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314 October 9th, 2015 DAYS Decimates Will Horton! Should Ben Have Brutally Murdered This Once Legacy Character?

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It came as no surprise after months of speculation, and of course confirmation in this week’s Soap Opera Digest (on newsstands now), that Days of our Lives Killer Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) would take the life of Will Horton (Guy Wilson) as his next victim.

And on Friday’s episode of the NBC soap opera, the scenes finally played themselves that when all was said in done, snuffed out the life of this once important character to the Salem canvas, and of the LGBT community.  The character also helped the soap earn GLAAD Awards, Daytime Emmys, and gave them a press angle they had not been able to utilize before.  More importantly. it showcased that a core family in town could have a gay child among them, and how the themes of love and acceptance were played out.

If you have not seen today’s (Friday) episode please do not read any further.

In story, Will is at Ben’s apartment waiting for the cable repair man to help his cousin Abby (Kate Mansi), who went to support her fiance’, who is dealing with the news that his father Clyde (James Read) has been arrested as a drug Lord at the Salem PD.  However, while Will is alone, he is shooting paper balls into a trashcan near Ben’s bed from the couch, and then later picking them up.  It is then he finds a red necktie in the trashcan.  Ben happens to come home and sees that Will has the tie, and he becomes increasingly frightening!  Ben is feeling like he has been caught!  When Will tries to leave after getting the creeps from Ben, he is thrown into the refrigrator and knocked out!  Next, in a harrowing moment, Ben takes the necktie and strangles the life out of Will.  He then stuffs Will’s body in what looks to be body/laundry bag.  The scene transistions, and we see that Ben has brought Will back to his apartment, making it look like Will was a victim of a struggle or a break-in.  Finally,  Ben drapes the red necktie around Will’s neck and leaves to go back home to Abby.  In the end, it is Gabi (Camila Banus) who walks in and finds Will’s lifeless body, as she lets out a blood curdling scream.

Mixed-emotions are running high today on social media.  Many, who did not like the character turn under the writing regime of former DAYS scribes Gary Tomlin and Chris Whitesell, now felt bad that the new regime of Josh Griffith and Dena Higley, killed Will off.  Still others have wanted the character gone for quite some time, since they never took to Guy Wilson’s portrayal of him, which got even more intense once the series made the character pretty dispiscable.  It was a far cry from the Will Horton who came out, and was written with such emotional heart and intensity, and played at that time in touching performances by eventual three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Chandler Massey.  Will’s murder also marked the end of the line for the couple known and beloved as WilSon.  First, came Freddie Smith’s (Sonny) decision to exit the series, and now the storyline-dictated move of Guy Wilson’s departure.

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Alison Sweeney (Sami) who returns next week to DAYS, shared her thoughts with SOD on killing her on-screen son Will:  “He’s a legacy character.  Marlena’s grandson.  Another child Sami lost, and he was on the canvas the whole time.”   Sweeney went on to to say: “I feel like that makes a difference: the audience grew up with him.  And yes, he was written into a corner there at the end, and it was heartbreaking.”

The story picks-up next week where in the latest DAYS promo from NBC (you can view below).  It features grieving parents, Sami and Lucas (Bryan Dattilo) seeing Will in the morgue, and Ben going beserk and almost killing Chad (Billy Flynn)!

So, what did you think of the decision to kill off Will Horton, and letting go of Guy Wilson?  Was the character boxed into a corner and therefore needed to die?  If you witnessed the episode, what did you think of the murder scenes?  With DAYS renewed focus on popular couples of the past, and big returns generating story and heat for their golden anniversary run, were they right to axe the character?  Was the Will viewers knew and loved ruined in the writing?  How do you feel about the loss of two of major gay characters from the canvas, leaving only Paul Narita (Christopher Sean)?  Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section below!

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  1. sonniorsolita says:

    The murder was disgustingly brutal. It shows to me that it’s the end of the line for “Days.” If you plan on keeping a series around for 10, 20 years, you don’t kill off a key legacy character that unites families, a character the audience saw grow up on screen, a groundbreaking character, and an interesting character with many layers (albeit not written very well as of late). You only do shock deaths like that if you are just trying to get as many eyeballs as possible to wring out every last advertising dollar before the show bites the dust. I still cannot believe someone thought it was a good idea to show the actual strangulation and moment of death. It wasn’t entertaining, it was horrifying. This incredibly shortsighted decision caused me to lose faith in the new writers and interest in watching. As for the character being written into a corner, um, the story of redemption is a story that never grows tired, and this was a character in need of redemption. There were plenty of ways to go with it. When the history of “Days” is written, there will be a huge section on the contribution the character of Will Horton made to society and its treatment and acceptance of gay men, especially people’s gay children. Ben will be a minor footnote — probably mentioned only as the forgettable character who killed Will Horton. The whole thing is a crying shame.

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    Mariama replied

    I so agree with you why would they kill Will please they have to bring him back.

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    Kelly replied

    Ted Corday has repeatedly said that all those killed by the necktie killer will be permanently dead. They will not be brought back to life. Corday has also said more than one legacy character will die.

    SRE replied

    They may not be coming back, but guess what, neither will a huge portion of DAYS’ fan base.

    marius replied

    this is F%$#@ED up!!!!!!!! the writes on days of our lives should be fired if they don’t bring back Will. make the mother or father hit his chest so he can come back to life !! Now!!, perhaps his father should be strangled because he abused both of his kids. if you don’t bring back Will i will boycott the days of our lives show and stop watching it ( i have been a faithful watcher for 30 years , i said 30 years) i will make sure all my friends and pure and simple strangers will stop watching the show. this is exactly why the show doesn’t win too many awards because of incompetent writers . they should bring will back and maybe reconnect him with his child’s mother or send him away but bring him back NOWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!. the writes are out of there mind by the way you kinda ruin an actors career. fyi to the writers you know you done messed up don’t you !? you just lost at least a quarter of you fan base. stop the killing and make characters be more promiscuous with each other rather then killing will. i want will back on Tuesdays episode now please . and i can be a better writer and more creative. you hurt my mother and her friend just today. stop hurting peoples feelings for a pay check earn it honestly and make Ur faithful watchers happy or poof 30 years down the drain . i want will back now! thank you and take me seriously please

    Chaz replied

    Obviously, these writers live in a bubble and are unaware of fans horrified reaction and their outrage to the brutal and violent murder of Frankie Frame on Another World.

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    blake replied

    True, they sure didn’t show Serena nor Paige being killed.

    Kelly replied

    For those of us who were too young to be aware of Another World who was Frankie Frame.

    Chaz replied

    Frankie Frame was a main character on Another World. She too was strangled to death and the scenes were vivid and violent. (They are on Youtube if you need to see them). Her death – and the brutality of it – outraged fans.

    denise replied

    I do remember when Frankie Frame was killed, I was so young and annoyed that i allowed myself to watch that, very traumatizing and just stupid writing. I did not want to watch Wil die, and did not. I am only reading about it. I understand why from a writer’s POV they killed him off because of the mileage they will get with bringing back core characters. I don’t like seeing Bo tortured and won’t watch if we just took a stand maybe the tortuous scenes would be toned down. I get it all i just think there could be another storyline that would have the same impact!

    SixBells replied

    Nineteen years later, I am STILLtraumatized by how they killed off Frankie Frame. I’m glad someone else mentioned it. I knew I couldn’t be the only one disgusted that another show would make the same mistake.

    Another World was off the air less than three years after that debacle. Just sayin’. :(

    nathan replied

    Sonniorsolita I agree with everything you said. I didn’t even bother to watch the past few days since I knew it was coming. Its clear this new writing regime is not interested in anything remotely gay. Dena Higley pretty much said Paul is not a character they are really interested in. Will was truly a legacy character. I think of all those good scenes he had with Sonny..Kate..Sami..EJ..and Marlena. Days did NOT have to do this.

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    rastia replied

    I was happy Will is off, but even I have to say that murder scene was pretty brutal of an exit. No long time character should got that treatment, especially in this time of real life violence.

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    Patrick replied

    the serial murder mystery is;

    what slayed me… is the brutal… did it have to happen… with such viciousness and unnerving pummel ??? i dont’ even know how to verbalize… (OK)

    unnerving pummel of Chad ??? so now.. he’s coma… so ??? this let’s the audience think that Ben’s character has an all out let to further get reaction from the oncoming onslaught of victim? that his character can decimate and massacre more victim?

    “I cried” for Sami… yeah, it cuts close to home.. that a parent… any parent… would go through this

    the character of Will was forefront… and it had nothing to do with Guy Wilson characterization any more… it was my dear Will… laying waste

    this core familial bond let

    this core character that brought life to an otherwise unrecognized unfeatured unearthed LGBT Marquee…. yeah… I cried

    I cried with heartache

    I cried that his character will be missed

    I cried that missing in action… Will and Sonny… who carried DAYS has been dismissed…. that will be adamantly disclosed if Paul is backburnered

    I’m thankful…and that’s not a relinquish of judgment… I’m adamant that NBC / Sony / and DAYS address this… vehemently…

    I can’t even think past this… as each character demise reel

    it’s going to be pain and anguish to watch Sami and Lucas (Sonny, plus)… REAL their character… and they will… what a huge loss

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    Patrick replied

    I really should put out their… what’s the difference of beating to near death… Chad…and murdering Will ? along the lines of keeping in story… ?

    viciously beating to death without intent to murder ?

    seems inhumane to me… moreso than intent to murder…

    it just impacted me the difference

    Ellen replied

    I totally agree with all that has been said… How much longer do we have to endure Ben not being caught? I mean… come on writers! This story line has become as brutally violent as some of the Prime Time shows. Enough already!!! Depriving Chad of his child, and watching 2 criminals (Clyde and Ben) come to town and watch their mental disorders rear rheir ugly heads! Paranoia,low self esteem, and brutality does not make a good story line. Get these 2 out of Salem for good!

    Kelly replied

    @sonniorsolita

    I agree with your entire post. However, if Corday is to be believed Will is not the only legacy character to be killed off. There are rumors that Bo Brady will also be killed off. Peter Reckell didn’t like the way Bo was written off Days when he left. Apparently, Peter agreed to return for only a few weeks to give closure. So if Peter is really done with Bo then Corday has only two options: recast Bo or kill him. I hate both options.

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    blake replied

    Yeah it’s looking like Bo will be killed off since the actor doesn’t want to be on there long term. I think that sucks because I don’t think Hope works well with anyone besides Bo. I’d rather have him recast than killed off.

    Carolyn replied

    While the actors certainly stepped up to this difficult moment in Days history, I TOTALLY AGREE with all sonniorsolita wrote. I’ve watched Days for over 35 years and have never felt horrified (and not in an entertaining way–as in a horror film) by what was on screen until the episode of 10/9/2015.

    This was a sad reminder of the finale of “Reid Oliver” on ATWT, shortly before that show ended. In addition to killing the character in an awful way, it made the gay s/l the only one with a sad ending when the show concluded.

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    Torqumada replied

    I disagree on the point of matter regarding how brutal this was.

    The scene had an almost dream like quality – suddenly the apt is next to sign that spills red then green light through the window. Wasn’t there before and was only there now for effect.

    The filming and edits were a series of cutaway. Ben has a necktie he wraps around his hands. Cut to Will on floor with the necktie.

    NOT brutal. Implied. Your mind is allowed to connect moments. Old trick.

    The affection for the character is real and the loss feels great. Almost brutal. But the scene as filmed wasn’t marked by excessive violence. Nighttime tv – say the torture scenes on Scandal – are much much much worse.

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    Lee replied

    That light has been there many many times. Lol. Have you been watching?

    CeeCee replied

    I agree with you, Torqumada. I have been saying all along that it seems Ben is in a dream-like state. I am no psychiatrist, but he is in a daze-sort-of-unreality. Also, he does derive gratification from killing….specifically strangling. This tells me he gets off watching his victims slowly expire, as they draw their last breath. He loves the power he has over them. He definitely gets turned on by taking a life because he goes straight to wanting sex….as soon as Abby walks in he is already sexually aroused. Am I the only one to have noticed this? I remember reading an article about something called LUST MURDER, if I remember correctly.
    Anyway, my nine year old niece has it all figured out. She said that Ben will go to Chad’s hospital room and try to finish him off. Suddenly Abby bursts in and declares, “You’re the killer?” She’s 9…. Out of the mouth of babes.

    Ginger S replied

    Goes to show the fans that DOOL is definitely. Going to sheyit &downhill & to hell quickly. One less fan is fading away fast.

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    Jenny replied

    Me to Ginger, I will never watch this soap again. I hope nbc cancel Days of our Lives next year. It won’t get renewed.

    Nora replied

    Great comment and I agree with you.The new regime sound as narrow minded and homophobic as that disgusting “religious” group that protested Matthew Sheppard’s funeral.I think Guy Wilson did the best job he could with the material he was given.To have Will murdered so brutally is the slap in the face for those who watched this young man bravely step out the closet and find love.I will gladly toast the Soap Diva when they cancel this show.

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    James McDonald replied

    I disagree. The murder of Will for me was along the lines of an Alfred Hitchcock movie and like film noir. I thought it was appropriate. It was good drama and it is exactly what Days Of Our Lives needed. I don’t want to see the gay storyline end, but let’s see what the new writers have in mind. Yes, the murder was shocking, but it looked heavily edited too. If this murder would have been on a primetime special, it would have lasted longer and could have been more graphic.

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    Patrick replied

    “… The murder of Will for me was along the lines of an Alfred Hitchcock movie and like film noir. ”

    I tip my hat to

    Ben’ Character… has been nuancing his acting skill

    when he finished his deed

    and with his left hand… was pounding on the table leg… and “vocaling” ???? crying… pain, anguish, … ???

    it was well done

    this is not one dimensional… complacent…

    a riveting well done “film Noir”

    and Robert Scott Wilson… is beyond measure… meeting expectation

    CeeCee replied

    But, the key word here ,James, is DAYTIME. This is a soap; not ‘ une pellicule noire’. With all due respect, there are children in some households who watch soaps. That scene was obnoxious, …..thank God we monitor what parts of the show the kids are allowed to watch.

    4ever DAYS replied

    Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Frenzy’ gave me nightmares, James! I’m so happy DAYS’ necktie victims weren’t discovered with their tongues sticking out!

    James McDonald replied

    4ever DAYS, I’ve have seen Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy (1972) many times. Thank goodness Ben didn’t get on top of him and say “lovely”.
    That would have been the cable version.

    dmr replied

    I haven’t watched the episode yet; but, yesterday’s episode where Chad and Ben fight in Ben’s apartment was extremely brutal too-I thought. I couldn’t continue to watch it. It just doesn’t make sense to me that Ben is the serial killer. When he was first introduced to the audience, he was shy and seemed to oppose violence against women. (although, he was played by a different actor at the time). I guess obsessive “love” and infatuation changes a person-into a psychotic serial killer. (albeit, not the brightest one-he did leave a red neck tie in the garbage can, and his trash bag of evidence is floating above water in the Salem river somewhere)…I’m not upset that Guy Wilson has departed the show. I think it was the right move to have the actor depart; not sure if it was the right move to have a legacy character murdered. Oh well…

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    kay replied

    Excuse me that this reply is months later, I agree 100%. If this show is not really over, now I’m quitting watching. The scene today when Ben strangled Chad, was the limit. This scene, like Will’s killing, was completely uncalled for, brutal, viciously cruel, and added nothing to the plot since he ‘let him live’ – in order to set them on fire. It’s my hunch that the executive writer(s) are vividly living out some sick personal fantasy as this theme of graphic onscreen snuff scenes continues. – If these scenes were posted to FB they’d be banned for graphic violence. These scenes and plots couldn’t happen without perverted sick minded writers who desire to manipulate viewers’ affections.

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  2. Mark says:

    I felt today’s show was excellent. Yes, it was sad that a character that has been on the show for a long time was killed, but in real life, don’t we all die? Hopefully not murdered, but we do die. As for being brutal, to me, not really. I thought Marlena’s attack was much worse. I have faith in the new writers and with what I have seen so far, the show is 100% better then it was with the other writers. I have read so many people in the past complain about the character of Will and how he’s changed or complained about the actor himself. Now that he’s gone, everyone is having a fit. You can’t have it both ways. I think we should all just see how this all plays out. This is what makes a soap opera so great, DRAMA!

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    Patrick replied

    I really have to prop; the actor’ Ben (Robert Scott Wilson)

    he has this outlying veneer of mask… that’s disarming…

    it’s not one dimensional… what is triggering this outrage ? this maniacal feast as it were? this storm of lust… his burgeoning release ?

    dang

    Wow!

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    CeeCee replied

    Absolutely, Patrick. Robert is doing such a sensational job. WOW!…. he even looks the part. But, all things must come to an end. I am sure he has a great career ahead of him.
    Have you noticed how he gets the urge to taste more blood whenever he holds Abby and/or has flashes of his kill? Classic sign of a serial killer. As I said, he gets a high from it. (Quasi-Dahmer?).
    Now, we wait and see how long it will take him to go to hospital and kill Chad. Who will catch him in the act? Abby, as my niece suggests? But, my little niece will not be allowed to watch that scene.

  3. CeeCee says:

    Well, Mr. Fairman, your question has been discussed already! Many times. So, again, this legacy character should not have been killed. I wish I understood the stupid move. It just makes no sense to me.
    Ben was really creepy. I felt his power over poor, docile Will. I felt so sorry for him….like a scared little bird. Until today, I thought Ben committed these murders not from rage, but from a need…..I sensed a disconnect. But, today, his actions….distinct, methodical, diabolical, calculated tell me otherwise. He’s jus b-b-b-bad to the core of his essence. He does do it out of a momentary rage…he pounces instantly…..
    Afterwards, he knows he’s ‘done’ wrong…..but he covers his tracks with keen precision, unthinkingly, by rote. It’s as routine as putting his coat on and off……Which tells me, he has been doing this for a long time….since he killed his mother…LOL…Yeah, I still believe that. He also gets a high from it and then when he comes to earth he is sexually aroused. I think that’s typical for crazy, diabolical killers. Psychology class…LOL.
    I held on to the hope that Will’s death would just be a rumor; but, man, was I shocked, albeit I should have been prepared. No fair, writers!!!! shame on you.
    I wish I could interview the writers …..WHY DID YOU KILL WILL OFF.?!?!?!?!.

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    su0000 replied

    hey CeeCee..
    I read the writers do not kill characters, not usually if at all.
    The director, producer and network suites decide who lives and dies by how much the actors are used or by high salaries. They let whomever go and tell the writers to write him/her out,.. crazy stuff..

    It may not be a fact, just mentioning it..

    and– soap characters never die, even when they die they do not die .. :)

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    CeeCee replied

    That’s so true, su. But, whoever decides to kill off a legacy character, especially the only young character who carries the Horton name, needs to wise-up. Lol.

    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I want Ben and Abigail still have their wedding day…As they open their wedding gifts, Abigail is confused and Ben is shocked and nervous…all their gifts are neckties! Then, as they cut their cake, blood squirts out and drenches both bride and groom…a horrified Ben turns to his bride and guests…they are all dead and have neckties tied around their necks! Ben awakens in bed, startled by his dream and sweating profusely, hears an eerie voice asking, “Why did you do it?”, he slowly turns to discovery a dead Will in bed with him! Then Ben wakes up from this second nightmare to find a cheerful Abigail has prepared breakfast in bed and announcing ,”its their wedding day.” She notices Ben is shaky and sweaty, remarks, “Pre-wedding jitters, huh!”…lol

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    CeeCee replied

    Wow! Jimh; are you sure you weren’t Lon Chaney in a past life? Just kidding. But, I must say, I love it….your imagination deserves an Academy Award for best visual. Strangely enough, that is a feasible scenarios, Jim.

    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Thanks CeeCee, i actually take that Lon Chaney comparison as a compliment…i grew up watching many of his movies and all those other classic horror movies!

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    CeeCee replied

    I meant it as a compliment, dear friend…you’re the best. And, your keen observations and comedic comments are right on cue.

    CeeCee replied

    5@Marius.
    Hi, Marius.
    I just had to reply to your comment. I sooooo agree with you. If TPTB want to bring him back, they could. It may easily be written in that, on the way to the morgue, or the hospital, Will was revived, but, is in a coma…….the investigating team decided to keep it hush hush as to not alert the killer.
    This is so pathetic…..of all people. I guess Will was not considered an integral part of the show. Why? Because ‘they’ decided to make Abby so important. Well, because of her, people are getting killed. This character makes me want to grit my teeth.
    As you said; send Will away for a time, or something. But, don’t kill him off. Everyone I know who watches Days is up in arms about his ‘death’.

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  4. Veronica says:

    I have watched Days on and off for a while and what drew me back was the wonderful way they wrote the Will coming out storyline and the WilSon love story. I love soaps and know that drama happens and when Will cheated on Sonny, it added layers to them both…but I believe the writers wrote Will into a corner! He became so one dimensional and so manulative, not wanting to take responsibility for his wrongdoing. There was so much room for redemption….I believe if they wanted to get rid of Will…they should have gotten him back to that place where he was when he first came out and let him and Sonny work things out or not…and he could have moved away to be with Sonny or moved away to heal after losing Sonny…..maybe been attacked like Marlena, but survive. I believe killing Will was and is a very big mistake. I agree with Ali Sweeney as she mentioned in SOD….it’s heartbreaking! I look forward to how Sami, Lucas and Sonny handle the news, but I believe after Will’s funeral…I may be done with Days…..

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    Lee replied

    He did take responsibility. He’s blamed himself over and over.

    Make a list of DOOL characters and what they have done and then compare Will’s actions. It is just crazy to see his actions as worse than the majority. Most have cheated and lied and schemed.
    Chad betrayed and lied to Abigail numerous times, yet will was “written into a corner?” What? How about writing him to grow up and continue to be a great parent?

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  5. su0000 says:

    Days was near dead in the water from lame boring stories/whatever..
    Now– Days is murder, lots of murders, serial killings, and up up and up goes the ratings/numbers.
    It would seem people of the 21st century media (what they are use to on cable) tuned in because of murders lol. The sappy campy looooong conversations love stuff kissing couples just don’t up the numbers.
    I’d imagine from the numbers most want action, suspense, thrills and chills murders LOL :)

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    Patrick replied

    perhaps this is a laud and prop to American Horror STory….

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    blake replied

    I was thinking of American Horror Story also. This new AHS season, Hotel is pretty gruesome but it looks like it’s going to have around 10 million viewers.

  6. Ricky says:

    Will was a great addition to Days and he
    Always made viewers smile each time they
    saw him. He will be missed and Days will not
    be the same without him.

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  7. Lew S. says:

    In total agreement. So sad – Cowardice and lack of imagination.

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  8. Sheila says:

    I haven’t watched Days since Serena was killed off, but killing off Will and the manner in which it was done sound just awful. Angering fans in this age of diminished viewer numbers just rings to me of the death knell of the show.

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  9. Kaylie15 says:

    Days has portrayed countless straight romances over the years, but only one gay one – with Paul as the interloper. There have been multiple examples of happy endings for straight couples, but only tragedy for the gay one. Multiple straight characters have cheated, schemed and worse, but Days thinks fans won’t forgive Will. Many super couples have been separated by death, but none where the dying character died alone not knowing they were loved.

    Will & Sonny didn’t get a kiss goodbye. Will only got a phone message. There has been no gay affection or romance since the new writers took over.

    Would Will’s death matter as much if there was equal representation? No, but it would still hurt. It’s always hard to be promised a happy ending – as we were at their wedding – and have it ripped away.

    Speaking of which, Gabi – who murdered Nick, left Melanie in the clutches of Andrew and whose schemes led to the death of Jack & Madison, is deemed worthy of raising Arianna and Days’s social media is filled with pictures of her with Arianna. Why is she forgiven but not Will? He had a ONS that he regretted and engaged in some dumb-ass, self-destructive scheming that hurt only himself. Yet, Days claims viewers would never forgive him.

    Days is saying that gay men who misbehave will be punished with violent death. For that, I’m not going to forgive Days. They had an opportunity to give Will & Sonny a happy ending – something so rare in mainstream gay representation. They actively chose to comfort conservative viewers with the old-fashioned sacrificial gay trope.

    The only saving grace is that Guy Wilson was heartbreaking in the last few weeks. But Paige & Serena got more exit scenes than a legacy character like Will.

    I’m disgusted by the brutality of Will’s death and how anyone at Days thought it was a good idea.

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    Liz replied

    I second this. Every word.

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    Lisa replied

    +1. And it looks JJ is going to be paired with Gabi, whose actions led to his father’s death. And again, how sad is it that Jack is not on the canvas. His adoptive father was a serial killer. Abby could have used her father’s guidance and wisdom when she recovers from this horror. Such a missed opportunity.

    Nora replied

    Well said Kaylie.I will never forget this disgusting ending.Reminds me of when As The World Turns was in its final weeks.They killed off Lucas Snyder’s boyfriend in a stupid train track accident.We were to believe that this trained (no pun intended) doctor couldn’t unfasten his seatbelt and leave his coat in time to be smashed by a train.Reid was itself in that his heart was transplanted into a dying straight married man.In the soaps finale,Luke was the only character standing alone and tearful while the straight couples practically dancing thru the tv screen.

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    kay replied

    I totally agree with this post. It was a senseless, brutal death that should not have happened. They could have sent Will out of town on assignment and the plane crashed “with no known survivors” – and in a year or so brought Will back to Salem with amnesia…I would rather see the character “missing” for awhile then murdered by a cold, calculating maniac. I am a fan of Guy WilSon and Will miss him but have every confidence that his career will continue to rise while DOOL ratings plummet and all the remaining cast lose their jobs due to cancellation. This show was only a stepping stone for Guy and Freddie and other actors/actresses who left the show, either by their choice or the show’ s.

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    DYLAN replied

    Wow! Did you really just openly wish unemployment on about 150 hard working men and women? Yeah, you did. What a mean spirited post. While this may be a fictional piece of entertainment, the people who put the show on are real. They have lives and needs and families to support. They work at a breakneck accelerated pace, possibly harder than anyone in all of show business. And because they kill off ONE character who had run his course, you are hoping for an end to all of them. In this day and age and this economy, we should be praying for others who find and keep gainful employment, not wishing the opposite of that.

    James McDonald replied

    I agree with you. Every gay movie or television storyline I have seen ends with separation and/or tragedy. Even Brokeback Mountain had a horrible ending. Yes, the story of Will and Sonny should have had a wonderful ending with the door open for the couple to return. But Hollywood is still not accepting grown adult men even in a close friendship or a romance and they just want to kill them off. Will they ever have a wonderful movie about gay men with a happy ending that could win an Academy Award? Not even in 2015. On Days Of Our Lives, the only male friendship we are going to see now is Bo and Patch and they will only be able to look at each other for 10 seconds before the censors say, quick bring in the ex-wives Hope and Kayla into the scene. You might be right about Days Of Our Lives going back to being homophobic. I wonder if some of the actors on the set were uncomfortable with the bedroom scenes and kissing of men that they wrote a note saying “end this storyline”?

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    DYLAN replied

    I don’t see why or how a movie about adultery, divorce, and broken homes could or should have a happy ending.

    Kaylie15 replied

    Yes, there have been plenty of straight characters who died, but unless they were straight up villains, they were usually allowed some sort of redemption or heroic death or a last moment with their loves. Will wasn’t investigating, he didn’t save anyone, he wasn’t even given the agency to fight that hard for his own life. Unlike EJ, he did not get forgiveness from Sonny, spend a last few loving days with Sonny or even have a loving moment with Arianna after Gabi arrived – to do any of that would have required positive gay images on the screen. So, Will got a quick, ugly death believing himself to be unloved by Sonny that no popular character has ever been treated to. This all boils down to the new writers not wanting to show gay love, sexuality or even parenting in a positive way.

    As for the bedroom scenes, I have heard the opposite – that the actors, especially Guy Wilson who has acted in R-rated movies, were too explicit and had to tone it down. I don’t think any of the actors objected to being in gay love scenes. There was talk of Chandler Massey being uncomfortable in all love scenes, gay or straight, but I always thought he did fine.

    Soapluv2010 replied

    Stop with the double standard and trying to conjure up discrimination where none exists. ANY CHARACTER can die on a soap opera. Baby Grace, Lexie, the magnificent EJ DiMera to cite a few recent examples.
    Of course some people will miss the character and he has a long history and many close ties and family. That’s what makes his murder good drama, the reaction to it, the huge impact across the total canvas. Yes, WilSon is iconic but, it’s over…like EJ and Sammie and a boatload of Super Couples from every single soap opera ever written. Iconic relationships end, too. Is there some kind of ridiculous expectation that because they were a gay couple, the same misfortune and tragedy that befalls other characters and couples could never touch them? Really?
    WilSon’s story was a beautiful love story but, then Will turned out to be quite a jerk. So this never happens in a soap? In the movies? In books? In real life?
    I’m happy the character and the actor are over. I wish Sonny would come back permanently and the talented and gorgeous Paul could help mend his broken heart.

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    maddiehayes replied

    Exactly, SoapLuv! Lexie was the only African-American woman on the show and she was killed off, where was the outrage? I’m unhappy that Will, who is both Brady & Horton, Sami & Lucas’s son, who we watched grow up on the show, was killed off, especially in such a savage way! It has nothing to do with him being gay. He’s only been gay for a few years. I loved him LONG before he was a gay icon! I’m hoping he’ll be back one day, resurrected by Stefano or somesuch nonsense.

    David replied

    Killing Will came as no surprise with Dena as a co-head writer. She has killed off many good characters on other soaps. Unfortunately, the last actor who played Will was not well received by the fans for a long time; he got better at the end of his run. I don’t think the writers wrote him into a corner where he could not redeem himself. I think a tactical decision was made by TPTB to kill off a legacy character so it could possibly open up new storylines. There were so many other legacy characters who could been killed or died for example Caroline; Stefano; Steve; Julie; and/or Bo.

    I was disappointed how quickly the characters were killed. There was very little plot development. One day they were talking and walking around, the next day they were dead, especially Will.

    I will probably stop watching Days. Usually, I find many of their storylines as well as the characters predictable. With the Wislon storlyline, the writers were forced to think outside their boxes. And their romance opened several other storylines which emphasized familial love and support., not to mention acceptance.

  10. Jim says:

    I’m furious that Will was killed! Combined with Paul having no story, this shows clearly the anti-gay agenda of the new writers. Days used gay characters and gay viewers to win awards and is now tossing us aside. Well, we aren’t going quietly.

    Long-time viewers, not just viewers attracted to the show in recent years by WilSon, are also affected by the offing of a core character either. Alison Sweeney in her SOD interview is a lot more pissed and opposed to what happened than you make her out to be. She said she felt betrayed and hurt and said clearly that killing Will is a mistake.

    If Days is cancelled, this will be the final moment people point to to say it’s when they blew it. Days’s “killing Frankie Frame” moment.

    There are way more people angry with this murder than happy about it.

    BTW some of us liked TomSell — don’t make it seem like everyone was mad at the previous writers because that’s not true.

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    Jim replied

    I meant to write “too,” not “either,” at the end of this sentence. — “Long-time viewers, not just viewers attracted to the show in recent years by WilSon, are also affected by the offing of a core character either.”

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    Patrick replied

    I”m with you all the way

    DAYS / Sony / and NBC are circumventing this travesty by also featuring… that EJ is “alive”

    and furthing distracting from … GAY Lives LIVE with

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    Kaylie15 replied

    I always thought TomSell were hamstrung by budget and production restrictions, and I always thought they were probably given notes like “more catfights” and “Will is the new Sami” that weren’t their doing. If they had been allowed to work under the new production guidelines, they might have done well.

    I won’t hate TomSell because I loved Wilson’s wedding, my favorite moment in 20 years of watching Days, and I thought the screwball stuff with Wilson, Ejami & Gabi during the Nick river stuff was fun.

    I’m also disgusted that EJ – a character that raped and murdered people but remained a fan favorite – is being brought back but Will, whose schemes were mild and self-destructive, is deemed unworthy of life.

    I love the analogy of Will’s death being the “Frankie Frame” moment. In fact, I expect the cancelation announcement immediately or right around the big anniversary episode.

    Make no mistake, there is a scrubbing of gay images from Days. It’s no accident that Wilson were written without a final love scene or kiss or even being in the same room. Will had no flashbacks of his wedding or life with Sonny. We won’t see it, either, because there will be no gay affection or sexuality on Days anymore.

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    elm51 replied

    guy wilson said in an article on welovesoaps.net dated 10/8/15 that the writers elected to move away from the storyline he was in and refocus on the storylines that were really popular for the show in years past – so to me that they are definitely getting rid of the gay storyline…………………..

    Cary Giacalone replied

    Great message to our youth, like many of the early movies, if your gay and fall in love in the end one of you die in tragedy

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    Soapluv2010 replied

    How about…if you’re a liar…if you’re Sammie’s kid…if you’re a marginal actor…if you cheat on your partner with two other people within the first year of your marriage, if you’re manipulative, if you’re nosing around in other people’s garbage…if the writers want to bump up the drama…

    My point is- objectively, Will’s murder had absolutely NOTHING to do with his being gay – amply demonstrated by the fact that his murderer had asked Will to be best man in his wedding. Will was not just gay and nothing else. No one is.
    Sometimes there’s no cryptic message. Look at Paige’s murder.

    DYLAN replied

    Seriously?! First of all…youth should not be watching soaps. Soaps are very adult in content. Second…soaps are not life lessons that should be sending “messages”. Third…every person on Earth who falls in love loses someone they love in tragedy. That is in no way exclusive to gay people.

    Tim Welles replied

    I agree – the scene, dark and ominously portrayed by the actors, was beautifully executed, I really felt sorry for Will, it was the best acting he’s done even with what evidently sounded like a sinus infection.
    However, I resent a gay character being exterminated in this manner. With Sonny out of the picture (they could have done a re-cast but didn’t) and Sami gone, I guess there wasn’t much to write for him to do. I don’t know if the negative reaction to the re-casting of Will assisted in the character’s demise – but, with Sonny, Will, Paul and Derrick off the canvas, I guess there won’t be any gay characters for homophobes to worry about.
    I think, unfortunately, that these “permanent deaths” I think the show will probably close the curtain after it’s 50th Anniversary. I certainly hope I’m wrong, but it just feels like things are coming to an end.

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  11. MBmomof3 says:

    Bone chillingly brutal. Although I’d read rumors Will would be the next victim, I am still heartbroken and devastated having watched this character grow up before my very eyes. Words fail me.

    I will say that Guy Wilson and Robert Scott Wilson gave Emmy worthy performances in today’s episode. That is praise I don’t throw about lightly.

    Just so sad I’m speechless…. but riveting performances. I will watch this episode again when I’m ready. I hope this loss to Salem is worth it in the long run.

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    Patrick replied

    nice post… even knowing this was going to happen… did not lessen the loss

    I still had thursdays ep to watch .. but knowing what was going to happen… I FF Friday ep… to follow with

    instantaneous dam break…

    from Serena to Paige to Will… the levels of core characters featured… are booming … and if played out right… and thus far… it’s kudos

    I have to put out their….

    this is the first time…. and I think plenty will agree

    this is the first time… that the cast of ole… sans Kassie DePaiva… led

    and I will adamantly storm and soapbox… what a huge dissapointment letting go of Kassie DePaiva IS

    when this production team… retools and sings the days of ole (ie: supercoupledom) and doesn’t realize new audience… that new blood and new characters , that Kassie DePaiva … is solely… instrumental in leading and paving the way for a lead actress to take over… is easily dismissed is so catastrophic… that it’s a tear in all that they project

    throw in the exit of Daniel Cosgrove… and you have a huge gap of talent to make up… and the core audience… with respect to long time viewers… the current day audience will not be so easy to cull…. and tune in regularly… Eve and Aiden are huge barometers of talent

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  12. Kalle says:

    After Chandler Massey was fired from the show, I could’t watch Guy Wilson playing Will. At that time I stopped watching Days of Our Lives. Regarding the character of Will: better dead than re-recast!

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    Lee replied

    And again #hatewins.

    This is the type of person who Days catered too? Unworthy.

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    4ever DAYS replied

    I think the haters lose. They see that their hate may have caused Will’s death and now they will be part of the mourning process.

    We lost Will, but everyone will see what hate does which will change haters for the better.

    Will’s death won’t be swept under the rug. Will was loved and his life mattered. Will is survived by many who Will miss him and who will fight for his honor.

    I hate that Will was murdered, but love how his death can contribute to less hate.

    Ben closed Will’s eyes and our eyes are wide open. Our minds are open. Our hearts are open.

    Haters may have won the battle, but not the war. Will’s story continues…4ever.

    Kjl replied

    I also couldn’t watch after Chandler left. I never could stand Guys lack of acting skills and then the writing and story line of the character was just awful. I was really hoping for a better recast. It was once a great character and could of been again with a better actor. Too bad they decided to kill of this legacy character.

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    blake replied

    Yeah I noticed Guy’s acting sure was better in his last episode, even his voice was much deeper.

    Tim Welles replied

    Regarding “Will’s voice” in the last two episodes he appeared in, I really think that Guy was battling a cold or sinus infection of some kind, he sounded very raspy but he was a trouper, he did his scenes, and by the way he was really excellent in conveying fear and uncertainty in those scenes – I was really hoping he could escape. Alas, he did not…

    ces replied

    I agree with you Kalle. Not a fan of recasts especially when they are poor recasts (uh hum like Kassie DePaiva who I ffwd through ever scene because she is and will never be Eve Donovan) Chandler Massey was Will and I could not watch Guy Wilson in the role.

    So, Bye Will!

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  13. Cathy says:

    I’m very disappointed I was disgusted by Will death it was tasteless horrible plain cruel creepy.To show him struggle to beg please please no mercy Ben shove Will in a body in bag.To have Ben look at WilSon wedding pic was heart wrenching to see.Guy did really good with his acting and his expression wasn’t overboard for the first time Guy gave his all in his material in his final scenes.I didn’t like how Will was killed we didn’t need to see the strangulation the struggle the begging and of course Will eyes open but to top it off.Then to lay Will body near Ari toys made me feel like Days had no respect for Will Horton.Even if I didn’t really like Guy I lost such respect for Will the show ruined Will character and his marriage I didn’t want Will to die such horrible death.

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    Patrick replied

    thank you

    I thought to myself… as the pic of Will and Sonny was ??? filmed and/or panned

    is this all that’s going to be of Will and Sonny… of any further LGBT presence?

    what a dismissive and inarguably how dare they … ie: DAYS production

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  14. Nikki says:

    Very disappointed in the direction Days has taken in launching a serial killer to celebrate the 50th anniversary. Great way to honor the legacy by killing a Brady/Horton. Days has missed the mark the past few years; I hope it gets back on track. I’d hate to see one of the last remaining soaps cancelled. Days should have taken a page from GH, hell Ron Carlivati should have written the 50th!

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    Kelly replied

    Days is on the renewal bubble. The show has been renewed until sometime in 2016 but there is no guarantee after that. Corday was probably told by the network top management to slash salaries and create storylines that bring in the viewers. Number of viewers are up now! Also, with less money for salaries some characters are possibly been taken off the canvas to make way for Thaao Penglis, AJ Martinez etc.

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    Robert Seganti replied

    They ARE taking a page from GH.Bringing back long-gone characters and foisting crazy plot driven drivel on them and on the audience.Bringing back Steve and Bo and getting rid of Eve and others is not the way to go.Bringing back old characters and giving them silly material does not bring back the credibility that the better written storylines of the past gave a show.The days of headwriters being allowed to write are long gone.There are no Bill Bells,Harding Lemays,Doug Marlands,Clair Labines,Agnes Nixons or Henry Slesars being permitted to enthrall audiences with great storytelling.

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    kelly replied

    I hear you and partly agree. However, the episodes we are now seeing were filmed six months ago. So, I’m willing to wait and see how the writers handle the killing of Will, the return of Bo, the interaction between Adrienne and Justin/Lucas, the interaction between Kayla and Steve. Most of all I want to see how the writers handle the very real problem of Peter leaving Days again. He only agreed to return for a few weeks to bring permanent closure. And I want to see more interaction between Chad and Andre.

    In my opinion, Days focused way too much on the new characters Eve, Paige, Serena etc to the detriment of the legacy characters Marlena, John, Roman, Hope, Kayla, Stefano and so forth. Although I knew Will was going to die I was more than shocked at the way it was done. As for the great writers you’ve mentioned it would be wonderful if they were still around. The great writers that were on Days would not have allowed Clyde to push around Stefano and Victor. Instead it would have been Stefano and Victor scaring the daylights out of Clyde. Also, it would have been Andre who sent the threatening text to Clyde not young JJ out of his depth.

  15. Nk3play2 says:

    I’m not as upset about how “brutal” the murder was…….. However the choice of victim is extremely questionable. I understand for the sake of drama that someone important had to go, BUT Will was by far way too young and way to filled with potential as a character. While I wasn’t a fan of Guy Wilson, I do know the value of the character. That’s literally 20 years of history wiped out. The 20th anniversary of Will’s birth coincides with the 50th anniversary and having him died for the 50th is just odd. Now, if they can spin great story from this and keep the momentum going, then fine. But once again, I am not sure Will is the person I would have chosen to kill off.

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  16. Chaz says:

    HUGE mistake. Although the writers seemed determined to decimate the character before this with his recent behavior this was a travesty. Will Horton had ties to so many other characters and had so much story potential to be mined. Yes, he was Sami’s son and comparisons ti their behavior was inevitable. But, people always understood Sami acted as she did because of her insecurities. They just made Will seem immature and somewhat promiscuous. It almost appears that they are going out of their way to take down the show.

    Serena was a poorly developed character and her death in the scheme of things was not a terrible loss. Paige, who frankly annoyed me until she was allowed to really show emotion, turns out to have ties to Rafe and Gabi and could have been turned into an interesting character but instead is killed off. And, the fallout from that is that they have ended the run of Eve and gotten rid of her as well.

    With the death of Will and Sonny having left the canvas for all intents & purposes, the only gay character left is Paul. Unless we are going to see him leave with Sonny to “comfort” him. Was this all part of the plan….to rid DOOL of its gay characters?

    It is almost like Sami (really Ali Sweeney) is being punished for leaving. Yes, Sami has other ties to Salem and could return with her other children but I doubt they will do so in the foreseeable future. Not only because AS will not come back full time but they seem to think that rapid aging of other characters is going to be the saving grace of the show.

    Instead of Day’s 50th being remembered as a celebration of the show it seems it will be remembered as the destruction of families and core characters for the sake of shock value. So, thanks Higley & Griffith for taking an axe to one of the main family trees.

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    Lee replied

    Promiscuous? He’s had the least sex of almost every adult on the show. His mother in law has had multiple affairs and his father in law has also and had a child with his mistress. Sami has had many many many men. Sonny has had many lovers before Will.

    Promiscuous? Really?
    Well, he is gay, so I guess that’s a double standard.

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    Lee replied

    Abigail has cheated. More than once. Slept with EJ, Chad’s brother –while he was engaged. Lied and told people Austin slept with her….

    But the word promiscuous is used for Will.

    Interesting.

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    Chaz replied

    Perhaps promiscuous was a poor choice of words….I was referring to Will’s cheating in California and again with Paul. It was also why I said “somewhat”.

    I assume they wanted to find a reason to break up Will and Sonny because of Freddy Smith’s leaving the show and thought having Will sleep with others was the way to go. From the get go I thought it was a poor choice as it diminished Will as a character AND as a gay man.

    As for a double standard…yea…there is. Straight characters cheat and get reunited with the love of their life. The gay character gets murdered. That’s a double standard my eyes.

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    Kaylie15 replied

    I think they tacked on the cheating in LA stuff because they knew they were killing Will, and they wanted viewers to find him sexually distasteful and deserving of death, if only subconsciously. They also wanted to make the Will/Paul encounter less special, when it had appeared that Will and Paul made a strong connection with one another and were deeply attracted.

    I thought Will and Paul had hotter sexual chemistry than Will and Sonny, and Will and Sonny are my OTP. It messed with the planned story because Paul and Will were both supposed to be in love with Sonny but whenever Paul and Will fought, there was a lot of sexual tension.

    They had a golden opportunity to explore than when Freddie left, and they chose hate over love.

    James McDonald replied

    You just brought up another good point. Rapid-aging the young children this Thanksgiving is ridiculous. And they are aging them too much. We are suppose to believe that Ciara – Hope’s child, will see her father, Bo Brady again after 3 years and all of a sudden she turns into a wild sexual teenager by Thanksgiving along with Theo and Aiden’s son. I will probably stop watching DAYS after this. Only A. Martinez and Thaao Penghlis will hold my attention anymore.

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    kay replied

    How do you define promiscuous? Will had two one-night-stands (one in LA in Nov; one in Jan in Salem) – that is hardly promiscuous! He was n’ t having sex every night of the week with multiple mystery guys, or having an ongoing affair (like Adrienne/Lucas). After his ONS with Paul, he regretted cheating on Sonny and vowed too never let it happen again. And it never did. His only “crime” was to try to get Paul to leave Sonny alone (Paul had been trying for months to get Sonny to leave Will and be with him, and also tried to get Sonny to sleep with him while knowing Sonny was still trying to work on his marriage. Marriage and commitment means nothing to Paul, but yet Will is the bad guy here? Will is irredeemable? Will is not worthy to be forgiven for such minor grievances? The only way this show can end this relationship is to MURDER IN COLD BLOOD the “cheating spouse” – no other way to handle this? That is total B.S. if they wanted to end WilSon they could have had Sonny file for divorce and send Will the paperwork and we never see Sonny again. They could have had Will divorce Sonny and move to another city or country, and take his daughter with him. They did NOT have to kill Will! They just did not want to be bothered with writing for a gay character. They will probably never write anything meaningful for Paul. His only purpose Will be to talk to his “New found father John” about sports. Boring. Arianna will grow up never knowing her father since she was only 2 when he was so savagely taken from her life. Such a sad ending to Will Horton’ s short life. To be murdered at 22 and for what reason? Because he was defending his friend Chad against the accusations Ben was hurling at him – that Chad was the real killer – when WE know that BEN is the maniac responsible for the recent murders. So Ben decides to get rid of Will instead. He does not care that Will is a father and husband and has family who depend on him. No Ben has no feelings for anyone but himself. So he murders Will and makes it look like a burglary gone wrong. Poor Will. He pleaded for his life but to no avail. And Ben Will get away with this heinous crime . But Will is the one who can “never be forgiven.” What a bunch of SOB’s these writers are.

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    Dylan replied

    Adultery is promiscuous regardless. Especially twice in a matter of months.

    CeeCee replied

    A cheater is a cheater is a cheater. Please, Kay, I apologize for being so blunt, but, there is never a good excuse to cheat. Regardless of how many times one cheats, once or one hundred; it is still cheating. Sonny needed time out. But, Will proceeded to do a lot more than cheat. He was sneaky, cunning and untrustworthy. However, he did not deserve to be killed. He was a core character. I strongly feel that it was a stupid move. In the end, my heart went out to him. I really wanted him to stay, albeit I did not like him so much. This was not right.
    Nonetheless, it’s not real. And, for you to wish the rest of the cast to lose its job does not make sense. What you’re saying is: because TPTB decided to kill Will, then the other actors need to be sacrificial lambs? Paganism went out with the Mayans.

  17. Chloe says:

    There was so much they could do with Will. Aside from the “gay storyline”, he was involved with AbiSlut’s story, had Ari, relationships with Gabi & Occasional Popup Dad Lucas and of course, those mischosen stories that he kept choosing to write. Plus there were all the ties to both “royal families” of Salem.

    As for redemption – we’ve had murderers & rapists redeemed on the show, who have gone on to become beloved characters. Will cheated – certainly not commendable but also not a “crime” that he couldn’t have recovered from.

    Will has driven me nuts for the past several months, with his cheating & his refusal to take responsibility for it & instead blaming everyone else. But I certainly didn’t want him killed off! They could have sent him to Paris to visit Sonny or sent him to LA to visit Sami if they wanted to recast. How could they not know what to do with a character who had that many ties? It makes no sense. To me, it seems as though Will died just to prop the boring Chabby storyline & because Ben’s insecure. BIG MISTAKE, writers! You made me wish we still had TomSell, even if it meant suffering through that elephant storyline.

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  18. Llanviewer717 says:

    The strangulation scene was very brutal and difficult to watch, I am very sorry to see Will go. His actions during his martial problems have definitely been out of control and very childish. Still, I would have like to have seen him reform. I have no problem with Guy Wilson and wish him well in his future career.

    I thought the part about Ben putting Will’s body inside the bag and managing to take the bag across town and into another apartment building was a stretch. But, my hat is definitely off for Rob Scott Wilson. He is playing a great, creepy, crazy murderer. I loved it as he slowly escalated while talking to Will. And his collapse beside Will’s body after the murder was terrific.

    So, is this the end of the serial strangler story? According to the preview, Ben and Chad get into a big fight. Does this mean everyone will know Ben’s the murderer? I hope not. I’d like to see the story play out a bit longer. Not necessarily more killings. I’d like to see Abigail wake up and slowly put two and two together as she realizes that Ben is the killer.

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    Steven replied

    No! – Ben beats Chad to a bloody pulp and ends up in a coma!
    So Ben gets away with it (for now).
    There will be more victims (including another core legacy character)!

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    CeeCee replied

    Yup. Both Ben and Chad get a reprieve. But as my nine-year old niece foresees, Ben will try to kill Chad while in ICU. This will be another suspenseful scene……Smart little girl.
    You really think Ben is not done? Why not? Hmmmmm. That’s interesting, Steven. One would think that his killing spree would end with his main target. But, I will not either dispute or refute your theory. You may be right.

    CeeCee replied

    I was thinking about that, Steven. If Ben kills again while Chad is in hospital, all blame will be shifted from him, pointing towards someone else. So, perhaps this will be Ben’s big mistake. His downfall! The urge to kill is so overpowering, it has overtaken his mind . Thus, he throws caution to the wind because he has lost focus. Will it really be this simple? Unless the next probable kill will be Chad himself.

    blake replied

    I agree, Rob Wilson is doing a fantastic job as a serial killer. He is playing it out very well, I’m impressed.

    I would imagine this will play out at least until November for sweeps and that it would be over before the anniversary because that will be celebration time with more returns.

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  19. Tina batin says:

    I don’t think it was right to kill guy Wilson’s character he was a main character who should of been engaged into another story line it’s all in a bad move on the writers part mabey they can bring him back from the dead now that would be great

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  20. Brandon Parker says:

    I’m so disgusted that Days killed off Will it really sucks i really hate this Murder Storyline I’m going to miss seeing Guy Wilson on Days he was awesome as Will and I’m very disappointed at the Days writers for killing off someone connected to a major family on Days i just can’t believe they would kill off another main character on Days especially Will Horton it’s just awful.

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  21. Vicky says:

    I don’t like any of it and I”m damned sure not hanging around to watch Alison Sweeney try for another Emmy nod by going hysterical. What they are doing to this soap by killing off and ending so many characters is just foul. What a shame. It was so easy to like for so many reasons. It’s dead to me. No, I won’t let the door hit me in the ass on the way out.

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    blake replied

    True. I like Sami but Alison will have her flipping out and flapping her arms like a bird and screaming. And let’s see if she can squeeze out any tears, she and Hope are the worst at trying to cry.

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  22. John Paul Murphy says:

    This is a mistake on several levels. Firstly, everything sonniorsolita said is 100% true. The character of Will is one of the only characters to have grown up on the show of the current generation. In addition, his coming out story was amazingly well-handled. If a re-casting has proved unpopular, there are better ways to fix it than permanently killing a very important legacy character in his prime.

    Another main issue is how poorly the series is treating its loyal viewers. I’ve been a dedicated viewer since 1984, and I’ve been through many ups and downs with the show. So, yes, I’ve been a fan through the Bo/Hope years, the Steve/Kayla stuff, John/Marlena, Sami/EJ — I get the importance of these characters, but NOT at the expense of the next generation. For the last couple years when the show struggled in ratings, it wasn’t because there were gay storylines or bad performances, it simply was not balanced and there were too many new and boring characters (hello, Jordan, Ben, Serena). Now that we have fallen in love with characters like Paige and particularly Will (as you wanted us to), we’ve been told that we don’t matter as much as the people who WEREN’T watching? The show has sacrificed it’s loyal viewers (and that’s US, not the people who stopped watching) on the alter of desperately trying to lure back the fair-weather fans.

    I get it, viewership is what keeps the show on the air, but our viewership should come FIRST. We are the ones that stuck with you.

    And this decision to kill off Will makes a very important statement —- that Ken Corday feels that the gay storylines were a big part of what was killing his show. It also means that the new writers don’t want to write the gay characters. So with the Sonny character already leaving, that left them with an unpopular recast of Will and the very charismatic Christopher Sean as Paul. No, they shouldn’t be the only thing happening, but wiping them off the canvas is crazy. Why not at least give Sonny and Will a happy ending? It was done for Bo and Hope years ago, and Sean and Belle (when the Sean recast didn’t prove popular). Why kill an important (and Emmy-winning) legacy character like Will? Shock value, and lack of interest in having gay characters on the show anymore. Shameful.

    And Christopher Sean has been reduced to a day-player. Actors like Jen Lilley, Christopher Sean, Casey Moss and Billy Flynn are riveting and represent the future. Even as a 30 year viewer, I don’t want to sit around only watching veteran characters growing old and playing storylines that they are embarrassingly too old to play (hello Bo’s torture). The show needed balance, not a gut job and gay-cleansing.

    After 30 years, today is my last day watching the soaps. It’s finally time to say goodbye before Sami returns to chew the scenery and salivate over the possible return of EJ (who is clearly more important).

    Goodbye, Day of Our Lives. You’ve finally driven me away. Thanks for a grand ride, and bite me, Ken Corday.

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    Kelly replied

    I agree with your post and can understand that you feel betrayed after years of loyalty. My grandmother is less polite on the subject than you are. Having said that, I think you should take into consideration a huge reality. There is a rumor that Days just might be shelved after the 50th Anniversary celebration. Corday and the writers could very well be fighting to prevent that from happening. One way is to set up focus groups made up of long time viewers, new viewers and NBC insiders. These people may have decided that Will’s storyline was no longer necessary. A focus group decision had a very popular character killed off on The Guiding Light.

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    kay replied

    Will’s storyline was “no longer necessary?” – That’s like saying Chad’ s storylin is no longer necessary so just kill him off and move on to the next. Or Hope or JJ or whoever. If they wanted to end the WilSon story then have them divorce – Sonny already left Salem – they did not need to KILL WILL! Will Horton could have gone on to have more stories – he was a writer so they could have had him start his own newspaper or online magazine. He was a father with a young child – they could have focused on him raising Arianna. They did not have to have him DIE.

    Mike replied

    Your post is perfect. I feel much the same way. After years of soap watching – Y&R, GH, ATWT, Days – I’ve never felt so upset by a characters demise as I am Will’s. Just thinking about what they have done and they way they have done it makes my stomach ache.

    Ken Corday made clear Days wasn’t Days to him anymore, and his wording made it clear that the gay storyline was part of that. And the writers intentions from the very first episode have been clear – Will/Sonny/Paul were done. They weren’t going to recast Sonny, and Will and Paul – as you say – were reduced to day players. Will’s death has clearly been in the works for a while, but he couldn’t have been on more than 10 episodes in the last two months. And Paul, even fewer.

    Corday and his writers wanted to send a message and it has been received loud and clear. They courted gay viewers for a few years – won awards over their sensitive portrayal – got fans, gay and straight alike, because of Will’s journey. And while there was also a vocal segment of the viewership who quite clearly wanted nothing ‘gay’ on their screen, I was proud of the show for their commitment to the story.

    So what I still don’t get is how Corday’s desire to boost the ratings turned into a fight between the old Days generation and the new, where only one side could win? Somehow, they couldn’t find a way to bring back veteran actors and viewers, while trying to keep the new characters and audience they had for about four or five years. Why did the mandate become to eradicate the gay storyline from the show? And to do it so cruelly. Will and Sonny were a driving story and the most interesting one often over the last few years, when so many things weren’t quite working. So why was their story sacrificed, why was Will deemed unimportant to the show? A legacy character with many ties, with much story potential?

    So, it’s been a happy 50th Days’ viewers! For those who loved Will Horton as a character, the Days PTB aren’t interested in that character any more and they aren’t interested in that audience. Those of you who came to show during Will and Sonny’s romance, they don’t need us anymore.

    For those of you who tuned in a decade or more ago, the show wants you! Come back.

    For those of you who disliked Will and anything gay on the show – you will be rewarded. So much so that the show will reward your patience by brutally killing the main gay character on the show.

    Days could have redeemed Will, they could have given the happy ending to Will and Sonny that the audience that loved them deserved. Instead, they literally treated Will like garbage, putting his boy in a sack, and then horrifingly putting his body near his daughter’s toys. Their message from the moment of the new writers’ material has been clear and the way they disposed Will was insulting and cruel. For a show that finally gave daytime a full fleshed out gay character and gay story, the ending has been a throwback to yesteryear where gay characters had little to no screen time, and were treated to violence.

    I’ve never been more disappointed and disgusted with a daytime show than I am with Days. There were multiple ways to write Will off the show if they weren’t interested in him anymore – they took the cheapest, lowest road available and spit on the character and the fans that deserved better than this cheap short sighted ratings ploy.

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    John Paul Murphy replied

    Thank you for saying that, and so much more eloquently. The sad part that Corday and his focus group missed is the fact that most of the show’s viewership over the last few years wasn’t new — we were the most loyal. As I said repeatedly, I’m a 30+ year viewer. They act like its the current viewers vs the previous fans. Most of us fall into both camps, and it’s foolish to think we are expendable. I was excited for better writing and a return to the families we love, but that includes Will, not just Bo, Patch, Sean and Belle. Even Ali Sweeney is disgusted at the decision to kill Will, and you’re right in that it was a clear message. Instead of integrating the gay characters better and setting them up for a happy ending along with the show’s other super couples, they are actually making a point of degrading and annihilating those characters to pander to a certain demographic. I’m both saddened and disgusted by the deliberate way this was handled, and any loyalty I’ve ever felt to this show is certainly gone. Truthfully, it’s over for me.

    James McDonald replied

    I haven’t seen Christopher Sean as “Paul” in quite a while on the show. It is like he has disappeared from the show and they have stopped writing for the character. If they have a funeral for “Will”, maybe “Paul” will show up along with “Sonny”.

    kay replied

    Great post! I wholeheartedly agree with your comments.

    Nora replied

    Well said Mike.I wanted to watch till Sonny and Sami left,but have decided I won’t.I’m an out and proud 27 year old lesbian who came to watch the show during Will’s coming out story.Now that Mr Corday and company no longer need me as part of their targeted audience,I will gladly take it off my dvr.

    Tim Welles replied

    There were many many ways they could have “written out” Will temporarily, especially with him being a magazine writer.
    It seems like, to my viewing eyes, the Summer episodes were all about the “bromance” between Paul and Sonny and Will with a side of Derrick thrown in to mix it up. I thought, wow, this is really innovative for daytime TV, although at times, it was a little dragged out.
    Now, it just seems that they are concentrating on older, more established characters and while I have no problems with that, the gay characters have vanished from the screen, and Will has been murdered.
    It’s to me, a “throwback” to the days of early depictions of gay characters in the movies, they either get killed off, commit suicide but somehow or other meet an untimely demise. Surely, we’ve come further than that over the past forty years, haven’t we?
    It also raises suspicions that somehow or other, Days of Our Lives is preparing for the sand to run out.

  23. Lee says:

    First of like to address two descriptions of Will: despicable and written into a corner. Those are inaccurate descriptions. Will’s actions do not even come close to the level of “despicable” that most of the straight characters have taken on this show. Justin has had how many affairs, yet shamed Will for such and then he manipulated to bring Paul to town to break up his sons marriage. Sami has lied and schemed. Gabi, the straight mother, is let out of prison and is redeemable as a murderer and no one calls her despicable. Two thirds of the characters have done worse than Will and are not called despicable. They are also not said to be written into a corner. Those who have done worse continue to be written for and often get redemption stories. But Will was backed into a corner? That is saying the writers don’t have enough intelligence or creativity to write a redemption. Will could have been written to leave town. Why is Will held to a different standard than the other characters? BECAUSE HE IS GAY.

    HAS DOOL Planned all along to teach the young gay youth who related to Will’s story that if they try to come out and have a family they will be punished by a horrendous death? A message was sent out to those young people. It is horrific and unexcusable.

    Too bad many of the soap reporters who focus on LGBT, were so disappointed that Chandler wasn’t Will anymore that they allow this to be done and even reinforce the notion that Will was bad and unredeemable. If Will’s actions meant he needed to be strangled to end his story, then what horrific way should the majority of all the other characters be murdered? Victor? Not written into a corner. Stephano? Not written into a corner.

    It’s purely the fact of #HateWins at Days.

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    Kaylie15 replied

    Will is despicable and unredeemable and will never be forgive, but EJ, who raped, murdered, manipulated, drug-dealt, slut shamed, stole…the list of his crimes is legion…and Days is resurrecting him. But he’s straight.

    Will cheated, lied and schemed a little bit. He hurt Sonny and he hurt himself, but his crimes are minor compared to most everyone on the canvas.

    Will has slept with four people. Gabi, Sonny, Paul and that invented LA person that we were told about so we would be happy Will dies, I guess.

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    Kaylie15 replied

    Kate brought Clyde to town to torment Jordan, knew Clyde abused/raped her and didn’t care. Also slept with Rafe to break up him up with Jordan. Stole her son’s job.

    Victor, upset his drug trafficking business was being muscled in on, tried to have Clyde killed, failed. Knew Sonny had been stabbed by Clyde, kept silent. Threatened Will for cheating, when he fathered two children with married women.

    Abigail, after sleeping with EJ when he was engaged, cheated on her fiancé with Chad and then repeated lied and sough out Chad’s company.

    I don’t have time to list all the things both EJ and Sami got up to.

    Theresa blackmailed JJ into drug dealing, tried to murder John Black.

    Justin engaged in an ongoing affair, was a total hypocrite about it and despite his son pleading with him to back, pushed Paul into Sonny’s life

    Yet, these characters live and have the possibility of redemption. They are not labeled despicable and deserving of death.

    Gabi killed Nick in cold blood, left Melanie with her kidnapper, her scheme lead to Jack and Madison’s deaths.

    Will cheated on Sonny with Paul – a ONS. Then, they added a random incident in LA. Will will expressed both remorse and some moments of trying to blame others. Fairly, Paul was chasing his husband the whole time. Then, Will engaged in some low-level, not ever successful scheming and said some mean things. Yet, he is the despicable one? He is the one that is not worthy of forgiveness.

    What ever could the double standard be?

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    kay replied

    I totally agree with this post.

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  24. Lauren says:

    I don’t think Will should have been killed off. I don’t understand the reasons behind it other than drama. If he died for drama, we certainly got it. As brutal and disturbing as it was, it was very well done, because it left me sad and bohered.

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  25. blake says:

    I have mixed feelings about this. I was never a fan of Guy Wilson, I would rather have the role recast than killed off. I felt bad for Guy today, he seemed really sad (who wouldn’t be?) just like the girl who played Paige. I knew Will was going to be killed but I thought “yell to the neighbors man!”

    I was shocked that they showed his murder because they didn’t with Paige and Serena. It reminded me of back in the day on Guiding Light Nadine Cooper found out that Brent Lawrence was the killer and just like Will she was also in the killer’s apartment when it all went down.

    Guy did his best acting in his final scenes, I wish he was that good before. Hell, he even crossed his eyes when Will died. That was convincing and creepy! I was sad when they showed the pic of Will and Sonny from their wedding.

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    elm51 replied

    blake you are right they did not show serena & page at the time they were actually being killed but they did show flash backs of ben killing them……………

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    blake replied

    Oh they did? I had no idea, I missed that!

    Lisa replied

    I quit watching GL around the time of the Brent Lawrence storyline. By far the most sadistic story and I think it forever changed GL’s temperament.

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  26. Alstroem says:

    Hell no, i couldnt even watch, but saw the pics. That was enough, think it was the biggest mistake to kill off such an important caracter as will horton and the way was just too brutal for words and heartbreaking, making him leave his little girl, and sonny abroad… Still dont get why kill him off, why not just either not just show him , like fade out for a bit, or make him leave town…. This is too finall for such a huge legacy character as will horton, first born off sami brady… And the whole story line dosent make sense at all.. Shame on Days, they should have let the door open for a return, but then again it is soap, and in salem anything can happen, so hopefullysome better writers and producers will come along and bring him back . But untill then, IM OUT.

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    Robert Seganti replied

    A good writer cannot bring back character who was murdered onscreen.This nonsense of revivifying dead characters destroys the credibility of these shows.

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    kay replied

    Well this death was by strangulation not by stabbing (loss of blood) or by shooting (loss of blood) or by car crash/plane crash (multiple injuries). Ben never checked Will’s pulse or checked to see If he was still breathing – he bagged him up and dragged him across town to his apartment (hard to believe no one saw this miraculous feat) and left him there. What is the possibility that maybe someone was watching, and after Ben left the apartment, went in and gave Will an injection similar to what Kristen gave EJ after he was “killed” – that would put Will into a deep comatose state – and when he is in the morgue alone someone takes his body and transports him to a hidden facility to “recover” and in a few months reappears in Salem to shocked family members (similar to when Nick came back after Gabi, Sami, and Kate threw him in the river to die) and reveal Ben as the real killer. Just because it “looked like” Will died does not mean he actually did. This is a soap after all.

  27. Stephen says:

    Guy has done a great job in the criminally sparse scenes that they have given him in the past few weeks. It was lovely to see the character be adjusted to being “Good Will” again, and I have been celebrating that, and looking forward to and really enjoying all the Will scenes, and it comes as a shock that they really went through with killing Will off, and also gave him so little airtime before doing so. That’s not the way to do it! I cannot believe it! I cannot believe that the 50th anniversary will be without Will! I cannot believe that my future days will be without Will! Horton! I cannot believe Days killed this brilliant character! What are they thinking? When the dust is settled and the aftermath played out, I expect I will be dumping Days like they’ve dumped their actors.

    Will’s scene on Thursday, his penultimate day, was very touching, and Guy knocked it out of the park. It was great to see Will finally coming clean and putting things right with Sonny, ringing him in the middle of the night and leaving a message because it just needed to be said asap in whatever manner possible, and then, with his heart being eased, it was sweet and sad and heart-wrenching and poignant to see him relaxing and enjoying the very simple human pleasure of playing “getting the paper-balls in the basket”. Ah, playful Will, nice to see you again! How sweet and sad to see that at the end! I am glad to see that, that was great and well done, but to end … no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no …

    Will is, and always will be a great character, that has been a positive influence on many people, notwithstanding the demolition of that character in the past year of so. Oh my god, the writing and performance for Will in the Chandler era was fantastic. It was not just great daytime soap, it was all time GREAT television. Simply the best! Absolutely awesome stuff, with fantastic interactions with all the characters around him. And the vivacity that Chandler gave the character was of great personal importance to me, because it helped me through a time of illness and depression. I have only seen clips of earlier Wills, but Christopher Gerse was also adorable and funny and brilliant, and Dylan Patton was rightly emmy-nominated. It was a hard gear shift for me when Chandler left, but I came to appreciate and love Guy Wilson in the role as well, and I feel very short-changed that I will not get to see any more of his sweet Will. Thank you Guy for the work you have given us, it has been great fun getting to know you in interviews (especially the ones with Michael!), and I look forward to seeing you in plenty of new stuff in the future.

    Murder happens, and it is brutal, and it is certainly a thing that needs to be represented in drama, and feel brutal there too. Boy does this feels brutal! That said, it is all rather undermined by Ben being able to take Will’s body out of his apartment block (with it’s silly flashing red/green light!), across town in broad daylight, and then into Will’s apartment block! It just leaves me feeling I can’t take any of this seriously! Which is probably a good thing for me. It makes me able to celebrate all the good that was and is WILL HORTON, and able to laugh about it at the end.

    But was it a good decision for Days? Hell, no! Looking over the history of days Will has been a fantastic, brilliant, awesome, funny, clever, sweet, uplifting even when downtrodden, empathetic, kind, outspoken, spunky, sometimes reckless, wild, crazy, lovable, wonderful character – simply the best, and not one to carelessly throw away.

    Thank you to everyone who has given us the brilliant and one-and-only Will Reed Roberts Horton – including all those who contributed to the writing of Will when he was done well – and thank you to every single actor who has played him and given us so much enjoyment. At the end of the day it is fiction, it’s not real. But your contributions and creativity are real and have added positively to the world and greatly to my life, and I, as a very appreciative fan, salute, and thank you all! THANK YOU!!

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    kay replied

    Great post!

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    Stephen replied

    Thank you! :-)

    Kaylie15 replied

    Amazing post! I think it’s worth pointing out that even EJ died knowing Sami had forgiven him and got several days of happiness with her before being killed. I think Will was denied this with Sonny because of the blatant homophobia of the new writers. Will’s sexuality is barely mentioned, he and Paul have one scene together when they agree not to see each other, there are no flashbacks to the Will & Sonny romance or wedding – while we are treated to more flashbacks of straights than we know what to do with. Days decided to scrub out the gayness from Days and offer Will up as a blood sacrifice to bigoted viewers.

    Will could have died saving Marlena. He could have died saving Abigail. He could have been investigating Ben and nearly catch him. He could have fought for his life. Sixty-something Bo gets tortured but can kick ass, while Will barely fights.

    Sonny could have arrived and they could have reconciled before his death.

    All of this could have made his death dramatic and tragic. As it was, it was thoughtless appeasement of homophobic viewers.

    Some people are theorizing that Will’s death was handled so poorly because he’s not really dead, but that’s naive. He didn’t get exit scenes the way non-legacy characters like Paige did because the show didn’t want all their returning viewers to have to see any gayness. That’s why the death was so thoughtless and cruel and Will was denied redemption or love or heroism.

    EJ raped, murdered and committed countless other crimes. James Scott made him compelling, and I respect his popularity. But he had periods where EJ truly was despicable, but he’s deemed worthy of resurrection. Yet, Will must die and stay dead?

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    Stephen replied

    Thank you Kaylie.

    When everyone on the internet was saying that Will’s going to be killed, I hoped that he would be given an heroic death. At least he was a good person at the end, and was even trying to do good with the one that killed him. That’s not nothing! I would have preferred an heroic death though. And my number one preference would not be killing him at all, and restoring his character, and giving him loads more stories and scenes!!!

    A Will Horton quote is needed here :
    “I don’t know how to comprehend this!”

    One good thing for me can come from this act: I hear of horrible murders and wars on the news everyday, and I do become desensitized. The people who die – I don’t know them, and there’s always someone dying somewhere. But soaps allow us to feel for characters in a deep way that other story-telling mediums cannot do. It is their uniqueness! So this imaginary death of Will Horton helps me feel those real deaths more, and makes me more charged to fight the good fight and defend humanity.

    I didn’t go looking for it, but that’s the card we’ve been dealt!

    And Ken Corday’s family was touched by a tragic death. He may well feel a responsibility to represent that in his drama. And its inclusion in the drama kind of expresses solidarity with all those whose lives are ended tragically. And that I feel passionately is a good thing.

    Time for another quote. Marlena, Kate, Sami – practically everyone has said this to Will:
    “I will love you always, no matter what”

    Ditto that!
    Will Horton forever!!!

    Nora replied

    Just a wonderful post Stephen.

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    Stephen replied

    Thank you for saying so!

    I find it necessary for myself in this situation to think in “glass half full” or “more than half full” terms.

    The good stuff that this character gave me has been of profound importance to me in a period of my life when my dreams were ripped away from me. I find that Chandler’s smile and general good-humour is very infectious, and that his attitude lift’s my attitude, and I value that very highly. And I am enlivened by Guy’s attitude of enthusiasm for the team work of making a show. It’s daft, you’ve got to laugh, but there it is! It is a *good thing* in the world that TV and internet can communicate good humour and upbeat attitude in this way!

    So that good humour and upbeat attitude is what I shall keep uppermost in my mind. It is what I am determined that I will take away from all of this!

    Patrick replied

    Will Reed Roberts Horton

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    Stephen replied

    Will’s surname changed a lot! Here’s the sequence:
    1. Will Reed
    2. Will Roberts
    3. Will Roberts-Horton
    4. Will Horton

    And to add to the confusion, Will’s second name is Robert!

    Sami named her baby “William Robert Reed” and Austin Reed thought Will was his, and that was the name that went on Will’s birth certificate. Then it came out that Will was actually Lucas Robert’s child, and Will’s name was corrected to Will Roberts. And then Lucas discovered he is the son of Bill Horton (third son of Alice and Tom), and Will and Lucas are welcomed into the Horton family!

    So Will’s full name became “William Robert Horton”, and this is the name (yay!) given on Ari’s birth certificate, and when he is married.

    Here’s a sweet clip of the moment when Will is first named, which happens when family and friends come to see Sami and the baby at the hospital for the first time :
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SXdMOjI5mg

    Patrick replied

    “But was it a good decision for Days? Hell, no! Looking over the history of days Will has been a fantastic, brilliant, awesome, funny, clever, sweet, uplifting even when downtrodden, empathetic, kind, outspoken, spunky, sometimes reckless, wild, crazy, lovable, wonderful character – simply the best, and not one to carelessly throw away. ”

    i’m not backtracking… add in the Character drive of Chandler Massey and Guy Wilson… and you marquee an enigmatic draw… of a legacy character of both Horton and Brady….

    dang this slayed me… I had forgotten… that Lucas.. is a Horton by blood… ala … Bill Horton

    so…this doubly adds to the let and miss

    Beautiful post , Stephen

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    Stephen replied

    Thank you Patrick!

  28. Julia says:

    The Wilson wedding was one of the highlights of 50 years – and Days openly courted gay fans and Glaad awards. Now, there is only Paul and he’s only a token.

    I thought Will’s death was deliberately designed to provoke pleasure in the homophobic and the self-hating. Will’s transgressions paled in comparison to Kate, Sami, Justin, EJ, Victor…and yet all of them are deemed worthy of forgiveness and EJ deemed worthy of resurrection.

    Whenever I saw the nastiness toward Guy Wilson, I always just assumed it was bitter Chandler stans. They started on Guy before he aired, though all he did was take a job. I loved both Guy and Chandler, and I think Guy’s many fans often felt bullied into silence and mocking Will became fashionable. But that mockery seems to have been the excuse the show used to scrub gay representation from the show and court the Kim Davis crowd. It’s appalling.

    Wilson has been denied a happy ending. Will, who was an inspiration to #lgbtq youth, has been denied his life and the chance to raise his daughter. There was no reason why Will couldn’t have joined Sonny in Paris if they wanted to axe the gay story, and it could be said they were sharing custody with Gabi. But hate won the day, and it’s heartbreaking.

    I think this is the dell knell for a show I have watched my whole life. I turned it off after Will died and deleted it from my DVR.

    Its amazing how much power a fictional character can have over someone. I learned how much I loved and cared about Will Horton, and that the show had no respect for my feelings.

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    kay replied

    Great post

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    Mike replied

    A celebration of Day’s 50th anniversary should have included the characters involved in the groundbreaking story of Will and Sonny. The anniversary is literally weeks away and could have involved Sonny returning, and the two of them leaving together for what we all would hope would be a happy life.

    But Days didn’t want a happy ending for these characters because Days is going out of it’s way to appease the fans who didn’t want anything ‘gay’ on their screen – and the show felt the best way to do that was to violently eradicate the character. I would have been disappointed with the character leaving – but it would have been 100% more appreciated as opposed to what we got, which was cruel and mean, and feels as vindictive towards the gay audience (and fans of Will) on Corday’s and NBC’s part, as the firing of Chandler and the rushed recast, denying the audience the wedding between Chandler’s Will and Sonny. Guy could have been brought on right after, and Chandler seemed willing to be around at the time – it was just pettiness on Corday’s part. THIS – THIS murder of Will – feels much the same way – an action that kills two birds with one stone – gives the middle finger to the fans of Will while opening his arms up to welcome back the outspoken homophobes that he’s clearly angling for and defining as ‘classic’ Day’s viewers.

    I kinda hope he finds out how wrong he is (and finds a way to undo this stupid move).

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  29. Angela says:

    As a non stop fan for 31 yrs I feel so betrayed by Days and the writers. First time in 31 yrs I want to stop watching. There was no reason to kill Will off other than just homophobic jerks who can’t live in the 21st century. They wanted rid of the only reason they won any awards in the last few years. They were the first to have a gay wedding and now that it is legal in US they are walking away and acting like it did not matter. Will Horton is a iconic character just like Bo and Steve (Patch) whom I love dearly. Will is a Horton and a Brady and one of the few that were born on the show and grew up. I love the vets and I am glad they are back but someone tell me why these writers could not write for both. Even Alison Sweeney thinks this is wrong. If they really wanted rid of the gay story then why not just have Sonny come back and get Will and they go off together. It seems to me that they are brining the vets back to end the show. Like they do not want to get renewed. But are doing this as way to end the entire show. As I said before I feel so betrayed as a long time fan.

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    Brenda Simpkins replied

    I agree this show is going to be taken off I thought this was gonna happen when they first started talking about the 50th wedding anniversary. I feel that’s why they are bringing these older characters back .Have a great gathering then announce this is the end of days

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    kay replied

    I totally agree

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  30. elm51 says:

    the scenes were very brutal and so well executed – i could not take my eyes off of my tv and i was on the edge of my couch……………..

    i read an interview that guy wilson did on welovesoaps.net dated 9/8/15 & he said the writers elected to move away from the storyline that he was in and refocus on the storylines that were popular for the show in years past – my thought is did they have to kill the character to move on to other storylines – could they not have muliple storylines going on at the same time – are tptb getting rid the entire gay storyline??????

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    blake replied

    Yeah the scenes had me on the seat of my couch also, I made sure to watch live yesterday since I knew it would happen and I thought it was very well done.

    It does look like they are getting rid of the gay storyline. Unless they give Paul a new love interest. Of course one of the new young actors could be gay. Joey would be perfect for it.

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    elm51 replied

    sorry the date of the interview was posted 10/8/15……………….

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  31. Karen D. says:

    Disgusting and frankly worthless storyline which will make it so Days will no longer be viewed in my home. There is enough violence, killings, cruelty in real life so bye bye Days hope you survive this garbage.

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  32. Cary Giacalone says:

    I am disgusted by this. I think Guy Wilson could have still matured into the role with good writing. They painted Will into a corner, but he was young and had a chance to mature. And if needed be they could have replaced him. Killing the major link between the main families was disgusting. Today I removed DAYs from my DVR.

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  33. Sloan Rush says:

    Bland cray cray Benny tosses Will like a rag doll barely touches his neck and Will is gone. Serena and Paige fought more for there lives. At the very least i would have like to have seen Will fight for his life. Tomsell had turned Will into a shady two timing drama queen plus Guy Wilson was never a great Will but a legacy character that was both a Horton and Brady deserved for better then this.

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  34. BobbiMarie says:

    Not “liking” this because I thought it was horrific! If they HAD to cross the line with a legacy character, the least they could have done was leave the details to our imagination! To say that I’m seriously “disappointed” in the writers (and the “powers-that-be,” would be a gross understatement.

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  35. Joel says:

    Will was a character that generated story from the moment Sami conceived him 20 years ago. Whether or not we’ve enjoyed the actors who’ve portrayed him or his stories, he was certainly a most important character that should have been valued for the future.

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  36. Bennyd says:

    I have followed Will’s story for the past four years and have loved him dearly. Chandler was fine in the role but Guy’s Will is the one I fell in love with. Just want to make a few points about what has transpired with the character the past year.

    1. First, I thought Guy’s acting was good. If you disagree with me – that’s okay – just don’t do it in a mean-spirited way. Most of the negative comments about Guy had to do with his facial expressions which is why I fell in love with him (He could purse his lips and pout better than anyone). In fact if someone wants to critique the acting on the show, I sure wouldn’t start with Guy.

    2. It has been rumored that Ken Corday and the Gary Tomlinson wanted different directions for Will. Corday is the one who wanted Will to “become the new Sami” and become “bad”. But, in the end he wanted Will to be the “bad boy” that wins back the “good boy” Sonny after committing indiscretions. Tomlinson did not want to make Will a schemer, so the conflict began. When Freddie announced he was leaving and after the way Will was poorly written, it was obvious that TPTB had put themselves in a corner with the character. Of course, Will could have been redeemed as others who have done a lot worse have been or Sonny could have been recast.

    3. IMO, the writers took the story in the wrong direction. I think it would have been much more interesting if Will and Paul had developed romantic feelings for each other. Or just Paul fall for Will. The chemistry between Guy and Christopher was much better than it was between Freddie and Christopher. Or if they had made Paul Stefano’s son (instead of John’s) and (instead of the cheating) just had him as Sonny’s former boyfriend who comes to town and sabotages Will and Sonny’s marriage to get Sonny back. Then I would have loved to have seen Will become Sami 2.0!

    4. A lot gay soap bloggers are as much to blame as the homophobes. They actively and even sadistically ramped up hate against, not only Guy but the character of Will also. Some even told their readers/followers to harass Guy and even his family on social media. No one deserves that!

    No I didn’t watch Will die – I couldn’t. I will watch Sami and Sonny’s return next week, but then I am done with Days.

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    Lee replied

    It is very true that Will and Paul had an enormous amount of chemistry. Whether loving or fighting they were sensational together. The actors brought out the best Of each other. With Sonny leaving town,It is such a shame they didn’t explore this option. It had so much potential. It’s true that Wilson fans would have a hard time with it at first. At least some of them. But that is the norm for relationships on soaps. Guy and Christopher had the chemistry of Alison Sweeny and James. Will and Paul could have had the same results as Sami and EJ. If only they’d been a straight couple, I guess!

    It’s also true that some of the soap bloggers who focus on and promote gay storylines, added to the problems by allowing and participating in the double standard bashing of Will. Others characters so much worse. Will would keep a secret and he’d be crucified. Sonny would keep a secret and he’d be excused. Everyone around Will lied at times and it was excused, but when Will lied he was called every name possible. Will was called a slut on the show, yet many adulterers never were called any names. A lot of people understood Will and his motivations as well as his past experiences which created his poor decision making ability. We wanted him to continue his journey in life and grow and learn.

    One thing is sure, Will was an inspiration. He was shown as a great dad. The one parent who would only leave His daughter in death. The one who always was there for her.

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    kay replied

    I agree with you on all points.

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  37. Zasha says:

    Some soap characters have raped and murdered. Some have bed hopped so bad that some characters married cousins or closer. But they all got a redemption shot. Not Will though. If you thought the last two weeks were strange. That’s what writers and producers who have not an ounce of talent do. Throw together shit and think they are doing something. FS left and they said lets bag this storyline. Guy was told the week after he was being let go cuz they were done with the SL. Because they wanted to go back to being backward. They had already won the awards and the chance to stay on longer since NBC wanted to drop them years ago. The writers and producers live in a bubble. There were a hundred ways the story could have ended. Death in a brutal graphic way that doesn’t even move the story forward. Why Will couldn’t have been allowed to move off camera along with Sonny. Recast and bring them back later or never. It was a cave to not be modern and in sync with the more of the audiance. Just make a few happy. Did the writers write him into a corner yes,but they could have written him out just as easy. Instead they took a lot to throw out the fans who came WilSon, who had been there since Wills birth. For fans of what Guy Wilson had done. What Freddie Smith had done, CM work. The bagged us up and put us in the trash. Hope DOOL is proud.

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  38. Liz says:

    I am appalled by this. Here is a young man whose coming out story was trumpeted by the show, and by Deidre Hall, its leading lady, who played his very supportive grandmother so very well, as a teachable moment for its parent and grandparent viewers, and as a positive role model for young people struggling as Will was. And what kind of teachable moment is this? That once you come out you’d better not dare to make the same kinds of mistakes your peers do (at least on soaps), but that you will be held to a much higher standard. And if you don’t meet that standard, you deserve to be brutally killed.

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  39. K. K. says:

    All this bizarre arguing over which actor was a better Will has always bewildered me. I took up the Will & Sonny love story when Sonny first proposed to Will and Will graciously turned it down because he feared he wasn’t ready. So, Guy Wilson has always been my Will thought I’ve watched Chandler Massey scenes and enjoyed them.

    In any case, I was totally horrified and demoralized first by the cold way the show ended the Wilson marriage when Freddie Smith left then the sad, unloved way Will died. He could have been given a heroic death, but it seemed exploitative and designed to give Sami and Chad and Abigail stories – not to capstone an important story arc and a legacy character. Additionally, it seems most straight characters have committed worse infractions than Will – like murder, rape, drug crime, treason and kidnapping – but Days thought they were worthy of redemption. Why is Will labeled despicable?

    Bo was able to fight off terrorists after being tortured for years, but young and strong Will barely fought Ben and died in terror and loneliness. It was cruel and mean-spirited.

    Paige had people grieving for a month, but it seems everyone will move on from Will in about a week. Sonny will never see his “daughter” again.

    Days has alienated so many viewers with this atrocious story. I hope they find a good, old-fashioned soap opera undo. Will deserves it before the show is canceled.

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    kay replied

    So true!

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  40. Pansy Parkinson says:

    Will Horton’s demise was terrible. It was lazy, unnecessary and lacked creativity. It was a gruesome revenge.
    Now, I am not prone to conspiracy theories but I think Corday and company wanted to get rid of Will Horton along with it the gay storyline as a way to court back old audience. In order to do that, they had to make Will so unlikable to the point where the audience clamors for his demise. Everyone keeps saying he was written into a corner. But I believe that was deliberate. How else can you explain the out of character writing, the poor and repetitive scenes and stripping Will of all his support system & likability? Grandmother Marlena who vowed to always love him, and not judge him, hasn’t shown him love in a long time. The message was clear, they might as well erected warning billboards all over rural America. Another clear message from Will’s demise is that if you’re gay and you commit adultery you have to do real penance and die a coward’s death in a violent and undignified way. Now they have what they wanted all along—to get rid of the gay storyline, and regain the audience they think they lost as a result of the gay storyline. I will watch the upcoming scenes for Sami and Sonny but that will be it for me. I watched Days as long as I remember & it’s sad I won’t celebrate its 50th anniversary. Unfortunately, the show didn’t give me anything to celebrate. They let hate win!

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    kay replied

    I agree. After what they did to WilSon (destroying that love story) & now the death of Will, I do not like the direction this show is going. These writers have no original ideas for stories. They only know how to recycle old plots. How boring.

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  41. Gmbenet says:

    The powers that be at Days of our lives doomed the character of Will Horton the moment the decision was made to make him gay. That never should have happened. Will Horton should have been a straight man and the love of Gabi’s life. Gabi should have been the love of his life. Then this character would have remained a part of Salem and Will and Gabi could have become the Tom and Alice of their generation.

    The character of Will was written to be gay to satisfy the gay community. But just because the gay community loved it doesn’t mean the majority of viewers did too. What is good to the gay community is not necessarily good to the majority of the viewers. They demonstrated this by NOT watching the gay storyline, as reflected in the ratings.

    You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink! The gay community can force the powers that be at NBC/Days to include a gay storyline, but they couldn’t make the viewers like, accept, or watch it.

    So now that Days has given the gay community what it wanted, the show has right to move on from it without any remorse. Those who refuse to accept the failure of this storyline never will. So be it.

    I am glad for the end of the gay storyline and hope Days never goes there again. As for mourning the loss of the character of Will Horton, I did that long ago when I first heard that the writers were going to make him gay. So this is hooray for Hollywood time for me!

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    Gmbenet replied

    It looks like Days may be putting Gabi with JJ. If so, I am all for it! Maybe they can be a Tom and Alice type of couple for that generation.

    Anyone who reads my comments here on the Will Horton/Tom and Alice couple and thinks that I am behind the times, etc, you are entitled to your opinion. But your comments will be wasted on me. Just saying…

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    blake replied

    Yeah I’m liking JJ and Gabi, they look like they will be a great couple. He finally has a co-star that can act.

    Victoria Foxton replied

    Gabi is just a dull and boring as her half sister Paige was Gabi will never be the next Mrs H.

    Gmbenet replied

    Victoria, you are entitled to your opinion and I am entitled to mine!

    Patrick replied

    YES!

    I saw it too…. especially…when they were in the Horton Square…and you could see the heat emanating…. drawing near

    I adore these two

    so…to see Gabs back… and JJ “moving” on … is a two-fold… REEL

    LOL

    i’m giddy for this potential

    Tristan replied

    Wow. Yuck!

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    CeeCee replied

    Yuck? Gabi is gorgeous…..JJ , not so much……

    Dylan replied

    Well said. I posted a very lengthy post down below that echoes some of what you have said.

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    Alan replied

    If soaps are ever going to have a chance at surviving they need to realize that the world is made up of all kinds of people: straight, gay, white, black, Asian, Latino. The success of EMPIRE is proof that viewers want to see a representation of the world they live in…which like it or not includes gay people.

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    Gmbenet replied

    Soaps have already proven that they realize the world is diverse by the storylines they have included on their shows. The problem is maintaining those storylines requires good ratings.

    I don’t watch Empire, but I do know that they have very good ratings. I don’t know what all is in the Empire storyline, but whatever is in it the people are watching it (relative to the ratings). With Days, the people did not watch it (relative to the ratings).

    An argument could be made regarding the differences between Daytime and Primetime audiences. Based on my observations, it is much easier to have gay friendly shows on Primetime than on Daytime. However based on my observations, with one exception, Primetime shows have not been as explicit in showing homosexual activity as Daytime. If the two mediums had the same level of explicit homosexual activity then you could make a more accurate comparison.

    What we do know for sure is that gay storylines have not done well with Daytime audiences. That includes more than Days. Days may just be the first soap opera to SURVIVE having had a gay storyline. The other soaps that had gay storylines before Days have ALL been cancelled! That is why I am so elated that Days got rid of the gay storyline, even if it meant killing off Will Horton. In the end, it will be good for the show.

    Having said all that, my main point is that diverse though the story may be to maintain that same level of diversity, the show MUST maintain good ratings. That was NOT the case with Days of our lives and the gay storyline.

    By the way, the exception I mentioned regarding explicit homosexual activity on Primetime was on The Good Wife. I enjoyed that show from the very first episode. Later down the line I tuned in late for the weekly episode, missing the start of the program. What I saw when I did tune in was two women making out. I changed the channel and have NEVER watched another episode since, I felt like I had been ambushed. I also felt very sad because I really did like the show. It was the ONLY Primetime drama that I would watch. But I knew, never again. And I haven’t.

    Alan replied

    I don’t think DAYS ratings problems were a direct result of the gay storyline but the overall writing in general. This show has been meandering for the last few years and hiring Higley and Griffith has done nothing to change that.

    Regarding the “explicit” homosexual activity shown on daytime versus primetime, I have to respectfully disagree — daytime doesn’t come anywhere near the depictions of both gay and straight relationships shown in primetime.

    As for The Good Wife, all I can say is you are missing out on a great show.

    Stephen replied

    Gmbenet said :

    “The powers that be at Days of our lives doomed the character of Will Horton the moment the decision was made to make him gay.”
    “As for mourning the loss of the character of Will Horton, I did that long ago when I first heard that the writers were going to make him gay. ”

    Gay people are dead to you?

    We all know that in real life there are people who really do treat gay people as if they are dead. We know that there are parents who disown their teenage gay children and chuck them out of their houses and lives and beat them for good measure. We know that there are people who kill people “because they are gay”.

    Do you support these people, are you one of these people?

    Well I am going to stand on the side of humanity who says that this is appalling, inhumane, and very very not good.

    I hope that you are a better person than your words suggest. And if that is so, please have a think about your words and attitude.

    Please think of having solidarity with all your fellow humans. “There but for the chances of life go I” are words to live by.

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  42. Mo says:

    I don’t think Will should have been killed. Guy should have been released. Sonny and Will could have left together. Then Will, played by a different actor, could have returned later.

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    Stephen replied

    I was enjoying Will’s character being adjusted back to being one of the good guys, which has happened in the few scenes he has had over the last few weeks. I would have liked to have seen that continue, because I was enjoying Guy Wilson’s performance of that, and I would have liked him to have seen him having the opportunity to continue with that.

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  43. Shellwy says:

    while I was definitely no fan of Guy Wilson, this serial killer story is horrible! They could have written Will out for any number of reasons! They did not have to kill him! We are all vividly aware of the fact that DAYS ratings are down. This kind of writing is not helping!!!!
    No one ever wants to see main characters biscouysly killed like that. As a fifty year fan of DAYS, I am really worried about what the future will be! I have live this story for my entire life. Hiwever, with more murders of key characters on the Horrison, it’s clear that these writers just don’t get it!!!!!i will share this; I am a life long huge fan of Hope and Bo. I was initially thrilled that he was
    Returning. However, with all the leaks it appears that they are only bringing him back just to kill him off.!!!!!! I willNOT watch that happen!!!!!
    If that is where this nightmare is going, then I AM DONE WITH
    DAYS! I pray that this is not the case! I am Not a Fan Of These Writers!!!!!
    God help DAYS!

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  44. Tony says:

    I am 53 and have watched soaps since the age of five when Audrey was battling Phil Brewer and Barnabas was stalking Magge, when Nicole and Adam reunited in the Whitney foyer on 12/31. I’ve seen writers ruin Sommerset, and networks push horrible soaps like For Richer For Poorer. I’ve lived through lame, dumb, political, creatively vacuous decisions (killing Maureen, Franky, several of James Reilley’s plots). Even when Irna Phillips was senile and writing for ATWT in the end, and had a character fall “up” a staircase and die…..and this Will killing is in the top two of all time worst, darkest, cynical, homophobic decisions ever! I have a hard time believing this was Josh Griffith’s doing. I think he understands social media, backlash, contemporary stories and soap structure (even when he’s boring and losing steam i.e. YR). This is a Corday/Higley decision. Anyone who follows Higely on social media knows that she and her family are Christians who quote scripture on FB and Twitter. We all know Corday was a hold out over the years for a contemporary gay plot and that Days was seen as the most Christian soap. And anyone who follows social media and Days knows that there have been a vocal group of homophobes who hated the Wilson story from day one. Everything about this story turn is so wrong and disgusting. There’s no creativity or fun in this plot. Yes, the directing, lighting, music and production have greatly improved but that doesn’t justify killing off a historic soap and gay character by a testosterone laden, muscle straight guy. It’s just downright vindictive to a huge swath of the audience and the public who cares about the role of gay characters in soaps. The fact that Guy Wilson was a terrible actor (yes, he was) and I didn’t tune in to see most of the last year when he and Wilson were featured heavily (and I”m gay!) is no excuse for writing his exit this way. I hope the ratings plummet because this creative team does not deserve to continue in their jobs. The show is corrupt and broken and Corday/Higley are primarily responsible.

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  45. Iakovos says:

    I am sad see Will go. I loved the character’s story in the person of Chandler Massey. After that actor’s departure, the direction taken with Will seemed so wrong. I hoped he would go away, and one day return in person of a new actor. A redeemed refocused Will would be wonderful. Sad it will not happen. Gay characters need be so tragic!

    Killing off legacy characters is risky but can pay off IF the loss fuels new stories and relationships. DAYS is exciting of late. Dark, sad, but watchable.

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    ces replied

    agree with you.

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  46. Trishia says:

    I’m seriously wondering if the writers are homophobic or succumbing to the homophobes of the world afraid to upset these haters of anyone that is different and doesn’t adhere to the “normal”. Never before have I heard, “oh we are killing him/her off because the fans don’t like this actors portrayal of the character” especially referring to a legacy character. Ok, maybe they felt they needed to shake the show up, thin the cast out, maybe it wasn’t realistic that the killer was only killing newbys, it just seems like they used this as a “good” excuse to get rid of the gay character so no one will be upset or offended at having to see two men kissing. And if that is the case than no, they couldn’t just send him off or recast him, because he would still come back gay, unless they decided to invent a serum that can turn people straight, which although extremely wrong & unrealistic would still be preferable to them killing Will off. Hopefully they reconsider this ending and make it so that Will really only lapsed into a coma and they didn’t want the killer to come after him so they said he was dead. I guess we shall see, apparently Sonny is only returning to finish up his storyline, that’s one more gay character gone. I wonder if Paul will be the next to exit the show, he already has not been seen for a while, I guess they just want to keep him in the closet so as not to offend. I truly hope that hate or fear over someone sexual orientation has nothing to do with the decisions being made on who to ax, time will tell.

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    Kaylie15 replied

    Notice that once the new writers took over, there was no gay romance at all – even in flashback. Will’s sexuality was barely mentioned. He rarely appeared and only was seen with his daughter when he passed her to her straight mother, the convicted murderer who is not “despicable”.

    Paul will be around in scenes with John as a token, but he will not get a new love interest and there will be no Sonny recast for Paulson.

    The show has been de-gayed.

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  47. Eddie says:

    Mr. Fairman, I’m sure that TPTB at Days expected some fan fury about the decision to kill off will. I would love to find out if the fury is more than they expected. Would you be able to post that info if you found out?

    I agree with the first poster, Sonnorsolita, that a death this shocking seems like the act of a show closing down shop rather than building for a renewal. If fact most of what I’ve seen so far of the 50th story lines seem more like a loving farewell than a launch pad for the future.

    I am another one of the viewers who will no longer be watching. If I remember correctly, Days is pulling in around 1.8, 1.9 million viewers. Can Corday afford to lose even 100 thousand?

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  48. Sonja Morgan says:

    Wills death scene were very brutal. they reminded me of when Maggie was repeatedly bashed in the head with a wine bottle by the Salem Stalker.

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  49. Deborah says:

    With all due respect to Ms. Sweeny, I completely disagree with her statement that Will was written into a corner. Her response is one that I would expect for a self admitted ‘company girl’. Of course she’s going to be as politically correct as possible, NBC does still sign her paychecks.

    I think there were so many ways for Will to be redeemed and if the writers were insisting they get rid of him – done so only to appease those who still haven’t come into the 21st. century in regards to gay people imo – then why not at least give him his happy ending?
    Either by having Will move away from Salem to be with Sonny or to go on the promotion trail with Paul.

    I came to the show when Freddie joined the cast and I’m insulted that my viewership as a new viewer is not considered valuable or important. It seems to me that the viewers Dena Highley, Josh Griffith and Ken Corday want to court are the ones who quit watching when faded mobsters Victor Kiriakis and Stefano DiMera were in their prime.

    Well then, those who want to watch the characters from the last century are welcome to because I’m done with days. There was no reason to kill Will or to let Guy Wilson go. I became a fan of Guy’s when I saw him on the show.

    Will is murdered, Sonny abandoned his daughter and Paul is sent out of town promoting his men’s line. There you go, gay line scrubbed clean, one fatherless daughter to be raised by her murdering mother who got out of jail on a technicality, heterosexual agenda back on track. It is amazing to me that both Freddie Smith and Dee Hall called Will’s death good story telling; well for their characters I suppose.

    But for the fans of Will and the fans of Will and Guy the murder of a legacy character, the first gay legacy character of a legacy family it was a slap in the face and a knife to my faithful Wilson shipping heart. I was sure they would have their happy ending.

    And now that Will is gone, so am I. And I won’t be back not even if Will Horton is recast and Freddie and Christopher both return. #days doesn’t not deserve my viewership. Shame on days for allowing hate to win.

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    blake replied

    True, Sweeney should not say anything about it. She left the show and was only coming back for a visit. If she thinks her TV son was written into a corner then she helped do that by leaving. And so many other characters have been through what Will has, and worse! Kate, EJ, Sami, Stefano, Kristen, Theresa, etc. but they keep going.

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    neet replied

    @ Deborah, great comment! I see that Mr Corday had no problems when the LGBT community gave him applauds and awards for the beautifully Will coming out storyline. He and the writers should hang their heads in shame.What a bunch of homophobic hypocrites.I’ve seen the straight characters on this show cheat, backstab, and kill, yet the gay haracter must be punished and considered not worthy for redemption. I plan to take DOOL off my list of shows to record after Sonny & Sami leave.Sad that what the late Vito Russo wrote about there being a Celluloid Closet in films (and sadly daytime soaps) holds as true as when he wrote it close to 30 years ago.Just sad!

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    kay replied

    I agree with this post (Deborah).

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  50. dalphine says:

    I think it was outrageous for them to kill off Will/Guy what did it accomplish. So the homophobic conservative viewers get what they want and I’m glad Guy got out in time I’m so mad at NBC right now that I won’t be watching any of their shows. They could have let Will redeem himself and he and Paul would get together. We were rooting for Horita.

    The new writers were crap and show will get cancelled because the old people they want to come back will not be enough to keep it on air. I’m rooting for it to be cancelled.

    Guy Wilson did a great job as Will Horton. Gladd should take back the award they gave them.

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  51. Mateo says:

    This is reminiscent of when the gay character on As The World Turns was first introduced in the late 80′s as a friend of Barbra’s. Once it was revealed he was gay the character was written out so fast my head literally spun. Now here we have DAYS that crossed the line and gave a gay character a normal life involving marriage, children and a somewhat happy life. They used the audience to promote the “message” of the moment. Then they made the Will and Sonny the poster couple for marriage and young families. We had Caroline tell the story of her past gay friend who didn’t have acceptance in his time. Then we watched them , for a brief moment, be a happy couple. The first gunshot fired was Will having the affair. Then the next gunshot was Will having an affair with his husband’s ex. The third gunshot was that Sonny was still in love with his ex. The fourth gunshot was Will’s character assassination. And the final gunshot was Sonny leaving his husband to “find himself”. Then we had Will with nothing to do but vent his frustrations on all the citizens of Salem. He became a horrible person. Judgmental and insecure. A liar. A manipulator. He basically became the younger version of his mother Sami. So then what would the writers decide to do? Kill off the bad gay. After all gays are not redeemable. So they slaughter Will. I don’t think his death onscreen was all that shocking. It was just alarming because of who Ben killed. The method of murder was in keeping with his serial kill style (the necktie) and they did show the murders of Serena and Paige but it was shown after they had died. I am offended by DAYS using the idea that because being gay isn’t socially acceptable still that they don’t deserve anything good or any form of happiness. The only way to handle gay people is to give them a deadly disease (mostly AIDS) or kill them off. Sad statement to make to the organizations that supported DAYS for their brave portrayals of gay characters. The backlash will be heavy BUT it won’t affect the show. All the viewers who threaten to stop watching will keep watching. The network won’t receive the message. All that will happen is that we will never see another gay character on DAYS ever again. The reason I watch daytime shows is because they most always tell a great story. The actors are great and in some cases they educate on subjects that are not easy to talk about. The thing that upsets me the most about this story line is that it sends the message of non acceptance. Gays can live but only until they piss off enough straight people and then they have to die. Bad decision and bad message to send. The gay community , whether you like the idea or not, are still human beings. We love, we have jobs, we pay our taxes, we have sex, we have children, we get married and we have all the same bad habits that straight people do. Just because you’re gay doesn’t mean that you don’t wake up and put your legs through each pant leg the same way that straight people do. It’s sad. I love the serial killer story on DAYS, it’s exciting and fun. Robert Scott Wilson is definitely Emmy worthy in this performance. I will miss the characters of Sonny and Will along with Paul but this isn’t the end for DAYS. It’s just their “embarrassment” period. And I hope they are embarrassed. They should be.

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  52. Brenda Simpkins says:

    Yes I think you were wrong in killing will off the show..I am not the only one who feels this way..I have watched this show since it first came on and I have watched him grow up as well as sami and a few more..This doesn’t make any sense you are taking all the young ones off and bringing back the old ones before it is over with; you will be taking this show off completely that is where it is headed.

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  53. ces says:

    I’m glad I haven’t had to watch this actor play Will during my Days Hiatus because that actor grated on my nerves the few episodes I watched of him. Only highlight will be seeing Sonny back. Not looking forward to Ali & Bryan’s bad crying scenes.

    Bye bye Will. Loved when Chandler Massey played you.

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  54. BonBill says:

    Happy that the character of Will is gone. Watched the show for so many years until the entire show became more about gay men than a soap opera!

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    Mike replied

    Three gay men and about 30 straight characters. The story at it’s most popular and played took about :15 minutes, three times a week, at most – so :45 minutes a week, TOPS. Yeah, it was ALL about gay men.

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  55. Mary SF says:

    For me there are three things happening– as a story, if I was reading this in a book, as a thriller, I am finding Ben descent into madness compelling drama. Yes, it is disturbing a times, but a good thriller should be. I would worry more about the viewer who wasn’t horrified by what they were seeing on the screen.

    As a Days fan, not thrilled they killed off a legacy character, but Days has done it the past, other soaps done it, not my favorite move, but I’m not shocked that it was done. I was watching when Frankie got murdered on AW and two years ago when Y&R killed off a legacy child in Delia, didn’t like those deaths, don’t like this one. Short sighted choice if a the soap continues, but if the show is about to go bye-bye– well that is another matter.

    But as a citizen of this earth I am disappointed beyond words. Lets’ all face facts, if Will was a straight male doing exactly the same things he did with Sonny, but with a girl named Sunny, nobody would be saying the character was written into a corner.

    So I am disappointed that in this day and age we still have to treat gay story lines as if they were something different than straight stories– Will was a character, his sexual orientation should not have been a story in of itself, just part of who the character is.

    Days was in a position to be the first soap to incorporate gay characters, not because they were gay, but because they were characters who happened to be gay. By killing Will off this is a step backwards. If Will had been straight I doubt they would have killed him off. Surely the writers and the suits upstairs all knew this character’s death would be have this kind of reaction.

    So to all you wonderful gay men and women out there who have supported and watched soaps all these years because you could value a good story even if the characters were all straight, I’m a sorry that there are still so many straight people who cannot return the favor, whether as a viewer who would refused to watch a soap because a gay character was on it, to writers would refused to write for a gay character, to producers who think gay characters have no appeal to straight white women in the ages 18-45, who they think are the only people buying Pampers.

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    Jim Anderson replied

    Beautifully worded as always, Mary. There is no need for me to reiterate what you have already clearly stated.
    I do wish though, that gay people wouldn’t just be “fleeting images” but could actually be considered a part of the foundation – whether they had an “active” partner or not. Even if Will remained single, which many gay guys do, would it be so terrible to have him around as a useful albeit unattached citizen?
    Years ago, Movies depicted gay people as tortured souls with no future and would inevitably wind up committing suicide, or having an accident, or being murdered. I would think that after forty years (or so) of these depictions we would at least witness SOME growth.
    It’s almost as if the old saying “the more things change….the more they stay the same” is really true.

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  56. mike says:

    It is a shame these fleeting producers/writers do not care what viewers want and can harm a show so badly during their tenure. Will was important to viewers, we watched him grow on screen. We saw his struggle with his sexuality, wonderfully conveyed by Chandler Massey. His closeness with both his core families the Bradys and Hortons, and especially with his grandmother Marlena. A bad recast should not destroy a legacy character. Another actor could have brought Will back to his former glory. This cheap ratings ploy has cast a pall over what should have been a happy time, the shows 50th. I have not watched since Wednesday and right now I know I won’t be visiting Salem again for a long time, if ever. Shame on you Mr. Corday for letting this happen to your and our show.

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    Patrick replied

    “…This cheap ratings ploy has cast a pall over what should have been a happy time”

    beautiful

    three things that have cast a pall , with

    1. the firing of Kassie DePaiva
    2. the firing of Daniel Cosgrove
    3. the killing off of a legacy character… and yes, it matters to me… my life was a part of this

    my life is a part of this

    ???

    to no longer depict an LGBT character? that carried this show for the last 2-3 years?

    because DAYS production … drawing board… creative mindset… is in supercouple mode …

    I love… Kayla and Steve
    I love… Hope and Bo
    I love… Marlena and John

    this is just 3 couples…

    new blood… new characters who have a long history and are lauded with the core audience of Serial… KNOW how much Kassie DePaiva brings to the table… Leading Lady stats… a behind the scenes and production dream of an act.

    alright

    dang it tho…. pall bearer…

    Eve and Aiden are the current pulse and life blood of what is carrying DAYS…

    I don’t know… even knowing that Sami is back for a short stint… as is Bo…

    along with the new actor from Australia… and Ava is back… via: Tamara Braun… and the effervescent and magna cum laude Vincent Irizarry… is HUGE

    but the damage is their… a gaping cesspool of lacking ingenuity

    wow

    DAYS is racking up points and audience front row seat

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    Patrick replied

    this production… could have spiraled.. onward and upwards… a snowball affect of beyond imagination

    and i’m enthralled with;

    it started giddy and heart soar

    this is really where the behind the scenes production with writing shows it’s stamina and attest to the audience

    the guts and energy is in full throttle

    no?

    “oui”

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  57. Annie says:

    Fifty years of watching Days. I’m finished. I cannot believe the powers to be killed Will Horton. Why? What purpose did it serve. The show has not been good in years. There is no Romance. They ruined the Eric and Nicole love story. Now it’s like they don’t even exist. So Bo is back. For how long. Love Daniel Cosgrove and now they have ruined his character. Why fire him if Bo is not going to stay. Instead of trying to save the show with good romance they have to bring back all these characters from years ago to save the soap. In my opinion one of the characters that should have been hone years ago is Kate. What does she bring to the story. Now it’s going to be Kate and Nicole fighting over BB. I’m sick of Days.

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    elm51 replied

    OMG!!! you said what i have been thinking for weeks……………….

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  58. Michael says:

    They should have just recast the character, or offered Massey lots of money to return. Almost from the very start it has been obvious that Wilson just can’t act. However, the character was once portrayed with beauty, truth, and integrity. I will never forget Will’s coming out scenes, and only a gay person can truly appreciate Will’s process and the genuine manner in which it was played out. There could have been so much more story for this character, if they simply recast. The way they wrote the end was just awful and wasteful. Ben’s character is just creepy, and even though I never ever enjoyed Guy Wilson’s portrayal- even HE deserved better. It’s like Corday just doesn’t care about the show anymore, and Will’s brutal demise seemed to be a homophobic descsion .

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    kelly replied

    It had nothing to do with a “homophobic” decision. If that were true Corday would never have had Will come out of the closet. The decision was business related as in financial. Serena, Paige and Will were all killed off to make room on the canvas for Steve Nicholls, Thaao Penghlis, Peter Reckell and AJ Martinez. Other characters will, I believe, also be written off the show either by having them move away or having them fall victim to that whack job Ben. Corday is trying to prevent Days from being cancelled after the 50th Anniversary show.

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  59. Jeff says:

    Why is it that most daytime soaps suddenly get rid of gay characters? For once I’d like to see a show explore maybe let’s say chromosomal reasons for a person being gay!

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  60. Anita says:

    It was a harrowing episode, well written. But the decision to kill off Will was a terrible one ! I’ve only been a DAYS fan for 2 years, but I recognise the importance of legacy families. Will was the new generation of the Horton family adults, and now all that potential is lost. Serial killers are a crappy way to reshape a soap !!! As a fairly new viewer I sometimes wondered how such a flawed charactor as Will was so beloved…. by flaws I mean his willingness to throw anybody under the bus to further his writng career ! But I Guy Wilson was a good fit for Will ! And now they’ve thrown away a chance to explore how this young gay father would pick up and carry on after wrecking his marriage to wonderful Sonny……

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  61. Me says:

    Nobody really cares about Will anymore, ever since Guy Wilson wrecked the character. Good Will is gone, then fans can stop asking if Chandler can come back. The show threw Chandler out like trash. Why would he ever want to go back to that how?!

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    Nora replied

    @Me, maybe you should say you don’t care about Will anymore.You aren’t the spokesperson for every viewer and you’re certainly not the spokesperson for me.I happen to like this character,and I thought Guy Wilson did a good job.I won’t blame the actor for having inadequate material.This show wants to go back to the past “glory days” where only straight single or married couples existed.Also, Chandler Massey decided to leave the role because he wanted to pursue his college education.The only person that was thrown out like trash was the Will character portrayed by Guy Wilson.We saw that vividly when Ben placed his body in a linen bag carted him off and carted him off to his apartment which he then preceded to trash.

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    kay replied

    Guy WilSon did NOT wreck the character of Will. The WRITERS did that. Chandler Massey was only ONE of the few actors to portray the character of Will. He was good, but he was NOT “brilliant” – he had flaws and quirks that some people criticized, just like any other actor. But you choose to point out only Guy’s “faults.” Guy WilSon did the best Job possible with the writing these “professional hacks” wrote. It is not fair for you or anyone else to judge or criticize anyone’s acting abilities.

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    Nora replied

    Thank you Kay! You would think Chandler Massey was the second coming of the late Sir Laurence Olivier with all the praise he’s received.I read on these same boards criticism on how he played the part, how his portrayal of Will was wimpy and immature.Some never even gave Guy Wilson a chance and went right on the attack on his first day.I thank both actors for their portrayal of Will Horton.

    Patrick replied

    “… Guy WilSon did the best Job possible with the writing these “professional hacks” wrote ”

    DAYS… films 6 months in advance

    this was probably one of the fastest recasts DAYS product… ever… “had to” recast… so quickly

    throw in the demise and spiral of the writing team at that time… and now “fired”

    there was a no win win in this situation

    so… YES… at times… FANS do have a “right” and say so… about just how bad an actor is… at replacing a beloved character that was so lauded by fans and the production team

    as I’ve posted above… yes… I’m mouring…. “WILL” the character… even if , in the back of my mind… it simply will never be… “like” Chandler Massey… and … Freddie Smith

    to hang all my hopes… and “HOPE” that DAYS has the hindsight… and persevere… that we all continue with Paul… and move onward

    geez… right now.. i liken myself to Sami…. just mourning a child… and yes… he’s gay

    he’s still my child

    he portrayed my life, like

    I can’t say goodbye to Will and Sonny
    I don’t think I ever will… just like… fans of… have their cherished past

    these memories shared my life… and plenty more…

    it was so successful well done… and cheered loudly and heartily

    that I want NBC / Sony / DOOL to recognize how much they’ve grown

    and search the canvas… realize the potential they could have had !

    with Eve
    with Aiden

    and simply letting Will and Sonny to have left Salem to journey

    and i’ll wait , keep the nest near…

    Patrick replied

    ie: TIMELINE of Chandler and Massey and Guy Wilson

    only 6 days….

    “BOOM”

    this is an excerpt from WIKI…

    “…However, on August 23, 2013, it was reported Massey had left the show effectively immediately, and that the show would go ahead with a recast due to the character’s current storyline.[13] On September 12, 2013, it was announced that actor Guy Wilson was cast in the role of Will.[14] Freddie Smith revealed that the switch between Massey and Wilson will happen on-screen as quick as the news of the recast, saying, “If you blink and open your eyes, you’ll be like, ‘Wait, there’s a new Will?!’ [...] It’s literally just ‘BOOM!’”[15] Massey made his final appearance on January 2, 2014 and Wilson made his first appearance on January 8, 2014 ”

    this was a no win situation for both the audience and the writers… with DAYS production TEAM wringing their hands… (with what I believe) was a loss of a goldmine… and yes.. call this financial

    I’ll laud this time… for me… and and LGBT achievement

    CONTINUE “on”… with Paul… he’s a gem; a keeper; an intriguing character… a new character; with life blood… to feature… with the DAYS of ole

    god… i’m going to MISS ; Eve, Aiden, Will, Nick, Kristen, Sheryl…

    I thank the soap gods… that Vincent Irizarry… is on his way

    that gaping cesspool of lacking… is relevant

    GO DAYS

    kelly replied

    Why are you blaming Guy Wilson for wrecking the character? The writers created the storylines for Will and Sonny not Guy Wilson. The writers created the scripts for Will and Sonny not Guy Wilson.

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  62. Me says:

    Legacy character my foot! If they had cared for its legacy they wouldn’t have replaced Chandler with that dreadful other actor.

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    4ever DAYS replied

    You helped murder Will!

    You riled viewers up with constant hate towards DAYS for releasing Chandler Messy 13 weeks early. Then you continued full force against DAYS and Guy Wilson!

    You got your wish. Will is dead. You made a messy situation worse. How does it feel to be a murderer?

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  63. CMD says:

    What is it with Jean Passanante helping kill off daytime’s few gay characters (Reid of ATWT and now Will)? I’m starting to think she’s the Kim Davis of soaps.

    It’s a stupid, stupid, terrible move to kill off Will. I knew the recast sucked but send Will back to L.A. to be with his family until a better actor can be found.

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    4ever DAYS replied

    Jean Passanante doesn’t write DAYS. I believe she’s at GH.

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  64. Robert in Jersey City says:

    Soaps are so over and dead it’s heartbreaking. It kinda figures that NBC, angling to be the new FOX, would brutually murder this gay legacy character. At this point I’m preferring Buzzr with 80s games shows to most of daytime TV.

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  65. Laura says:

    Despite my reservations about Guy Wilson in the role. I never wanted the character killed. Just simply write off the character so perhaps in the future, if Chandler was willing, he could return to the role. Like so many other fan favorite actors are able to. Now that seems impossible. This decision to kill Will to make room for characters like Bo and Patch has really dampened my excitement for returning characters to the show. Next week is going to be hard to watch. I believe the producers have underestimated how important Will was as a legacy character to fans. And what is it about killing off all the male Hortons. First Nick Fallon last year and now Will.

    DOOL had done such a great job in creating LGBT inclusion that I hope there is a bigger plan in place for John’s son, Paul. Perhaps a Sonny recast sometime in the future. Anyhow, it’s a shame to how the writers chose to write out Will. It was a disservice to the legacy of the character. I hate to say this because I’ve been following DOOL for over 35 years but I hope the producers get an earful from the fans.

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  66. Enrique says:

    I’m dumbfounded with people’s’ responses considering Higley introduced Sonny to the show and began the writing of Will’s coming out storyline. Corday was the one who had Will come out of the closet. So this whole Days is now homophobic makes no sense, especially considering Freddie Smith left of his own volition and is even open to returning, Christopher Sean is still there and we haven’t even fully scratched the surface on Paul.

    Days had Will and Sonny be treated like everyone else. Also Will isn’t the only gay character in soaps, remember Bianca Montgomery and Luke Snyder. I thought people wanted Sonny and Will to be treated like everyone else? They even had storyline like everyone one like going through adultery, breakups a wedding and now heartbreak but suddenly both need to be treated with kid gloves because Will wound up dead and the show is homophobic. He was like every other character who just happens to be gay. Seems like everyone only saw Will as a gay character. Where was this anger when Zack Brady, who’s a Horton, Brady and Kiriakis was killed off?

    Also, comparing Will Horton’s death to Frankie Frame from Another World? How can one compare it? Frankie’s death was FAR more vicious considering she was stalked throughout the whole episode.

    Heartbreak, mayhem, darkness, and despair is what you expect from a serial killer storyline, it’s funny how some people were complaining how boring it was when Serena and Paige were killed, but now with Will, everyone is up in arms. Also where does it say that core characters have to be off limits? This is a soap opera, characters die or are born all the time, and yes even main characters are included as well.

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    Victoria Foxton replied

    Will’s murder was just as gruesome, empty and dark as Frankie Frame Winthrop in it’s own way. There was no build up Will only appeared a couple of times since those new hack writers took over. I wished Will would have fought back, the girls fought more. What a ”great idea” DOOL celebrating it’s golden 50th anniversary mired in gloom and doom i say sarcastically.

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    alia replied

    because there are so few gays on daytime, and literally every single one has had an unhappy ending, every one, either dead or unhappy/alone. It is *not* okay. straights make up 99% of soaps. there are exactly four gay characters on soaps. brad/lucas haven’t even been onscreen in three months, felix is having a non-existent lovelife, since none of it is onscreen, and on DOOL paul will be backburnered before being written off, so no, it’s not the same, it’s just not.

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    Tony replied

    Folks that care about soaps, and Days, and turn on the television to be entertained, were not entertained by this murder. It was disgustingly homophobic behind the scenes decision, short-sighted and lame.

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  67. James McDonald says:

    I had no idea whom the third killed victim would be, but it was the cover of Soap Opera Digest that spoiled it for me. Still when I saw the end of Thursday’s episode (October 8) and then Friday’s episode (October 9) I was so shocked that Will was actually being killed. Then I thought, will Will be found and revived? But nobody dead that long can be revived. But this is soap opera? Then the preview of Will in the morgue is being shown, and Ted Corday did say that anyone who dies after September 1, is dead.
    I guess it also means this is the end of the gay storyline that brought in many more fine people to watch Days Of Our Lives. “Paul” is gay, but will his storyline continue? Do they plan on turning Paul straight and will he meet a woman? Paul is the only thing left of this gay storyline. It will be nice to see Freddie Smith return as “Sonny” as rumors say he is. I assume for only the funeral. It is too bad that Chandler Massey could not have hung in there for 9 more months as “Will”. The emotional impact of their characters separation and now this murder would have been greater. But this is what the storyline has come to with Freddie Smith leaving his role and Guy Wilson having played “Will”. I wonder if actor Christopher Sean (“Paul”) will be leaving too since he has a recurring role on Hawaii 5-O and his acting career seems to be taking off flying.

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    4ever DAYS replied

    You must be a longtime DAYS fan, James.

    Ted Corday died in 1966 or 1967. His son “Ken” eventually took over.

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  68. Brandon Parker says:

    I don’t think it was good for Days writers to kill off a major character it really sucks.

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  69. Rodd says:

    I am outraged by this! This whole serial killer story line is a joke. Here’s a great actor in a role he’s bound to exit in a few weeks killing off more great actors who were seeing the end of their run as the show refocuses…but to kill off a legacy character who happens to be gay is more than upsetting! Will was not written into a corner. He was not in need of disposing of in such a “permanent” way.

    I tuned back into to DAYS to see how the anniversary would play out and now I’m having a hard time wanting to continue.

    The writers have shown me that their mindset is stuck in the 1950′s when every gay character had to be killed off or physically hurt as payment for them being gay. What a set-back! Will could have been written off if the writers didn’t want to write for him anymore. He could have joined Sonny in Europe or gone somewhere else. But killing him or any other legacy character is not going to help the audience invest in this insipid story; it’s just going to piss them off!

    They don’t need this serial killer story. It’s certainly not been up to snuff compared to the s/k ones of yore. I’ll struggle through until the end of the year because I also love the Horton Christmas tree ornament hanging but then I’m gone again.

    Ugh! It’s done and I have to stop ranting. This is just SO disappointing…again. When will DAYS ever learn??

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  70. 4ever DAYS says:

    There were more than three strikes against Will, but the 3 biggest were:

    Strike one…Chandler Massey was released early after his public announcement of intent to quit.

    Strike two…Guy Wilson was Chandler’s replacement.

    Strike three…Freddie Smith quit.

    Was murder the answer? Maybe DAYS feels they were handed a lemon and chose to make lemonade:

    The recast was bungled, which made Will less liked…the writing was bad too. TPTB realized it was an uphill battle…they wouldn’t dare risk further damage with another replacement. A less liked Will meant a less liked Will & Sonny. At the time of Chandler’s exit, TPTB could’ve sent Will away, but where would that have left Sonny?

    When Freddie Smith gave notice of intent to quit, why not recast? Simple…Because Will and Sonny were already damaged with Chandler’s departure. A recast Sonny opposite a recast Will would’ve been much worse.

    Some ask why not a new direction with Will…Maybe Will with Paul? Many could not accept Will with Paul because they wanted Will with Sonny or Sonny with Paul, but there is no Sonny!

    The plan could be to recast Sonny after a few months and have Sonny with Paul, which TPTB invision as more acceptable in light of Will’s death.

    Ultimately, Will’s death brings drama…drama is what soaps are about.

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  71. jackie says:

    I am very happy with the writing on Days now. Will’s character and especially the actor were boring and uncomfortable to watch.

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  72. carol says:

    I had a friend who was watching it with me when Will got murdered was shocked in one way but I as not surprise I mean you knew this was going to happen the minute Will showed up at Bens apt.I just wondering who Ben is actually seeing when he is killing someone,This has been done many times before on other shows and movies the person doing the killing is killing someone that looks like someone they once knew or looked like that person,and when Ben stated he was so tired of people saying bad things about his family ,Well we all knew that Will was in trouble,I wish they didnt kill him I could think of other characters they should have killed,I just wonder how Sonny is going to feel now that he is gone,Will he be coming back to Salem ? Did they do this so that Sonny and Paul could have a relationship ? Who Knows,but Ben always gave me the creeps,now he attacks Chad ugh .. When is he going to lose it in front of Abby? If she only knew who she was sleeping with ,she would vomit,I wonder how Jorden will feel when she finds out her brother is a serial killer and i dont mean oatmeal,sorry just a little sense of humor

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  73. Matthew Melchiorre says:

    IT WAS AN ABSOLUTE INSULT HOW DARE THEY!!!! WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH JOSH!!!!

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  74. A. Margray says:

    Are these writer’s barbarians? Isn’t there enough hate, violence and bloodshed in the world today without this show perpetuating more of it? Where is love, romance, creativity to bring life and hope? Where is the balance for this rush of evil? This show is so morbid; I do not care to watch much more of it. Are the viewers ears and eyes garbage cans? I think not from the voices crying out to change to save your TV show.

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  75. DYLAN says:

    I have read these posts with great interest. I think everyone needs to step back and settle their collective kettle! I am not going to say “it’s only a show” (I guess I just did) because as viewers, we invest in these stories and these characters. I get that. In this case, it is heightened though, with the gay factor playing a part. Will’s death was NOT based on him being gay, unless it comes out later that Ben had homophobic tendencies and thats why he was so violent with Will. I doubt that will come into play. Will was in the wrong place at the wrong time, like Serena and Paige. For all those of you breaking out the violins and the soap boxes (pardon the pun) and saying this is a horrible message to send to youth….there is no message to youth here. Youth should be watching Nickelodeon, not soap operas. Contrary to what advertisers think, soaps are not meant for 12 year old girls. They are and always have been by , for, and about adults. In the last few decades, they have become much more sexual, dark, and violent.

    It seems to me that gay viewers want rainbows and lollipops floating around all their gay characters. They want to see a false version of what they want gay life to look like. Where the families are all accepting and loving, and every gay guy is buff and chiselled, and they have children and grand weddings and life is wonderful. In other words, they want a fairy tale. I have gay friends and family, and from where I sit, what I see, gay life is nothing like that. So why do gay audiences demand and scream for that? It is doing a disservice, if anything. If a youth was watching, and was pondering sexuality, life would look great!! Then it would be up to a real adult in that child’s life to say…”Well, you know, life is not really like that. This is a t.v. show.” See the double standard?

    I am not gay, and I do not like watching gay storylines on soaps. I will admit that. That is not homophobia, it is just a preference of what I enjoy watching on screen. I will freely say that the first part of the Will/Sonny/Paul triangle was extremely well written! It worked on many levels! It showed Will’s immaturity, his tenacity at becoming a reporter, it introduced a very charismatic new character, it was a topical story that has subject matter that is current and relevant. It was, in a very modern sense, classic soap. It played, it played well, and now it’s over.

    To everyone bashing the writers and producers….why? Soap writers have gone on record MANY times saying they write what they want and what they like. There is also a saying “write what you know.” As a writer myself, I could not possibly write a gay storyline with any element of truth to it, because I don’t know what that all entails. I have heard many say “We’re just the same as straight people, only gay.” LOL. Oxymoron much? Clearly, patently, gays and straights are NOT the same. They view life differently, they view society differently, they view marriage differently, etc. Higley and Griffith came in at a crucial time for the show. If the gay storyline was not one they wanted to write or felt passionately about, that is their call. They are the writers. They have been able to bring back many characters, still vital and active, from a time when soaps had record breaking ratings and were cash cows for the networks.

    Another consideration…is the damned if you do, damned if you don’t component that comes with the very vocal organizations that represent LGBT people. Groups like that should have no say or influence in this type of television entertainment. They are never happy or satisfied. In order for the story to continue, Will and Sonny were getting a divorce after just over a year of marriage. The activists were screaming and hollering that they should not depict gay marriage as a failure so soon. No one complains about adultery on soaps when the partners are straight, but if they’re gay, and Will cheats (which he did more than once), watch out!! Moving on, in soap fashion, Will would then have to start dating other people. Then the groups would be saying it makes gay people look promiscuous. Any attempt to tell a soapy story would be met with hostility, sanitization, and white washing.

    There are soap deaths that are still burned and etched into my consciousness decades later. These shows matter. They are multi generational. We watched them with our families, and they became like families. Death is never pleasant, but it is a part of life, and to see it played out on air can be very bracing and emotional. Soaps have minimized death’s impact to the point where we no longer feel ANYTHING when a character dies, because they are rarely truly dead. Chief offender being Ron Carlivati’s 3 year reign of terror at GH, where by the end he didn’t even attempt to offer ANY kind of a reason how or why people who had died on screen were suddenly alive. Offering any kind of rational explanation seemed beneath him, basically insinuating that viewers are stupid, and don’t deserve an explanation. I, for one, am happy that Corday has said dead people will stay dead. I am not opposed to the odd back from the dead storyline, but watching a real death has so much more impact!

    Will’s death will bring the entire town together in sorrow and in love. That is uplifting. He had a child, which many gay people cannot or will not do biologically. His death will have meaning because he is so connected. I felt nothing when Serena died other than for Melissa Archer, who was completely wasted in a pointless and thankful role. I felt more when Paige died, because she was finally interesting. Also, because Kassie DePaiva knoced it out of the park with raw grief, as I knew she would. Neither of those two were integral to the show. Now Will…this will bring amazing performances and writing and the show will up their game!! I can’t wait.

    Most people loved Chandler, and most people disliked Guy’s portrayal. On message boards, people were brutal…saying Will should leave town, or die, etc. So, he died. And now the same message boards are flooded with outrage and threats of stopping watching the show, or boycotting the show, etc. The underlying theme and message is that It is not the fact that Will died, but the fact that Will is gay, and he died. Claim otherwise, but that is repeated in essence in almost each and every post I have read on here. News flash…gay people die too! Sadly, sometimes in horrific and barbaric ways due to raging homophobia. Again, being gay had nothing to do with Will’s death.
    I dont believe there is any other agenda other than to save the show and keep it on the air. The writing and acting has been phenomenal. The actor playing Ben will probably soon be out of work, or probably is already thanks to DAYS’ advance schedule. But thanks to this killer storyline, he showed his acting chops and will easily get new work. Same with Guy. Call it what you want…I refuse to call it homophobia…soaps were created for housewives in the midwest as something to watch while they did housework. There are still a lot of people who are uncomfortable and uneasy watching same sex love or sex scenes. Gay people SELF IDENTIFY as QUEER. Queer means different, not normal, out of the ordinary. So there you have it…the answer why some people don’t like to watch gay stories. Telling them to “get over it” is not fair either. I am only in my 30′s, and when I was growing up, we thought gay was just something that existed for comic relief on sitcoms. We knew no one who was gay, we didn’t talk about gay anything, there were no gay t.v. shows, etc. I’m in my 30′s. So imagine how a 75 year old woman would feel watching Will and Sonny go at it in the bedroom. LOL.

    I have a cousin who has three kids, by two different fathers. Two of the fathers are cousins. Until she turned 30, she was straight. Then at age 30, she started hanging out with some lesbians, and suddenly she was one. We have a 95 year old grandmother who is frail, and my cousin will not tell her that she is married to a woman out of respect for my grandmother. It is something she would not even comprehend or grasp. My cousin fervently denies that she was “born this way” or always gay, or that she knew it all along. She denies and defies all the stereotypes. She admits that she is still attracted to guys, and if she wasn’t with this girl, she says she probably would be with men. Like in all of humanity and life, there is no constant. You can’t pigeon hole every person who has ever questioned their sexuality as always gay, or anything like that. Everybody’s got a story, special group interests cannot categorically cover every human being.

    There is much more to say but I am going to have turkey. I welcome all comments, but I feel I have been respectful in my post, so please don’t come at me fully loaded, wanting a fight, calling me names, or accusing me of being a hater, because I am not.

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    4ever DAYS replied

    Excellent post, DYLAN!

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    Stephen replied

    Homosexuality and bisexuality (attraction and behaviour) are part of the natural diversity of animal life, including human life. They are not “queer”, they are part of the natural diversity and spectrum of living things. This is a biological fact. That non-heterosexuality can seem queer to people who are unfamiliar with it , is true. In this sense, sex itself is queer to people (kids) who are unfamiliar with it. Anything unfamiliar and understood can seem queer. Queer is a word of subjectivity and perspective, rather than an attribute of something itself. It is no use shouting at the internet that “gay people self-identify as queer”. Gay people can speak for themselves, and self-identify for themselves, and I doubt very much that most of them “self-identify as queer”, no matter how many gay friends you have! Come on, one of the driving forces of the appropriation of the word “gay” in the first place was to get away from the, inappropriate and misleading and demeaning label of “queer”.

    I feel like I have just walked into a time machine. Is this really 2015?!! Is there still so far for us to go?!! :-)

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    Stephen replied

    ooo, I missed out a “not” !!

    “anything unfamiliar and *not* understood can seem queer”, was what I was aiming for!

    Dylan replied

    I do apologize for speaking too much for others or presuming too much. I hate when others do it to me and I try not to do it to others. Just one thing…the word gay originally meant happy and jovial. I don’t know the logistics behind how or why it was adopted in its current incarnation.

    Stephen replied

    DYLAN says “It seems to me that gay viewers want rainbows and lollipops floating around all their gay characters. They want to see a false version of what they want gay life to look like. Where the families are all accepting and loving, and every gay guy is buff and chiselled, and they have children and grand weddings and life is wonderful.”

    What complete and utter nonsense! “Excellent post” my ass! Have you even *watched* this show?!!!

    Will’s life has been in turmoil from day one, and in the Chandler era when Will was discovering his sexuality, his whole life was traumatic and up and down and all over the place and it has never stopped! Yes he’s had plenty of happy moments, and that’s great too, and in fact one of the huge appeal of the character for me was his ability to find happiness, a smile, and a laugh, in all sorts of horrible situations. Anyway my point is this excitement, turmoil, and drama (and human spirit in the middle of it) was what the audience enjoyed and one of the big reasons the show back then got so much applause.

    “Rainbows and unicorns”!! Hah!! It was hailstorms and lightnings and earthquakes and sunny spells, with everything that life could throw at Will all happening at once, and this REALISM was a huge aspect of the story’s success, and a huge part of the appeal of the character (before his character was trashed) was that he had the capacity to repeatedly rise above it, with his inherent upbeat-ness popping up like an irrepressible jack-in-the-box. :-)

    As to “buff and chiseled”, well, it is TV, and their appeal is universal!

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    Stephen replied

    DYLAN says ” For all those of you breaking out the violins and the soap boxes (pardon the pun) and saying this is a horrible message to send to youth….there is no message to youth here. Youth should be watching Nickelodeon, not soap operas. Contrary to what advertisers think, soaps are not meant for 12 year old girls. They are and always have been by , for, and about adults. In the last few decades, they have become much more sexual, dark, and violent.”

    It’s aimed at everyone from 14 years old and up. That includes youth. It says so right on the screen: “TV14″.

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    Stephen replied

    DYLAN says “Most people loved Chandler, and most people disliked Guy’s portrayal.”

    Please do the world a kindness, and stop talking for “most people”.

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    Stephen replied

    DYLAN says “… now the same message boards are flooded with outrage and threats of stopping watching the show, or boycotting the show, etc. The underlying theme and message is that It is not the fact that Will died, but the fact that Will is gay, and he died. Claim otherwise, but that is repeated in essence in almost each and every post I have read on here. News flash…gay people die too!”

    The idea being presented by several people is that Days of Our Lives is clearing itself of gay characters to attract back viewers who don’t like seeing gay kisses and cuddles and the very occasional “gay torso” and super-soft sex scene on their TV!!

    DYLAN says “I am not gay, and I do not like watching gay storylines on soaps. ”

    So their idea is that Days is now aiming to cater to people like YOU.

    And it’s a totally fair hypothesis to make, especially in the light of the low screen-time Guy has had in the run up to his exit (although perhaps, near the end anyway, that was actually down to Guy losing his voice)

    DYLAN says “Will’s death was NOT based on him being gay [...] Will was in the wrong place at the wrong time”

    The in-story reason for his death is irrelevant to the idea that Days is clearing its stable of gay characters to appease viewers such as yourself and other people who share your dislike of seeing gays in soaps.

    How about keeping straw men out of your posts? They’d be shorter and easier to read! :-)

    I am not threatening to stop watching or to boycott the show. They’ve killed my favourite character – and the character that had me watching in the first place – and the character I have always looked forward to seeing – the character that I watch it for – and I have no appetite to watch it without him.

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    K. K. replied

    Exactly! On screen, Will wasn’t killed for being gay. Off screen? Absolutely. Fans held Will to an absurd double standard, seeing the worst in Will (and both actors because Chandler Massey was heavily criticized too, which people forget) when his schemes and shenanigans were mild compared to nearly every other character. I buy the argument that gay people in mainstream media must be perfect, and they don’t have the privilege to screw up the way straights do because they are only invited into society if they behave properly. Paul and Sonny remain ridiculously saintly compared to everyone else in town.

    On top of that, once the new writers took over there was no mention or images of Will’s sexuality. He was not treated to proper exit scenes, a reunion with his husband, flashbacks to his wedding or love story. He wasn’t even allowed a goodbye with his daughter. Meanwhile, the show is pandering to old people like crazy.

    The show is being cleansed of gay images and sexuality, and Will’s death sure feels like a pander to the good, old “we love gay men but only when they are dead” trope that you can see in so many movies. They have sent a message to anyone who hoped Will would be forgiven: when your gay, you only get forgiveness if you die.

    Stephen replied

    DYLAN says “You can’t pigeon hole every person who has ever questioned their sexuality as always gay, or anything like that. ”

    HOORAY!! WE HAVE COMMON GROUND!! LET’S CELEBRATE!!

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    Dylan replied

    That is a good thing!

    Nora replied

    I try not to generalize or stereotype people as your comment seems to do.As a gay woman ,I don’t complain when I see straight people humping and grinding on this soap.I know that what I would like to see on this show is just as many gay characters as I do straight.No, I’m not asking for rainbows and puppy dog tails and whatever else you said,just going through the days of their lives as all the straight characters are allowed to.As for your cousin,I can’t speak for her experience, only mine.I came out at 14 to loving and supportive parents.As for the stereotype of the 75 year old granny clutching her pearls not able to take two men kissing..I ‘ve seen 25 year old not liking the over abundance of sex scenes between Sami & EJ when they were on the show.Some people don’t like to see sex scenes between anyone.I will also continue to believe that TPTB wanted to get rid of the gay character and chose the most brutal and vicious way to do so.

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    maddiehayes replied

    I agree, Dylan. The gay love scenes made me uncomfortable, but imagine how hard it was for my mom and my aunt, who’ve watched DAYS from the beginning. My mom kept asking me “Will’s not gonna STAY gay, is he?” And yes, straight sex scenes make me uncomfortable too. I FF them. As well as the graphic murders. I watch for romance and warm family moments. That has been lacking in recent years. But it’s coming back ..

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    Dylan replied

    Lol. I can hear her saying that!!

    Patrick replied

    “…They want to see a false version of what they want gay life to look like. ”

    why ????

    why

    would GAY persons want such a falsehood and “baren” livelihood

    when my bedroom has sex not unlike yours… and that’s the extent or present common denominator that exceeds ???

    when all our lives are predicated that we universally tread get along and acknowledge without too many differences?

    YOU know…

    life traveled

    geez louise

    I put my left and right foot in motion… for my life

    it has always included heterosexual…

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    Alan replied

    Dylan, I respect your opinion but have to disagree with a few things…

    “Gay people SELF IDENTIFY as QUEER. Queer means different, not normal, out of the ordinary.”

    Um, no. I am a gay man and I identify as a human being. And neither myself nor my partner has ever used that word to describe either ourselves or our relationship. Queer — along with the f word — has a negative connotation to most gay people I know. Also, I don’t consider loving another person “not normal.”

    “Clearly, patently, gays and straights are not the same.”

    In terms of sexuality, that is true. However, I am in a monogamous, committed relationship with the same man going on 10 years and I can assure you that being gay is probably the thing we think about the least. Our life is about all the things any two people who love one another — gay or straight — do in a relationship: go to work, do laundry, pay bills, make dinner, watch tv, take out the garbage, walk the dog, etc. I’d venture to say none of those things would earn the label of “queer.”

    I believe that killing the character of Will is a mistake not because he is gay but because he is a legacy character who is both a Horton and a Brady. If the writers have no interest in telling a gay story — fine. But would you give them a pass if they said they had no interest in telling an African American story? Yes, I enjoy the gay storyline but I was actually even more excited to see the Asian community represented on the show (and how I wish One Life To Live were still on so that I could watch the antics of Vimal and Rama Patel). When a writer limits the stories he or she is willing to tell it leaves out potential viewers which no soap can afford these days. I’ve always wondered why it is so hard for some soap writers to write for a certain group instead of just writing a story that is true in any form — is a “white love story” really so much different than a “black love story”?

    As for imagining how a 75 year old woman would feel about Will and Sonny making love, I would imagine it is similar to how my grandmother felt back in the 70s when she watched the inter-racial relationship between David Banning and Valerie Grant: at first she was shocked and then she came to see that love is love regardless of color. Entertainment can also educate and expand a person’s view of the world.

    You say there were no gay tv shows when you were growing up, but how did you miss all the gay characters on television in the 90s? Melrose Place’s Matt Fielding, My So-Called Life’s Ricky Vasquez, Dawson’s Creek’s Jack McPhee, Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Willow Rosenberg, NYPD Blue’s John Irvin, and Will And Grace’s Will Truman and Jack McFarland are just a few that come to mind.

    Ultimately for me the subject of Will’s death comes down to the fact that the soaps are fighting for their existence and if they want to continue to be a viable form they need to change and reflect the diversity of life. Today’s viewers are not interested in homogenous stories of beautiful blonde rich white people but instead want to see stories that reflect the reality of the world they live in.

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    Dylan replied

    I love intelligent, thoughtful, well written posts like yours!!

    Gmbenet replied

    Dylan, I enjoyed your post very much. You said some things I wanted to say but was too tired to address after posting what I did post.

    Hope you enjoyed your turkey and don’t let ugly responses give you indigestion! (giggle, giggle)

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  76. mrsnoahdrake says:

    Happy 50th anniversary to all the Days of our lives fans!
    To thank you for decades (for some,half a century) of dedication and loyal viewership, we thought we would kill off the legacy character of Will Horton!
    Way to go Ken Corday and writers! Thanks so much for killing off a character we were so invested in.
    Unlike Serena and Paige, many of us saw Will’s parents get together.
    We saw Sami try and pass Will off as Austin’s, Sam and Lucas’s romances, arguments, friendship, etc.
    Will is Marlena’s grandson! He is a Brady and a Horton – part of the 2 core families on Days.
    And part of the first gay male couple to be married on daytime.
    We did not care for Serena’s character – whether or not you are a Melissa Archer fan, the storyline was awful and it was time for her to leave.
    It took time for Kassie DePaiva’s Eve to grow on me. I still will always think of Eve as Charlotte Ross. It would have been better if Paige had been Frankie Brady’s kid and then that would have heated up the Eve / Jen rivalry, especially if Billy Warlock came back.
    Paige was also not well written. And I don’t think that she will be remembered for decades to come when people think back on Days of our lives.
    But WILL HORTON? Seriously?
    Granted Guy Wilson was not the best recast. Much of the problem was that the way that Will was written after the recast did not match the Will that Chandler Massey played. He became very unlikable. We can’t blame the writing on Guy Wilson. They were trying to make him like Sami, but that came off as unsympathetic.
    Days could have recast again but they tape so far in advance that it is a problem.
    And when Freddie Smith decided to leave, why not have him and Will try and work things out and have Will join Sonny wherever he is ?
    That would leave the door open for future returns by Chandler, Freddie or even recasts.
    But, no the show has given us brutal murders by a core character who is a Brady, a Horton and connected to the Kiriakis and Hernandez and DiMera families. Will had so much potential.
    Will the 50th anniversary feature Will’s funeral? Gee something to look forward to!
    Maybe Days will pull one of their “return from the dead” tricks with Will.
    Here’s hoping!

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  77. Matthew Melchiorre says:

    THE SHOW IS SCREWED!!!!! PAUL ISN’T!!! ENOUGH!!!! ITS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE CHRIS QUITS!!!!

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    Patrick replied

    Christopher Sean is a mutli-faceted actor… on many levels

    and yes… throw in the mix.. that he’s a person of color… mixed

    and he’s … just… dang it! drool fact

    LOL

    he debute on DAYS : November 7, 2014

    so… haven’t heard otherwise… it’s nearing his one year anniversary…

    he’s such an enigmatic draws you in character… his looks adds so much.. but it’s his acting skill… that REELS

    I’m with you… it wouldn’t surprise me one bit… if he left for greener pastures

    dang it! this is coming from the demise of Will and Sonny

    that it would seem that Paul is the last redeeming value that DAYS had better not backburner…. expletive up… and let go by the way side….

    Christopher Sean… has the skill set ….mindset… talent.. and audience pulls for…

    you know

    it doesn’t seem like the writing is really going to focus all that much on “John” and Marlena

    so why not… as a day player… and recurring… bring back.. his mother… Tori.. to whet his acting chops… why not have some energy levels stewing… with Marlena, John, and Tori

    ” I Love Paul “

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  78. Jaime says:

    To be honest I believe that after losing Chandler Massey and then Freddie Smith, the strongest actors in this storyline the fate of Will was sealed. Ms Sweeney is protective of her own stories. Sadly, she never expressed any concern when long standing characters of Days fame were treated horribly by the writers written off in an uncharacteristic manner calling them dead beat dads! Thus, her appeals I take very lightly as they seem more self serving than of concern for the program as a whole. I dearly hope she has lost her influence as the writing has improved greatly. The past few years of Days so turned me off I could no longer bear to watch it and yes that included the constant focus on both Daniel and even Sami. No one character should be propped to the point of exclusion of stories for beloved characters and actors who have long proven their value. I am not trying to insult any person including an actress named only responding to her comments and the lack thereof when Matthew Ashford was continually killed off, when both Steve and Bo were written off badly and other legacy children were destroyed or sent off never to be heard of again (Nick Fallon, Jeremy, Chelsea, Stephanie and from what I read even years ago in a Sandy Horton, Julie’s son David, her grandson Scott and more.)
    I hope these writers continue and continue to bring forth stories that involve all our favorites and do NOT toss them aside for any ONE character or the desire to give in and prop one personality! A soap is about an ensemble group. When its not it fails and we have seen that in the dropping of ratings and viewership in the past few years.

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    code85 replied

    So true. Me and you think a like.

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  79. jj says:

    No they should not have killed will. It’s ridiculous. This show keeps getting worse and worse. I’m trying to keep watching until Eve leaves (another mistake!) but may stop watching even before her final show. Sad how much I’m disliking a show that I once loved. :(

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  80. Allen saint james says:

    A legacy character had to die to create some emotional consequences for the audience and the canvas. I thought the killing scenes were extremely well done. Very sophisticated and not cheesy at all. The guy who plays Ben is doing a great job all of a sudden.

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  81. Reney says:

    Kudos to Robert Scott Wilson.He is doing a great job playing sicko Ben! Ben is really scary.Best wishes to Guy Wilson.Good luck in his future plans..I wished Will had not been killed off but re-casted.Will Horton is a legacy character and will be missed.Lucas and Sami(especially)Lucas will be hit really hard by the death of Will.

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  82. Alan says:

    Huge mistake killing off a legacy character like Will who was both a Brady and a Horton, but I’m not surprised since I have little faith in the team of Higley and Griffith.

    Granted viewers had become divided over the character of Will since the recast but reuniting him with Sonny and sending the character off camera for a while would have been a solution. Killing off the character may generate a short-term bump in the ratings but long term I think it will do more damage to the show in the long run.

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    K. K. replied

    The worst part is the drama resulting from Will’s death will be short term. The two people who loved him most, besides his daughter, are off canvas. Sami will go get reunited with her love EJ, the straight murderer who is being brought back from the dead and Sonny, who will once again abandon his daughter.

    This is really cheap storytelling that’s only long term consequence will be that Arianna Grace will be with her heterosexual mother rather than her gay dads.

    By the way, I loved Guy Wilson and he was a better actor than nearly all the male actors on the show, so I just don’t get the hate toward him. The men who play John, Rafe, Eric , Roman and Daniel are all far worse than Guy Wilson.

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  83. Reney says:

    I remember Another Worlds Frankie Frame Wintrop.She was one of my favorite characters on that show.When she got killed off,I cried like a baby.I loved her with Cass Winthrop.Yes,her death was very sad and dark.Cass grief was so heartbreaking.

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  84. Reney says:

    In reply to Victoria Foxton’s comment..

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  85. Mo says:

    I think it was a major fail to decide to kill Will. I think I would be more devastated if I had liked the recent portrayal and the actor. Regardless, Will should not have been killed. He has links to SOOOO many characters. He could have been attacked and in a coma and not come to until after Ben was fingered. He could have joined Sonny in Europe and come back with a new face. So many better choices.

    I do think Robert is doing a good job playing a bad guy.

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  86. mary says:

    This is the most epic fail in Days history.Corday has lost what was left of his mind.Unforgivable.

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    code85 replied

    I don’t think so. Who should have he kill off?

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  87. carol says:

    As I watched them today when they found Wills body it just hit me hard,even before Lucas and Sonny knew of this I just broke down,I feel for Sami to. I hope they don’t go and kill anyone else that is important off oh wait they let Eve go bad move Days I loved Kassie, it just seems to me like every since these new writers came on board wow things have really changed,I so wish there was a way to get WIll back but who knows,if they want to do it they can..

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  88. Stephen D. says:

    I love how people say they are done watching yet the next day there they are watching! Its a soap opera people its not real life and all make believe! If you truly think these are real people then see a shrink you need help! Its all fantasy and these are all actors!

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    4ever DAYS replied

    I can’t locate Dr. Marlena Evans. LOL!

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  89. carol says:

    what is it with the color red and ben,Did anyone notice on todays show that when he saw that red light he got all well confused if that is what you call it or maybe he is going to show Abby his real self .I just thought I would mention the color red ,first the tie is red and now the red lights is there some meaning here about the color red?All red means to me is blood so who knows, and what is that light thing he has I can make it out to well first it was green then red.I hope Chad doesn’t get hurt or worse yet murdered I must admit when i first saw this new Chad I didnt like him but he was a good guy all along just hurting inside i say go get him Chad

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  90. code85 says:

    FolkS I do not like that will Horton was killed off. But do not people homophobic, just because they killed off a character that was. Dena Higley created Sonny and James E. Reiley created Will. Let me ask you questions FolkS if they kill off Jennifer, Stefano, Roman, or even Maggie. Would yall still being whining about this? I don’t like when E.j or Jack die. Will was one my Dave characters, but decisions had to be made and the higher ups told the writers who to write out. Folks Days was headed snowball headed for he’ll under the old regime. But get we always go back to elephant statues and stolen diamonds. Other wide FolkS I hate they kill Will, but it is show businesses
    I sure Ben Will die as well. My opinion

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  91. RLeternal says:

    Nothing in soap history with reference to gay SLs; will ever come even close to the disastrous ending of Luke, Reid and Noah on ATWT.

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  92. James McDonald says:

    October 12, 2015 episode of Days Of Our Lives was quite emotional today, There was only two spots where I would have cried. I almost cried when they were telling Lucas that Will had died, but they cut it short.
    Then we saw Sonny listening to Will’s last message to him and packing to come back to Salem. But when Victor calls Sonny to tell him the bad news that Sonny was murdered….my tears were about to come out….but just then…they ended the scene and went to commercial.
    I can not cry during a toilet bowl commercial.
    When the scene came back on, my tears were held back and dried. Victor told Sonny the bad news.
    It breaks my heart. But darn it, Days Our Our Lives, you should never cut a scene that could have a big emotional pay-off. Forget the commercial. Forget the next scene of other players. Let the emotional scene continue.
    You almost gave me a good cry today.

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  93. Gary Ewing says:

    As a gay man, I was very proud of “DOOL” for supporting our cause with a wonderful storyline with major gay characters. Chandler Maeey is a phenomenal actor who oozes with talent and charisma, He has daytime Emmys to prove his talent. HOWEVER, and in my opinion, Guy Wilson was not even comparable in his acting abilities to Chandler. Wilson’s portrayal of our beloved Will, again in my opinion, ruined the character. His acting was never great at all. In fact, it was down right mediocre. His timing was off in lots of his scenes. And there was no chemistry with he and Freddie Smith. Again, before everyone rips into me, these are my opinions. So, as much as I think “DOOL” shouldn’t have killed off an LGBT character, having Guy Wilson off the show is perfectly fine for this “DOOL” viewer. NOW, LET’S PETITION TO WOO CHANDLER MASSEY BACK AND HAVE WILL RESURRECTED! I wish…….

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  94. carol says:

    I always watch Days no matter what happens,sometimes you can feel some kind of closeness to certain characters,I really do feel bad for Will but i think he was doomed the day the new guy showed up to replace him and that isn’t fair,Oh sure he might have not been as good to some as the other Will me included but the new guy should have been given more of a chance. Now what is going to happen with Sonny? Wanna make a bet that Sonny and Paul become an item.Perhaps and this is only my opinion that maybe why they killed Will off to make sure he was out of the picture completely so that Paul and Sonny could be together.

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  95. Queerbec says:

    I don’t hear any talk about the young newbies arriving any day now being part of a gay storyline. Unless that is why Joey is acting so ornery? We will only see DAY’s commitment to gay characters by seeing if any of the newbies are experiencing coming out issues. I haven’t seen anyone announced who could possibly couple with Paul, since Freddie as Sonny is only back for a short time. With Daniel Cosgrove and Peter Reckell both gone, could Vincent Irrizarry be brought on for Hope? Aiden was poorly written from the start and the change in Will was sad and unconvincing for what we knew about the character. I think soap writers today are lazy when pressured by the producers to do stuff to increase ratings–they’d rather kill off a character than try to write a creative plot that would garner interest. Or as in this case, let’s bring on young people to capture new viewers because our existing and long time viewers don’t matter. Corday sounds so gleeful in saying that more than one legacy character gets killed off–what an insult to long time fans. And I’m sick of murderers not being punished, or just getting a slap on the wrist. It was stupid to kill off Rafe’s sister several years ago, done out of convenience more than anything else. If they want to bring back legacy characters, have Gloria Loring come on and sing a song or two to celebrate Salem’s bicentennial or Jed Allen’s Don come back to create a triangle with Victor and his wife, who was once married to Jed Allen’s character. Can’t wait for all the teen girls’ angst over boyfriends not returning their texts, etc.

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  96. carol says:

    Oh please I just cannot believe how dumb Abby is ,can she actually be this stupid? Yup. I cannot believe that creep boyfriend of her’s is letting her call the cops to blame Chad,she is really dumb if Ben attacks her then maybe she will get what she deserves as far as I am concerned Abby and Ben are so boring they should have killed her and let Will live,I can t wait what she will do when she finds out her not so sweet and innocent boyfriend is the one who is doing the killings among hurting Chad. I hope they find a red tie in his apt.

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  97. Matthew Melchiorre says:

    Michael, ive been thinking Will’s demise may also be Freddie’s fault as well,

    when Freddie anounced that he was quiting it left the writers with a problem–”do we have Paul and Will wait for Sonny to come back, hoping that it will be Freddie” or do we recast??” they knew a recast would’nt be right and they also knew having this storyline drag on without Sonny till who knows when, would bother the new writers who wanted to focus on the old characters!! it still bugs me how they could decide to KILL HIM!! and not have Sonny come back and choose Will and they leave TOGETHER!! instead the opped for KILLING HIM!! im saying i also think that if Freddie had’nt left and Will and Paul had more screen time they would have NEVER KILLED HIM!!! to make this right i REALLY THINK THEY SHOULD KILL CAROLINE!!

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    carol replied

    Caroline dies she is Sami grandmother right .If so she is dead,how about Abby talk about a waste of space

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    Patrick replied

    i’m still seething some… about KD’ Eve being fired

    why not kill both Abs and Jennifer ?

    how uninterested is the audience with these two?

    surely… if the fans.. pelt me to and fro…. waiting for Jack…. to supercouple with Jenn… is not going to happen… she would be the perfect legacy character, to the death of Melissa Reeves’ character…. doa mia… don’t care!

    ie: bring back Kassie DePaiva… to revel and lead… with: Justin, Eduardo, Aiden, Rafe…. etc……

    bring back Sheryl… who can ooze sensual out of Lucas… and any other man… ie: Eric !

    so that would help in the age group of KM’ Abs.

    these two are dull as dishwater

    blech!

    carol replied

    hi Patrick oh believe me I am totally sick of Miss goody two shoes Jennifer and she can take Abby with her .I dont mind JJ so much in fact I see a love interest with him and Gabby.Well they just seemed to hit it off really well the other day I dont remember if she knew JJ before or not.Ya I know I don’t think Jack either will come back to be with Jennifer.I didnt mind Jack but I just cannot stomach Jennifer and Abby everytime I see Jenn i want to puke ,her and her little miss innocent act makes me want throw up.Ya I know that Eve wont be killed but I see no reason for letting her go,I do know a lot of people dont like Kassie as Eve but I think she did a wonderful job as Eve.I mean what can Days be thinking ? I still wonder what ever happened to the story about how Eve was going to drive Jennifer crazy?I would have loved to have seen that ,I am so sick of Abby to she is so dumb and boring.Now who would I like to see come back ,Vivian that is right .I loved Vivian,gosh what was the womans name who played her?She had a mean streak but what also made me like her was her sense of humor,they need to bring Eve and vivian back. also add some of that sense of humor back to the show..

  98. David P Teixeira says:

    I’m appalled of the decisions of the writer’s of Day’s killing Will off the show , it makes me very mad and also sad that they made that decision. I understand that Guy Wilson wasn’t as good of an Actor as Chandler Massey but I was just starting to like Guy and things looked hopeful for Will & Sonny in the future . To me that was one of the best part of the show that I enjoyed , seeing how well the show did in the ratings when Will was confused when he was with Gabi and then opened up to Marlena & Sonny about coming out . I hope this isn’t the end for Will & Sonny .

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    carol replied

    I think that Guy Wilson was never ever really given a chance he was doomed the day he took over for Chandler and that is sad because I just feel like Guy got a raw deal sure he may not have been Chandler but so what he was still good as Will, but I dont think Will ,will be ever coming back sorry to say. Where is Paul anyway lately?

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    4ever DAYS replied

    Paul is featured in toDAYS (10-15-15) and tomorrow’s(10-16-15) episodes!!

    carol replied

    Thanks I did see him today kind of spooky the way John brought up Vivians Family because I was just saying and thinking the other day they should bring her back um I wonder ..The shows needs some of her spark and of course her sense of humor.. Now On Paul do you think that he and Sonny will become an item again?I do and isnt it funny how all the actors who quit are coming back makes you wonder doesn’t it

    4ever DAYS replied

    In response to your question in a different comment which doesn’t have a reply option:

    Sonny and Paul may become an item again if Sonny is played by someone else because Freddie Smith is just there for a few episodes.

  99. carol says:

    oh my god please go and check out you tune you will not believe what you are about to see,well first of all Sami gets attacked by a killer and to be honest i knew right away it was not Ben to short so who would go and try to kill Sami ? big surprise you will not believe this it was Lucus up our innocent Lucas he said she deserved it oh really he tried to pull a LIzzie Borden on Sami,ya the ax,I am still in shock i just wanted to see who the next victim will be ,I think Caroline dies she is Sami’s grandmother isnt she,so that must be the big character they were talking about ,I cannot believe that Lucus would do such a thing .Well Roman caught his sorry little a– you know what but i will tell you one thing you must not miss this because a lot is about to happen I booked marked that page, I didnt realize that Lucas had it in him. well he wants it in her alright .

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  100. Matthew Melchiorre says:

    IM SORRY MICHAEL!!,

    but i TRUELY BELIVE!! that the writers decide to dump 4 GREAT CHARACTERS!! so they could bring back EVERYONE!! FROM 1976!!! FOR A MONTH!!! and they CAVED INTO GAY BASHING!! they took a promising ACTOR!! AND FIRED HIM!!! and messed up ANY CHANCE OF GETTING A GLADD MEDIA AWARD!! and as for that NBC-OUT!! EVENT?? CHRISTOPHER SEAN SHOULD’NT GO!!! i really think that the show won’t make it to 55TH!!! or they will be CANCELED BY THEN!! they almost were cancelled when AMC went of the air!!

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  101. carol says:

    I already miss Will.I hope that Ben rots in hell.and Days please do us all a favor get rid of that dummy Abby and her annoying mother Jennifer, they are so very boring.Now one more suggestion Please do not let Kassie go because you are making a huge mistake,I mean why her?She is such a wonderful person and actress and yet you keep jerks like Abby ,jenn ,among others ,

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  102. Stephen says:

    Thank you Michael for providing this opportunity to comment on the “Kill Will” affair!

    I has been a real positive education for me about the representation of gay issues on television, and the general public’s opinion of them.

    Often when I have been reading posts here which have an “antigay” and hurtful tone I have been strongly reminded of that scene in Days when, after Will and his group of friends had started their university sports-rating website, Gabi and Will discover homophobic comments on the website comments section. They are both horrified on Sonny’s behalf and Sonny takes a hit when he reads them. But it is what happened next that is encouraging : the internet rallies, and other commentators speak up against the irrationality and hate. It is great to see that happen here too!

    Thanks again for the opportunity!

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  103. Jaime says:

    After this disaster of a Sami return, I kind of wish she had been the victim rather than Will. Her so called mourning turning quickly into a call out for EJ so turned me off and was a disservice to the character of Will where the focus should have been. Worse yet, Sami is busy thinking to EJ and a return before even a funeral for her son! UGH the incredible bad taste it left me with. I just hope we are not in for another Sami hour. I would have to turn it off!

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  104. Nora says:

    I find the whole storyline so disgusting.We get a few minutes of Sami actually breaking down and having memories of him then she wants to kill Chad ,and Marlene talks her down..Now she gets a letter supposedly from EJ,and her focus is on him.Also grandma Kate mourn her late grandson with Lucas and it was back to business.Next scene was her drinking coffee and with a big smile on her freaking face.Poor Sonny ,doesn’t get to say goodbye or even kiss Will in the morgue,doesn’t get to plan the funeral even though he’s his husband,doesn’t even get to see him remembering Will in onscreen memories.He’s just there,but not for long since he’ll be gone on Thursday.But. than again,so will.I.

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  105. lulu says:

    In a slap in the face to the marriage of Will & Sonny, not only was Sonny not allowed to participate in making the memorial service arrangements, but he was in the second row during the service itself.Also, we still don’t see Sonny remembering the happier times of their relationship (even though he was allowed to cry alone at the grave).Oh, and Sonny’s parents and good ol Uncle Vic weren’t at the funeral. Can these writers show anymore disrespect to the characters. I don’t think so.

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  106. carol says:

    I got to say one thing at the end when Sonny was crying and leaning over Will grave ugh I felt like crying with him,darn these soaps sometimes they just make you want to cry,good bye Will and Days wasn’t fair at all to Guy,I read the real reason Will was killed off because he fans didn’t take a liking to him.I like the new Will .

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    Nora replied

    Well, I liked Guy, and don’t buy that explanation.As you notice every straight character on this show is allowed to reminisce of their loved ones.We see flashbacks and musical montages of key moments of that character’s life.Only flashback I’ve seen of Will is a few seconds with Sami.Sonny has yet to remember ( as shown in flashback)the good times he had with Will.All we get is Ben choking the life out of Will.These new writers are systematically erasing the relationship Will & Sonny had.Just so disrespectful.

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  107. carol says:

    Please let me run this by everyone suppose just suppose Ben never did kill Paige Or Sabrina, he saw who the real killer was it sunk in and now we have a copy cat murder ,and geez already with the red light ,it looks to me like whenever Ben sees that light he loses it.What gives?

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    lulu replied

    I guess TPTB can use that “poor” mentally ill Ben has been programmed to kill .Don’t care anymore since we see the disgusting creep kill Will over and over again in flashbacks. After Thursday when we see Sonny leave Salem, I plan to take this show off my DVR. I wonder if these writers will allow Sonny to have one flashback of Will then.Knowing these writers, it will be of unknown hands choking the life out of Will.

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  108. Eva Daniel- Lord says:

    I have not seen the killing of Will, would like to see the episode seem to me like it was so gruesome that nbc and youtube have removed it. If the episode is showing anywhere let me know I am catching up.

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    lulu replied

    I don’t think NBC allows Days episodes be on YouTube anymore.As for NBC.com, that episode was up there all last week and they probably took it down.I doubt it has to do with it being too gruesome.

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    Katzie replied

    Youtube still has the episode of will’s murder. Individuals are still allowed to throw Days episodes up on the site. just so ya know.

  109. Annette S says:

    I’ve been watching this show for many rears. yes I know it’s only acting, however, killing off Will was a HUGE mistake, after watching todays episode, I get the feeling that Hope Brady will be next. If that happens, I promise you I will no longer be watching Days!!

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  110. KLM says:

    I am a 57 yo woman and have never been so affected by a storyline. I really like Days and have tuned in everday hoping the writers would realize their mistake and bring Will back. I hope they don’t go through with killing Hope. Instead let’s get rid of that Weston mistake and the sleezy lawyer Aiden.

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  111. Katzie says:

    I had heard that Will was going to be killed just a week before the airing of the episode. at the time it didn’t bother me , however, watching it happen before my eyes I found it did bother me. The acting of Guy and Rob, and the way the screen went black as Will took his last breath was stellar and really made an impact. I was sick of Will but didn’t want him dead. Guy was as good an actor as could be with a crappy storyline and Rob is knocking his storyline out of the park. Freddie, Ali and Brian are doing the same and their acting prowess has been amazing. I will never forget the episode, ever – so in that respect, they got what they wanted. I am worried for which legacy character will be next!

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  112. Stephen says:

    Will Horton is LEGEND!
    And legends never die!

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  113. Kim says:

    If it had been Chandler Massey there is no way they would have killed off Will Horton, but since recasting with Guy Wilson, Will Horton was never Will Horton. I was not the least surprised by this happening but omg! don’t look at it as it was the gay character being killed off look at it as the lousy choice for replacement was finally gone. I have been watching Days for 34 years…religiously…when EJ died I cried like a little girl with Sammy, when Sammy left …heartbroken…when Bo left stopped watching for a while….Bo back good thing! But in no way do I feel bad that Will (Guy Wilson) was murdered out of the show because he was not Will Horton, Will Horton died when Chandler Massey left.

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    Stephen replied

    Days was crazy to dismiss Chandler four months early. They were insane not to have made the most of his availability. It was absurd not to have married Will and Sonny with Chandler in the role, and given fans that, and culminated his story on Days with that celebration. That would have been brilliant! As a fan I would have loved to have seen that! And I still feel *REALLY* cheated not to have gotten that!

    The reasons Days gave for dismissing Chandler early are deeply questionable. If their stated reasons are true, that it was to help the story, that means that they had already decided to tear Will and Sonny apart after the wedding, and with this story direction it helped to have an early recast so that the new guy could have a chance of being liked, before they turned Will and Sonny into jerks – which their story of infidelity and separation would need in order to work.

    The heart of the matter is that this choice of story direction was poor, because it required beloved characters to be fundamentally changed – and for the worse. As someone who has viewed all of Will’s story with Chandler, I simply can not believe that Will would ever cheat on his marriage to Sonny with another gay man, because Sonny had stood by Will through hell and high-water, and they loved each other truly, madly, and deeply! (And I can’t believe that Sonny would abandon his husband’s daughter at the end).

    But, bizarrely, this is what Days chose to do. During much of Guy’s tenure (after the wedding, and after California), my reaction to the whole thing was “why the devil did they bother to keep the character of Will after Chandler left, only to obliterate the character in the writing?!” It is just insane, what they did! And now, to cap it all, they have deeply offended and snubbed the fans who decided to stick with it in the hope that they would sort the character of Will out, by “permanently” murdering Will, and to celebrate their 50th anniversary no less. That’s beyond crass, and considering that that character also won them five emmy nominations and three wins, I have to conclude that the Days executives have completely lost their marbles.

    And the funny thing is, is that there always was a potentially terrific story waiting in the wings for Will and Sonny to do after the wedding – namely having Will unexpectedly rediscover his attraction for women! Because Will’s prior attraction for women was real, and Chandler certainly played Will as attracted to women, until, of course, they decided Will was to be gay. And since then they have largely pretended that that never happened! But it did, and what’s more, if they had acknowledged that, it would have created a really interesting and much more believable story if Will had unexpectedly felt his attraction to women awaken!

    It might have upset a few gay fans, but hey, there’s a B in LGBT, and I would like to think that the LGBT community would have been open to, and appreciated, such a story. It could have been as great as Will’s original story of sexual confusion and coming-out. It could even have been a greater story, because his marriage and love for Sonny would have been on the line (but in a believable way!), and Will would have been in even more dire confusion and passion, and fans would be pulled both ways, just as Will would have been!

    This story *would* have fit into what had gone before. The earlier story could easily be reinterpreted as a closeted bisexual (Will) having his repressed homosexual side released by his encounter and friendship with an at-ease-with-himself gay man (Sonny), with whom there was mutual sexual attraction (and it *was* Gabi, after all, that just didn’t do it for Will!). Imagine then, if after the wedding, Will had encountered a woman who did for him in a female way what Sonny did for him in a male way – perhaps a woman who was quite like Sonny, and even a better person than Sonny – and a woman who, like Sonny, really wanted Will, and to whom Will had a reciprocal attraction. She might even have been called Paula, and she could have been an athlete with a terrific physique and a flirty personality, but who had never had a real love, but who completely fell head-over-heals for Will when being interviewed by him for a tell-all article about how an injury had put pay to her sporting dreams ….

    Such a story could have seen Will, who’s always loved his young siblings and daughter, to have a flowering desire to have more children … and with this woman! Oh, I think it would have been soap gold!

    I personally think that Days really would have had much more success if they had gone in that direction. It would also have opened up far greater story possibilities for the future. And they could have done that story without turning Will into a jerk, and would have been better able to have the audience retain their sympathy and love for Will.

    And they would also have had no excuse for not making use of Chandler Massey until the end of his availability, which would have meant they could have spent a proper amount of time looking for a recast who could BOTH do an excellent performance AND give the character a decent amount of characterization continuity. I don’t wish to diss Guy, because I like him, and I do indeed like some of what he brought to the role – but I couldn’t accept him as the same character that Chandler played. Whereas, in contrast, Chandler does very much seem to me to be the same character that Christopher Gerse played, with some of Dylan Patton’s characterization thrown in. And I think that part of the reason for that is Chandler watched much more of what went before than Guy did (Guy said in his early Afterbuzz interview that he watched 2 to 3 full episodes, plus some clips, but spent as much time studying Salem family trees! Whereas Chandler gave the impression in one interview I saw that he watched everything he could get his hands on!)

    Finally I want to say that Days reasons for dismissing Chandler early has never added up. The fact is that Chandler was on a four year contract and he was open about his intention to return to university after four years from the beginning. Days must have planned for that, or if they didn’t, the debacle was all on them!

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    Stephen replied

    To be clear, I would have wanted Chandler to be allowed to shoot the wedding, OVER ANY OTHER ACTOR WHATSOEVER. I’m not dissing Guy over this. It’s just that the wedding would have culminated Chandler’s character arc on the show, and us as a fans would have been able to appreciate all that history that had led to that moment so much better if Chandler had been allowed to do it. It would also have ended Chandler’s run as Will in a very happy place, which both his character and the fans so deserved, after all the (wonderfully dramatic!) heartache that he and us fans had been put through.

    Then the new actor would have been able to begin his run in a new era for Will, which would have made sense and seemed natural, rather than being cut mid flow. I think that this must have been the original plan – give Will and Sonny a honeymoon, and then have Will come back as a new man! The new actor would also have been more likely to have been warmly received by the fans, because he was picking up the baton when Chandler had wanted to relinquish it, and he also would likely have had more opportunity to prepare for the role, and so would’ve been better able to generate characterization continuity, which would have pleased Chandler’s fans.

    Instead, Days dismissed Chandler abruptly, and the last thing we got of Chandler’s Will (the Will that we had gotten to know so well throughout the defining dramas of his life), was Will miserable, distraught and unsettled, and fearful for the future, believing that his cousin had been killed by his mother, grandma, and the mother of his child! So NOT a good place to break!

    Days choices back then were disrespectful to the fans, and now they’ve topped even that, by, going on to destroy the character in the writing, and then murder the character “permanently”, in a manner that is utterly crass in so many ways. They were beginning to redeem Will, and I was enjoying that, and enjoying Guy’s performance (even if dissimilar to Chandler’s Will), and then they crushed it and stamped it all out, not even allowing the possibility of a potentially more popular recast to happen. For those fans like me, who were still invested in the character despite the changes since Chandler’s exit, and for the fans who simply love Guy’s work, it was a slap in the face and a punch in the teeth.

    What can be said for a show that decides to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary by “permanently” killing off one of its most celebrated and appreciated characters, and in a story-line that did not make the least bit of sense? It is kind of beyond speech what they did.

    I have no wish to watch a version of Days where Will has been murdered in a story-line that is without both sense and sensibility.

    I want to remember a Days where Will is alive and vivacious and adding happiness and goodness to the world. And that is what I am going to do! :-)

    So it’s :
    #NoWillNoMe

    Stephen replied

    @ Kim

    You said, “I cried like a little girl with Sammy, when Sammy left …heartbroken…when Bo left stopped watching for a while….Bo back good thing! But in no way do I feel bad that Will (Guy Wilson) was murdered out of the show because he was not Will Horton, Will Horton died when Chandler Massey left.”

    Different fans have had very different responses!

    I *did* cry when Will was killed. Heck I cried the day before he was killed, as he made his last free steps in this world! For me it was heart-wrenching and desperately, desperately sad. Will Horton is like, well, *is*, my favourite character on TV ever, and it felt awful to see him wrenched from the world, by a writing/production team who clearly didn’t give a damn, and couldn’t even write a credible story for it all. And Guy did a brilliant job in his last weeks, in my view.

    It had taken me a while to adjust to Guy’s portrayal, but I came to love his Will. Sure I didn’t care for the writers trashing the character, but, whenever Guy was allowed to play Good Will, I loved it. I was so happy and thrilled that his character was being readjusted back to his old self, and I was looking forward to every scene with Will in, and it was this anticipation for a scene with Will that got me through each episode.

    As you know, five actors (plus the original twins) have played Will, and each actor has played him differently. To say that Will died when Chandler left is a bit odd. I bloody love Chandler’s Will, and I agree that there was a characterization discontinuity which could perhaps have been avoided if they hadn’t dismissed Chandler early and abruptly and recast so quickly. I also think that Guy’s age makes it hard to appreciate him as the same character, and that Guy has brought a characterization that is often quite different to Chandler’s version. But Will was really killed in the writing, first when they made him do very un-Will like things, and then when they actually murdered him on screen!

    I would have liked to have seen a lot more of Guy’s Good Will, and would much prefer to be watching that right now, rather than writing this!

    Will was a great character, vulnerable and flawed, but with a great good humour and a kind and lively spirit, and who had a real streak of heroism within him, whose story was once uplifting and encouraging to watch, and it was madness to end it in this way. To borrow a Will Horton quote : “So if you think that I am pissed off, IT’S BECAUSE I AM!!”

    But it is what it is, and I shall continue to be glad for the excellent stuff that we did get, and I am glad that both Guy and Chandler are now free and active doing stuff that I strongly expect will be much much better than what Days is producing today.

    It’s the end of my viewership of Days. It’s like “twice bitten, thrice shy”. And they killed my favourite character, and unless John Oliver can resurrect him, I’m done! I’m joking about that of course, because the other factor is that the writing has become unbelievable, illogical, and without respect for what-has-gone-before, and also because Days of Our Lives has, by its outlandishly crash action of killing Will to celebrate its 50th anniversary, in what very much looks like a “gay cleanse”, after giving him almost no screen-time beforehand, and giving him no agency to fight, or credibility in the story-line, has lost my trust, and my respect, and my interest.

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  114. carol says:

    Well we all know that Ben killed Will but I am no t convinced that he is the serial killer anymore ,not just because of Aiden but I have watched those scenes over and over again when Ben is thinking about Paige and Sabrina the man who attack both of them his built was not the same at all it didnt look like Ben more like Aidens, I have had this feeling for the past couple of weeks that Ben saw the real killer it stayed with him and he actually believes that he is doing the killings when in fact it may be Aiden ,When looking for the killer always make sure you check there body tyoe and how tall they are , and we all know now that Aiden is a very sick man… I just had a thought what if Stephano and Andre were blacking mailing him telling him if he didnt kill these people his secret would come out like perhaps his wife was not accidently killed by Chase at all and believe me i never believe for one second that Chase killed his mom,there is a reason why so many people were afraid o Aiden it think that we are finding out now why.So either Ben and Aiden are working together or it is just a copy cat murder and please just leave poor Chad alone ,,I deep down oinside think that Ben actually believes he killed those two woman and now of course he may or may not be doing it,It just seems odd to me that they let the cat out o f the bag so soon with letting us know who the red tie nurderer was when we werent even suppose to know until November and keep in mind also that how come whenever they do show those shots of Paige and Sabrina you never nottta once saw Bens face and I believe it is because it was not Ben hey how about this one AIden and Ben are brothers ,Oh and Days keep Kassie I like her a lot and I believe that you can find a stor y for her ,Justin for instance ,good night

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  115. Stephen says:

    To ALL WILL HORTON fans:

    If you wish to celebrate the brilliance that is Will Horton, please join me in a real celebration on 8 November (Days 50th) by supporting the lovely Guy Wilson in running the Athens marathon to raise money for AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), who provide food, home health care, and other services to thousands of people whose lives are affected by HIV/AIDS, and who are working in many ways to make AIDS history.

    Please see:
    https://twitter.com/THEguywilson

    and here is the direct link to Guy’s fundraising page:
    http://apla.convio.net/site/TR?px=1100679&pg=personal&fr_id=1330&et=Rk-uT8kkQQAkvW_Lqc-EVw&s_tafId=1

    and here is AIDS Project Los Angeles:
    http://www.apla.org

    How fantastic that Guy is doing this on this day!
    Hah!
    #LoveWins
    #GoodnessHasTheLastLaugh

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  116. carol says:

    Oh my goodness good Aiden actually be the real killer and as warped as Ben is he like the attention the real killer was getting so decided to kill people to or is this the case of the Copy CaT Murder?I thought of this before sure Ben killed Will we all know that and he is totally out of his mind.what a thought what if Ben and Aiden were related in some kind of way,I think Aiden killed his wive Stephano and Andra knew this so they are blacking mailing him into killing people not only to clear Chad’s name which they should be clearing his name but it just seems to be like a big warning to Aiden either kill Hope or we tell everyone what really happened to his wife.Which like I said before I dont buy that crap Chase killed her, Now I think Bo will stop Aiden from killing Hope oh what a suprise

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  117. Stephen says:

    I hope that Days sees the backlash and BRINGS WILL BACK !!

    Bringing Will back won’t be more ridiculous than having no investigation of Ben being made after Ben beat Chad almost to death in Ben’s apartment just after Will was found dead, when Will was last seen alive by Abigail in, oh yes, Ben’s apartment, and no one in Salem suspecting Ben at all, even with it having been already established that Will wasn’t killed in his own home but the body was moved (possibly from Ben’s apartment!), and everyone placidly just allowing the very highly-suspect Ben to come to Will’s funeral and acting as if that obvious connection just wasn’t there; and also not having forensics catching Ben from his fingerprints and DNA on the tie and the body; and the town’s top investigator thinking investigation means standing around and looking blank and dim and clueless; and also Sami trying to murder the man who stepped in front of a bullet to save her husband, just because; and the whole town thinking that Chad is or might be the killer in the first place just because; and Sonny not protesting when his Dad declares he is going to bring his long-time friend and business partner to justice for his husbands murder when Sonny knows Chad is just not the killing type, but is Will’s friend from school days, and is a loving uncle to Theo, and to Will’s siblings Johnny and Sydney, (and the father to Will’s late step-sister whose Will’s own daughter is named after!), and the kind of man that STEPPED IN FRONT OF A BULLET to save a man (who was Johnny and Sydney’s dad!) in front of practically the whole town, in the very bar that Sonny and Chad co-own. Not to mention the ridiculous absurdity of Ben being able to carry Will’s body out of his apartment block, and taking it right across town, and then carrying it up into Will’s apartment block and breaking in all entirely UNSEEN by ANYONE! Oh, yes!

    No, bringing Will back could not possibly be more ridiculous than all THAT!
    So :

    #BringBackWillHorton
    #NoWillNoMe
    and Days, stop letting
    #hatewin !!

    PS. I cannot believe the people who are saying that the writing is “good”, “excellent”, “gripping”, “compelling”, when it is (see above) utterly unbelievable!

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    Stephen replied

    Oops, I made a typo!

    I should have typed this :

    and Days, stop having it that
    #hatewins !!

    because sometimes an “s” is really important! :-)

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  118. Chris says:

    Killing off the Character Will Horton was a huge mistake on the pert of Ken Corday and the writers. Will as a open gay character at a time when gays are still being discriminated against should not have been killed off. To fire Guy Wilson ( and I liked Guy Wilson, loved Chandler more but Guy was OK, It was the writing that sucked) they could has easily had him reconcile with Sonny and join him in Paris. I believe this was done to give the homophobic fans proof that the Gay story line was over for good. I loved the Wilson story line and I want it back, I want Will back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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