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DAYS Reveals The Identify Of The Necktie Killer!

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In a major moment on Thursday’s Days of our Lives, the NBC soap opera kicked it up even another notch with the reveal of who is the latest serial murdered on the Salem canvas  … the necktie killer!

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read any further if you have not seen today’s airshow.

In a key scenes, Abigail (Kate Mansi) tries to tell Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) that she wants to be with him, even though he broke off their engagement, and that Chad (Billy Flynn) is not the problem in their relationship.  After giving it some thought, he tells Abigail that he wants them to leave Salem tonight to start a new life together.  Abigail says she has to first say goodbye to her family, but she will go tomorrow.   Later, Clyde (James Read) comes to visit Ben.   That is when Ben tells his father that he won’t be needing the house he got for him and Abigail as they are leaving town. Ben gives Clyde back the keys to their new home.

However, Clyde tells Ben there is no reason he should leave. There is an APB out for the arrest of Chad DiMera for the murders of Serena Mason (Melissa Archer), Paige Larson (True O’Brien), and the attempted murder of Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall).  Chad will no longer be a problem for Ben and Abigail’s relationship.  Upon hearing this news, Ben’s demeanor changes.  He gloats and decides that he and Abigail will indeed stay put in Salem.

Later alone in a spine-chilling moment, Ben takes out a blue container from under the bed.  He opens it up, revealing the neckties and all the paraphernalia he used to murder Serena and Paige!  Indeed, Ben is the necktie killer!  Later, he gathers up the incriminating evidence puts it in a trash bag and throws it into the deep waters of Salem!

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Watch today’s “killer” scenes featuring Rob Scott Wilson below!  Let us know what you thought of the reveal! Did you think the killer would turn out to be Ben?  Are you enjoying Rob’s heel turn as a creepy Ben?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

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denisefan
denisefan

This serial killer story is an obvious device to reconstitute the cast. Best wishes on your career Rob!

Mom3
Mom3

All I can say is if Ben is the killer I will rethink watching the show. Ben has been a good guy for years and now to make room for Chad they have to make him crazy. If they didn’t viewers may not understand why Abby would choose Chad over Ben. They are doing the same thing with Aiden and I hate it.

Priscilla
Priscilla

Mom3, I told my husband and friend long before they showed Ben as the murderer, that he was weird and something odd in his eyes. Then he started tracking Abby with that ap on her phone! My hubby said, “You are ALWAYS right!” Then when the murders started, I thought, “Yeah their going to try to make us believe it’s hillbilly Clyde.” I knew it wasn’t. Even when he ran th rough the park and was out of breath, I knew it wasnt him. He may have “seen” Ben but it wasnt Clyde. I’ve always wanted Abby to be with Chad. She loves him, he loves her and that’s his baby. Sorry that you wanted it to go the opposite direction, but I’ll admit that I’m happy it is going, although slowly, in the right direction.

Ricardo
Ricardo

I am not surprised at all, I knew Ben was the killer. Days is getting good now. Its the soap to watch right now.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

It will become even better because viewers have dropped their guard…Ben isn’t the killer.

mary
mary

Except Corday said the killer would be revealed on Sept 24. And Ben is apparently being written off the canvas. Ben does have motive to kill and have Chad blamed.

Thom Boise,ID
Thom Boise,ID

I 100% agree. I think it is Daniel. He had that menacing look on his face when he walked into Marlena’s room. He was looking at her as how did you survive and what do you remember!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, Wow, 4ever! Ben, isn’t the killer? I trust whatever you say. So, do you think this is to side-track us? Is he covering for his father? OOOOOH… Days is getting really good.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I agree. Days is the soap to watch right now! And I think the suspense, the pacing, the mood–I listened to the music closely on the clip–add to that “must watch” element. And, I’ll say again, I think James Read as Clyde is terrific. I also think the young actors playing Chad and Abigail are simply great. Their scenes play like the great film “noir” of the 40s. Bravo. Give me more!
And, I loved “Stephen Earl” Patch yesterday and all the flashbacks as he and Kayla thought about the past. The relating of the Patch and Kayla love story by Patch to his son Joey was totally disarming. And I was so happy to hear Patch play that harmonica! Brought back such sweet memories for me. Can you tell I am loving Days?

Harry
Harry

Nancy, only watched the last few episodes sporadically, but I would say you are spot on right here.
This is really good day time drama going on here.

Les
Les

Nancy, glad to see you and Harry on board for Days of Our Lives! I think it is going to be quite a ride…

Virginia
Virginia

I agree with you. I told my friends 2 weeks ago the killer was Ben……..love it, love it and Steve & Bo are back too, Days is “heating” up. I’m in heaven. I love the ‘old’ Days stuff.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

Yes, DAYS is turning into must-see-tv. I have loved the shows that have been airing lately because it reminds me of the DAYS from the mid-80s when everything was going on and all the characters were so appealing whether they were good or evil. I do have to say that I had the finger pointed at Andre but having Ben turn out to be the killer was a nice surprise for me!!!

Priscilla
Priscilla

Ricardo, I totally agree! As I stated to “Mom3” above, I have known for a long time that Ben was creepy! He is insecure, controlling and just gives off that fake ass kissing vibe. Hate to say it and am sure some folks are going to disagree, but he is also sooo not attractive either. Chad loves her, she loves him and that’s his baby. Plus he is better looking. Team “Chabby” all the way!

su0000
su0000

heh..
I only watched off & on when I had empty time to it slip it into my soap viewing schedule lol.
And– I knew it was Ben because he is a jerk and jerks are always the guys the audience want to see hung or they simply get hung because they are jerks….

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I believe there’s a hell of a lot more than meets the eye!

Ben is not the murderer. He’s a copycat.

Virginia
Virginia

Hey , if Ben is a copycat he’s good. His dad should be put away. I can’t stand him, he is the best Bad Guy ever !!!!

Torqumada
Torqumada

He’s a good actor. But this means the end of stint doesn’t it.

blake
blake

No surprise for me. I have been saying for a while that Ben and Clyde have worked together to frame Chad.

blake
blake

Doesn’t that dummy know that the evidence will be found one day, it’s just going to float in that plastic bag til a fisherman finds it.

Jules
Jules

HAHA! I wondered why he left all that air in the bag too. What a genius!

Thom Boise,ID
Thom Boise,ID

He put that hook pulley in the bag as a weight

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

One or two can kill and frame others for the murder, but some can be innocent of murder and still frame others for murder!

Just because Ben had the murder paraphernalia doesn’t make him a murderer. He may have attacked Marlena with no intention of killing her, but to only frame Chad.

blake
blake

That’s why I said ben and Clyde worked together,

clh
clh

Predictable, once they decided they were going to get rid of so many cast members. Was either going to be him or Aiden. The two actors they should be keeping they’re getting rid of to accommodate all the “stars” coming back that won’t stay long anyway.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

The only thing predictable is several viewers drawing conclusions without hard evidence.

BTW, some of the returning stars are longterm returns!

clh
clh

I hope you are right, I love Rob, just not with Abigail. As far as the others staying, I’ll wait and see. They have come and gone so many times it’s a revolving door.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yeah! Not just a day’s job of making a guest appearance and fading from view–like another not-so-memorable anniversary show that was a big bust.

Justin
Justin

Yes, it was obvious about 2 weeks after I started watching. I used to watch when Vivian was on and Marlena was possessed, so I decided to check it out now for the 50th. I usually only watch GH which has turned into a snore fest. Originally, I thought he creepy dad who was on North and South did it, but it became obvious in the past 2 weeks that it was the son. The last time I was surprised by a storyline on a soap was when Iva turned out to be Lily’s mother and not Shannon on As The World Turns. May Douglas Marland rest in peace. There are just no surprises anymore, because nobody can weave a good story without it being too obvious to even someone like me, who sped through half of the hour most days and still figured it out. I hope there’s something more interesting to come. This was a yawn-fest. I miss the days of good soaps like “The Edge Of Night”, 30 minutes of high drama. Now it’s 30 minutes of being high and having 10 minutes of sex.

Mike
Mike

Oh, Douglas Marland and As the World Turns. He was the best at shocking surprises and fantastic revelation scenes. James is alive and the mysterious monk at Castle McKechnie? Iva is Lily’s mother? Duncan is Beatrice’s father, not her brother? And Lily finding out Josh was her dad? Lily sleeping with Dusty after finding out Holden knew the truth? Doug is Kim’s stalker? Sabrina is Kim and John’s daughter???

Those were the days!

Kat Hilderbrand
Kat Hilderbrand

Doug Marland knew how to tell a story for sure. We need someone else like him at each of the 4 soaps. That would save all 4 soaps forever!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

The only thing obvious to me is it doesn’t take much for people to believe what they are being led to believe…Smoke and mirrors.

Justin
Justin

Enjoy your show. I’m going back to GH. I need a nap. Yawn.

Jules
Jules

I was more shocked when they showed the killer in Marlena’s room and then cut to Daniel. THAT made my heart pound!! To learn 5 minutes later it was Ben was more of a let down if I’m being honest, especially after how my whole body reacted thinking it was Dr. Love. I know Ben makes more sense given then current plot, but to have someone like Daniel (who’s motive would be hard to explain, but his relationship with the women wouldn’t have been) turn up to be a killer made my skin jump at what a surprise that would have been.

(***Secretly still hoping it’s EJ though. Again, wouldn’t make sense that he’d kill these women or be a killer, but I just am hoping that JS is a return no one has spoiled yet…like Trevor St John on OLTL 1.0 and 2.0***)

Jules
Jules

I just keep thinking, that set up for Daniel was so much better. Just scarier and edgier- dark room, guy in a mask slides in, Marlena can’t scream….bam! Dr. Daniel! All that was missing was the thunder and lightning effects!

Also, Daniel’s new face hair definitely upped the creepy factor lol.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

ToDAYS episode only proves that Ben may have attacked Marlena…and if he did, it doesn’t mean he’s the actual murderer!

We didn’t see who attacked Marlena. Ben does have the murder paraphernalia, but that could be because he is a copycat, which would mean the real killer is still unknown.

I believe Dr. Daniel Jonas is the Necktie Killer!!! I refuse to believe Ben is the killer just because he had and disregarded those items!

Show me something more concrete and I’ll believe it…The Show Me State is where I was born and raised!!!!!

Many fans and soap reporters have been tricked with nothing but circumstantial evidence.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I believe Ben is involved in framing Chad, but not the killer. I hope Daniel is the killer too.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I can agree with you to a point. I don’t think it’s really Ben either. But, I don’t think it’s Daniel. I could see Daniel killing Serena. I think he still blamed her for what Xander did to Nicole. I can’t see him killing Paige. Daniel liked her and supported her dream of being a physician. But, rumor has it that Shawn Christian is leaving. So, you could be right.

My money is on Clyde. He’s a slime ball and I don’t think anything is past him.

Eddie
Eddie

I can accept Dr Jonas as Serena’s killer because what happened to Nichole and Eric started with her. But I just can’t accept that Dr Jonas would kill Paige. And, he certainly wouldn’t attack Marlena.

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

Yep…i agree Ben isnt the killer but Rafe will shoot him dead and Hope will be there to comfort him…so the real killer Aiden will target Rafe as his next victim…meanwhile, a grieving Abby will sing the theme from ‘Ben’ as her Ben lays dieing in the Salem Square…lol

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Well, this all sounds good, but I don’t know if Abby has the chops to pull off singing the classic “Ben”.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Jimh, are you saying Abby’s Ben is a rat? lol

Mike
Mike

I’m still confused over the details in today’s episode. So, Ben and Abigail had a fight at the hospital. Ben goes and … changes clothes at home to come back to attack Marlena? Or, like Spider-Man, has his killer costume stashed in different places around Salem so it’s always a convenient change? Meanwhile, Abigail goes back home and is obviously there while Marlena is being attacked, but Ben comes home, having changed again – but later, when she leaves, he pulls out his box of red ties (so glad he thought about theme colors before embarking on his new serial killer career) and mask and gloves. So … how did they get in the box? Cause he never had an opportunity to put the mask and gloves in the box. Unless, of course, he truly does have various costumes stashed around Salem.

Tom84
Tom84

I agree Mike – that’s what makes me think Ben is a red herring and the identity of the killer is yet to be revealed.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Nope don’t believe it was Ben. I believe Ben got some red ties and such, because he was planning to use them to get the police more evidence toward Chad, but once Chad was being sought he decided to ditch his plan. Ben being the killer is way to obvious. This is supposed to be a long and layered murder mystery– the killer being revealed on a Thurs. and not in sweeps– sorry folks, not falling for it– Ben is not killer.

blake
blake

Now that makes sense, good catch there!

Mollie
Mollie

I believe you are 100% correct!
Good logic, Mary.

Harry
Harry

Mary, I do so hope you’re right. I only just started watching Days but recognize the actor who plays Ben as Petey Courtlandt from Prospect Park’s AMC–he’s a really magnetic actor and I would rather not see him go. I think he’s a terrific and interesting actor.
I also do not want it to be Chad because I think the actor who plays him is going to be a big star–there is something very unique about that young man.
Now why did Dr Dumbass (the doctor who looks just like Will Ferrell) creep into Marlena’s dark hospital room wearing monochromatic black thereby scaring her half to death while knowing full well she was almost murdered by a man wearing all black?
Either Dr Dumbass is the killer or he is the dumbest doctor in Salem’s history. Either way, I would not want him as my doctor.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I hope it’s Dr. Dumbass because I could not stand the years of tongue-bathing St. Daniel received from everyone in Salem. I don’t even dislike Shawn Christian so much as the character Daniel. He started out as a creeper, maybe he’ll end that way too.

Don’t know why he would suddenly turn into a killer, especially toward innocent Paige, but I hope it is a great story no matter how it unfolds. I just love a great soapy murder mystery. So happy that viewers are interested and excited in DOOL again.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I’m thanking the soap gods for you chiming in, Mary SF!

I’m happy I’m not alone!!!!!

Kelly
Kelly

Ken Corday did say that the neck tie killer would be revealed to the viewing audience BUT NOT TO THE OTHER CHARACTERS on September 24. Which means that while we may know what the killer is Rafe, Marlena, Hope, John, Roman etc do not. Ben has every reason to frame Chad for murder. Abigail loves Chad and Ben knows that. Ben killed Serena because she was last seen with Chad. Ben killed Paige because she recognized him from Florida and was going to tell JJ. Ben tried to kill Marlena because she was helping Chad remember. Once Ben saw on the television that Chad was wanted for the murders of Paige and Serena and also the attempted murder of Marlena he decided to get rid of all the evidence pointing to him. Also, I will bet that Jordan is not the one who killed her mother; Chad is.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I been watching Days serial killers stories since the Salem Strangler, and if they are crafting an epic murder mystery in honor of that history, revealing Ben as the real killer this soon, to viewers, out of Sweeps, makes no sense to their bottom line.

The actor who plays Rafe said whenever you think you know what is going on then something else happens– If Corday said the killer will be revealed on the 24th, then I am going to assume there was a clue in the episode that if viewers caught it they might know who the real killer is—so he be telling the truth, but misdirecting us with Ben all at the same time.

Days are masters at murder mysteries– there is no fun in a mystery if we know who the killer is– so you can believe Ben did it, but I have faith that Days has something far more elaborate in mind– I don’t think the real killer will be reveal until maybe Feb Sweeps.

Perhaps there is more than one killer, in that case I could agree Ben might be one of them, but not the only one– but I still think it is way too soon for a reveal that big, out of Sweeps on a Thursday– the neck ties aren’t the only thing red– so is the herring.

Kelly
Kelly

Well, Robert Scott Wilson was asked by Janet Di Lauro -Days of our Lives Fan expert how he felt about playing the Days Neck tie Killer. Robert told her “I got what I wanted”.

Ken Corday made it clear in interviews that the killer would be revealed to the viewing audience on September 24, 2015. And Corday has said that the next tie killer will be revealed to the other characters during the week of the 50th anniversary show; that is unless he has changed his mind. He is the man who knows what is going to happen and when. What more is there to say?

As for Daniel (Shawn Christian) there is a rumour that he will be one the victims of the neck tie killer.

Thomas Jenkins
Thomas Jenkins

Kelly — Why would Chad kill Jordan’s mother?

Thomas Jenkins
Thomas Jenkins

Good-bye to Daniel, he is such a bore.
My feeling on Friday was, just because Ben grabbed some red neckties that doesn’t necessarily make him the killer. Doesn’t anyone watch 48 Hours – LoL – well maybe his plan was to use the red neck ties to further incriminate Chad, and once he heard the TV News report that Chad was in deep enough water, maybe Ben didn’t feel he needed them anymore.
Or maybe the whole thing was a dream.
Or….maybe the killer is JJ….or Hope’s bratty daughter…..or Jennifer…

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Best daytime soap right now. Hope folks tune in for the anniversary and stick around.

Mateo
Mateo

Everyone is missing one important scene from today’s episode that makes me think that Ben is not the killer. Right after Marlena was attacked by a man dressed in all black, with the mask, they cut to Jennifer Horton in the park. Who came up to her all out of breath and still dressed in all black? Clyde Weston! I personally think it’s him. He was around when Sabrina was killed and he was also around when Paige was killed and for the last few weeks Marlena has had that look of dread every time she runs into Clyde. To take Ben and turn him into a serial killer without any motivation other than jealousy is bad writing. Clyde makes more sense. It also makes more sense since there are rumors that Will will be the next victim. Clyde doesn’t like Will. This is just to throw the viewers off the track and to keep them watching till the killer strikes again at the Bicentennial for Salem. Oh what a tangled web the writers weave when first they practice to deceive.

Donna Kelly
Donna Kelly

I agree with you that was my first thought

carol
carol

Ben should ditch abigail. She is not trustworthy. Chad needs to leave salem. He’s creepy looking and does’nt respect women. Hope ben is not the serial killer and that chad is.

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

Yes, I thought it was Ben (after guessing a whole slew of others including Clyde, Rafe, Kristen, Sami and Andre). The episode the day before the big reveal clinched it for me. Ben finding Abigail with Chad and reacting the way he did gave it away.

Looking back now, it should have been obvious (hindsight is 20/20). A lot of focus has been placed on the Chad-Abigail-Ben triangle with Ben becoming a less likable character by the episode. I attributed that to the writers’ desire to change viewers minds about Ben and Abigail as a couple. (Something I didn’t appreciate them doing because I liked “nice” Ben and wanted him with Abigail. I did not appreciate the manipulation!) But I didn’t think Ben was the killer at first. I thought it would be sad for him when he found out it was Clyde.

But with the frame target being Chad, the door was open for it to be Ben or Clyde. I did not settle on it until the day before. There was something about how Ben was behaving that made me think he was the killer.

Congratulations to Robert Scott Wilson on his performance. He deserves an Emmy for the way he slowly turned the character of Ben. Too bad they can only submit clips for Emmy consideration. To fully appreciate what Robert Scott Wilson did, one one would have to string several clips together to show the gradual change.

Needless to say, I no longer want Abigail with Ben. The writers won that battle. I don’t know if Abigail is safe ANYWHERE in Salem. They might need to send her to London to have her baby!

That final scene with Ben standing on the dock after throwing the evidence into the Salem River was scary! I don’t know how much of the coming episodes I will be able to watch. That last shot was down right creepy!

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

Another clue should have been Robert Scott Wilson’s participation in the project produced by Melissa Archer! When did he get time to do it unless he was already off Days?

Kathy
Kathy

Love this show. Glad Ben is the killer maybe Chad and Abby can finally get together.

Gerry
Gerry

You know you might be a red neck tie strangler if … you have a box of red neck ties under your bed.

But there is one element missing from Ben’s box of evidence. I think that Chad has been drugged during the two murders. It’s too coincidental that he had passed out drunk during these times. Ben couldn’t have risked Chad having an alibi for Paige’s murder, so he would have had to have drugged Chad. There was no trace of those drugs in that box. I think that Ben might have attacked Marlena to frame Chad because he knew that Chad was seeing her that day. And I don’t think he meant to kill her. I think he wanted her alive to point the finger at Chad.

Eddie
Eddie

Some of the sites (only a few) that have teased Will’s death hinted that it would happen when he came to Marlena’s rescue during an attack. If they were wrong about this then I hope they are wrong about the death.

I would much rather see Will go to Europe with Sonny, so that 3, 4, 5 yrs down the road the characters could be recast & come back to Salem for a new story line.

Mo
Mo

I wish Abby had stood up to Ben and not begged him to take her back and certainly not agreed to leave Salem with him. Jen is wrong. Abby doesn’t have a spine.

Did Abby take Chad to the same cabin where she had sex with his brother?

Was a little surprised about the reveal, but I thought Ben was on his way out anyway with the new writers.

Eddie
Eddie

The cabin where Abby & EJ met is out on the island. Chad is hiding in an abandoned warehouse along the docks.

Mo
Mo

Thanks Eddie. I wasn’t sure where they were.

Rob
Rob

He’s lucky he is pretty, all I’m saying….

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

You are so right. That being said, I actually found myself intrigued by his performance the last couple of eps.

Mo
Mo

I think the killer is little Ciara. She’s mad she doesn’t get to wear the earrings Sami bought her every day!

Jeremy
Jeremy

so, little Ciara plans to take out Will…as she’s not old enough, YET to travel to L.A. to off Sami!

hahahaha

Donna Kelly
Donna Kelly

I am hoping that Abby and Chad get together i don,t like her and Ben they are not suited for each other and i think that him and claude are both doing the the killing and pinning it on Chad

Vicki
Vicki

If you read what the actor who plays Ben says in this weeks new SOD Magazine. The actor is already done filming so he like some of the others who have been let go is still on for some time since they are so far ahead-He said he IS the killer and was told after the 1st 2 murders happened. If you look at Shawn Christian’s FB page he talks about his NEW work. WHO knows what to think-I think he DID kill the 1st two but I also think another killer is still out there.

lynn
lynn

Why is the actor playing Andre look as old as his dad Stefano I think Daniel is the killer Ben has a small frame the killer is about Daniel’s size

Susan
Susan

The killer could very well be Daniel and in a strange way it could make sense. The first to die was Serena whose involvement with Xander led to Nicole being placed in harm’s way. So Daniel’s killing of Serena was payback. He killed Paige because she saw something. It’s obvious why Daniel would have gone after Marlena. Yes, I know my theory is unbelievable but it’s all I’ve got so far. However, Robert Scott Wilson is said to have left Days with the last time we will see him will be sometime in January 2016.

Josh
Josh

Hi. May I chime in? This story, unless I am wrong, and I could be wrong, seems to be a nod to the Salem Strangler story that shocked daytime viewers and kept them guessing and nervously watching the horror unfold for months back in the early 80’s. It took a long while for the shocking reveal that it was Jake. Before we knew it was Jake, everyone thought it was “crazy” Eugene Bradford, who confessed to the killings and was even placed in a mental institution, until the murders resumed, even with Eugene in custody. Only a couple years later, the “sequel” story of the Salem Slasher terrified viewers even more (a knife was the weapon and the calling card was the black raven’s feather), keeping them guessing again and again, as a madman stalked and butchered the women of Salem for months. I recall that it seemed to be a looooong time and red herring after red herring before the true killer was revealed. Admittedly, the Roman reveal was much more shocking than the eventual reveal that the real killer was psychopathic Tony’s look-alike cousin (at the time) Andre DiMera, so for me, it was a letdown compared to the Jake Kositchek shocker a couple years before. 10 and 20 years later, respectively, Marlena was shockingly revealed to be the Salem Desecrator and the Salem Stalker, respectively, but, again, only after months of mystery and horror and “clues” cleverly placed to keep the audience guessing and second guessing. Both, again, were shocking horror stories that only DAYS seems to successfully pull off. These two stories were over-the-top and larger than life, unlike the Salem Strangler and Slasher stories, both of which were gritty and unnerving. Undoing the Stalker story, making Andre the villain and transporting the “not so dead” to Melaswen changed shocking and horrific to simply ludicrous; but what a fun ride up to that point! The Stalker story may have overshot and jarringly killed off too many core and legacy characters. Undoing it was necessary to save the show and its veteran cast, but Melaswen made me feel manipulated, so I tuned out for a while anyway. With DAYS’ history of running serial killer stories for many, many months and not revealing the killer until mid-point of the story arc, I’m not so confident that it’s Ben. Multiple potentially guilty faces were shown in that episode, and I can’t help but wonder about Daniel now, but we’re supposed to wonder. Then Ben? Too soon and too obvious. He may have wanted to frame Chad with a copycat attack, but now he doesn’t have to because he believes that Chad IS the killer and that he will soon be out of the way since the police are pursuing him. If this is the Salem Strangler redux, then this is far from over, and there will be a lot of twist and turns before the real killer(s) is revealed, and we’ll probably be tricked at least a couple more… Read more »

Mary SF
Mary SF

That’s what I’ve been saying, this is a long story with legs, it won’t be solved in the middle of September on a Thursday– if Ben is the killer than Days has really lost it’s mojo.

I went back to some websites that were revealing this spoiler and a number of them said the face of the killer will be revealed on Sept. 24– so I think someone in that episode is the killer, but everyone is jumping to the conclusion that it was Ben because he threw out some neckties that he was probably planning on planting in Chad’s room to frame him, when he realized he didn’t need to. Also, just because the actor said he was told he was the killer, doesn’t mean he wasn’t lied to by the writers– they will want to keep the real identity hush hush, which is hard to do in this day an age.

Personally, I think the face of the killer was revealed in Marlena’s hospital room when the room was dark and before it focus into Daniel—but that doesn’t mean it was Daniel, either, but in the split section there was a major clue for viewers who were paying attention for it.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Yes, Mary SF! I too have seen many people at various sites condemn DAYS for being unoriginal for revealing Ben as the killer…a person they suspected for a long time. I hope those same people step up and say how fooled they were and hope they don’t somehow turn against the outcome…some viewers get angry when the storyline doesn’t match the spoilers…as if the spoilers are a blueprint to the storylines!

And if Ben somehow turns out to be the actual killer (I still say no), I’m still having fun!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I hope you chime in more often, Josh!

Great take on everything!!!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

You are very convincing , 4ever. I’ll bite. Whoever the killer is, I hope Chad ( love him….so sexy to me) will be the one to get to him first and be the hero. Perhaps Chad will rescue Abby from the killer’s clutches. The only negative here is Chad with Abby. Yes, she’s been the loyal, good girl. But, she rubs me the wrong way. I find her to be neither pretty, fetching, winsome (lol) nor appealing or entertaining. She’s all over the place. Theresa, the tigress, will give Abby a run for her money any day of the week. LOL. Later, 4ever.

Patrick
Patrick

I’m a little disconcerted and disjointed… over Kate Mansi

so much time is spent on the new heralded supercouple… whilst melding the days of Ole”

John and Marlena
Kayla and Patch
Hope and BO

the eternally indomitable… spirited.. and much lauded.. Kassie DePaiva

by me.. so what?

I love this woman

that being said…

as posted… Billy Flynn has ever right to be featured… I’m so tired of watching the acting Kate Mansi vacillate her acting choices… perhaps the energies she readies between Ben and Chad are too vast… I certainly see the waste of time… of Ben… and the unrelatable to Chad

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I hear you. Kate Mansi gets waaaaaay too much air time. She needs to spend that time in acting class. Her craft needs a lot of work. Love Billy Flynn as Chad.

Kelly
Kelly

I want Abigail to kick Ben to the curb asap. His jealous tantrums are bordering on something dangerous. And I like Chad.

Jeremy
Jeremy

@ Patrick, loving loving loving Billy Flynn as Chad. He’ll be either be submitted for Lead or Supporting Actor work come spring. He’s so brilliant, and surprise, surprise, Rob Scott Wilson is absolutely growing into such a fine and specific actor, it took some time but he’s got it going on. And, I love Kate Mansi, she’s got that great communion with Billy Flynn, terrific unity between those to fine younger actors.
As for Kassie DePaiva, I’m so disappointed with DAYS for letting her go. She’s finally got worthy storyline going on with the murder of dear Paigey. What a loss, what stupid thing for DAYS to do, Kassie carried DAYS, sure the writing for Eve often times was not good, especially with the infatuation with JJ. I hope GH, will find a role for her, we can’t lose Kassie, she’s definitely revelant in daytime!!!

Mo
Mo

I hope Dr. Dan isn’t the killer! That scene where we saw him in Marlena’s room sure was scary though!

And please no more interrupting my soaps! I had the Pope for two days and then Boehner yesterday. 🙁

Susan
Susan

I don’t want Dr Dan to be the killer either. But isn’t he leaving Days. This could be the writers way of dealing with the problem.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I hate interruptions too, Mo, especially when the show is on fire!

Pop TV airs same day episodes at night. It’s the former TV guide channel.
Also, nbc.com shows the episodes the following day.

damien
damien

cant believe im doing a 180 on the chad/ abigail/ ben triangle
at first i wasnt sold but im loving a torn, teary abigail! kate mansi s been killing her desperation over staying with the supposed father of her baby and sacrificing her real love for chad di mera!
also loving the sub plot with jennifer crept out over clyde who im also crazy about right now!
throw in the new and returned salem docks set where chad s been hiding and ben tossed the neck ties and im addicted to this storyline on days!!!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

My stomach is “tie”d in knots, Damien!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yeah, I know what you mean, 4ever. I just had a thought….will Ben try to kill Abby?
Is it really Ben, or are the flashbacks of the murders something he witness his father do? Has he blocked that part out and places himself as the killer? One way or another, Ben is mentally ill. I am loving Days, right now.

Jean n NH
Jean n NH

Have been watching since the very beginning, yes 50 years…My vote goes to Ben NOT being killer

lynn
lynn

Ben did not stand a chance with Clyde as a father can’t believe he kept it together for so long

carol
carol

I read that we were going to find out who the killer was in November well we know that isn’t true and also that Ben may not be working alone,I think when Ben is strangling someone he is thinking of someone else for instance somebody he hates so he takes it out on the innocent people of Salem.I just wonder how much longer that dummy Abby will stay with Ben until she finally sees that there is something seriously wrong with him,Will did but look where it got him as if we didn’t see that one coming,I must say though sometimes I wonder if Ben is the killer well we know he is now,only because I suspect someone else.Rafe that is right because sometimes he looks like he is hiding something,hey there have been plenty of dirty cops before,but then again with Days who knows .I just wish that Abby would wise up and go back to Chad,,

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Days of our Lives to Air in the UK Beginning In January

Salem is coming across the pond to the UK!  Look for the British to enjoy the long-running daytime soap airing  exclusively on the Sony Channel beginning on January 20th of 2020.

According to Metro: when DAYS does debut in the UK  viewers will see the story pick-up from the series 53rd season where in story; Vivian Alamain returns to Salem after Stefan O. DiMera arrives on the scene claiming to be her son, which all happens on New Years Eve along with three major kisses.

The season which will bow on Sony Channel marked the first full season run of episodes from current head writer, Ron Carlivati

This isn’t the first time DAYS has aired in England, previously it has runs on  CBS Drama, Zone Romantica, and Channel 5

Episodes picking up from season 53 will broadcast at 9;10am.

So, glad to hear DAYS is coming to the UK? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Stephen Nichols On His DAYS Return As Stefano: “I Knew I Didn’t Want To Be A Cheap Imitation.”

By now, Days of our Lives fans have witnessed that the heralded return of longtime favorite, Stephen Nichols came with a twist.  When Nichols re-emerged on the canvas, he was now playing Stefano DiMera, but in the face and body of what seems to be Steve “Patch” Johnson.

Nichols, who along with Mary Beth Evans, have been known as enduring supercouple Patch and Kayla, and now they find themselves in the Salem time jump in a different set of circumstances,  First of all, Kayla is romantically involved with Justin Kiriakis (Wally Kurth), and Nichols returned as Stefano and is in ca-hoots with Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso).

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In an interview in the current issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Stephen opens up about taking on the classic soap villain role made famous by the late, great Joe Mascolo.

Nichols admitted there was some trepidation taking on and in approaching how to portray the role: “It was daunting and a major challenge to take on. I knew I didn’t want to be a cheap imitation. I wanted to get Stefano’s essence.”

In preparing for his new journey on DAYS, Nichols noted: “I watched the master, Joe Mascolo.  I got lots of videos of Stefano. Stefano in every mode: Manipulating, laughing, Stefano with the ladies, with his children, and, of course, Stefano raging.”

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DAYS Head Writer Ron Carlivati Talks On: Ben Weston, Soap Amnesia, Doppelgängers, and the Time Jump

Days of our Lives viewers have been going through some changes over the past month since the launch of the innovative time jump from the creative mind of the series and Daytime Emmy-winning head writer, Ron Carlivati.  As episode after episode unfolds, the audience has been finding out just where their favorite Salem residents have landed and with whom, in the one year flash-forward.  There have been shocking deaths revealed, longtime couples facing different kinds of obstacles that could change their relationships forever, and some characters brought back on the canvas, in one form or the other, to shake things up.

On the series finale of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast,  Ron Carlivati was the very special guest and addressed many of the decisions that went into making the flash- forward happen starting with when Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) wakes up from her coma after her fall, thanks to Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso), and how it impacts the canvas.  You can listen to the can’t-miss interview here via iTunes or at NBC.com/Inside Salem.

Due to the length of our conversation with the talented head scribe, some of the questions and answers did not make it into the podcast finale due to time constraints.  So, we have brought you the rest the interview here as Ron discusses: the popularity of  #Cin, back-from-the-dead storylines, writing for the original series on the DOOL app and further creative decisions that went into crafting the one-year time jump.  Check out what Ron had to say below.

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You have been able to make #Cin, the hottest duo on daytime by taking a now reformed serial killer, Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson) and pairing him with the daughter of one of DAYS all-time supercouples, Bo and Hope in Ciara Brady (Victoria Konefal).  Were you ever  concerned as to how this story/romance would play to the audience at home, because in reality no parent would ever just stand by and let their child get involved with a man who strangled and killed women, previously? 

Ron:  To sort of try to glorify a guy who strangled women and make him into a romantic lead, we don’t do that lightly.  Not unlike, Todd Manning (Roger Howarth) on One Life to Live who was a rapist, and who became sort of an anti-hero, but also a romantic lea.  And in this day and age, it’s even a bigger decision to do something like that, I think.  So, that said, it is a soap opera and there are certain things where we know we are pushing the envelope.  We know in the real world that no mother would ever get past her daughter being with a guy who murdered, killed, and strangled three women or strangled and shot one, but the pairing worked so well.

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In the time jump, you gave Ben an intriguing prison cell mate in Will Horton, given that Ben had “killed” him previously.  Add to that you brought back Ben’s criminal father, Clyde back into the mix.  There’s lots of prison orange these days on the screen.

Ron:  When we knew we were sending Ben to prison, then obviously father and son have to cross path. It just added another element, so it wasn’t just going to be Ben and Will (Chandler Massey) talking to each other, and making a shawl together like Martha Stewart. (Laughs). Ben’s relationship with Clyde was interesting to me.  As horrible as Clyde was and is – there does seem to be some sort of love that he has for Ben.

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On the soaps, and as has been part of DAYS enduring legacy, characters are killed off, only to be brought back to life somewhere down the road. Many return with classic soap amnesia as a vehicle to drive story.  Is there ever a time when as a writer, or as a soap fan, you think “enough is enough”, and characters should just stay dead?  Many fans who watch daytime dramas get very invested in tragic death stories, where characters have these shocking or sudden, or long goodbyes, and the viewers goes through the grieving process; along with the other characters, for what then seems like a waste of an emotional investment when said character turns back up alive.

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Ron:  We were talking about bringing Jack (Matthew Ashford) back right around that same time we had the Will story.  We couldn’t bring two people back from the dead at the same time, and that’s why Jack’s return kind of got put on the back-burner, so we could do the ‘Will is alive’ story arc.  Look, the audience will go with you, especially if they want somebody back desperately.  They will overlook how did it happen, and how could they be alive.  They will accept almost any explanation, but I think you’re right, if you do it too much, you tend to water down the permanence of death … especially deaths that you saw on-camera.

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Viewers know you love doppelgänger storylines.  And, in the time jump you brought back none other than Hattie Adams (Deidre Hall).  Why the decision to bring Hattie back at this time?  I know Deidre loves playing her.

Ron:  I think Deidre likes playing something different than Marlena, because she played Marlena for many, many years, and she knows her like the back of her hand.  Hattie is an escape and something fun, and the chance to do and say outrageous things that Marlena would never do.  So, we bring her back whenever we can to have fun with, and again, it seemed to work because  she was in prison, and we set Eve in prison when we started the time jump off, and we’re like, “Who’s Eve (Kassie DePaiva) going to be talking to?” and we’re like, “Oh, well of course.  It has to be Hattie.” (Laughs)

When do you first see the fruits of your labor?  Do you see a feed from the set as the show is taping? Do you receive episodes where you see how what was written has come to life? 

Ron:  In prior shows, One Life to Live and on GH, I saw it when it aired. At One Life, I was in the studio, so I often saw production shooting scenes.  Here, they send me the completed shows once it has been completely edited, the music has been put into it, and it’s all ready to roll, and they email me the link to 5 or 6 shows.  So, I could in theory watch a couple of weeks ahead of the audience, but I tend to (unless I’m so, so curious about how a certain thing turned out) watch it when it’s on TV.

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The “Lani (Sal Stowers) and Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) joining a convent” storyline is at a critical point in story.  How did you come up with the decision to put Lani, and of all people, Kristen together and about to take their vows as nuns, and kind of becoming bff’s?

Ron:  I mean, you can’t imagine sort of two more unlikely friends as Kristen and Lani.  We grew to really love the relationship that developed between the two of them.  I think we sat down and said about the time jump, “There have to be enough big changes that you do the double-take.”  Like, Will is Ben’s cell mate, Adrienne is dead, and Justin and Kayla are together now.  You had to have enough of those WTF moments to justify passing a year of time.

You have also been writing series for the DOOL app.  What did you think of Chad and Abby in Paris with that being the initial one and how it all came to pass?

Ron:   It was fun.  I had no time.  I was writing six episodes a week of DAYS, and I was asked “By the way, can you write two seasons of a web/app show for us?” (Laughs) Greg Meng (Co-executive producer, Days of our Lives) has really been the mastermind behind this app and developing this app into something.  I love all of the stuff you guys came up with for all the behind the scenes content, but I know that Greg really wanted original series content on it, too.  Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abigail (Kate Mansi) just seemed like the logical couple to do that with.  You wanted somebody tied to Salem that wasn’t currently on the campus, but you know the audience cares about what their up to, and Chad and Abby just seemed perfect.  The process was totally different because I’m used to writing six outlines a week that are 15 pages long, and all of the sudden, I’m like, “She comes in, this happens, and this happens.” .  That’s like a whole episode of an app series right there.  Corday Productions produced it while they were producing the regular show, and they made a special set into Chad and Abigail’s apartment, which I thought looked incredible.

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Chad & Abby in Paris had a bit of a different look and feel then the regular airshows, which I think made it enticing.

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Ron:  I loved the look of it.  I felt it was just a little bit different than Salem.  We had the establishing shots of the Eiffel Tower and all of that stuff, and look, we had to keep it simple, but we added in Austin (Austin Peck).  We had Tony (Thaao Penghlis) come in season 2.  We had the new characters of Juliette (Rachele Schank) and Sylvie (Shawna Della-Ricca).  So, it was fun, and it weirdly just timed out so perfectly because we did 8, took like a week off, did another 8, and that last episode was posted right when Jennifer fell.

Right, so it timed perfect to get Chad & Abby back on the airshows.

Ron:  It timed out perfectly so that we could have Abigail get a call: “Something has happened to my mother.  We have to go back to Salem.”  So, you last saw Chad and Abby in Paris, and then the following week they were back in Salem.

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Now, with the kind of massive move for DAYS with the time jump, you have to figure out: “Who are the casualties?  Who am I going to lose?” Viewers learned in short order that: Adrienne (Judi Evans) isn’t alive, Haley (Thia Megia) isn’t alive, and Jordan (Chrishell Stause) isn’t alive.  What went into the decision-making process to kill those characters?  I’m assuming it was to further the story of others on the canvas.

Ron:  Yes.  Anytime we kill somebody, it breaks my heart every time, because these are like my babies.  You fall in love with these characters, and you care about them a lot, and you care about the people who play them.  So, it’s a big decision to say, “Let’s kill them.”  It may be a great story, like, “I’m going to get this amazing story if I kill X,” but that’s a person and a job, and it’s not something we ever do lightly.  That said, in a year of passage of time, you know that life and death is going to happen, and to us, it felt like to really signify the passage of time, there had to be at least one or two people who are no longer alive, and then show how that affects our story.

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Did you ever think that instead of 1 year that you’d do a bigger jump?  Like, “What if I did 5 years?”  Because it’s interesting, I was reading some comments on social media from fans who are like, “What year is it?  Is it just 1 year?  Why didn’t they do 5?” (Laughs)

Ron:  5 seemed like a lot.  I think people change physically a lot in 5 years. I wasn’t prepared to cast little children as teenagers… that would be a lot. (Laughs)  I think you run the risk of it being almost too disorienting for the audience.  Also, then it would be me having to figure out what happened over 5 years instead of just 1. (Laughs)  So, 1 year just kind of seemed perfect, and it had to be an even year so that even though it’s a crazy coincidence that Jennifer woke up 1 year to the day she fell into the coma, you needed Thanksgiving to still be Thanksgiving, and Christmas to still fall on Christmas, and that kind of thing.  So, it had to be an even year.  I think it worked out great and I hope the audience continues to go on the journey with us, because there is a lot more to come!

So, have you been enjoying the DAYS time jump thus far? Which storyline has piqued your interest most? Let us know via the comment section below.

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