On Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the character of Will Horton is truly buried and his funeral service held.
It was filled with grieving family members, tears, Andre’s (Thaao Penghlis) surprise annoucement to the mourners that he is alive and well, and a exit for Alison Sweeney’s Sami who is heading to Switzerland!
But, did you reach for the hankies? Was it one of the saddest DAYS episodes in recent history? Were you beyond frustrated at the same time? At the funeral, Marlena (Deidre Hall), Kate (Lauren Koslow), Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), Sami, and Sonny (Freddie Smith) all take their turns eulogizing Will. In a heartbreaking speech given by Bryan Dattilo, who has given believable performances as Will’s grief-stricken dad, Lucas relates sadly about his boy: “He was my best friend, and I don’t know how I’m going to go on without him.” When Sami gets up to speak, overcome with sadness and emotion, she says: “There is a hole in her heart that will never be filled.” She even points out the death of a child is a very familiar feeling to those in attendance, as the camera pans to Hope (Kristian Alfonso), Marlena, and Abe (James Reynolds). However, finally it is Sonny who speaks and who breaks hearts saying, “A piece of his heart will be buried with Will today.”
Will’s murderer is also sitting at the funeral! Abigail (Kate Mansi) even tries to motivate Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) to get up and say a few words about his “best man”. But, Ben is busy flashing back to choking the life out of Will. He tells his bride-to-be he can’t get up and speak.
Later, when everyone gathered places yellow roses on the casket, it was a sad moment indeed. One by one they said their last goodbyes to Will. But it is Will’s parents, Sami and Lucas, who are there together at the end, who grieve their child in a heartbreaking scene. In the final moment of the episode, Sonny alone goes to visit’s Will’s gravesite. Once there, he breaks down and sobs, in another touching performance by Freddie Smith.
Also in the episode, Caroline (Peggy McCay) finally learns of Will’s death from Kayla (Mary Beth Evans). And then there is the re-emergence on to the scene of Andre DiMera, (Thaao Penghlis) who waltzes into the Brady Pub, where the family is gathered post-funeral, and annnounces he is back in Salem. He says how he survived all these years after his “suicide” and has a pardon from the governor for his crimes, so he cannot be arrested. Andre makes a little speech about wanting to make peace with the good people of Salem. Roman (Josh Taylor) punches him in the face. Andre says he knows this is an awkward transition period, but he will be staying with Stefano (Joe Mascolo). And oh, by the way, Stefano turns out is his real biological father! When the Salem Stalker serial killer story is brought up, Ben’s reaction was quite interesting.
So, did DAYS to Will’s funeral justice? Did you shed tears? Did you hope someone would have shared and spoken more speficially about Will’s struggles to come out and how he became his authentic self, and was able to find true love with Sonny during the funeral? Or, do you think that it was understated and implied, and no need to make mention of it? Did you like the interupption of Andre on to the scene for heightened drama? Should it not have been part of the episode? Are you glad to know Sami is off to find out more about EJ and the letter? What performance broke your heart? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!