Hard to believe, but it is true that today ended the amazing four year run on-screen for Chandler Massey in the important role of Will Horton on Days of our Lives.
During his time with the NBC soap opera, Chandler took home two Daytime Emmys in a row in the Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series category, which when you have seen his work and the performances he gave in Will’s entire coming out story, it was truly a performance that will be remembered.
In addition, Chandler was the perfect actor to match with the inspiring writing of this important story to the LGBT community, and for DAYS to continue to stay strong with their vision to have a young same-sex young male couple on the canvas, when other soaps that are still on the air, have thus far not tackled.
In addition to playing the many inner-conflicts of a young gay man trying to come to terms with who he is, the show also made Will a father to his bio-daughter Arianna Grace. And although how that whole situation came to pass was met with some pushback from fans, in the end it paved the way for more story for the character and his boyfriend, Sonny (Freddie Smith).
Next, Guy Wilson takes over the role of Will Horton next week on the January 8th episode, which will be the next time we see the character on-screen.
We know many of you have been touched by Chandler’s performances, and are sad to see that this was his final airdate. What will you miss most about seeing Chandler as Will? And, will you open your hearts and give the new Will a chance so this important story on the soaps can continued to be told? Comment below!