watched grow up on the show, was killed off, especially in such a savage way! It has nothing to do with him being gay. He’s only been gay for a few years. I loved him LONG before he was a gay icon! I’m hoping he’ll be back one day, resurrected by Stefano or somesuch nonsense.

David
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David

Killing Will came as no surprise with Dena as a co-head writer. She has killed off many good characters on other soaps. Unfortunately, the last actor who played Will was not well received by the fans for a long time; he got better at the end of his run. I don’t think the writers wrote him into a corner where he could not redeem himself. I think a tactical decision was made by TPTB to kill off a legacy character so it could possibly open up new storylines. There were so many other legacy characters who could been killed or… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

I’m furious that Will was killed! Combined with Paul having no story, this shows clearly the anti-gay agenda of the new writers. Days used gay characters and gay viewers to win awards and is now tossing us aside. Well, we aren’t going quietly. Long-time viewers, not just viewers attracted to the show in recent years by WilSon, are also affected by the offing of a core character either. Alison Sweeney in her SOD interview is a lot more pissed and opposed to what happened than you make her out to be. She said she felt betrayed and hurt and said… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

I meant to write “too,” not “either,” at the end of this sentence. — “Long-time viewers, not just viewers attracted to the show in recent years by WilSon, are also affected by the offing of a core character either.”

Patrick
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Patrick

I”m with you all the way

DAYS / Sony / and NBC are circumventing this travesty by also featuring… that EJ is “alive”

and furthing distracting from … GAY Lives LIVE with

Kaylie15
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Kaylie15

I always thought TomSell were hamstrung by budget and production restrictions, and I always thought they were probably given notes like “more catfights” and “Will is the new Sami” that weren’t their doing. If they had been allowed to work under the new production guidelines, they might have done well. I won’t hate TomSell because I loved Wilson’s wedding, my favorite moment in 20 years of watching Days, and I thought the screwball stuff with Wilson, Ejami & Gabi during the Nick river stuff was fun. I’m also disgusted that EJ – a character that raped and murdered people but… Read more »

elm51
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elm51

guy wilson said in an article on welovesoaps.net dated 10/8/15 that the writers elected to move away from the storyline he was in and refocus on the storylines that were really popular for the show in years past – so to me that they are definitely getting rid of the gay storyline…………………..

Cary Giacalone
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Cary Giacalone

Great message to our youth, like many of the early movies, if your gay and fall in love in the end one of you die in tragedy

Soapluv2010
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Soapluv2010

How about…if you’re a liar…if you’re Sammie’s kid…if you’re a marginal actor…if you cheat on your partner with two other people within the first year of your marriage, if you’re manipulative, if you’re nosing around in other people’s garbage…if the writers want to bump up the drama…

My point is- objectively, Will’s murder had absolutely NOTHING to do with his being gay – amply demonstrated by the fact that his murderer had asked Will to be best man in his wedding. Will was not just gay and nothing else. No one is.
Sometimes there’s no cryptic message. Look at Paige’s murder.

DYLAN
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DYLAN

Seriously?! First of all…youth should not be watching soaps. Soaps are very adult in content. Second…soaps are not life lessons that should be sending “messages”. Third…every person on Earth who falls in love loses someone they love in tragedy. That is in no way exclusive to gay people.

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

I agree – the scene, dark and ominously portrayed by the actors, was beautifully executed, I really felt sorry for Will, it was the best acting he’s done even with what evidently sounded like a sinus infection. However, I resent a gay character being exterminated in this manner. With Sonny out of the picture (they could have done a re-cast but didn’t) and Sami gone, I guess there wasn’t much to write for him to do. I don’t know if the negative reaction to the re-casting of Will assisted in the character’s demise – but, with Sonny, Will, Paul and… Read more »

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Bone chillingly brutal. Although I’d read rumors Will would be the next victim, I am still heartbroken and devastated having watched this character grow up before my very eyes. Words fail me.

I will say that Guy Wilson and Robert Scott Wilson gave Emmy worthy performances in today’s episode. That is praise I don’t throw about lightly.

Just so sad I’m speechless…. but riveting performances. I will watch this episode again when I’m ready. I hope this loss to Salem is worth it in the long run.

Patrick
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Patrick

nice post… even knowing this was going to happen… did not lessen the loss I still had thursdays ep to watch .. but knowing what was going to happen… I FF Friday ep… to follow with instantaneous dam break… from Serena to Paige to Will… the levels of core characters featured… are booming … and if played out right… and thus far… it’s kudos I have to put out their…. this is the first time…. and I think plenty will agree this is the first time… that the cast of ole… sans Kassie DePaiva… led and I will adamantly storm… Read more »

Kalle
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Kalle

After Chandler Massey was fired from the show, I could’t watch Guy Wilson playing Will. At that time I stopped watching Days of Our Lives. Regarding the character of Will: better dead than re-recast!

Lee
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Lee

And again #hatewins.

This is the type of person who Days catered too? Unworthy.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I think the haters lose. They see that their hate may have caused Will’s death and now they will be part of the mourning process. We lost Will, but everyone will see what hate does which will change haters for the better. Will’s death won’t be swept under the rug. Will was loved and his life mattered. Will is survived by many who Will miss him and who will fight for his honor. I hate that Will was murdered, but love how his death can contribute to less hate. Ben closed Will’s eyes and our eyes are wide open. Our… Read more »

Kjl
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Kjl

I also couldn’t watch after Chandler left. I never could stand Guys lack of acting skills and then the writing and story line of the character was just awful. I was really hoping for a better recast. It was once a great character and could of been again with a better actor. Too bad they decided to kill of this legacy character.

blake
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blake

Yeah I noticed Guy’s acting sure was better in his last episode, even his voice was much deeper.

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

Regarding “Will’s voice” in the last two episodes he appeared in, I really think that Guy was battling a cold or sinus infection of some kind, he sounded very raspy but he was a trouper, he did his scenes, and by the way he was really excellent in conveying fear and uncertainty in those scenes – I was really hoping he could escape. Alas, he did not…

ces
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ces

I agree with you Kalle. Not a fan of recasts especially when they are poor recasts (uh hum like Kassie DePaiva who I ffwd through ever scene because she is and will never be Eve Donovan) Chandler Massey was Will and I could not watch Guy Wilson in the role.

So, Bye Will!

Cathy
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Cathy

I’m very disappointed I was disgusted by Will death it was tasteless horrible plain cruel creepy.To show him struggle to beg please please no mercy Ben shove Will in a body in bag.To have Ben look at WilSon wedding pic was heart wrenching to see.Guy did really good with his acting and his expression wasn’t overboard for the first time Guy gave his all in his material in his final scenes.I didn’t like how Will was killed we didn’t need to see the strangulation the struggle the begging and of course Will eyes open but to top it off.Then to… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

thank you

I thought to myself… as the pic of Will and Sonny was ??? filmed and/or panned

is this all that’s going to be of Will and Sonny… of any further LGBT presence?

what a dismissive and inarguably how dare they … ie: DAYS production

Nikki
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Nikki

Very disappointed in the direction Days has taken in launching a serial killer to celebrate the 50th anniversary. Great way to honor the legacy by killing a Brady/Horton. Days has missed the mark the past few years; I hope it gets back on track. I’d hate to see one of the last remaining soaps cancelled. Days should have taken a page from GH, hell Ron Carlivati should have written the 50th!

Kelly
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Kelly

Days is on the renewal bubble. The show has been renewed until sometime in 2016 but there is no guarantee after that. Corday was probably told by the network top management to slash salaries and create storylines that bring in the viewers. Number of viewers are up now! Also, with less money for salaries some characters are possibly been taken off the canvas to make way for Thaao Penglis, AJ Martinez etc.

Robert Seganti
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Robert Seganti

They ARE taking a page from GH.Bringing back long-gone characters and foisting crazy plot driven drivel on them and on the audience.Bringing back Steve and Bo and getting rid of Eve and others is not the way to go.Bringing back old characters and giving them silly material does not bring back the credibility that the better written storylines of the past gave a show.The days of headwriters being allowed to write are long gone.There are no Bill Bells,Harding Lemays,Doug Marlands,Clair Labines,Agnes Nixons or Henry Slesars being permitted to enthrall audiences with great storytelling.

kelly
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kelly

I hear you and partly agree. However, the episodes we are now seeing were filmed six months ago. So, I’m willing to wait and see how the writers handle the killing of Will, the return of Bo, the interaction between Adrienne and Justin/Lucas, the interaction between Kayla and Steve. Most of all I want to see how the writers handle the very real problem of Peter leaving Days again. He only agreed to return for a few weeks to bring permanent closure. And I want to see more interaction between Chad and Andre. In my opinion, Days focused way too… Read more »

Nk3play2
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Nk3play2

I’m not as upset about how “brutal” the murder was…….. However the choice of victim is extremely questionable. I understand for the sake of drama that someone important had to go, BUT Will was by far way too young and way to filled with potential as a character. While I wasn’t a fan of Guy Wilson, I do know the value of the character. That’s literally 20 years of history wiped out. The 20th anniversary of Will’s birth coincides with the 50th anniversary and having him died for the 50th is just odd. Now, if they can spin great story… Read more »

Chaz
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Chaz

HUGE mistake. Although the writers seemed determined to decimate the character before this with his recent behavior this was a travesty. Will Horton had ties to so many other characters and had so much story potential to be mined. Yes, he was Sami’s son and comparisons ti their behavior was inevitable. But, people always understood Sami acted as she did because of her insecurities. They just made Will seem immature and somewhat promiscuous. It almost appears that they are going out of their way to take down the show. Serena was a poorly developed character and her death in the… Read more »

Lee
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Lee

Promiscuous? He’s had the least sex of almost every adult on the show. His mother in law has had multiple affairs and his father in law has also and had a child with his mistress. Sami has had many many many men. Sonny has had many lovers before Will.

Promiscuous? Really?
Well, he is gay, so I guess that’s a double standard.

Lee
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Lee

Abigail has cheated. More than once. Slept with EJ, Chad’s brother –while he was engaged. Lied and told people Austin slept with her….

But the word promiscuous is used for Will.

Interesting.

Chaz
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Chaz

Perhaps promiscuous was a poor choice of words….I was referring to Will’s cheating in California and again with Paul. It was also why I said “somewhat”. I assume they wanted to find a reason to break up Will and Sonny because of Freddy Smith’s leaving the show and thought having Will sleep with others was the way to go. From the get go I thought it was a poor choice as it diminished Will as a character AND as a gay man. As for a double standard…yea…there is. Straight characters cheat and get reunited with the love of their life.… Read more »

Kaylie15
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Kaylie15

I think they tacked on the cheating in LA stuff because they knew they were killing Will, and they wanted viewers to find him sexually distasteful and deserving of death, if only subconsciously. They also wanted to make the Will/Paul encounter less special, when it had appeared that Will and Paul made a strong connection with one another and were deeply attracted. I thought Will and Paul had hotter sexual chemistry than Will and Sonny, and Will and Sonny are my OTP. It messed with the planned story because Paul and Will were both supposed to be in love with… Read more »

James McDonald
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James McDonald

You just brought up another good point. Rapid-aging the young children this Thanksgiving is ridiculous. And they are aging them too much. We are suppose to believe that Ciara – Hope’s child, will see her father, Bo Brady again after 3 years and all of a sudden she turns into a wild sexual teenager by Thanksgiving along with Theo and Aiden’s son. I will probably stop watching DAYS after this. Only A. Martinez and Thaao Penghlis will hold my attention anymore.

kay
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kay

How do you define promiscuous? Will had two one-night-stands (one in LA in Nov; one in Jan in Salem) – that is hardly promiscuous! He was n’ t having sex every night of the week with multiple mystery guys, or having an ongoing affair (like Adrienne/Lucas). After his ONS with Paul, he regretted cheating on Sonny and vowed too never let it happen again. And it never did. His only “crime” was to try to get Paul to leave Sonny alone (Paul had been trying for months to get Sonny to leave Will and be with him, and also tried… Read more »

Dylan
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Dylan

Adultery is promiscuous regardless. Especially twice in a matter of months.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

A cheater is a cheater is a cheater. Please, Kay, I apologize for being so blunt, but, there is never a good excuse to cheat. Regardless of how many times one cheats, once or one hundred; it is still cheating. Sonny needed time out. But, Will proceeded to do a lot more than cheat. He was sneaky, cunning and untrustworthy. However, he did not deserve to be killed. He was a core character. I strongly feel that it was a stupid move. In the end, my heart went out to him. I really wanted him to stay, albeit I did… Read more »

Chloe
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Chloe

There was so much they could do with Will. Aside from the “gay storyline”, he was involved with AbiSlut’s story, had Ari, relationships with Gabi & Occasional Popup Dad Lucas and of course, those mischosen stories that he kept choosing to write. Plus there were all the ties to both “royal families” of Salem. As for redemption – we’ve had murderers & rapists redeemed on the show, who have gone on to become beloved characters. Will cheated – certainly not commendable but also not a “crime” that he couldn’t have recovered from. Will has driven me nuts for the past… Read more »

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

The strangulation scene was very brutal and difficult to watch, I am very sorry to see Will go. His actions during his martial problems have definitely been out of control and very childish. Still, I would have like to have seen him reform. I have no problem with Guy Wilson and wish him well in his future career. I thought the part about Ben putting Will’s body inside the bag and managing to take the bag across town and into another apartment building was a stretch. But, my hat is definitely off for Rob Scott Wilson. He is playing a… Read more »

Steven
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Steven

No! – Ben beats Chad to a bloody pulp and ends up in a coma!
So Ben gets away with it (for now).
There will be more victims (including another core legacy character)!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yup. Both Ben and Chad get a reprieve. But as my nine-year old niece foresees, Ben will try to kill Chad while in ICU. This will be another suspenseful scene……Smart little girl.
You really think Ben is not done? Why not? Hmmmmm. That’s interesting, Steven. One would think that his killing spree would end with his main target. But, I will not either dispute or refute your theory. You may be right.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I was thinking about that, Steven. If Ben kills again while Chad is in hospital, all blame will be shifted from him, pointing towards someone else. So, perhaps this will be Ben’s big mistake. His downfall! The urge to kill is so overpowering, it has overtaken his mind . Thus, he throws caution to the wind because he has lost focus. Will it really be this simple? Unless the next probable kill will be Chad himself.

blake
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blake

I agree, Rob Wilson is doing a fantastic job as a serial killer. He is playing it out very well, I’m impressed.

I would imagine this will play out at least until November for sweeps and that it would be over before the anniversary because that will be celebration time with more returns.

Tina batin
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Tina batin

I don’t think it was right to kill guy Wilson’s character he was a main character who should of been engaged into another story line it’s all in a bad move on the writers part mabey they can bring him back from the dead now that would be great

Brandon Parker
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Brandon Parker

I’m so disgusted that Days killed off Will it really sucks i really hate this Murder Storyline I’m going to miss seeing Guy Wilson on Days he was awesome as Will and I’m very disappointed at the Days writers for killing off someone connected to a major family on Days i just can’t believe they would kill off another main character on Days especially Will Horton it’s just awful.

Vicky
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Vicky

I don’t like any of it and I”m damned sure not hanging around to watch Alison Sweeney try for another Emmy nod by going hysterical. What they are doing to this soap by killing off and ending so many characters is just foul. What a shame. It was so easy to like for so many reasons. It’s dead to me. No, I won’t let the door hit me in the ass on the way out.

blake
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blake

True. I like Sami but Alison will have her flipping out and flapping her arms like a bird and screaming. And let’s see if she can squeeze out any tears, she and Hope are the worst at trying to cry.

John Paul Murphy
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John Paul Murphy

This is a mistake on several levels. Firstly, everything sonniorsolita said is 100% true. The character of Will is one of the only characters to have grown up on the show of the current generation. In addition, his coming out story was amazingly well-handled. If a re-casting has proved unpopular, there are better ways to fix it than permanently killing a very important legacy character in his prime. Another main issue is how poorly the series is treating its loyal viewers. I’ve been a dedicated viewer since 1984, and I’ve been through many ups and downs with the show. So,… Read more »

Kelly
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Kelly

I agree with your post and can understand that you feel betrayed after years of loyalty. My grandmother is less polite on the subject than you are. Having said that, I think you should take into consideration a huge reality. There is a rumor that Days just might be shelved after the 50th Anniversary celebration. Corday and the writers could very well be fighting to prevent that from happening. One way is to set up focus groups made up of long time viewers, new viewers and NBC insiders. These people may have decided that Will’s storyline was no longer necessary.… Read more »

kay
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kay

Will’s storyline was “no longer necessary?” – That’s like saying Chad’ s storylin is no longer necessary so just kill him off and move on to the next. Or Hope or JJ or whoever. If they wanted to end the WilSon story then have them divorce – Sonny already left Salem – they did not need to KILL WILL! Will Horton could have gone on to have more stories – he was a writer so they could have had him start his own newspaper or online magazine. He was a father with a young child – they could have focused… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

Your post is perfect. I feel much the same way. After years of soap watching – Y&R, GH, ATWT, Days – I’ve never felt so upset by a characters demise as I am Will’s. Just thinking about what they have done and they way they have done it makes my stomach ache. Ken Corday made clear Days wasn’t Days to him anymore, and his wording made it clear that the gay storyline was part of that. And the writers intentions from the very first episode have been clear – Will/Sonny/Paul were done. They weren’t going to recast Sonny, and Will… Read more »

John Paul Murphy
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John Paul Murphy

Thank you for saying that, and so much more eloquently. The sad part that Corday and his focus group missed is the fact that most of the show’s viewership over the last few years wasn’t new — we were the most loyal. As I said repeatedly, I’m a 30+ year viewer. They act like its the current viewers vs the previous fans. Most of us fall into both camps, and it’s foolish to think we are expendable. I was excited for better writing and a return to the families we love, but that includes Will, not just Bo, Patch, Sean… Read more »

James McDonald
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James McDonald

I haven’t seen Christopher Sean as “Paul” in quite a while on the show. It is like he has disappeared from the show and they have stopped writing for the character. If they have a funeral for “Will”, maybe “Paul” will show up along with “Sonny”.

kay
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kay

Great post! I wholeheartedly agree with your comments.

Nora
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Nora

Well said Mike.I wanted to watch till Sonny and Sami left,but have decided I won’t.I’m an out and proud 27 year old lesbian who came to watch the show during Will’s coming out story.Now that Mr Corday and company no longer need me as part of their targeted audience,I will gladly take it off my dvr.

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

There were many many ways they could have “written out” Will temporarily, especially with him being a magazine writer. It seems like, to my viewing eyes, the Summer episodes were all about the “bromance” between Paul and Sonny and Will with a side of Derrick thrown in to mix it up. I thought, wow, this is really innovative for daytime TV, although at times, it was a little dragged out. Now, it just seems that they are concentrating on older, more established characters and while I have no problems with that, the gay characters have vanished from the screen, and… Read more »

Lee
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Lee

First of like to address two descriptions of Will: despicable and written into a corner. Those are inaccurate descriptions. Will’s actions do not even come close to the level of “despicable” that most of the straight characters have taken on this show. Justin has had how many affairs, yet shamed Will for such and then he manipulated to bring Paul to town to break up his sons marriage. Sami has lied and schemed. Gabi, the straight mother, is let out of prison and is redeemable as a murderer and no one calls her despicable. Two thirds of the characters have… Read more »

Kaylie15
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Kaylie15

Will is despicable and unredeemable and will never be forgive, but EJ, who raped, murdered, manipulated, drug-dealt, slut shamed, stole…the list of his crimes is legion…and Days is resurrecting him. But he’s straight.

Will cheated, lied and schemed a little bit. He hurt Sonny and he hurt himself, but his crimes are minor compared to most everyone on the canvas.

Will has slept with four people. Gabi, Sonny, Paul and that invented LA person that we were told about so we would be happy Will dies, I guess.

Kaylie15
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Kaylie15

Kate brought Clyde to town to torment Jordan, knew Clyde abused/raped her and didn’t care. Also slept with Rafe to break up him up with Jordan. Stole her son’s job. Victor, upset his drug trafficking business was being muscled in on, tried to have Clyde killed, failed. Knew Sonny had been stabbed by Clyde, kept silent. Threatened Will for cheating, when he fathered two children with married women. Abigail, after sleeping with EJ when he was engaged, cheated on her fiancé with Chad and then repeated lied and sough out Chad’s company. I don’t have time to list all the… Read more »

kay
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kay

I totally agree with this post.

Lauren
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Lauren

I don’t think Will should have been killed off. I don’t understand the reasons behind it other than drama. If he died for drama, we certainly got it. As brutal and disturbing as it was, it was very well done, because it left me sad and bohered.

blake
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blake

I have mixed feelings about this. I was never a fan of Guy Wilson, I would rather have the role recast than killed off. I felt bad for Guy today, he seemed really sad (who wouldn’t be?) just like the girl who played Paige. I knew Will was going to be killed but I thought “yell to the neighbors man!” I was shocked that they showed his murder because they didn’t with Paige and Serena. It reminded me of back in the day on Guiding Light Nadine Cooper found out that Brent Lawrence was the killer and just like Will… Read more »

elm51
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elm51

blake you are right they did not show serena & page at the time they were actually being killed but they did show flash backs of ben killing them……………

blake
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blake

Oh they did? I had no idea, I missed that!

Lisa
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Lisa

I quit watching GL around the time of the Brent Lawrence storyline. By far the most sadistic story and I think it forever changed GL’s temperament.

Alstroem
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Alstroem

Hell no, i couldnt even watch, but saw the pics. That was enough, think it was the biggest mistake to kill off such an important caracter as will horton and the way was just too brutal for words and heartbreaking, making him leave his little girl, and sonny abroad… Still dont get why kill him off, why not just either not just show him , like fade out for a bit, or make him leave town…. This is too finall for such a huge legacy character as will horton, first born off sami brady… And the whole story line dosent… Read more »

Robert Seganti
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Robert Seganti

A good writer cannot bring back character who was murdered onscreen.This nonsense of revivifying dead characters destroys the credibility of these shows.

kay
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kay

Well this death was by strangulation not by stabbing (loss of blood) or by shooting (loss of blood) or by car crash/plane crash (multiple injuries). Ben never checked Will’s pulse or checked to see If he was still breathing – he bagged him up and dragged him across town to his apartment (hard to believe no one saw this miraculous feat) and left him there. What is the possibility that maybe someone was watching, and after Ben left the apartment, went in and gave Will an injection similar to what Kristen gave EJ after he was “killed” – that would… Read more »

Stephen
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Stephen

Guy has done a great job in the criminally sparse scenes that they have given him in the past few weeks. It was lovely to see the character be adjusted to being “Good Will” again, and I have been celebrating that, and looking forward to and really enjoying all the Will scenes, and it comes as a shock that they really went through with killing Will off, and also gave him so little airtime before doing so. That’s not the way to do it! I cannot believe it! I cannot believe that the 50th anniversary will be without Will! I… Read more »

kay
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kay

Great post!

Stephen
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Stephen

Thank you! 🙂

Kaylie15
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Kaylie15

Amazing post! I think it’s worth pointing out that even EJ died knowing Sami had forgiven him and got several days of happiness with her before being killed. I think Will was denied this with Sonny because of the blatant homophobia of the new writers. Will’s sexuality is barely mentioned, he and Paul have one scene together when they agree not to see each other, there are no flashbacks to the Will & Sonny romance or wedding – while we are treated to more flashbacks of straights than we know what to do with. Days decided to scrub out the… Read more »

Stephen
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Stephen

Thank you Kaylie. When everyone on the internet was saying that Will’s going to be killed, I hoped that he would be given an heroic death. At least he was a good person at the end, and was even trying to do good with the one that killed him. That’s not nothing! I would have preferred an heroic death though. And my number one preference would not be killing him at all, and restoring his character, and giving him loads more stories and scenes!!! A Will Horton quote is needed here : “I don’t know how to comprehend this!” One… Read more »

Nora
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Nora

Just a wonderful post Stephen.

Stephen
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Stephen

Thank you for saying so! I find it necessary for myself in this situation to think in “glass half full” or “more than half full” terms. The good stuff that this character gave me has been of profound importance to me in a period of my life when my dreams were ripped away from me. I find that Chandler’s smile and general good-humour is very infectious, and that his attitude lift’s my attitude, and I value that very highly. And I am enlivened by Guy’s attitude of enthusiasm for the team work of making a show. It’s daft, you’ve got… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Will Reed Roberts Horton

Stephen
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Stephen

Will’s surname changed a lot! Here’s the sequence: 1. Will Reed 2. Will Roberts 3. Will Roberts-Horton 4. Will Horton And to add to the confusion, Will’s second name is Robert! Sami named her baby “William Robert Reed” and Austin Reed thought Will was his, and that was the name that went on Will’s birth certificate. Then it came out that Will was actually Lucas Robert’s child, and Will’s name was corrected to Will Roberts. And then Lucas discovered he is the son of Bill Horton (third son of Alice and Tom), and Will and Lucas are welcomed into the… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

“But was it a good decision for Days? Hell, no! Looking over the history of days Will has been a fantastic, brilliant, awesome, funny, clever, sweet, uplifting even when downtrodden, empathetic, kind, outspoken, spunky, sometimes reckless, wild, crazy, lovable, wonderful character – simply the best, and not one to carelessly throw away. ” i’m not backtracking… add in the Character drive of Chandler Massey and Guy Wilson… and you marquee an enigmatic draw… of a legacy character of both Horton and Brady…. dang this slayed me… I had forgotten… that Lucas.. is a Horton by blood… ala … Bill Horton… Read more »

Stephen
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Stephen

Thank you Patrick!

Julia
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Julia

The Wilson wedding was one of the highlights of 50 years – and Days openly courted gay fans and Glaad awards. Now, there is only Paul and he’s only a token. I thought Will’s death was deliberately designed to provoke pleasure in the homophobic and the self-hating. Will’s transgressions paled in comparison to Kate, Sami, Justin, EJ, Victor…and yet all of them are deemed worthy of forgiveness and EJ deemed worthy of resurrection. Whenever I saw the nastiness toward Guy Wilson, I always just assumed it was bitter Chandler stans. They started on Guy before he aired, though all he… Read more »

kay
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kay

Great post

Mike
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Mike

A celebration of Day’s 50th anniversary should have included the characters involved in the groundbreaking story of Will and Sonny. The anniversary is literally weeks away and could have involved Sonny returning, and the two of them leaving together for what we all would hope would be a happy life. But Days didn’t want a happy ending for these characters because Days is going out of it’s way to appease the fans who didn’t want anything ‘gay’ on their screen – and the show felt the best way to do that was to violently eradicate the character. I would have… Read more »

Angela
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Angela

As a non stop fan for 31 yrs I feel so betrayed by Days and the writers. First time in 31 yrs I want to stop watching. There was no reason to kill Will off other than just homophobic jerks who can’t live in the 21st century. They wanted rid of the only reason they won any awards in the last few years. They were the first to have a gay wedding and now that it is legal in US they are walking away and acting like it did not matter. Will Horton is a iconic character just like Bo… Read more »

Brenda Simpkins
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Brenda Simpkins

I agree this show is going to be taken off I thought this was gonna happen when they first started talking about the 50th wedding anniversary. I feel that’s why they are bringing these older characters back .Have a great gathering then announce this is the end of days

kay
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kay

I totally agree

elm51
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elm51

the scenes were very brutal and so well executed – i could not take my eyes off of my tv and i was on the edge of my couch…………….. i read an interview that guy wilson did on welovesoaps.net dated 9/8/15 & he said the writers elected to move away from the storyline that he was in and refocus on the storylines that were popular for the show in years past – my thought is did they have to kill the character to move on to other storylines – could they not have muliple storylines going on at the same… Read more »

blake
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blake

Yeah the scenes had me on the seat of my couch also, I made sure to watch live yesterday since I knew it would happen and I thought it was very well done.

It does look like they are getting rid of the gay storyline. Unless they give Paul a new love interest. Of course one of the new young actors could be gay. Joey would be perfect for it.

elm51
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elm51

sorry the date of the interview was posted 10/8/15……………….

Karen D.
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Karen D.

Disgusting and frankly worthless storyline which will make it so Days will no longer be viewed in my home. There is enough violence, killings, cruelty in real life so bye bye Days hope you survive this garbage.

Cary Giacalone
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Cary Giacalone

I am disgusted by this. I think Guy Wilson could have still matured into the role with good writing. They painted Will into a corner, but he was young and had a chance to mature. And if needed be they could have replaced him. Killing the major link between the main families was disgusting. Today I removed DAYs from my DVR.

Sloan Rush
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Sloan Rush

Bland cray cray Benny tosses Will like a rag doll barely touches his neck and Will is gone. Serena and Paige fought more for there lives. At the very least i would have like to have seen Will fight for his life. Tomsell had turned Will into a shady two timing drama queen plus Guy Wilson was never a great Will but a legacy character that was both a Horton and Brady deserved for better then this.

BobbiMarie
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BobbiMarie

Not “liking” this because I thought it was horrific! If they HAD to cross the line with a legacy character, the least they could have done was leave the details to our imagination! To say that I’m seriously “disappointed” in the writers (and the “powers-that-be,” would be a gross understatement.

Joel
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Joel

Will was a character that generated story from the moment Sami conceived him 20 years ago. Whether or not we’ve enjoyed the actors who’ve portrayed him or his stories, he was certainly a most important character that should have been valued for the future.

Bennyd
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Bennyd

I have followed Will’s story for the past four years and have loved him dearly. Chandler was fine in the role but Guy’s Will is the one I fell in love with. Just want to make a few points about what has transpired with the character the past year. 1. First, I thought Guy’s acting was good. If you disagree with me – that’s okay – just don’t do it in a mean-spirited way. Most of the negative comments about Guy had to do with his facial expressions which is why I fell in love with him (He could purse… Read more »

Lee
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Lee

It is very true that Will and Paul had an enormous amount of chemistry. Whether loving or fighting they were sensational together. The actors brought out the best Of each other. With Sonny leaving town,It is such a shame they didn’t explore this option. It had so much potential. It’s true that Wilson fans would have a hard time with it at first. At least some of them. But that is the norm for relationships on soaps. Guy and Christopher had the chemistry of Alison Sweeny and James. Will and Paul could have had the same results as Sami and… Read more »

kay
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kay

I agree with you on all points.

Zasha
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Zasha

Some soap characters have raped and murdered. Some have bed hopped so bad that some characters married cousins or closer. But they all got a redemption shot. Not Will though. If you thought the last two weeks were strange. That’s what writers and producers who have not an ounce of talent do. Throw together shit and think they are doing something. FS left and they said lets bag this storyline. Guy was told the week after he was being let go cuz they were done with the SL. Because they wanted to go back to being backward. They had already… Read more »

Liz
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Liz

I am appalled by this. Here is a young man whose coming out story was trumpeted by the show, and by Deidre Hall, its leading lady, who played his very supportive grandmother so very well, as a teachable moment for its parent and grandparent viewers, and as a positive role model for young people struggling as Will was. And what kind of teachable moment is this? That once you come out you’d better not dare to make the same kinds of mistakes your peers do (at least on soaps), but that you will be held to a much higher standard.… Read more »

K. K.
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K. K.

All this bizarre arguing over which actor was a better Will has always bewildered me. I took up the Will & Sonny love story when Sonny first proposed to Will and Will graciously turned it down because he feared he wasn’t ready. So, Guy Wilson has always been my Will thought I’ve watched Chandler Massey scenes and enjoyed them. In any case, I was totally horrified and demoralized first by the cold way the show ended the Wilson marriage when Freddie Smith left then the sad, unloved way Will died. He could have been given a heroic death, but it… Read more »

kay
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kay

So true!

Pansy Parkinson
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Pansy Parkinson

Will Horton’s demise was terrible. It was lazy, unnecessary and lacked creativity. It was a gruesome revenge. Now, I am not prone to conspiracy theories but I think Corday and company wanted to get rid of Will Horton along with it the gay storyline as a way to court back old audience. In order to do that, they had to make Will so unlikable to the point where the audience clamors for his demise. Everyone keeps saying he was written into a corner. But I believe that was deliberate. How else can you explain the out of character writing, the… Read more »

kay
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kay

I agree. After what they did to WilSon (destroying that love story) & now the death of Will, I do not like the direction this show is going. These writers have no original ideas for stories. They only know how to recycle old plots. How boring.

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

The powers that be at Days of our lives doomed the character of Will Horton the moment the decision was made to make him gay. That never should have happened. Will Horton should have been a straight man and the love of Gabi’s life. Gabi should have been the love of his life. Then this character would have remained a part of Salem and Will and Gabi could have become the Tom and Alice of their generation. The character of Will was written to be gay to satisfy the gay community. But just because the gay community loved it doesn’t… Read more »

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

It looks like Days may be putting Gabi with JJ. If so, I am all for it! Maybe they can be a Tom and Alice type of couple for that generation.

Anyone who reads my comments here on the Will Horton/Tom and Alice couple and thinks that I am behind the times, etc, you are entitled to your opinion. But your comments will be wasted on me. Just saying…

blake
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blake

Yeah I’m liking JJ and Gabi, they look like they will be a great couple. He finally has a co-star that can act.

Victoria Foxton
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Victoria Foxton

Gabi is just a dull and boring as her half sister Paige was Gabi will never be the next Mrs H.

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

Victoria, you are entitled to your opinion and I am entitled to mine!

Patrick
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Patrick

YES!

I saw it too…. especially…when they were in the Horton Square…and you could see the heat emanating…. drawing near

I adore these two

so…to see Gabs back… and JJ “moving” on … is a two-fold… REEL

LOL

i’m giddy for this potential

Tristan
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Tristan

Wow. Yuck!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yuck? Gabi is gorgeous…..JJ , not so much……

Dylan
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Dylan

Well said. I posted a very lengthy post down below that echoes some of what you have said.

Alan
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Alan

If soaps are ever going to have a chance at surviving they need to realize that the world is made up of all kinds of people: straight, gay, white, black, Asian, Latino. The success of EMPIRE is proof that viewers want to see a representation of the world they live in…which like it or not includes gay people.

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

Soaps have already proven that they realize the world is diverse by the storylines they have included on their shows. The problem is maintaining those storylines requires good ratings. I don’t watch Empire, but I do know that they have very good ratings. I don’t know what all is in the Empire storyline, but whatever is in it the people are watching it (relative to the ratings). With Days, the people did not watch it (relative to the ratings). An argument could be made regarding the differences between Daytime and Primetime audiences. Based on my observations, it is much easier… Read more »

Alan
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Alan

I don’t think DAYS ratings problems were a direct result of the gay storyline but the overall writing in general. This show has been meandering for the last few years and hiring Higley and Griffith has done nothing to change that.

Regarding the “explicit” homosexual activity shown on daytime versus primetime, I have to respectfully disagree — daytime doesn’t come anywhere near the depictions of both gay and straight relationships shown in primetime.

As for The Good Wife, all I can say is you are missing out on a great show.

Stephen
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Stephen

Gmbenet said : “The powers that be at Days of our lives doomed the character of Will Horton the moment the decision was made to make him gay.” “As for mourning the loss of the character of Will Horton, I did that long ago when I first heard that the writers were going to make him gay. ” Gay people are dead to you? We all know that in real life there are people who really do treat gay people as if they are dead. We know that there are parents who disown their teenage gay children and chuck them… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

I don’t think Will should have been killed. Guy should have been released. Sonny and Will could have left together. Then Will, played by a different actor, could have returned later.

Stephen
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Stephen

I was enjoying Will’s character being adjusted back to being one of the good guys, which has happened in the few scenes he has had over the last few weeks. I would have liked to have seen that continue, because I was enjoying Guy Wilson’s performance of that, and I would have liked him to have seen him having the opportunity to continue with that.

Shellwy
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Shellwy

while I was definitely no fan of Guy Wilson, this serial killer story is horrible! They could have written Will out for any number of reasons! They did not have to kill him! We are all vividly aware of the fact that DAYS ratings are down. This kind of writing is not helping!!!! No one ever wants to see main characters biscouysly killed like that. As a fifty year fan of DAYS, I am really worried about what the future will be! I have live this story for my entire life. Hiwever, with more murders of key characters on the… Read more »

Tony
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Tony

I am 53 and have watched soaps since the age of five when Audrey was battling Phil Brewer and Barnabas was stalking Magge, when Nicole and Adam reunited in the Whitney foyer on 12/31. I’ve seen writers ruin Sommerset, and networks push horrible soaps like For Richer For Poorer. I’ve lived through lame, dumb, political, creatively vacuous decisions (killing Maureen, Franky, several of James Reilley’s plots). Even when Irna Phillips was senile and writing for ATWT in the end, and had a character fall “up” a staircase and die…..and this Will killing is in the top two of all time… Read more »

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I am sad see Will go. I loved the character’s story in the person of Chandler Massey. After that actor’s departure, the direction taken with Will seemed so wrong. I hoped he would go away, and one day return in person of a new actor. A redeemed refocused Will would be wonderful. Sad it will not happen. Gay characters need be so tragic!

Killing off legacy characters is risky but can pay off IF the loss fuels new stories and relationships. DAYS is exciting of late. Dark, sad, but watchable.

ces
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ces

agree with you.

Trishia
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Trishia

I’m seriously wondering if the writers are homophobic or succumbing to the homophobes of the world afraid to upset these haters of anyone that is different and doesn’t adhere to the “normal”. Never before have I heard, “oh we are killing him/her off because the fans don’t like this actors portrayal of the character” especially referring to a legacy character. Ok, maybe they felt they needed to shake the show up, thin the cast out, maybe it wasn’t realistic that the killer was only killing newbys, it just seems like they used this as a “good” excuse to get rid… Read more »

Kaylie15
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Kaylie15

Notice that once the new writers took over, there was no gay romance at all – even in flashback. Will’s sexuality was barely mentioned. He rarely appeared and only was seen with his daughter when he passed her to her straight mother, the convicted murderer who is not “despicable”.

Paul will be around in scenes with John as a token, but he will not get a new love interest and there will be no Sonny recast for Paulson.

The show has been de-gayed.

Eddie
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Eddie

Mr. Fairman, I’m sure that TPTB at Days expected some fan fury about the decision to kill off will. I would love to find out if the fury is more than they expected. Would you be able to post that info if you found out? I agree with the first poster, Sonnorsolita, that a death this shocking seems like the act of a show closing down shop rather than building for a renewal. If fact most of what I’ve seen so far of the 50th story lines seem more like a loving farewell than a launch pad for the future.… Read more »

Sonja Morgan
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Sonja Morgan

Wills death scene were very brutal. they reminded me of when Maggie was repeatedly bashed in the head with a wine bottle by the Salem Stalker.

Deborah
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Deborah

With all due respect to Ms. Sweeny, I completely disagree with her statement that Will was written into a corner. Her response is one that I would expect for a self admitted ‘company girl’. Of course she’s going to be as politically correct as possible, NBC does still sign her paychecks. I think there were so many ways for Will to be redeemed and if the writers were insisting they get rid of him – done so only to appease those who still haven’t come into the 21st. century in regards to gay people imo – then why not at… Read more »

blake
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blake

True, Sweeney should not say anything about it. She left the show and was only coming back for a visit. If she thinks her TV son was written into a corner then she helped do that by leaving. And so many other characters have been through what Will has, and worse! Kate, EJ, Sami, Stefano, Kristen, Theresa, etc. but they keep going.

neet
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neet

@ Deborah, great comment! I see that Mr Corday had no problems when the LGBT community gave him applauds and awards for the beautifully Will coming out storyline. He and the writers should hang their heads in shame.What a bunch of homophobic hypocrites.I’ve seen the straight characters on this show cheat, backstab, and kill, yet the gay haracter must be punished and considered not worthy for redemption. I plan to take DOOL off my list of shows to record after Sonny & Sami leave.Sad that what the late Vito Russo wrote about there being a Celluloid Closet in films (and… Read more »

kay
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kay

I agree with this post (Deborah).

dalphine
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dalphine

I think it was outrageous for them to kill off Will/Guy what did it accomplish. So the homophobic conservative viewers get what they want and I’m glad Guy got out in time I’m so mad at NBC right now that I won’t be watching any of their shows. They could have let Will redeem himself and he and Paul would get together. We were rooting for Horita. The new writers were crap and show will get cancelled because the old people they want to come back will not be enough to keep it on air. I’m rooting for it to… Read more »

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DAYS Alum Molly Burnett Promoted To Series Regular on ‘Queen of the South’

Wanna know where you can find Salem’s Melanie Layton, sorta?  You can watch her killing it on USA’s drama Queen of the South.  That”s where former Days of our Lives star, Molly Burnett has just been upped to series regular for the show’s upcoming fifth season.

According to Deadline who broke the news, Burnett will continue to play her complex and delicious role of Kelly Anne.

Soap fans Molly as Melanie on DAYS from 2008-2016 and when she stepped into play the role of Maxie Jones for Kirsten Storms on General Hospital in 2016.

Queen of the South is based on the bestselling book La Reina del Sur by Arturo Pérez-Reverte. It tells the story of Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga), a woman who is forced to run from the Mexican cartel and seek refuge in America.

Burnett’s Kelly Anne is a frequent member of Teresa’s drug operation, has already killed her abusive husband, was an informant, and had a cocaine habit.  When viewers last saw Kelly Anne she was finding her sobriety and her way back into the Teresa’s operations in New Orleans.

Since exiting Days in 2014, Burnett has also been seen on  CSI: Cyber, Relationship Status and True Blood. 

So intrigued to watch Molly on Queen of the South? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Returns To Production After Temporary Halt Amid COVID-19

UPDATED:  According to Deadline  the cast and crew of NBC’s Days of our Lives will actually be returning tomorrow, October 20th to begin taping ahead of schedule after a positive Covid-19 test shut production down originally scheduled for two weeks.

The outlet cited, “Following a thorough investigation including contact tracing, quarantines, testing, and a deep cleaning of the studio, the health and safety experts at Days of our Lives have determined that it was safe to return to production before the end of the two-week period. As a result, the show will be back on set tomorrow Oct 20.”

The word of the early return initially got out Monday, although at that time unconfirmed by the show, apparently, via a posting by Lauren Koslow on her Instagram account where she is pictured in a Kate Roberts outfit in her dressing room.

Koslow shared: “Stepping into Monday in alice + olivia black velvet,” She also tagged the post #dressingroomselfie and the words. “Stay strong.”

She also added a quote from poet Maya Angelou: “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

So, happy to hear it seems like DAYS is back … once again? Comment below!

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Kristian Alfonso Bids Farewell to DAYS as Final Episode Airs Today Sharing; “Thank YOU From The Bottom Of My Heart For Welcoming Me Into Your Homes All Of These Years”

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 marks the final appearance of Kristian Alfonso’s iconic run as Hope Williams on NBC’s Days of our Lives, a role she played on and off for more than 37 years.  Make no mistake about it, Alfonso was a staple of Salem and the DAYS family since she made her debut back in 1983.

However, over the summer viewers learned she would not be returning to the show when the series began production again in September, after she was told they were planning on resting the character of Hope for five months or so.  A decision that prompted Kristian to make a decision to leave the show for good and start a new chapter in her life.

To celebrate her run and to say a thank you to everyone at the show and her enduring fans, Kristian posted a video on her Instagram account of some backstage moments through the years to the tune of “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life”.  She accompanied her post with these words of thanks to everyone that has been by her side every step of the way:  “Being today is my last airshow, I wanted to share some of my favorite memories onset & behind the scenes I hope you enjoy it.  Thank YOU from the bottom of my heart for welcoming me into your homes all of these years.  And making me a part of your lives #xoxo ❤️  Thank you Ken & @nbcuniversal @nbc for a #beautiful #ride . #❤️ #😘”

 

So, are you sad that Kristina will be gone for DAYS on-screen after today?  Share your thoughts om this, her final airdate, via the comment section below.

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