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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: What Do You Think of the Death of Laura Horton?

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This week on Days of our Lives, the longstanding character of Dr. Laura Horton (Jaime Lyn Bauer), a once mighty force and mainstay of the NBC soap opera, was killed-off in an altercation with Gwen (Emily O’Brien). The question is, did Gwen murder Dr. Laura, or did she fall and hit her head by accident?

Laura was played originally by Floy Dean, then made soap-famous by Susan Flannery. Later Susan Oliver took over the role, then Rosemary Forsyth, and on and off for years by Jaime Lyn Bauer.  In the 60’s and 70’s, Laura was involved in the love triangle between brothers Bill and Mickey Horton, which spawned much of DAYS central story.

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Now in 2021, Gwen has a confrontation with Laura in her room at the Salem Inn.  There she learns that Laura at one time slept with her father, Jack (Matthew Ashford), after previously learning that Laura sent her real mother away when she was pregnant with her.  Laura had revealed to Gwen the reason she did that was to ease her guilt as she did not want anything standing in the way of her daughter, Jennifer’s (Cady McClain) happiness with Jack.  As Gwen sees it, this set the stage for Gwen’s entire childhood and life, and made the young woman hell-bent on revenge against her sister, Abigail (Marci Miller) and the Deveraux family.

 

In story, after Laura is dead, Gwen phones Jack to help her as she swears to her dad that she did not murder Laura and it was all an accident.  Jack says she will help his daughter and phones Rafe (Galen Gering).  When Rafe gets to the Salem Inn, he sees a bleeding out and dead Laura and takes Gwen in for questioning.  Later, Jack tells Jennifer and Abigail that Laura is dead.

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Throughout the key scenes, Emily O’Brien delivered one of her strongest set of performances yet on DAYS.

So, what did you think of the decision to kill Dr. Laura Horton? Share your thoughts on the comment section below.

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Louie Y
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Louie Y

Laura is a legacy Horton character and didn’t deserve to die for a retcon child story. She could have left town after drama cleared, had a heart attack, in a coma, etc. No reason to kill her off for retcon Gwen whose story was another revision. Now, Cady is leaving as Jennifer this stuff is too much. Retcon Gwen, Charlie and Tripp are taking way too much time over legacy children and characters too. I’m not here for the Days of Retcon Children Lives. Too many characters being ruined for these characters and stories.

Moto62
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Moto62

I didn’t know what “retcon” meant so I looked it up and boy are you right! This entire show has become that. It’s ridiculous. Thank you for posting.

Jonathan D.
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Jonathan D.

Its ridiculous to kill her character off. Jennifer now has lost her mother and her dad just disappeared from the canvas…I hate this.

Adam
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Adam

Usually I like Ronald Carlivati’s stories but killing off Laura Horton is one of his worst decisions.. right up there with killing off Adrienne Kiriakis. At least they found a way to bring back Judi Evans. I really liked Jamie Lyn Bauer on the show and wished they would have brought her back full time. I just wish they would kill off Sarah Horton if they were going to kill anyone off. She is horrible and annoying.

Joel
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Joel

So stupid to bring her back just to kill her off. I absolutely loved Bauer in the role and wish the show had written for her more these past 20 years…definitely preferred her to Kate.

Jose A Torres
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Jose A Torres

She is not dead. Another stupid back from the dead Rolf story for when Jennifer comes back.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I don’t know Jose, Rafe examined her himself. I would think he would know if she was really dead or not.

Satan
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Satan

Rafe’s a cop, not a doctor. Sure, he’s seen his share of dead bodies in Salem… but how many of them remained DEAD??

Tatiana
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Tatiana

This is Rafe we are talking about, his pretty useless. lol

Patrick
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Patrick

i’m not enjoying his scenes w/Nicole. it just seems TOOOO forced. can’t wait for Sami to return… just to see Rafe doing something else… and i actually like Sami…. JUST FOR HER ROMANCE w/Rafe. her shenanigans grow weary… and fighting w/Nicole over Rafe… oy covered this time and again. hopefully Ava, could and should engage with Rafe’alicious

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Patrick
Thank you! I have said a a few occasions lately that Ava and Rafe would be on fire, but no one has agreed. Glad we see eye to eye on this.

Johnny
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Johnny

The Rafe and Nicole thing is just the worst!! The dialogue is forced and atrocious. Even the actors aren’t selling it. And usually Ari Zuker can turn anything into gold….but not this! Greg Vaughan is not irreplacable. Eric was successfully recast once, and could be again!

Celia
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Celia

Yes!! And Yes!!
I love both Nicole and Rafe—but this dance they are forced into is so very obvious. Eric ( recast) should soon return. I’m sure many of us are getting tired of all the excuses and ‘dire’ circumstances keeping Eric away!!
Is a love affair in the offing between Ava and Rafe?

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Yes Emily gave a good performance but not as good as Marci Miller gave after her husband betrayed her yet again.

Satan
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Satan

Assuming he actually did. I don’t remember it being shown that Chad actually did the deed with his new sis-in-law. Things were clearly headed in that direction, due to Gwen’s deception. But Chad was really drunk and well… let’s just say that after a certain blood alcohol level, some parts of the mortal male anatomy don’t function all that well. (The Dead Kennedys wrote a great song about this very subject. First half of the title is “Too Drunk”…. I’ll let you guess the other half. ) So my theory is that Chad just got wasted and passed out, and… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

she certainly wasn’t lacking … to my surprise. Jake / Chad / even JJ ! I truly hope that Gwen , is not, RON C new pet and we are forced to see his leading lady sucking airtime. I am truly gobsmacked about Laura ! i just wrote how I revered this lady… and bam ! she’s dead? she , did unhinged , with such astonishment and mesmerize… I swear to you and those who weren’t watching in the “Day” MARVEL at this woman. Cady disappearance – READ @ STEVE summation. I certainly truly hope this. hopefully, once they determine,… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

@STEVE’ summation : THREAD : Cady McClain to Depart Days of our Lives

I like that @DAYS w/Ron, Ryan , TPTB seem to be giving all it’s cast in’s and out’s ; coming and going ; time out for other projects… just to keep things fresh… altho, when Judi Evans was first killed off… now that was like a knife in the back

if shows NEED to recast let go or FIRE Melissa Reeves’ then so be it
this couple is more alive with Cady and Matthew. simply said

Satan
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Satan

If ReRon brought back a character who’s been a part of the show – and the Horton family – since practically Day One – just to have her killed off by his latest pet, well that’s just too ridiculous for words, ain’t it? Seems more like this is a ridiculous plot point to get faux-Jennifer out of town (for an undetermined length of time) and of course in order to do that, they would need for her to be pissed off at Jack again. And I suppose Jack’s newfound daughter killing off her mom, and then Jack taking Gwen’s side,… Read more »

Alice
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Alice

I am furious with the senseless killing of Laura Horton. Cheap lazy writing. Laura didn’t have to die to create angst in the family.

TomV84
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TomV84

Im a bit conflicted by it. Laura hasn’t really had anything happen in 20 years, so if the character died offscreen, its kind of inconsequential (like Bill Horton last year). So i’m glad it happened as part of an actual story and that we got to see it, and i hope it drives more story. Too often characters die but are brought back, so death on DOOL doesnt mean much and its pretty rare that anyone will actually die and stay dead! So on one hand, i think it’s interesting and maybe a good thing. But on the other hand,… Read more »

Tatiana
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Tatiana

I’m in my 50s and can’t recall all of Laura’s s/l. She might be a legacy character to those who remember her back in her glory days, but I don’t. Day’s really needs to focus on the younger generation of characters in their 20 30 40s with storylines that keep viewers, unfortunately, days have not been able to do this.

Momo
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Momo

It’s a big mistake and I don’t like it. Why not kill Gwen instead? Or have put Laura into a coma?

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Momo
My sentiments exactly. I’ll never accept Gwen as part of the family. A lot of people have led worse lives then she claims and haven’t done the horrible things she has to be recognized.

Delonjo D Barber
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Delonjo D Barber

People die in real life just as they do on soaps. However, I don’t believe Laura’s dead; HW already revealed a long-standing relationship between Dr. Rolf (love him!) and Gwen, so that’s really that.

Rodd
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Rodd

Absolutely HATE this!!! They could have had Laura ALMOST die, even fall into a coma. But to kill off this legacy character after so many of the Hortons are gone from Salem is a travesty! I know Laura was living in Boston, but she was able to pop into town every once in a while. I love Ron C’s writing most of the time, but this is one storyline that just might tip the switch for me. Great performances and story could have still been carried off in a less final way. I find it disgusting and shameful.

Steve
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Steve

For many GH fans, Ron’s downfall began with the killing off of a key legacy character (AJ). It only got worse with the Fluke and Denise Demuccio storylines.

DAYS fans should take notice and hope for the best.

Patrick
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Patrick

“this” is certainly on the checklist

1. Sonny and Will
2. Judi Evans’ Adrienne
3 the rape story of Tripp and Ali…
4. this is just a blip but nevertheless meaningful…Dr. Laura horton? expletive

as a lifetime @ DOOL fan.. living in the bottom of the barrel and seeing accolades with award ? huh? this is STAR

this is “thank you” @Ron; @Ryan; @TPTB

remiss @ : effin yah

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I agree, Rodd. I have no problem eliminating characters but it always seems to be the WRONG characters. Just like GH killing the complex, sexy Julian Jerome after wrecking his character and saddling us with T.J., Brando, etc. Maybe they should ask the fans first!

Celia
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Celia

What to think of the death of a character who’s never on? Her death is kind of pointless. Makes no difference.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Good point, Celia. Reminds me of that great line Jane Fonda delivers in THE MORNING AFTER: “I was supposed to replace an actress the audience didn’t even know was missing.” But I’m sure missing Drew Cain and Julian Jerome on GH.

Celia
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Celia

You bet, Soaphound—-most especially, Billy!! I can do without Anna, as well—-so superfluous. I guess TPTB don’t know what to do with her. Why is she with Finn?–no spark. No ” WOW!! Oh, my God!!”. Such a mismatch!!
The character (and the actress) has lost her mojo.
The fact that she’s Peter’s mother ( or so we think) makes her presence even more insufferable to me—-not everyone feels the same way—
What mien will she adopt after Peter is kaput?

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Celia, Celia, what’s happening to our Anna? So smug and illogical about Peter Puke-O. Can’t wait to see her kowtow to Liesl when this debacle is over. I swear, this story has felt longer than WAR AND PEACE.

Celia
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Celia

Actually, ithe story never did have that je ne sais quality–not with Peter on the scene. The most boring, unsophisticated, bland character to hit soapland.
TPTB are trying to turn Anna into a overaged teen ager—childish maneuvers . My grandmother said the woman she first met ( Anna) as the intrepid agent is no more. Now, Anna is just chasing her own tail, as it were.
Not Finola’s fault. Her character has been in square one for years. Pairing her with Finn was the ultimate mis-calculation.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

But Celia, I must admit…when Peter acts “tough” and sports that “don’t mess with my family” grimace he learned in junior-high drama class, I’m overcome with giggles. I guess that’s more than one gets from frumpy Finn.

Celia
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Celia

Oops—forgot the “quoi” .
PS. I just ask for Anna to go back to being Anna. Too many desperate moves by the writers.
Just as I see too many desperate moves on Days. The Three Stooges Saga ( Morpheus, Clyde and Rolf) continues. The story is lackluster—-always was.
So many pertinent characters were ejected but I am still hoping for some of my faves to return…..such as Louise Sorel, for one—no offense to Ms Dano.

Moto62
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Moto62

I think Ron is a selfish writer who does things the way he wants. I sometimes think he is almost vicious with the way he writes storyline. It’s been hard to watch some of the stories he’s written. Killing Laura Horton for no reason other than to further push the evilness of Gwen really makes me mad. For how long was Laura the central character in the Mickey/Bill/Mike storyline? Laura was always a fragile character. To then destroy her legacy by saying she paid off a woman who she didn’t know to keep a child away from Jack? I’m not… Read more »

I would like to see Nicole and Rafe end up togeth
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I would like to see Nicole and Rafe end up togeth

I would like to see Nicole and Rafe end up together and her get rid of that selfish Eric he has no business in Africa he belongs with his newlywed wife so whatever happens to Eric I hope it’s something bad. Also the new Jennifer sucks she’s a horrible actress and the new Claire all the new actors and actresses are absolutely horrible they must really go be going into a small fishing pool to get these lame people. And Jack’s a piece of shit he screwed everybody in Salem including his wife’s mother please????? The whole show needs a… Read more »

Dawn
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Dawn

No I’m gonna miss her shes a true icon. She. Should of stayed.

Sylvie
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Sylvie

I think Days mad a bad decision to kill Laura. I agree with Louie Y, she is a legacy Horton character. She could of stayed as an on again off again character. Let’s get rid of Gwen!!! Or maybe Kate Roberts!!!!

Faye McBride
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Faye McBride

I hate Gwen whether or whether she not kill Laura. When is a snotty little snit to I want to see somebody smack her into next week.and I would like to see somebody punch Gabby in the nose really hard

Pat Keadle
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Pat Keadle

As much as I have disliked Gwen, I really doubt she is a murderer. I think that Laura slipped and fell hitting her head.

carol green
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carol green

First of all I dont believe for one minute that Laura is dead.Or that if she is dead Qwen didnt do it.I have this awful feeling that Abby possibly did it.Angry at her grandmother for what she did.For her and Gabby to get together to get back at Qwen is odd enough I mean since when has Abby become cruel? It doesnt seem like her.Maybe one of her alters has come back.Abby isnt right.Something is wrong with her.Beleive me Qwen is no angel but I dont think she would kill anyone.I just wonder what Abby and Gabby are going to… Read more »

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