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DAYS Of OUR LIVES: Salem Grieves At Will's Funeral! What Did You Think Of The Episode?

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On Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the character of Will Horton is truly buried and his funeral service held.

It was filled with grieving family members, tears, Andre’s (Thaao Penghlis) surprise annoucement to the mourners that he is alive and well, and a exit for Alison Sweeney’s Sami who is heading to Switzerland!

But, did you reach for the hankies?  Was it one of the saddest DAYS episodes in recent history?  Were you beyond frustrated at the same time? At the funeral, Marlena (Deidre Hall), Kate (Lauren Koslow), Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), Sami, and Sonny (Freddie Smith) all take their turns eulogizing Will.  In a heartbreaking speech given by Bryan Dattilo, who has given believable performances as Will’s grief-stricken dad, Lucas relates sadly about his boy: “He was my best friend, and I don’t know how I’m going to go on without him.”  When Sami gets up to speak, overcome with sadness and emotion, she says: “There is a hole in her heart that will never be filled.”   She even points out the death of a child is a very familiar feeling to those in attendance, as the camera pans to Hope (Kristian Alfonso), Marlena, and Abe (James Reynolds).  However, finally it is Sonny who speaks and who breaks hearts saying,  “A piece of his heart will be buried with Will today.”

Will’s murderer is also sitting at the funeral!  Abigail (Kate Mansi) even tries to motivate Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) to get up and say a few words about his “best man”.   But, Ben is busy flashing back to choking the life out of Will.  He tells his bride-to-be he can’t get up and speak.

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Later, when everyone gathered places yellow roses on the casket, it was a sad moment indeed. One by one they said their last goodbyes to Will.  But it is Will’s parents, Sami and Lucas, who are there together at the end, who grieve their child in a heartbreaking scene.  In the final moment of the episode, Sonny alone goes to visit’s Will’s gravesite.  Once there, he breaks down and sobs, in another touching performance by Freddie Smith.

Also in the episode, Caroline (Peggy McCay) finally learns of Will’s death from Kayla (Mary Beth Evans).  And then there is the re-emergence on to the scene of Andre DiMera, (Thaao Penghlis) who waltzes into the Brady Pub, where the family is gathered post-funeral, and annnounces he is back in Salem.  He says how he survived all these years after his “suicide” and has a pardon from the governor for his crimes, so he cannot be arrested.  Andre makes a little speech about wanting to make peace with the good people of Salem. Roman (Josh Taylor)  punches him in the face.  Andre says he knows this is an awkward transition period, but he will be staying with Stefano (Joe Mascolo).  And oh, by the way, Stefano turns out is his real biological father! When the Salem Stalker serial killer story is brought up, Ben’s reaction was quite interesting.

So, did DAYS to Will’s funeral justice?  Did you shed tears?  Did you hope someone would have shared and spoken more speficially about Will’s struggles to come out and how he became his authentic self, and was able to find true love with Sonny during the funeral?  Or, do you think that it was understated and implied, and no need to make mention of it? Did you like the interupption of Andre on to the scene for heightened drama?  Should it not have been part of the episode? Are you glad to know Sami is off to find out more about EJ and the letter? What performance broke your heart? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Beth
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Beth

Bryan Dattilo continues to be exceptional. Freddy Smith was excellent as well. I’m sorry to say that this was the first day I felt Sami’s and Marlena’s pain. It just hasn’t been convincing to me up till now. I was surprised and disappointed to see an unemotional Grandpa Roman, but Grandma Kate (Lauren Koslow) was terrific as well. If DOOL had to kill off a character who meant something to the canvas (and I’m still not sure that’s true), at least they gave Will a beautiful funeral where his loved ones spoke from the heart. Sonny’s grief at the end… Read more »

Mary
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Mary

Grandpa Roman is a former ISA agent.with what is essentially a military mind set. He is not going to become emotional in public. The man will do is grieving privately; that is how men like Roman are. John is the same the way.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I agree, Beth. The grieving from everyone was so well executed. But, Lucas and Sonny got me the most……so heartfelt!!!
On another note. I don’t know what to make of this Andre/Aiden/Hope business. I hope TPTB do not put a twisted twist on the necktie killings . I fear that while Aiden is attempting to kill Hope with a necktie,
(hint hint), he will be caught, making the cops think he committed all the killings. Thus, Ben escapes capture and takes off.

Mo
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Mo

Another funeral outside? Really? I get they did that for Paige. She was only on for a minute, but for Will who has been on-screen since 1992???? Did they get rid of the church set? Well, it is time to break it out. The Brady’s are uber Catholic. They would have had a full mass. Where were Justin and Adrienne? T? Why wasn’t Sonny sitting in the first row? He is Will’s widower. And I think Gabi with Arianna should have been up there too. Where was Theresa? Why wasn’t Kayla at the funeral? Why wasn’t Steve? I saw that… Read more »

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I agree with you about the church. That was my first thought and it went downhill from there.

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

What is with this stupid “fake leaf Park” set up used for like EVERYTHING on this show? The sets on this show are really limited – now, I understand “it’s a soap” and the budget isn’t colossal but geez, c’mon and use some kind of Church set. Someone is either shot in the Park, married in the park, confessing to a murder in the park, or having a funeral in the Park. I would say, if you visit Salem – stay out of that park! Andre’s “reappearance” to me, is unnecessary and not being a super long time viewer (only… Read more »

Kelly
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Kelly

The older Brady’s may be uber Catholic but the younger generation may not feel the same way. And it makes sense if you look at what is happening in the Catholic church in America. Also, when is the last time the Brady’s were in a church. Also we don’t know what Will wanted. For all we know Sami and Sonny could both have been following Will’s stated wishes. The writers should have taken the time to have Sami and Sonny discuss Will’s final wishes in the event of his death before the funeral. You’re right both Justin and Adrienne should… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Kelly, it makes no difference what generation. Church law does not change. Excuse me, what is happening in the Catholic Church that does not happen in any other church? I am not really sure what you’re implying. One thing has nothing to do with the other. As a devout Roman Catholic, I find that very offensive. There are a few rotten apples in every bushel. Let’s not generalize, and let’s not get on the pulpit ( no pun intended) and orate. Please remember this is a soap. That is the only excuse TPTB have….in that, they have poetic license. This… Read more »

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

I agree with all you said…the Caroline story doesnt bug me much-just a filler moment until Bo returns!

Eddie
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Eddie

Mo, I agree with you on every single point.

Vicky
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Vicky

That was my first thought. Why wasn’t Sonny up front and not sitting behind Sami? But, it was meant to be Sami’s day, of course. Isn’t everything? I think that they treated Will’s funeral as an occasion for more Sami grandstanding and as a vehicle to set up more storylines. Sonny & Will deserved better than that. So many people weren’t there who would have been. At first I counted six! That was as if everyone just had better things to do than go to the funeral of a young man who mattered so much. And I agree. Arianna should… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Everything you said Mo. A High Mass should have been in place. As I said on one of the GH threads, many liberties are taken with the rules and rhythm of the Roman Catholic Church.
Sami left without seeing her grandmother? I don’t want to sound insensitive, but the bosses are truly challenging the art of clairvoyance.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@David. You must not have any kids, David. Your first sentence about “pouty, little Ariana”, was so offensive to me, I did not bother reading the rest of your comment. What do you have against seeing her , I ask? ….with all due respect. WOW!!!!!!

LeeAnn
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LeeAnn

You said everything I was thinking Mo! It was too rushed, not enough about Will and Sonny. Sonny should have gone to see Will. Say his goodbyes in private, show the anger of it ending this way, the regret that they won’t be able to work things out. Sonny told Victor he needed to tell Will he loves him, Will needs to hear it and yet…nothing. Very disappointed in the show for how they destroyed this couple and their story. They should have had Will go off to Paris to be with Sonny. Then later Gabi , since we know… Read more »

James
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James

I’m Catholic myself and for me, it’s not unusual to have funeral being held outside instead of inside a parish. More often, especially with my family, we’ve held services at the house, at a funeral home and at church.

In Will’s case (based from some scenes I’ve watched on Youtube so far, and I’m gonna watch the whole thing a little while later), it’s very common to have the service held just before the casket is to be lowered and about to be buried.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Sorry, James, not James75. Lol. With all due respect……. You are definitely mistaking the tail end of the traditional Catholic services, which are ALWAYS held by the gravesite. What Mo and we others are talking about is Mass. There is always a Church function; a funeral High Mass with crowds of people held in the Church itself, followed by the services to which you are referring. It is part of the Roman Catholic Canon Law. The services held at burial site is a completely different one. My great uncle is a priest, I asked him. As I said, these soaps… Read more »

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

In the story in my head I’m going to imagine they had a full Catholic mass, followed by the graveside service. I really liked Will and feel he deserved more. At least the Brady Pub made an appearance instead of that one tiny booth they keep showing.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yes, MBMom. THAT makes sense. We assume Church services, including Mass has taken place off stage…..and we are witnessing services following Mass at the gravesite. Thank you.

Mo
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Mo

Victor should have been there too. I forgot about him.

They had Sami and Lucas making the funeral plans. As Will’s husband, Sonny should at least have been involved.

Gabi and Ari could relocate to live with Sonny so at least Ari could have one of her dads, if Gabi isn’t to be in Salem too long.

sadie soaper
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sadie soaper

Sonny should have definitely been in the front row. DOOL couldn’t spring for a church scene? Unbelievable. DOOL also made a mistake by not including Julie, Maggie, Victor, Adrienne, and Justin. Just unbelievable.

Diane
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Diane

That’s exactly what I was wondering. Where was the rest of his family and his in-laws. Bryan was outstanding.

Steven
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Steven

I would like to know why Sonnys parents are not at the funeral and yes Sonny should have been seated on the front row. Loved the speeches about Will. Sonnys scene at the grave was so sad. Freddie gave a great performance during the death of Will.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I needed a box of tissues and a box of wine (jk). Bryan Datillo has been brilliant in his portrayal of grieving father all through this storyline. His pain was palpable. I do think all the performances have been very much above par. However, personally I feel shortchanged. Will Horton was a legacy character we connected with before he was even born (Awkward Teen Will was my favorite). What a low-rent, shoddy funeral. Too many missing family and friends. Not even his in-laws could bother to attend?! WTF?! And clearly they can’t even mourn Will before we’re onto “where’s Bo… Read more »

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I must say that photo they used of Guy Wilson with Ari was beyond adorable. I hope his career, wherever it takes him, works out.

Kaylie15
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Kaylie15

Guy Wilson was attacked mercilessly before he ever aired, and by the time he left the role was his own. His onscreen relationship with Arianna was one of the most beautiful things every portrayed on Days. The little girls who play Arianna were always so comfortable with him, always so reactive to his expressions. It takes a really talented actor to work so naturally with toddlers. All of this makes it even more painful to me that the show is obviously wiping gay parenthood off the canvas. Sonny abandons his daughter. Will is dead. Gabi, the convicted murderer, gets the… Read more »

Lina
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Lina

I totally agree, Kaylie. Very well said.

M M
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M M

I concur with all of this.. Sonny should have been FRONT and CENTER holding his ( (step) daughter. Will would have wanted him to. BUT no let’s treat this beautiful character(Will) like trash… hint: garbage bag and have that deranged psychopath(BEN) at William’s funeral, what the hell is going with those people at DAYS. YES, he was gay, so what! There was more to Will ‘s character than just being gay (although this was a huge millstone in America Daytime TV) :HE WAS ALSO A lovING CONSTANT FATHER TO young Ari’s, Husband, brother and friend and etc . But those… Read more »

lulu
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lulu

Totally agree with everything you stated.

kay from Ohio
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kay from Ohio

Well said Kaylie. I totally agree.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I thought the funeral was very touching. The all the actors did wonderful jobs portraying the grief each character experienced. Sonny, Lucas and Sami broke my heart. The scene of Sonny weeping at the grave site was overwhelming. But, I do have some criticisms. Did they have to hold the funeral in that damn, phony looking park? Half of everything that happens on this show happens in the park. Don’t they have any buildings in this town? I realize TPTB have to watch production costs; but really!!!!!! Will and Sonny were still legally married. I felt Sonny played second fiddle… Read more »

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

LoL I almost want to BUILD them a Church set, ANYTHING to get everyone out of the Fake Leaf Memorial Park of Salem!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Hi Tim, You’ve mentioned you’re a newer viewer. They had a rather elaborate Catholic church set (St. Luke’s) that they used for years. As a longtime viewer I expected to see it. It was the setting for many great scenes over the years.

I agree that everything seems to happen in Fake Leaf Park. I understand budget constraints, but this is disappointing.

RW
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RW

First, I want to get something out of the way. I know people are going to go ballistic over Ben being at the funeral and they will be wrong. We know that Ben is the killer but no one else does and him being Abby’s fiancé and Sonny and Will’s friend makes it completely appropriate for him to be there (people would be suspicious if he wasn’t). I just wanted to get that said. Now, as for the actual funeral, there were some really good parts and some that were unforgivable. First, the eulogies were heartbreaking (we’ll just ignore the… Read more »

kiki
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kiki

You are so right. There were some good performances, but all the excuses for Will’s death being a big part of the story have been scrubbed away with the gay. There were hardly any people at the funeral, including Will’s best friend T.

Sonny being in the second row was the clincher, but also where were the flashbacks of Will’s life and his romance with Sonny? Will wasn’t respected ways that Paige was.

This was a slapdash way to get rid of the gay storyline in the most disrespectful way possible.

Kim Jame
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Kim Jame

Agreed!

Chris
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Chris

Will was a Kiriakis as much as Maggie and Adrienne.

Eddie
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Eddie

You said it RW. Character Will deserved so much better than what he got.

Mary
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Mary

Wally Kurth (Justin) may not have been available for the Will’s funeral. Don’t forget that the funeral was filmed 6 months ago. Who knows, Wally may have been on a scheduled holiday. The same goes for Judi Evans. You have to remember that an actor on a daytime drama cannot just tell the powers that be that he or she is going on holiday the next day. Holidays for an actor on a daytime drama is secluded long in advance so the writers can deal with the absence. It might have been too expensive for Days to bring Wally and/or… Read more »

Lee
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Lee

Then schedule the funeral differently. I call bull on that flimsy excuse.

Vicky
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Vicky

I love your two cents! Thank you for so eloquently saying what I didn’t . I agree 100%

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I second that, Lee and Vicky. I am so sick and tired of these half-a$$ed scenes/ story lines. Just make it somewhat real and believable. Poor Will.

Kim Jame
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Kim Jame

Yes

Mister Media
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Mister Media

This was a beautifully well done episode – the type that gives daytime drama a good name. I found it very moving.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

The acting was exceptional.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Absolutely!!! The acting superseded the poor direction and lack of decorum and respect for Will.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes!

Mark
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Mark

Why relegate Sonny the widower to the second row? Where were Justin and Adrienne? They couldn’t bother to come to support their son as he buries his husband? Completely thoughtless and borderline homophobic of the writers/producers.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Well I am glad they finally returned the Brady’s pub to its full glory, but the funeral was a big disappointment—–from it’s location, to the limited number of mourners, to its total disregard to the Brady’s Catholic faith. No mention of out of town relatives like Carrie and Austin, Kim and Shane– etc. I’m was expecting the funeral to be the entire episode — but a lot wasted air time with Steve and his Bo quest. Yes I needed a hankie because I was crying over how shoddy the whole funeral was done.

Kaylie15
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Kaylie15

I was deeply offended that Will’s husband was not the chief mourner, relegated to the second row. Freddie Smith and Bryan Datillo were good, but let’s face it, Will is going to be mourned for less time than Paige was and his funeral was as much about Ben and Andre than about Will. There were so many absent family members, so many cheap details. Sonny will now abandon his daughter – though they could have sent him to a closer city and say he was visiting (like Chloe & Parker) but that would require gay parenthood to be acceptable to… Read more »

M M
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M M

YES… I love your post. Trust me I am part of many blogs and I see this same sentiment. You and I are not along in this… Outrageous is what it is!!!

Lee
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Lee

I agree that These new writers absolutely hate Will. They immediately had him almost removed from all airtime and wrote him to call himself names while the listener just nodded along. They also gave him no build up to his death scene which was so random and just stupid. Abigail lives in the apartment and doesn’t find the tie, but Will does due to waiting for a cable guy and tossing paper in a trash can. Just elementary level storyline there. Also we saw more flashbacks of Will’s murder than we have seen of Will alive since new homophobes took… Read more »

Kaylie15
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Kaylie15

Thanks. Honestly, Will was probably the best parent ever portrayed on this show when you think that for conventions sake babies have to be packed off with babysitters and nannies to move story forward. But we saw Will all the time with his little girl and saw how much he loved her and was devoted to her, despite him being a screw up in other areas of his life. I can’t help but wonder if this was the thing that the new writers hated most about Will. He was teaching people that gay men can be good fathers, so they… Read more »

Kaylie15
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Kaylie15

That’s as viciously as he could! Dammit, I hate autocorrect.

kiki
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kiki

BD & FS were good & heartbreaking, but why was there was so much disrespect for Will’s memory? Why no flashbacks? No wedding, No Wilson kisses? No Will & Arianna flashbacks? That would have required gay-positive scenes, and the new writers have prove that they despise the gay storyline and literally killed it. How many times did they flashback to Ben killing Will though? They clearly thought the audience would enjoy seeing that over and over. Will’s death could have been a beautiful, redemption tragedy that was difficult but ended his narrative in a satisfying way. They didn’t even try,… Read more »

M M
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M M

Yes, Agreed!

Chris
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Chris

All that matters to this new writing team is to make it 1986 all over again with Bo and Hope and Steve and Kayla. Wouldn’t be surprised if 50 year old Hope ends up pregnant again after all this. And the new crop of teens coming next week – 3 boys, 3 girls – time to play mix and match and let’s keep the relationships nice and straight boys and girls!

M M
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M M

Okay… obvious that was what they were aiming for. But it is 2015:Gay Marriage became the law of the land. How about this one. Hey ALL, they do exist, Yeah GAY people do exist. How ’bout that. Had to get that bit of sarcasm off my chest BUT the sentiment is still true. If they wanted to de-gay which was their aim… Send WRH off canvas to FINALLY have that Honeymoon they never got to have and have Gabi watch ARI while they (Wilson) reconnect. No, that was too much to ask let’s “KillWill” and have his murderer present just… Read more »

jen
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jen

I think the funeral was missing a few people: Justin, Adrienne, Victor, Maggie, Theresa, Brady, Carrie, Austin, Allie, Johnny, Sydnee and T. Abigail being surprised Ben didn’t want to talk was unnecessary. Just seeing his stoned face reaction was enough and her reason for not talking was ridiculous. Not everyone has to talk at a funeral. Sonny should have been wearing his wedding ring and sitting in the front row. I did shed tears at the funeral. Especially at Sonny speaking. Lucas had me crying, too. The speeches were good. There’s no doubt that anyone in Sonny’s future would be… Read more »

K. K.
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K. K.

How much clearer could the agenda be? Sonny was seated in the second row at his own husband’s funeral, and then he’s going to abandon his daughter. Even with FS gone, they could have Sonny move to a town nearby or something and say he was helping raise Arianna. If Bo dies as is rumored, what do you want to be we will be treated to copious flashbacks of every Bope wedding? But Will & Sonny get no flashbacks at all? The only thing we see is Will strangled over and over again. I don’t care that Ben was at… Read more »

lulu
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lulu

Thank you! I’ve said the very same thing. TPTB have shown exactly what they thought about the whole gay storyline
I doubt if Sonny will even have a flashback of happier times with Will when he bids goodbye to Salem on Thursday. Unless, they can show him thinking of how Will was killed.Then they’ll gladly show that scene with Ben ( just the hands) choking the life out of Will.

Chris
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Chris

First off – the outside funeral is due to budget cuts to the show. The church set is rarely used as it is also used as the set for many other settings. Outside funeral set is much cheaper for the show. The acting by (nearly) all has been great but especially Bryan and Freddie have been the best. The lack of emotion from Eric and Brady has been appalling. Roman I get because that’s Roman. And speaking of Brady… The lack of Kiriakis’s at the funeral was a horrible mistake. Will was a Kiriakis as much as Maggie, Adrienne and… Read more »

kiki
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kiki

JJ the drug dealer who worked as a narc and got his girlfriend killed after he had an affair with her mother will be Arianna’s new father, because he’s straight and worthy of redemption and can be seen with the child. Sonny & Will? Misery and death for them, as has been happening to gays since the first movies were shot. Will’s onscreen relationship with Arianna was very special, and I’ve seen many people mention that. Guy Wilson clearly worked hard to get comfortable with those babies and the show had not idea what they had in the relationship. Or,… Read more »

Paul N.
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Paul N.

I didn’t realize how much I loved GW & the Arianna babies until they went and killed Will and I realized that, fictional though she is, the idea that the writers thought she would be better off with Gabi and that’s what viewers wanted, enrages me.

I just don’t get how they could so arrogantly wash away the gay and think people wouldn’t notice and not be upset.

Sonny would never abandon Arianna after Will died. Frankly, it was stupid that he even went to Paris instead of across town or something.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I agree, Kiki. Well spoken. I have a bit of news for you…I never liked JJ as many of my friends and family do not. This character is going in the same direction as Abby’s. They will eventually be upheld as something oh-so-rare, good and beauteous people. Ugh!!

Chris
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Chris

Actually Gabi’s tenure on Days is about to end soon. The actress only agreed to come back for a limited time as like Chandler she was interested in completing her education. Not sure how she’ll be written off but joining Sonny in France is a logical deal, although the current crop of writers seem short on logic.

David
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David

I am tired of of the casual outdoor funerals. What priest would conduct a non mass in the park? They could have included a photo of Will and Sonny, too. At least you saw Ariana Grace smiling for once. Do they sedate her on set or intimidate her not to speak and stay quiet, the kid’s like a zombie, no emotion. I’m with everyone on Sonny sitting the second row, relegated to “non family”. I still don’t get the bit with Sonny being one of Ariana’s daddys. He delivered her and was the spouse of her father, yes, but like… Read more »

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

Don’t worry about Ariana not smiling LoL. Next month, she goes off to France and when she returns she will be played by a 21 year old actress since no kid lasts for long on a soap. I’ve been saying for several months that the “new writing team” totally banished the Gay characters from Salem. It’s true that Freddie chose to leave the show but they could have re-cast Sonny and kept Wilson going – but that would mean that gay characters are human and work out their problems just like everyone else, but the writers would rather treat them… Read more »

David
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David

Hoorray, I won’t miss little pouty faced Ariana. If she comes back as an adult where does that put Gabi as her Mother? It is obvious the new writing team abolished the gay contingent. That story line brought in a lot of viewers but I guess they listened to the Bible Belt grumblers who couldn’t stand to see male to male contact. But seriously, how many bed scenes were seen in the last 8 months? Or even kissing for that matter? Zilch. I still can’t forgive the writers for eliminating Brendan Coughlin (“T” aka Tad) from the show. It seems… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hey Tim, not only do I love your name; Tim Welles, I truly appreciate the Ben Gay joke/pun….hilarious. You remind me of Harry and Timmm….quirky, little quips that just tickle the funny bone…LOL.

Mateo
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Mateo

The performances were amazing. Bryan Datillo was spectacular. Every time he has broken down, so have I. Usually the character of Lucas is always angry at something. Very one dimensional but with the death of his son, he has leaped to new heights. I am so impressed. Alison Sweeney as Sami has started to hit that stride again. Her holding back the tears was not quite believable. The anger was. That is Sami. But when she lost it in Will’s apartment I was literally laying in my own snot. The way she arranged the evidence tags on the floor back… Read more »

Annie
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Annie

Sonny being relegated to the second row was such a blatant error, it was distracting to the story. I wasn’t moved like I was during Paige’s funeral, by any of the mourners. For Paige, Kassie DePaiva’s gut wrenching, authentic performance had me reaching for the tissue box, but I was dry eyed during Will’s funeral. I wish Days would reconsider letting her go, she is a gem.

M M
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M M

HMMM…. You saw the contrast too…

DOOL has lost viewers who recognized homophobia when they see it

Small details are huge… Your Husband has viciously been murdered and those SOB at DAYS couldn’t have his husband Sonny on the FRONT ROW… and Sonny’s family who also living in Salem could not show up to support the obvious grief stricken young man. Oh, but give us deranged psychopath BEN in the audience, unacceptable tacky.. Didn’t matter he’s engaged to Abby. He should have phoned it in by saying he had taken ill and not come…

lulu
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lulu

I know I too will be taking DOOL off my DVR listing after Thursday. The whole episode was one big disgusting homophobic display. From Sonny sitting in the second row, to the fact he had none of his family, to the no flashbacks of Will & Sonny in happier times. Just one big punch in the stomach.

M M
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M M

Yes… AGREED! Rushed and every other negative stereotype… they went all out to deliver BUT no common decency toward the character and the aftermath of outrage that should have been granted. And not this half-baked scene with people WHO should have been there weren’t while making sure the murderous SOB be at his victim’s last goodbye to those who LOVED HIM, he clearly did!

WHAT? are we supposed to feel sorry for Ben and his “remorsefulness” ??? This psychopath? HELL NO!

I felt nothing but disgust like you.

M M
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M M

I meant he clearly “did not”.

Lee
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Lee

Hmm maybe Adrienne will die from beast cancer and none of the kiriakis will attend her funeral.

Someone gave a pretty lame excuse that they couldn’t be there due to budget. Well, guess what? All they’d have to do is insert dialogue that They had to sit in the back row, etc. they could always write that they were in the background.

Just like Sonny could be written to take care of Ari off camera. (Like straight Chloe!)

kiki
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kiki

Completely homophobic. The way Will’s death was shot and repeated over and over was very obviously homophobic to those of us who know our Celluloid Closet, but it’s subjective and subtle enough so that plenty of people didn’t quite get it. But Will being stuffed in a bag like trash? I think a lot of people got that. And if they didn’t, no flashbacks? Sonny abandons Arianna? Sits in the second row?

Shame on Days of Our Lives. Glaad should revoke their award.

M M
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M M

Utterly outrageous… Within an one year span they give us their beautiful WEDDING and 6-8 months later both characters are written OOC: cheating and I am so in love with…, anyway. NEXT we see these new writers who I have heard horrible things about as it relates to a gay sl. I didn’t want to be caught up in hearsay… But look how the gays were written after the “new writers’ came on board. It tells a lot “how they really felt about WRH as a gay character and the other gays”

Engrady Pind
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Engrady Pind

Strictly fast forward scenes for me, especially anything involving Sami.

Nothing important happens at soap funerals (with the exception maybe of Luke sitting on Stefan’s casket). GET ON WITH THE STORIES. And send Sami as far away as possible.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I thought I was the only one who resented Sami, Engrady. My sister adores her….I don’t get it….LOL.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I like the understated quality of all the funerals. I have no real criticisms of Days in its new incarnation. I look forward to each day that I have been watching. I usually dreaded–but was perversely drawn to–each day of GH; I guess I was ever hopeful that would give the long time devotees a crumb to hold on to. But, alas, they did not. Just disappointment after disappointment.
No so, on Days. I know they will not disappoint.

Patrick
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Patrick

“… I have no real criticisms of Days in its new incarnation. I look forward to each day that I have been watching ” I have reigned in my expectation of the supercoupledom 1… having not seen to much excitement over “John” and Marlena 2… Patch not nosediving in to… and winning Kayla back… as it’s Bo time 3… Bo not on for the long haul… Hope without Aiden? will she spark with Rafe! 4… Justin and Adrienne… it’s worth it to me to see this twosome frontburner… can’t even go their about all the TEEN SORAS… yet… WRITERS work!… Read more »

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

I so agree! DAYS is bringing back the big-guns, the characters and storylines long-time viewers remember. This is what they should do for the 50th. It’s a very big deal! GH did a great job bringing back vets during its 50th year. Now they’ve gone back to mob, mob and more mob. And newbies from other soaps. A few vets have stories, but there are too many days (like yesterday) where I have to FF the whole thing. Not so with DAYS! Every day there’s something exciting happening. And I thought Will’s funeral was very well done. With everybody speaking,… Read more »

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

I also agree that it seems strange that Victor wouldn’t be there at the Fake Leaf Park Memorial Service. Maybe he lost his way — no, that couldn’t be possible because everything happens in that Park. It’s the only park where leaves never move, no one’s hair is ever out of place, and the lighting is so indoorsy it’s embarrassing. Couldn’t they get a stage-hand to hold a fan on the sidelines or something just to create the illusion of a slight breeze once in a while? For goodness sake, wouldn’t Sonny’s PARENTS be there?? Are they going to have… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

ITA if the constraint of the fake park set restricted the number of actors they were able to fit on the set they should have at least had written a conversation that explained the blatant absences like Victor and Maggie, Sonny’s parents, Julie and Doug etc before the Memorial started. They could have read some telegraphs from out of town relatives like Carrie and Austin, Kim and Shane. There was a way to write these things to connect this story to the history and to the entire show as a whole.

David
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David

It’s obvious the writers didn’t give a damn and just wanted to put the Will/Sonny saga behind them, done and over with.

Lee
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Lee

“… To emotional from worrying I might have the gene for breast cancer.”

David
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David

Fake Leaf Park Memorial Service, lol. Perfect description of cheap set design and staging.

Stephen
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Stephen

I watched it but I couldn’t engage in the make-believe at all. The story-telling has stopped being credible. Ben aside, Abigail is the last person to have seen Will alive, in her and Ben’s apartment. The next day the is this huge fight between Chad and Ben in the same apartment, when Chad is all but killed by Ben. What’s the connection : oh yes, that’s right, Ben! Everyone with a brain can see it, but no one in Salem is allowed to see it (just like no one in Salem was allowed to see Ben carrying Will’s body across… Read more »

Kim Jame
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Kim Jame

Well said! Agree with you 100%

M M
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M M

And I will NOT only second this but will third and fourth BOTH OF YOU. THE ONLy thing we will remember if you are WRH fan is the unfeeling STAGING THROUGH OUT HIS LAST DAYS and a POOH- POOH TO YOU to his fans… UNBELIEVABLE!

lulu
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lulu

Nothing left to say Stephen. What a wonderful and truthful comment.

Kaylie15
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Kaylie15

I’ve done the same. The new writers hated Will and had no right to tell his story. They wrote an aggressive, mean end to a love story that meant a lot to many fans, and its rarity as a gay story made it special. They knew it was special and still wrote Will’s end for the pleasure of those who hated him and for maximum hurt to those fans who loved him. They had no right to tell his story, and everything leading up to Will’s murder and the aftermath has been gleeful, spiteful and disrespectful to his memory. In… Read more »

David
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David

Wait for the new writers on the studio lot and literally egg them, lol

David
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David

I am with you on “T” aka Tad (Brendan Coughlin). The best friend can’t be brought in for a cameo scene at the funeral (like Sonny and Sami)? They never did say why T is no longer around. Characters like T and Anne Milbauer who give verve to the show are ignored. The show has become an endorsement for AARP.

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

My joints ache from watching this how.
I would grab some ben gay but I know how the writers feel
about grabbing anything gay.

Kim Jame
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Kim Jame

I thought the performances of the family members at the funeral were great. But how does this funeral not merit the presence of Victor, Maggie, Adrienne, Justin, Brady, Theresa to name a few? Andre could have happened today. Will deserved at least an entire episode. I still feel his death was unnecessary and poor SL vision. The killing off of this iconic character with the supposed promise all characters now remain dead leaves a bad taste with me. Major disappointment with DOOL.

Les
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Les

Bravo to all the actors on this episode – especially the actors playing Sonny and Lucas. I only came back to Days of Our Lives a short time ago so was not familiar with the Will/Sonny love story but from what I saw on this episode I could tell it was a very special story line on this soap. I wished I had tuned in Sooner!

walter goza
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walter goza

i do believe that freddie smith was the best cast member at the funeral. he sobbed so much and was truly remarkable and so talented and i am so sorry that he had to suffer so much with will’s death. i wish him only the best in his future. his fans love him so much.

Lee
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Lee

Sonny, the husband did not have a front row seat. That is not normal for a funeral. The spouse is placed up front. Will’s in-laws, Sonny’s parents were not present at the funeral nor afterwards. Really?! Victor wasn’t present. AUnt Kayla wasn’t there. Brady or Theresa? It was publicized that Salem would mourn. But did they? Daniel is planning a wedding. Wait, where is Adrieene who not only should care for Sonny, but Lucas! So The Sami we know just lost the child that has been her world and main source of fighting the world and she is not concerned… Read more »

Chris
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Chris

Lee said
>It was horribly an example of showing that if you come out, you will be punished and >life will be tragic. Young people who are so afraid to face their truth only have a very >very very few characters to relate to– a fraction of the straight. Yet most of them >end in tragedy. Proportionally, gays are likely to die or have a sad ending.

THANK YOU for putting into words the exact feelings I’ve had.

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

Those of us who understand and have witnessed how Gay characters have been depicted for years in movies and television are understandably disappointed with Will’s horrific and untimely demise. In “Brokeback Mountain” the main gay character is murdered supposedly for being gay. In “The Children’s Hour” Shirley McClain’s character hangs herself in her room for being gay. In “The Sargent” Rod Steiger’s character dies violently for having feelings for one of his soldiers. I would think that some progress has been made over the last forty years regarding how gays are portrayed….but Will’s violent murder, Sonny’s abrupt departure, Paul being… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

“…Young people who are so afraid to face their truth only have a very very very few characters to relate to” well said… I truly was done celebrating… after the writers decimated and DOA the newest supercouple that had every right to be celebrated and lauded… these two carried DAYS for a good couple years, plus Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith … left DAYS… Deidre Hall’ Marlena relationship with Chandler Massey’ Will… slayed me and magnified how beautiful this coming out …. stratosphered DAYS erred big time… in not putting FS’ Sonny w/ Ariana in the front row I still… Read more »

M M
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M M

Spot on Lee… ARe these people (writers, executives ) living in a bubble

Chris
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Chris

And today the amnesia begins. Caroline who is ready to leave the hospital like its just another day remarked that she would rather not remember what happened to Will. Nice move great grandmother.

Chris
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Chris

I’m holding out hope that Ken Corday has some masterstroke up his sleeve or that the current crop of writers leave and forget trying to make it 1986 again and Will will return from the dead. After all if Jack can come back after donating his organs.

kiki
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kiki

This is as intense a backlash as I’ve never seen over the killing of a character, with the added poison of gross insensitivity to Will’s status as a glbtq icon.

They have been utterly silent. I hope they are working on a fix right now.

They’ve also completely lost the narrative for their dumb-ass “celebration” of 50 years.

Patrick
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Patrick

Kiki… WOW

nice post

intense backlish
Days production TEAM … utterly silent

They’ve completely lost narrative and the 50th celebration seems minimalized

it’s a glaring gaping gouge of heart

i’m so glad posts are just as admonishing and forthright…

i’m still excitable about the turn
Salem needed this….

even if Eve and Aiden were carelessly let go

I’m with you :

“… I hope they are working on a fix right now “

lulu
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lulu

I hope the backlash continues. I hope those of us who are outraged with the killing of Will continue to make our feelings known.I hope those of us who find the erasing of Will & Sonny’s relationship and the rampant homophobic message it sends will continue to express themselves and not remain silent. To the writers/producers of this show the going back to a simpler time, is just a code for getting rid of gay characters that don’t fit in their eyes of the Salem of 30 years ago.

M M
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M M

Simpler time is such a poor and dangerous way to fix a so called show that has been dead last for a while now because of over all weak writing and mishandling of characters… Now Wilson story maintained viewers attention:courtship, angst over Will’s getting his daughter, being engaged, Wilson celebrating their love for one another by getting married. It went down hill when Wilson was written out of character to accommodate another character. Once that happened, it was divide and conquer strategy against Wilson fans and look how they (writers, exes) relished almost in the way by decimating WRH and… Read more »

Nora
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Nora

Great comment Lee.I agree with you.The whole episode is just a reminder that homophobia is alive and well on daytime tv.I was so shocked and disgusted at how the producers/writers have intentionally erased Sonny & Will’s whole relationship.I feel that they will ultimately lose in the end.

Lee
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Lee

Good point. It is likely that in the long run, DOOL will lose everything.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Where I’m from, it’s common to have a memorial in a church and then a graveside service. Maybe viewers were left to imagine what they wanted by just showing the graveside service. Our minds can fill in the blanks. We don’t have to be shown everything. If viewers wanted a memorial service in Saint Luke’s Church, Will had one. If viewers didn’t want one there, he didn’t. Maybe I choose to believe Justin and Adrienne were at the church and they chose not to go to the burial. That wasn’t a memorial in the park. It was a graveside memorial… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Smart : “… Our minds can fill in the blanks ”

I’m crying cheering championing celebrating

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Wiser words were before never spoken, 4ever….thank you, thank you, thank you…I will love you forever.
Do you find that some people are so arrogant to think of themselves as experts on any /every subject?

Patrick
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Patrick

Monday highlight’ 1. Lucas : “He was my best friend” “I don’t know how I’m going to go on, without, him” as he slumps over 2. Kayla and mom Caroline… ” I was waiting till I thought you could handle the news” as she tells Caroline … “Will was murdered” Peggy McKay reaction MOVED and heart pull… serious acting kudo to this mother/daughter duo… scene fades as, mother/daughter hug it out with their loss of a younger generation. tears 3. Finally ! Thee KISS ! “stir this” Patch and Kayla 4. Andre to Stefano : “I’m now free to go… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Tuesday highlight’ 1. Abs to Ben : (in your sleep) “you yelled out for “help” ” Ben… “did I say … any thing else? ” Abs… “no” 2. 2 “cops” show up at the door, unanounced… “Ben Weston” “You need to come with us” – well done Production – 3. ” You “GUYS” have 20 minutes” These 20 minutes between these two… will go down in infamy… a stirring adaptation if ever there is; “tour de force”… ALL posts; recognize…. “absolute emmy at its finest” 4. 2 of the hottest…. “hottest” men… in daytime. period… Daniel Cosgrove and Galen Gering.… Read more »

Marty
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Marty

Will Horton died terrified, alone, feeling unloved. It was/is an appalling end to a once beautiful love story. The funeral did not show any happy memories of his life only the struggles and sadness and of course another shot of his terror as the life is strangled out of him. Kate said he would live on through his writings- what an expose of his mother and Paul’s coming out? Sure little Ari will get to know her dad through that. No, the memory of Will was not honored by these writers. It was made clear that the gays of days… Read more »

M M
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M M

YES… to this.

K. K.
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K. K.

It was full-on erase the gay, with as much malice and contempt as possible. Part of me wonders if in the last 5-6 months it dawned on someone at the show that this was a bad idea, as well as fear that the dark and sad tone of the show would turn people off. Maybe they have a plan. There was some ugly coincidences around Will’s death such as his murder happening on the anniversary of Matthew Shepherd’s death and the story running during Spirit Day. Days has in the past tweeted a picture of the cast in purple but… Read more »

Chris
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Chris

Serial killers in soaps are supposed to target those characters who have been on the show for a bit but have run out of storyline. Serena was a perfect example. Paige actually fit the bill as a sympathetic character who was killed by a ruthless killer. Tears and sadness but we’ll move on. Will was just a mess all the way around from the way it was handled to the funeral. It would be just like if Maggie, Hope or Rafe died the same way. And you would bet that Maggie would have NEVER had a terrified, alone and unloved… Read more »

dalphine
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dalphine

Homophobia DOOL nothing else needs to be said.

Lee
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Lee

It is strange to me that people justify what DOOL did by saying we should IMAGINE it to have been different. So are we supposed to imagine that Adrienne was out celebrating with Paul and toasting with her future son in law? Of course not. That’s crazy. But so is imagining she was at the funeral. Soaps are not classical literature open for interpretation. (The writers do not think that highly of the audience’s intelligence. It’s just entertainment for them. ) Now. Agreeably, some people hated Will and so are fine with the story. Many people are really homophobic and… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I imagine your comment was in reference to mine, Lee. So be it.

Will’s funeral could’ve easily been that of Serena’s…mentioned, but not seen.

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

From your name, it’s obvious you will be pro-show, but are you seriously offering the idea that Serena and Will were characters of equivalent status? If they had not shown the funeral of Will, a character born on the show and beloved by many, would you have defended the showrunners? It sounds like you’re telling people upset with the way the funeral played out just to be grateful it wasn’t worse or forgotten, and that tone never goes down well… especially with grieving people.

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

I really don’t think the fleeting character of Serena compares to a core character such as Will is supposed to be. So, it was at least acknowledged that he touched many lives, unlike Serena who only touched Eric…..and an Elephant.

lulu
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lulu

WSll said Lee.I can imagine lots of things, doesn’t mean it’s so . What was presented on the screen was a funeral service (not a graveside service which I’ve unfortunately attended many) where the husband of the dearly departed was seated in the second row, where the husband’s parents who have been supportive of their son weren’t in attendance. Also, where they’re no flashbacks of the husband and his spouse .For goodness sake, even Eve was treated to flashbacks of what Paige could have been.Sonny isn’t allowed to remember what could have been or what was. We no why there… Read more »

lulu
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lulu

Oops meant well said.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Sorry, Lee…with all due respect. You are preaching, philosophying and lording it over, waaaay too much.
Soaps may not be written by Voltaire or Willie or de la Fontaine, to name a few…….however, there should be a semblance or realism sprinkled here and there. Furthermore, some of us take our faith seriously, and should therefore, not to be trivialized.
Are you, perchance berating 4ever with your in-your-face tirade?

Lee
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Lee

I take my faith very seriously and I am a Christian. I happen to not be a self-righteous hypocritical Christian who uses my religion as an excuse to harass and bully people. It’s funny that not being gay is not one of the Ten Commandments. Many many people who judge the gay, do so while breaking many of the commandments and feel they are justified. You know, adultery, jealousy, Lord’s name in vein. Completed hypocritical and judgmental people who hide behind the word faith to excuse their behavior. Jesus Christ did not treat people as such. Most religious leaders have… Read more »

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

Lee, you sound EXTREMELY self-righteous and judgmental. Christian? Not so much!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@lee. I think we are on different wavelengths, here, Lee. I am not talking about gays. I am a champion of the gay civil rights. My son’s Godfather is gay….I have been on many ‘walks’ alongside my friends, who happen to be gay, but I never refer to them as gay. I refer to them as my friends….because that is what they are, first and foremost. I have known them since grade school….I love them as I do my own siblings. My issue with TPTB is how they take liberties with Canon Law. As a Roman Catholic, I take issue… Read more »

Mark
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Mark

Without repeating the very apt and insightful statements above, I also am struck by the sheer hubris of the current writing staff. The decisions described by comments above show a writing staff with no respect for what came before, or what is likely to come after, their likely-short tenure. Of the half-dozen or so actors playing Will, the current actor never was my favorite. However, killing off the character was completely unnecessary. Will’s character easily could have been “Dario’ed” (brother of Rafe and Gaby) off the screen, and put in cold storage for awhile. It is unnerving that tertiary characters… Read more »

Chris
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Chris

Although 6 actors have played Will over the years only 4 mean anything. I honestly thought Christopher Gerse would end up being Will until adulthood since he wasn’t being artificially aged liked so many other soap kids. But they sent him off and aged him about 3 years until we got Dylan Patton, Chandler Massey and finally Guy Wilson. Dylan’s Will was fine if not outstanding and I see why the show wanted him replaced. Emmy nomination notwithstanding. I could have easily seen this Will as coming out. He did bring a vulnerability to Will that fans like us adored.… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

That is exactly what I have written on past threads, Mark. …love your post. And, you are a true gentleman, and oh-so-reasonable. It is no secret Guy turned me off. I will admit that I was probably influenced by Chandler. However, killing Will was the most imbecilic move ever made in Days’s history. I certainly did not wasn’t him dead. The same thing happened at GH when Kiki was recast. I so adored Kristen’s Kiki ( because I was a fan since OLTL) that I resented Hayley for taking her place. I think we all ‘fall’ for certain characters and… Read more »

Paul N.
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Paul N.

The Wilson family unit was a really special part of the show. Both Freddie Smith & Guy Wilson did great work with those babies. It always brightened my day to see such a positive image of gay fatherhood. It’s hard to imagine a show so desperate for viewers lashing out at a normally loyal and coveted fanbase, but it seems like they have. I had some issues with some of the OOC writing for both Will and Sonny during the Paul triangle, but it’s a soap. Characters do dumb things to keep the story going. The whole implication that the… Read more »

David
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David

I’m with you. I remember the Facebook fan pages for DOOL and all the old time viewers (around for 20-30+ years) posting how they hated the gay theme of Sonny and Will and wish it were removed or they might stop watching the show. There was a lot of hate coming forward on that. It all seemed to come from the senior female viewers. There was support against their homophobia from younger viewers, even from a lot of women which was enlightening. But for the most part those from the South and Midwest were ready to burn Sonny and Will… Read more »

ChandlerFan
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ChandlerFan

The Corday team might want to re-think their policy that all of the currently dead characters are going to stay dead.

If Corday repeatedly kept bringing Will back to life, just think of the ratings boost they could receive from the hateful blue-haired Midwesterners by the joy of seeing Will get killed over and over in increasingly creative and petty ways.

This show took a sweet, inspiring, and hopeful story and deliberately turned it into something that leaves a lingering foul aftertaste.

Victoria
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Victoria

I do not think they did Will’s funeral justice…. Don’t get me wrong, all who spoke at the funeral gave great performances but why didnt Days show Roman getting the news. He is his granddad. Why didn’t they show Gabi and Sonny tell Ari Will died? Why didn’t Gabi and Sonny have a what happens now with Ari conversation? At the funeral, Where were Adrienne and Justin? shouldn’t they have been there to support their son? Unless I missed it, where was Brady? and the rest of the Brady and Horton clan? Why didn’t Days have Gabi speak at the… Read more »

David
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David

All good points Victoria, you summed it up well. I see it as a slam dunk Kill Will and any resemblance to a gay theme and wash their hands of the previous enlightened idea of bringing this show up to current times. DOOL is turning into Dark Shadows.

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

Good points, and I can’t imagine what the character of Paul will have left to do other than express for the umpteenth time to John that he is glad to be his son. What happened to the so-called “vanquish” cologne ad he was working on? What does he do now? We see him jogging through Fake Leaf Park and that’s about it. He did attempt to tell Sonny that he was sorry to hear about Will, but we know that’s no going anywhere because (the actor) portraying Sonny only returned for a few scenes. Any day now, there will be… Read more »

lulu
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lulu

LOL! Good comment Tim.Yep, countdown to hardly ever seen character Paul gets the call from his mother that grandpa is very ill and he must come home.He’ll bid ol squinty eyed John goodbye. Maybe, his mother has another secret.She had twins, hey Paul meet your straight brother Saul.

Victoria
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Victoria

a few other things that really pissed me off that i forgot to mention… Why wasn’t Will’s death featured more prominently in the promos? and why didn’t his funeral last for more than half a show? Why is Days wasting its time on a letter from EJ when Sami should be focused on mourning her son? why hasn’t anyone (SAMI) ripped into Sonny or Paul for making Will’s life miserable for the last several months? (its a soap not real life – it would have made for good drama) or have Sonny blame Paul for some of what happened… the… Read more »

marisa
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marisa

LOL.. spot on everyone. I think all of your ‘projections’ will come true TIm! Anyone taking bets? 😉

CeeCee
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CeeCee

And, Tim Welles; that will be a complete shame. I’m sorry losing Sonny and as I am losing Will and Paul. But, I think you’re right. Paul is probably on his way out as well. I adore Sonny…I love Paul…hot, hot, both of them..LOL. Seriously, though, I hope Sonny will eventually return; even if he must be recast…..I really would like to see a relationship between him and Paul be cultivated. The marriage between Will and Sonny came and went, in the blink of an eye. And, TPTB didn’t even see fit to have given this couple a smooth ride…..the… Read more »

Carl Handy
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Carl Handy

I was frustrated. Why was Sonny the last speaker as an after thought? Why were Justin and addreinne not there to support Sonny? As far as Will’s murder , to loose an iconic charater is a travesty. They could have had Will and Sonny mke up and send them to France. Mr. Corday says that DOOL will be better than it ever was, he will have to go a lot to top the gay love story. I am seriously thinking of quitting watching.

jj
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jj

My last day watching will be Eve’s last day airing. I’ve had it.

ChandlerFan
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ChandlerFan

It would have been far more honest story-telling if each of the show’s producers made a Hitchcockesque cameo appearance, each grabbing one of the show’s gay characters by the neck, and then throwing him under a CGI-generated bus.

The computer-generated bus would have been very inexpensive.

And, each producer would gain the bonus personal satisfaction of showing what a tough and fearsome guy he is — which seems to be the entire point made by destroying this character in this repulsive manner.

marisa
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marisa

I was actually intrigue with Guy Wilson’s interview in which he said killing off Will was purely business. Here’s the thing, Days is DESPERATE. They must’ve been convinced that the ONLY way the show can be saved is by killing off the gays, not just send them off, but graphically killing it off. First by murdering Will, then making his husband looked half-dead miserable and crying his eyeballs out in every single scene. God knows what Paul has been doing or when we can ever see him again. This to me is apparent by the timing of Will’s death and… Read more »

jj
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jj

It was sad but not because of his death. It was sad that DOOL is going so far down hill and that they killed off this character. I could barely watch it. And then to have Paul showing up around Sonny is a slap in the face to the fans! It’s sad to see the show that I once loved being so bad now. Patch is a JOKE! They’re writing him just like he was 20 years ago. Anyway unfortunately counting down the days until Eve’s last episode and it will also be my last episode.

Chris
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Chris

Agreed – Steve looking like he hadn’t taken off that outfit since 1985 was just a bit too much. Come on writers Steve and Kayla are 50 years old now. I know 50 is the new 30 but Steve has less maturity at 50 than Will did when he died.

lulu
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lulu

So as a final slap in the face and just to show what TPTB felt about the gay storyline and those who loved it.
Today in Sonny’s last episode, Sonny goes to the cemetery and places a photo of Will, Sonny, & Ari at Will ‘ s grave and a burst of wind blows it away. Well, how much of the finger can the homophobes who are producing this show give to Sonny & Will, to the gay community and it’s supporters.This is utter disgusting and offensive homophobic garbage.

Chris
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Chris

Actually I think the gust of wind was that Will is not a peace and there is more to Will’s story that has yet to be told.

Nora
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Nora

Sorry, I don’t buy that in the least.

Sad in Salem
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Sad in Salem

I thought the performances were top notch. The directing/staging looked hurried, let’s get this done so we can move on to better things. There was some very good dialogue written for the characters present, felt true to their relationship to the deceased. But the higher-level writing (what happens when with whom etc…) is another story. Sonny in second row, his parents missing and without as much as some throw-away line about why they were caught up somewhere else, that was in poor taste and a 180 from the sensitivity shown a few years ago when the Will and Sonny relationship… Read more »

Name
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Name

I just don’t believe that Will’s siblings would not be present at his funeral.

He was supposedly the best big-brother on the planet.

It’s equally unlikely that Sami would leave the rest of her children in the care of someone else in California, while she returned to Salem by herself to bury another child.

Very sloppy episode designed to put Will six feet under and forever get him off the stage as quickly as possible.

Perhaps the show’s brilliant producers are instead planning to bring Will’s siblings back soon as suddenly-matured 20-something-year-old super-cool millennial hipsters.

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If nothing else (*coffee*), you would think (*coffee, coffee*), that Will’s siblings would need to return to Salem to satiate their chronic coffee addiction.

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My heart broke for Sami and Lucas.

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Days is the best it has ever been since october. ways to go dool writers

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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.”

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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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