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Sonny Says Goodbye To Will & Leaves Salem As Freddie Smith Exits DAYS! What Does This Mean For The Gay Characters Left On The Canvas?

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After months of trouble in his marriage to a manipulative Will Horton (Guy Wilson), Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith) makes a decision that will rock the world of his husband and his ex Paul Narita (Christopher Sean).

Next week on Tuesday’s episode of DAYS, Sonny leaves Will and Paul heartbroken. when he takes an offer from his Uncle Victor (John Aniston) to work in Europe.  Thus signaling the end of Daytime Emmy winner Freddie Smith’s run on the NBC soap opera.

Smith teased in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, “I’ll be back.”  And there have been reports in the months since Freddie wrapped six months ago, that he was seen at the set.

Freddie related to SOD on his on-screen exit:  “As Sonny I was saying goodbye to the people that I’ve worked with for four years. My life in Salem as Sonny, and my job at DAYS melded together.  It was very emotional.”

Just exactly what Smith’s exit means for Guy Wilson and Christopher Sean’s storyline remains to be seen, although rumors have surfaced recently that Wilson was also out on the NBC soap opera, although unconfirmed.  However, SOD also reported this week that when DAYS murder mystery begins to unravel, “One of the victims is a name that the soap has kept under wraps, and will shake one of Salem’s first families to the core.”   Could it be Will?

In an update from Saturday night: Guy Wilson tweeted to a fan on Twitter who asked if he was leaving the show and said she would miss him if he was to exit.  Wilson related: “Thank you for saying that Kathleen, but don’t worry I’m not going anywhere!:)”

Watch the latest promo below from NBC featuring Sonny and Will’s goodbye.  Then let us know, are you glad Sonny is leaving Will after all that he has done?  Do you think Smith will be back ?  What do you think will happen to the gay characters on the canvas in Salem during the 50th anniversary storyline? Share your thoughts below!

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Gary
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Gary

Rumors are will will be killed off, and Sonny may be back for the funeral.

Carolina
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Carolina

They should have had Sonnie killed by a drunk driver.

The irony since Smith himself was caught driving under the influence of alcohol a few months ago.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

For which he has already been taken to task over and sentenced for..there’s no irony in forcing an actor to play out a problem they are struggling with and working on..what planet are you from?..don’t be a lowlife..and both he and his passenger survived..so why go to that extreme even in your teeny little mind?

blake
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blake

Could be Victor. I don’t really want Will killed off, just recast with a good actor.

TMJ
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TMJ

Even though the recent writing has virtually destroyed the character of Will, I don’t believe that they will kill him. He is a legacy character from a core family. I think they will send him away when Guy leaves, and probably not reunite him with Sonny in Europe. Meanwhile they will dream that Chandler will return, and hope that they can get Freddie to return. Then they can rebuild the relationship. If they can get one, they will recast the other and try again. The “first family” character they will kill is Bo. Rafe will be reinstated on the police… Read more »

Eddie
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Eddie

I hope you’re right. I would hate to lose Will.

Kelly
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Kelly

I don’t believe that the writers will kill off Bo!

TMJ
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TMJ

I think it is very likely. Bo has been off the canvas for quite some time, and there is no indication that they will ever work out a deal for Peter Reckell to return full time. There seems to be no willingness to recast, or it would have happened by now. Even if Peter did return full time, they would never center a story on a character as old as Bo at this point. (Can you believe that Peter is 60 years old??). They currently have Victor, Stefano, Abe, and Roman played by men over 60. Wally Kurth (Justin) is… Read more »

TMJ
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TMJ

I forgot John. Drake Hogestyn is 61.

blake
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blake

Yeah I don’t think they will kill off Bo either, especially when Ken Corday is saying when someone dies now it’s for good. Though I highly doubt that, like Kristen will never come back. Yeah right.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

I hope they don’t kill off Will. He is Sami & Lucas’s son, a legacy character. I would like it if he discovered he is “bi”, because, after all, he was in love with Gabi before Sonny. And they have a daughter together. I know this wouldn’t be “PC” and DAYS would probably get all kinds of hate from GLAAD, so it’s probably not gonna happen. But a girl can dream, can’t she? 😉

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I think Paul should be bi because his scenes with Theresa were really good!

Let’s hope that Theo isn’t bi because he’s already black and white and autistic and could be the newest serial killer…that’s just too much to grasp! lol

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

Paul and Theresa did have good chemistry together…lets have a transgender storyline for Will…he leaves town and returns as Willow Horton!!!…lol

Aden
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Aden

I agree! That would be a fantastic story!! There are bisexual people out there, so the GLAAD and whoever else should just settle their kettles. They only want to see gay storylines with unicorns and rainbows and 100% family and friend acceptance, and thats not at all how gay life is. Will should definitely go straight for a whIle! That would knock everyone for a loop! I love how they write Will now, and I love Guy’s portrayal of Will! He cracks me up!! Let’s get him and Theresa hanging out!!

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

Aww .. thanks you guys! I was afraid the “PC police” were gonna jump down my throat at the mere suggestion of making Will anything but gay, lol. I’d like to see DAYS get off its “soapbox” and be entertaining again.

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

Aden…i agree…i have a gay relative who went straight for a while…this could bring in more drama for this storyline!!!

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

Some time ago i once said Will should be bi…i think this could add more drama to the storyline!!!

TMJ
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TMJ

Given the history of the character, that idea is very realistic. Since Paul is gay, and very popular, they should introduce a new romance for him. Paul has to be able to hold a story without Sonny or Will, since both will soon be gone.

damien
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damien

will was never bi… he was confused and essentially using gabi to sort out his real feelings. speaking of that time, it reminds me how much i miss chandler massey in the role! he was so conflicted, angry at the world and full of angst! i remember he hated his mom for not caring about him and he marriage to rafe! i loved when e.j was using him and they were toying with will s crush on ej!! oh that was such good soap! around the same time sami was still angry with marlena! and marlena and will were tight!… Read more »

Carolyn Topol
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Carolyn Topol

I hope the gay characters won’t be thrown under the proverbial bus. Days took wonderful strides in the development of this story during the last four years. It would be sad to see it all fall by the wayside.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I agree.

TMJ
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TMJ

All the indications are that Christopher Sean is still a significant cast member, and extremely popular, so there must be a new story for Will and Paul. Since Guy left this month; his story should run into the new year, probably February.

Carolyn
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Carolyn

Guy recently replied to a Twitter follower that he is still on and moving forward. As long as that’s true I think their stories will remain alive.

Tom Jenkins
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Tom Jenkins

I hope not too…if the characters of Sonny (who may or may not be re-cast from what I gather) and Derrick and Will and Paul disappear from the Canvas I don’t think there would be much for me to watch…..that is not to say that they are the only characters, I like Nicole and Daniel and Eric, but honestly, that particular love Triangle is played out – I like Ben and Abby too…..I don’t want to give the impression that only the gay characters appeal to me (although they could give more air time to Derrick and I wouldn’t complain)… Read more »

elm51
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elm51

well first of all let me say i absolutely adore freddie smith & i will certainly miss the character of sonny…………….
there are so many rumors online with the latest being that guy wilson is out at dool – all i can say is it will be up to the new writers & tptb as to what will come of the gay storyline – it will be a major set back for the lgbt community since this is the only soap that has a gay storyline presently……………..

Aden
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Aden

How is a a fictional soap story a “setback” for anyone? Them splitting up has been the most realistic part of the entire story! These are Soaps, not Soap Boxes,, and any organization with an agenda that they deem important should hardly be looking to these shows as support.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

Amen, Aden .. that’s the problem with the “historic” gay storyline, everybody has been on their “soap box” making speeches, and it’s just UGH!

brothasoap
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brothasoap

While it would be a setback in terms of visibility, as one less gay man would be represented on American Daytime, the story of Will & Sonny under TomSell has been frustrating, largely due to their decision to let Will get away with doing increasingly horrible things. I am glad that the pair will have the opportunity to be written by a different team, because I maintain the hope that some writing regime will write Days gay characters as well as did Marlene McPherson & Co. The power of that team brought me back to Days. TomSell’s Days-asterous vision has… Read more »

elm51
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elm51

i am not talking about splitting them up – i mean if tptb get rid of the gay storyline all together………………….

TMJ
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TMJ

The writers got into quite a mess with this one. They did a great job writing Sonny, and Freddie did a great job making him popular and central to the story. Then Freddie left. They did a great job creating Paul, and hiring Christopher to play him. Then they wrote a story that shows that Paul loves Sonny, and anyone else is second best. Meanwhile they hired Guy, who pales in comparison to Chandler’s talent and popularity, and created a story that destroyed the character and managed to undo everything that Chandler did to make Will so popular. Where do… Read more »

Denise Piccininno
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Denise Piccininno

On the one hand, how does Sonny just decide to take a job in Europe and leave, not only his husband but the baby? On the other hand, that’s exactly what Will did when he trotted off to California. Seems like neither one of them were in this marriage for the long haul.

Denise Piccininno
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Denise Piccininno

Oops, don’t anyone get mad at me! I forgot Will took Ari with him, didn’t he?

Tom Jenkins
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Tom Jenkins

It DID seem a bit extreme that Sonny almost on impulse decided to fly to Europe and the heck with Will and the little girl – but, you know, it’s a soap, they had to write him out somehow and eventually I think Sonny may return as portrayed by another dark-haired actor.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

There’s a lot of interesting speculation involving the exit and supposed return of Freddie Smith and the possible exit of Guy Wilson and return of Chandler Massey.

When all is said and done, Christopher Shean will remain!

DAYS has now surpassed GH in the ratings Demos and has even passed B&B in the 18-34 demo. DAYS is about to make a killing in the ratings with the actual killings!

Great DAYS ahead!

Eddie
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Eddie

I s Christopher Sean till with the show? I read somewhere that Hawaii 50 had a major story arc for him as Gabriel. Of course, daytime actors have had breaks during which they work on other shows.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Yes, he’s still on. He recently stated he’s doing both shows.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

As far as I can tell, Christopher Sean is still working at DAYS and NBC.

TMJ
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TMJ

Gabriel, his H5O character, is somewhat a replacement for Wo Fat, a character who would always come and go, and never stay for long. I don’t think H5O has any intention of making Gabriel a full time regular.

blake
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blake

I would love for Chandler Massey to return as Will.

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

Kill Will…but shouldnt that shake four families…Horton, Brady and even Kiriakis and Herendez? Of course Hortons are and should always remain Salem’s first family but Will’s death should shake all four families in one way or another since Will is connected to all four…father Lucas is a Horton, mom Sami is a Brady, daughter Ariana is a Herendez, and husband Sonny is a Kiriakis!!!…Sonny and Paul will have a future once Will is a goner…will this lead to all families involved in a custody battle over Ariana???

blake
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blake

I’m glad to hear Freddie came back, I’m hoping he will want to return for good. I’m glad to hear that Guy Wilson might be off the show. I wouldn’t be upset about Will dying because it would get Guy off the show and it could leave the door open for Will to return with a recast because no one ever really dies on soaps. And I would rather it be Will killed off than Bo. I hope this doesn’t end with the gay characters. Derrick is off the show now it seems and if Will and Sonny leave then… Read more »

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

The prospect of having Paul as the only remaining gay character does not make me happy. I don’t like Paul and I don’t trust him. That has nothing to do with the actor. Christopher Sean is doing an excellent job. There is just something about Paul that rubs me the wrong way.

Eddie
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Eddie

I’ve always been suspicious that Paul did know that Sonny lived in Salem, and that he asked Sonix to write his story because he knew Will was Sonny’s husband.

darlene
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darlene

If Will gets killed off, he will not be brought back. Ken Corday has said from now on once a character is killed off, they will stay dead, never to return.

Tom Jenkins
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Tom Jenkins

I get confused, pardon me for sounding dense. Where did you hear that the character of “Derrick” is off the show? They hardly developed his character at all….he wanted a chance with Paul….I guess Will screwed that up. But I thought the storyline would go in another direction.

Tim Key
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Tim Key

There really should be an older Horten come back to the town in time for the bicentennial . Eve’s big plan for Jennifer has started but not much is happening. I wonder if that will be one of the big stories in Oct. At least I hope so.Her parents should be brought back. Lucas needs a father. Love to see Jamie Lynn Bauer as Laura Horten again.

Mateo
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Mateo

Rumors are a bad thing. With the exit of Freddie Smith it would be easy for the executives at DAYS to let Guy Wilson go. He really never fit in as Will Horton. He is always scowling and upset. The other actor, Chandler Massey who played Will gave him some depth and kindness in addition to his manipulative behaviors that he inherited from Sami. DAYS may be up in ratings in some demos but there is more turmoil on the writing staff with Dena Higley out on “personal” leave. This show has what it needs to be a strong soap… Read more »

TMJ
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TMJ

I think we will hear something about the writing situation soon. If Dena Higley’s leave is open ended , they will bring someone new in. I don’t think they will give the job to Josh Griffin alone for long.

Eddie
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Eddie

I would be very disappointed if Will is killed off. I think there’s a lot more story that could be told with this character whether it’s with Sonny or someone else. Unlike others, I have enjoyed Guy Wilson as Will, but if the show wants to recast the part, I won’t be devastated. It would be nice to see Chandler Massey come back, but after how he was fired, I would think he would want too much money for him to be affordable long term. I guess my hope for the characters is that 2 or 3 years from now… Read more »

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Eddie, I too, very much Guy Wilson as Will and am a big fan of Guy. We all change, and the fact is, so has Will, he’s insecure to the point it only hurts his marriage to Sonny. Anyways, I am hoping, even though Freddie is apparently returning as Sonny short-term, I would love to see Will & Sonny remain, married. I hope we see DAYS in the horizon for the next 2 to 3 years, as I too, would want to see mature up, and find that self-confidence once again, and be a great family man with Sonny and… Read more »

Tom Jenkins
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Tom Jenkins

I don’t really think it’s accurate to say that Chandler was fired. He gave his notice, he had every intention of leaving the show. In every day life, these things happen – if I were to tell my Boss “I’m leaving” he could very well turn around and say “that’s fine, you can leave now”. I’m not taking sides, but the producers at DOOL may have felt they wanted the viewers to get used to a new Will as soon as possible for the storyline they were developing at the time. Chandler left a good paying job to seek other… Read more »

Connie
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Connie

Days needs to kill off Maggie Horton and Eve Donovan. both of them are very annoying. I love Hope, Marlena, jennnifer and Bo Brady.

Mike
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Mike

I’m hoping that they don’t kill Will off. He was a very popular character until the miscast recast – and on top of that, the villain writing he’s been getting the last few months (which, while actually suited for the way Guy was portraying Will anyway – thus they were writing to his strengths – was an unexplained about face from who Will has been for several years). All it would take is one good recast and Will could be a viable character again – and to kill off the first openly gay character on Days? Talk about bad PR.… Read more »

mark
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mark

I hope they bring Chandler Massey back! I love the current Will but Chandler WAS Will to me. He was just incredible!

Norm
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Norm

Personally I’m majorly pissed off. The writers have ruined good characters and not the first time either. There are a couple of other characters they could get rid of and the show would be better for it. . .like Eve and Theresa!!!

Michelle
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Michelle

Sad to see Sonny leave the show… But soooo glad he is leaving that annoying, lying husband of his!

CM
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CM

If FS chooses to stay gone from the show for good then I wish they would re-cast Sonny. There’s just too much potential storyline with him and Paul to waste.

TMJ
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TMJ

I agree. There do seem to be many story possibilities for Sonny, particularly if he is played by Freddie or an equally talented recast. A recast would be tough though. Freddie is extremely popular, and almost any recast would face the same type of backlash that Guy Wilson is getting. The choice would have to be superior avoid that.

Eddie
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Eddie

Earlier today, Guy responded to a Twitter follower “don’t worry, I”m not going anywhere.”

TMJ
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TMJ

But then, if he is already gone, then he would “not (be) going anywhere” by staying gone.

Lee
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Lee

It is sad that some of the writing has caused such damage to the relationship of Will and Sonny. What happens next? Well, it seems to me that Paul is already in love with Will. He has been for a long time. This story was written as a Will love story. It’s misleading unless you pay close attention. Hopefully, Sonny will return and more story can be told for Will and Sonny. But it is awesome to also look forward to Paul and Will. They have great chemistry. They are good for each other and there is lots of potential,… Read more »

Laurie
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Laurie

I would never say Paul is in love with Will, but he did seem to be smitten with him initially, when he seduced him and before he found out he was married to Sonny. He has acted like a complete jack-ass, but lately they are making the characters more cordial to each other. I assumed they were doing it to start the future relationship of the 2 of them. Will’s character got so, so much backlash recently under Guy,I’m not sure what is going on. It was only after Will returned from California. He was bearable until then. If the… Read more »

Laurie
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Laurie

In this post I’m talking about Will being a jack-ass.

joy tadych
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joy tadych

i feell no sonny should nto leave will jsut because what he ahs done and I donot think will would be victum of t he murder cause if he is then he would be dying soon or by nivermber a nd if his contract is in august he would be on till janary and if is leaving just cause he w ants to I see him and sonny reuntiing and hten bring ging back chandler some day

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Exactly!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I hope the [rumoured] exit of Guy Wilson is not true; he’s been excellent in the role of Will Horton, despite the horrific writing and direction that they have taken the character. I hope he is kept as the soap and that under the new regime he is redeemed as a character; I have a feeling I am going to be bawling my eyes out with Sonny leaving the soap.

Rodd
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Rodd

I was planning on returning to DOOL since it seems set to go back to story lines and characters I had once invested in. But if they kill off Will Horton, I’ll just skip it. I think he’s too important to the fabric of the show to kill off. Hopefully, it will be someone less seen on the canvass.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

According to Guy Wilson he isn’t going anywhere.

Mo
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Mo

I don’t want Will to be killed off, but would like to see the role recast and the character get a personality change.

Alex
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Alex

Sad to see how wasted Sonny and FS were by tomsell. Tomsell turned Sonny to pod person. I’m okay with Sonny leaving and not returning either as recast or with FS as long as the writers treat him like shit. If Sonny ever returns for good, I want it to be how he should have been to began with. Edgy and very Kiriakis. Not some pushover doormat. He should return as someone who is more guarded and keeping potential love interests at arms length because of the trust issues he would have as a result of his relationships with Paul… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

nice read on Freddie Smith’ Sonny. it’s always been said that Will is the one who didn’t know what it was like to be a single gay man finding himself… exploring… past coming out yet… Freddie Smith… as the better actor… was the one who would be more interesting to explore. “…If Sonny ever returns for good, I want it to be how he should have been to began with. Edgy and very Kiriakis. Not some pushover doormat. He should return as someone who is more guarded and keeping potential love interests at arms length” we never really got to… Read more »

Donna
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Donna

No No I don’t want Sonny to leave the show and I surely don’t want Will to be killed off. I love these guys.

Dave Bryan
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Dave Bryan

I have nothing against Guy Wilson, but his was a real miscast. He brings only gloom to the role. There’s no affect on his face except for a constant look of sadness. Chandler Massey should be urged to return to the role he made his own. Hopefully, Freddie Smith will return at some point soon, even if only on a recurring status. I don’t want either character to be killed off.

Patrick
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Patrick

well said

mike
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mike

Replace , do not kill, Will. Bring back Chandler and pair him with Spencer Neville.

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

If a main character is to be murdered, Will is a good choice. I wish Guy Wilson well in his career, but I won’t miss the character of Will Horton. Will be sad for Arianna Grace though. I wonder who will get custody of her while her Mom is in prison?

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I think Gabi will be released from prison, but her release would not be because of Ari. Maybe Caroline Brady shot and killed Nick.

seanny
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seanny

You are completely misinformed about GLAAD. They don’t just advocate for fair representation in media for gays and lesbians. GLAAD would have zero problem with Will discovering that he is actually bisexual not gay just as long as the character remained written with attractions to both sexes regardless of whom he is paired with.

Allen saint james
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Allen saint james

The new Will never caught on for me.

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

If they kill off Will, I would be done. It’s completely irrational, and I am not a huge fan of Guy Wilson in the role, but we’ve shared too much of Will’s journey to have him die so young. He is a great character– if the writing is there, thinking about how his upbringing by Sami would have affected him. I don’t know, I would just lose enthusiasm for the show if they killed him.

Patrick
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Patrick

Chandler Massey caught Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith stormfronted standing ovation Chandler Massey exits… Guy Wilson.. stagnates and this couple do not reignite Guy Wilson and Freddie Smith.. are just another couple on the canvas… neither, together, as a couple or singularly…. sparked again Freddie Smith is leaving… last of the .. and I’ll soapbox this… Freddie Smith and Chandler Massey could easily be added in the history books of supercoupledom Guy Wilson ??? I don’t know that I care factor in the enigmatic stirringly draws big… “Paul” Christopher Sean… what a coop PLEASE BEYOND PLEASE : DAYS Production… cast… Read more »

Laurie
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Laurie

Amen! A coop indeed.

Debbi Sheppard
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Debbi Sheppard

I want to know what kind of shot was given to EJ by Kristen after he died. Was this something that could make it so you could bring him back later. The show doesn’t need all the old characters taken off. Bo needs to come back and break up her engagement. If he doesn’t stay then get Hope and Rafe together. I don’t think that Will should have been killed. You could have put in him in a coma and brought him back later as someone else. Is Kristen really dead or is she coming back for awhile? You leave… Read more »

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abe Goes to the Light While John Faces Off with MarDevil

Monday’s highly-anticipated episode of Days of our Lives did not disappoint. In fact, we think that this episode should be a strong contender for DAYS to consider for one of their Outstanding Drama Series submissions for next year’s Daytime Emmys.  Why? It has it all – emotional heart with Abe’s journey to and from the light, touching flashbacks, a great performance by James Reynolds, and some special effects and editing during the John (Drake Hogesytn) vs. MarDevil scenes, which also gave us a delicious performance by Deidre Hall.

At the start of the episode, Abe has flatlined after being shot as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to revive him, but they are losing him.  As this is going on, Paulina (Jackée Harry), Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are gathered at the hospital awaiting news on Abe’s condition.  Later, Eli decides to go find out what is happening with Abe, and gets the shock of his life when he walks in on Abe flatlining, while Kayla tells him that Abe is gone.  Eli implores her to try to bring him back. He tells the others they are working on trying to save Abe, as Julie and Paulina bond, and later, Lani must call Theo and Brandon to let them know about Abe’s condition.

Photo: JPI

Julie reminisces about Abe, and how they have known each other for 40 years, our wink-wink that this is James Reynolds’ 40th anniversary episode.   Then, we see Abe has gone to the light wearing a white sweater and who should he see but his beloved late wife, Lexie.  No, it’s not Renee Jones, but an actress who delivers Lexie’s lines, since it had been previously reported that Jones was unavailable for the episode.  In scenes with the replacement Lexie, Reynolds showed us why he is an MVP of DAYS.  He acted up a storm and brought the emotion regardless of who was standing there.

 

However, longtime viewers got a wonderful surprise when flashback clips of scenes between Renee Jones and Reynolds were shown and they were some major moments in the history of Abe and Lexie’s relationship including: the moment when Abe learns Lexie’s pregnant, the moment when he is disgusted by Lexie’s betrayal when he learned of her involvement in the Zack baby switch storyline, and what she did to Bo and Hope, all because she was desperate for a child. Later, it’s the five-hankie moment of when Lexie, who was dying from a brain tumor, passes away in Abe’s arms.

After all the flashbacks, Lexie tells Abe he needs to go back and not to come with her to heaven. He has children, and people who love him and need him. Eventually, he says his goodbyes to Lexie and returns to the present, just as Kayla is about to call his time of death in the hospital room. All of a sudden, Abe’s heart begins to beat.

Photo: JPI

Kayla brings Julie, Eli, Lani, and Paulina the news that Abe will need surgery, but he will make it.  Then, Paulina and Lani make their way to see him. In another emotional moment, they tell him how much they love him (Paulina looks worried about her lie being exposed that Lani is not really Abe’s bio-daughter).  As the episode comes to its conclusion, we see the back of Lexie making sure Abe is safe and sound among the living, while signifying she is watching over him.

And if that was not enough, this episode also picked up where John had confronted MarDevil in the church, letting Satan knows he is on to him and that he is not going to win … he is going to get Marlena back.  Satan drives home the point that Marlena belongs to him now.  John is mortified as the cross on the church wall turns upside down. Later to show off his prowess and control, MarDevil turns the holy water blood red. As the scene progresses, MarDevil is jumping all over the church and showing up in different spots.

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John then gets the lowdown on how Satan struck a deal with Marlena to let Doug (Bill Hayes) live if she let him in.  That is followed, by some of the back-story of Marlena’s first possession over 25 years ago, and why it happened when she was alone and very distraught.  MarDevil even goes on to say that he tried once before to regain control of Marlena during the Salem Serial Killer storyline, but it did not work out that time, because all the victims turned out to be alive.  MarDevil brings up Stefano and how he had made Marlena believe John was dead which left her vulnerable.  He goes on to relate that Doug was the gateway for Marlena’s re-possession.

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MarDevil tells John what she did with Doug by committing him and how she wanted to kill Julie. John knows that Marlena can hear him and tries to bring her back, but as the devil struggles with that, ultimately, he wins and begins to show his strength to John tossing him around the church, where he is eventually is knocked unconscious and then dragged to, we don’t know where, by the MarDevil!

Throughout the scenes, Deidre Hall looked like she was having so much fun playing the devilish one in this campy storyline revisited.

So, what did you think of James Reynolds performance and his 40th anniversary episode? What was your favorite moment? Are you glad John knows for certain now that Marlena is once again possessed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS Emily O’Brien Previews Her Directorial Debut and Short Film ‘Too Close’

She’s an actress, a voice-over talent, writer, and now she can add director to her impressive resumeDays of our Lives star Emily O’Brien (Gwen) has shared over the last 24 hours a preview clip of her short film, Too Close.

Emily stated via her Instagram account: “Here’s a peek at the trailer for my short film entitled Too Close– I am so fortunate to have made this with my beloved team alongside me. My vision couldn’t have been brought to life without any of you, I am truly touched by your tenacity & genuine love for creativity!”  O’Brien shared the hashtags: #directorialdebut #filmmaking #periodpiece #cinema #womeninfilm
#writeyourownstory #vintagefilm

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You can check out the teaser for the film below which centers on the story of a young man and woman in the 1950’s examining what it means when two people in a relationship are considered to be too close.

Let us know if you are intrigued by the preview, and would like to see Emily’s short film via the comment section below.

 

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Jensen Ackles Shares Heartfelt Message on Death of ‘Rust’ DP Halyna Hutchins: “This Has Been a Tragedy of Epic Proportions”

Former Days of our Lives and Supernatural star, Jensen Ackles (Ex-Eric and Ex-Dean)  took to his Instagram over the weekend to pay tribute to cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins who was tragically killed in New Mexico, on the set of the film Rust in which Ackles co-starred with Alec Baldwin and Frances Fisher. Baldwin is also one of the producers of the film.

Last Thursday, in the initial investigation reports surfaced that Baldwin discharged a “prop gun” leading to the death of Hutchins and injuring director, Joel Souza.  Since that time it has been reported that Baldwin was told by the assistant director, David Halls, that the weapon was a “cold gun” meaning not loaded with live rounds following its preparation by the film set’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez.  But in his affidavit statement, Halls says he was unaware that the prop gun contained live rounds when it was given to Baldwin for his scene.

The scene Baldwin was rehearsing was inside a church building at the Bonanza Creek Ranch. In new affidavit’s, it was noted that Baldwin was ‘cross drawing’ the weapon and pointing the gun towards the camera lens.

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A grief-stricken Ackles shared:  “I’m not even sure where to start.  This has been a tragedy of epic proportions that we are all still processing. Earlier last week I felt compelled to tell Halyna just how awesome I thought she was. I told her how incredible I thought her camera shots were and just how exciting it was to watch her and her team work. Truly. She laughed and said thank you and gave me a hug. I’ll forever be thankful we had that moment.  She had a spunk and passion that infected the entire crew from the top down. She was an inspiration. My heart and prayers go out to Halyna’s husband, son and the rest of her family. There just aren’t enough words to express what an immense loss this is. She will be incredibly missed by all of us who knew and admired her.”

Since Hutchins’ death, a video also surfaced of Ackles discussing his concerns for gun safety on the set of Rust at a Supernatural convention in Colorado prior to the tragedy.

Jensen told the crowd: “I’ve got a 6 a.m. call tomorrow to have a big shoot-out. They had me pick my gun. They were like, ‘Alright, what gun would you like?’ and I was like, ‘I don’t know?’ and the armorer was like, ‘Do you have gun experience?’ I was like, ‘A little.’ And she’s like, ‘OK, well, this is how you load it, this is how we check it and make sure it’s safe. “So she’s like, ‘OK, I’m gonna put some blanks in there and I want you to just go and fire off a couple rounds towards the hill.’ And I was like, ‘OK.’ So I put the belt on, I put the gun there, and I walked out and she’s like, ‘Just make sure that you know, you pull the hammer all the way back and you aim at your target.’ And I was like, ‘OK, I got it.’  The footage was originally on You Tube, but now has been taken down.

The investigation remains and open and active on what occurred on the set of Rust, according to the Santa Fe New Mexico Sheriff’s office.

So, what do you think about Jensen’s tribute in the wake of the Rust tragedy? Comment below.

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