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159 October 20th, 2015 DAYS Of OUR LIVES: Salem Grieves At Will’s Funeral! What Did You Think Of The Episode?

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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.

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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!

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  1. Beth says:

    Bryan Dattilo continues to be exceptional. Freddy Smith was excellent as well. I’m sorry to say that this was the first day I felt Sami’s and Marlena’s pain. It just hasn’t been convincing to me up till now. I was surprised and disappointed to see an unemotional Grandpa Roman, but Grandma Kate (Lauren Koslow) was terrific as well. If DOOL had to kill off a character who meant something to the canvas (and I’m still not sure that’s true), at least they gave Will a beautiful funeral where his loved ones spoke from the heart. Sonny’s grief at the end of the episode was so incredibly real. Well done by just about everyone at DOOL.

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    Mary replied

    Grandpa Roman is a former ISA agent.with what is essentially a military mind set. He is not going to become emotional in public. The man will do is grieving privately; that is how men like Roman are. John is the same the way.

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    CeeCee replied

    I agree, Beth. The grieving from everyone was so well executed. But, Lucas and Sonny got me the most……so heartfelt!!!
    On another note. I don’t know what to make of this Andre/Aiden/Hope business. I hope TPTB do not put a twisted twist on the necktie killings . I fear that while Aiden is attempting to kill Hope with a necktie,
    (hint hint), he will be caught, making the cops think he committed all the killings. Thus, Ben escapes capture and takes off.

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  2. Mo says:

    Another funeral outside? Really? I get they did that for Paige. She was only on for a minute, but for Will who has been on-screen since 1992???? Did they get rid of the church set? Well, it is time to break it out.

    The Brady’s are uber Catholic. They would have had a full mass.

    Where were Justin and Adrienne? T?

    Why wasn’t Sonny sitting in the first row? He is Will’s widower. And I think Gabi with Arianna should have been up there too.

    Where was Theresa? Why wasn’t Kayla at the funeral? Why wasn’t Steve?

    I saw that kid sitting next to JJ and I thought, who’s that? Then when I saw him in scenes with Steve I realized it was Joe.

    Andre should have bust in on the group at the church. That would have been more powerful. I don’t like how they did this funeral. Very on the cheap.

    And really, Sonny should stay in Salem and help raise Arianna. Of course, Freddie is leaving the show so that won’t happen. I wonder how long Gabi is on for. I hope they give her decent story. I guess she’ll find out dad is in town.

    I also think they should have maybe postponed the funeral or something to allow Caroline to be there. Sami should visit her, but I guess she’s already left for Zurich.

    And these psychic dreams Caroline is having are a bit much. Now she’s a soothsayer?

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    MBmomof3 replied

    I agree with you about the church. That was my first thought and it went downhill from there.

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    Tim Welles replied

    What is with this stupid “fake leaf Park” set up used for like EVERYTHING on this show? The sets on this show are really limited – now, I understand “it’s a soap” and the budget isn’t colossal but geez, c’mon and use some kind of Church set. Someone is either shot in the Park, married in the park, confessing to a murder in the park, or having a funeral in the Park.
    I would say, if you visit Salem – stay out of that park!

    Andre’s “reappearance” to me, is unnecessary and not being a super long time viewer (only 2 1/2 yrs) I can’t quite figure out who he is.

    Kelly replied

    The older Brady’s may be uber Catholic but the younger generation may not feel the same way. And it makes sense if you look at what is happening in the Catholic church in America. Also, when is the last time the Brady’s were in a church. Also we don’t know what Will wanted. For all we know Sami and Sonny could both have been following Will’s stated wishes. The writers should have taken the time to have Sami and Sonny discuss Will’s final wishes in the event of his death before the funeral.

    You’re right both Justin and Adrienne should have been there if for no other reason that to support their son Sonny. Victor should have been there as well.

    Theresa barely knew Will therefore probably felt no emotional connection to him. It would have been nice if she had been at the funeral to represent Kimberly and Shane.

    Kayla was busy caring for her mother. Don’t forget, Kayla was concerned her mother is delusional because of the dreams. Also, Kayla was trying to keep her mother from finding out about Will’s death until Caroline could handle the news. Joe was at the funeral representing his mother and father. I agree the dreams are over the top but that’s not new for DOOL.

    Gabi is back in Salem only for a short time then, like Sonny, she will also leave.

    Personally, I just loved the way Andre broke up the party after the funeral. He is so much fun at any time. I wanted Andre to look Ben the psychopath in the eyes while telling everyone that he knows who the neck tie killer is and that he, Andre, is going to come after the killer in a big way.

    Steve is completely focused on finding Bo; that is all he can think about. Attending the funeral would have, for Steve, diverted attention away from Bo. Steve is impossibly single minded when he decides something.

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    CeeCee replied

    Kelly, it makes no difference what generation. Church law does not change. Excuse me, what is happening in the Catholic Church that does not happen in any other church? I am not really sure what you’re implying. One thing has nothing to do with the other. As a devout Roman Catholic, I find that very offensive. There are a few rotten apples in every bushel. Let’s not generalize, and let’s not get on the pulpit ( no pun intended) and orate.
    Please remember this is a soap. That is the only excuse TPTB have….in that, they have poetic license. This is my point, specifically……”they” have complete disregard for what is real or fake. Every scene or storyline is molded to their convenience. I do not know if you’re Roman Catholic….I say Roman because even the Eastern Orthodox Catholics have laws that are drastically different from the Roman Catholic faith…..nonetheless, I would not dare dictate/criticize someone else’s religion.

    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I agree with all you said…the Caroline story doesnt bug me much-just a filler moment until Bo returns!

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    Eddie replied

    Mo, I agree with you on every single point.

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    Vicky replied

    That was my first thought. Why wasn’t Sonny up front and not sitting behind Sami? But, it was meant to be Sami’s day, of course. Isn’t everything?

    I think that they treated Will’s funeral as an occasion for more Sami grandstanding and as a vehicle to set up more storylines. Sonny & Will deserved better than that. So many people weren’t there who would have been. At first I counted six! That was as if everyone just had better things to do than go to the funeral of a young man who mattered so much. And I agree. Arianna should have been up front with Sonny, on his lap. And I don’t think Sonny would go back to France and disregard Arianna’s raising. They had such a great opportunity to give an appropriate closing to the storyline if they felt like they HAD to jerk away the only decent storyline going on. I had a bigoted Days friend who insisted from the beginning that this storyline wasn’t going to be around for very long; that one of the big shots she knew, however minimally, told her it wouldn’t be around for long. And I’m sure she and her ilk had a letter writing campaign going to get rid of it as it ruined their lunches. But any wayyyy

    I swear I have learned to like the show (just not the Sami Show) and I wish they hadn’t just ruined it for me. Too bad.

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    CeeCee replied

    Everything you said Mo. A High Mass should have been in place. As I said on one of the GH threads, many liberties are taken with the rules and rhythm of the Roman Catholic Church.
    Sami left without seeing her grandmother? I don’t want to sound insensitive, but the bosses are truly challenging the art of clairvoyance.

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    CeeCee replied

    @David. You must not have any kids, David. Your first sentence about “pouty, little Ariana”, was so offensive to me, I did not bother reading the rest of your comment. What do you have against seeing her , I ask? ….with all due respect. WOW!!!!!!

    LeeAnn replied

    You said everything I was thinking Mo!
    It was too rushed, not enough about Will and Sonny. Sonny should have gone to see Will. Say his goodbyes in private, show the anger of it ending this way, the regret that they won’t be able to work things out. Sonny told Victor he needed to tell Will he loves him, Will needs to hear it and yet…nothing. Very disappointed in the show for how they destroyed this couple and their story. They should have had Will go off to Paris to be with Sonny. Then later Gabi , since we know she won’t be on long, can go there with Ari and they can raise her together. Why they couldn’t let them have a HEA is a mystery. I think the ratings will drop. They will regret they destroyed this relationship. Freddie , Brian and Camilla did an amazing job!

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    James replied

    I’m Catholic myself and for me, it’s not unusual to have funeral being held outside instead of inside a parish. More often, especially with my family, we’ve held services at the house, at a funeral home and at church.

    In Will’s case (based from some scenes I’ve watched on Youtube so far, and I’m gonna watch the whole thing a little while later), it’s very common to have the service held just before the casket is to be lowered and about to be buried.

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    CeeCee replied

    Sorry, James, not James75. Lol. With all due respect…….
    You are definitely mistaking the tail end of the traditional Catholic services, which are ALWAYS held by the gravesite. What Mo and we others are talking about is Mass. There is always a Church function; a funeral High Mass with crowds of people held in the Church itself, followed by the services to which you are referring. It is part of the Roman Catholic Canon Law. The services held at burial site is a completely different one. My great uncle is a priest, I asked him. As I said, these soaps twist the Church laws to their advantage…..I know I sound repetitions, but, one such law is that a body cannot remarry in the Roman Catholic Church if divorced; if widowed, YES; annulment; YES. And, one must be of Catholic faith to marry in Church. In other words, if someone is of different faith, then he/ she must take Roman Catholic religious instruction and change his/her faith to Catholocism. I do not agree with all of these laws, but, it is what it is and we must adhere. So, when I see all these couples on soaps getting married, then divorced, then remarry in Church a million times over, it is so very farcical.

    MBmomof3 replied

    In the story in my head I’m going to imagine they had a full Catholic mass, followed by the graveside service. I really liked Will and feel he deserved more. At least the Brady Pub made an appearance instead of that one tiny booth they keep showing.

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    CeeCee replied

    Yes, MBMom. THAT makes sense. We assume Church services, including Mass has taken place off stage…..and we are witnessing services following Mass at the gravesite. Thank you.

    Mo replied

    Victor should have been there too. I forgot about him.

    They had Sami and Lucas making the funeral plans. As Will’s husband, Sonny should at least have been involved.

    Gabi and Ari could relocate to live with Sonny so at least Ari could have one of her dads, if Gabi isn’t to be in Salem too long.

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    sadie soaper replied

    Sonny should have definitely been in the front row. DOOL couldn’t spring for a church scene? Unbelievable. DOOL also made a mistake by not including Julie, Maggie, Victor, Adrienne, and Justin. Just unbelievable.

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    Diane replied

    That’s exactly what I was wondering. Where was the rest of his family and his in-laws. Bryan was outstanding.

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    Steven replied

    I would like to know why Sonnys parents are not at the funeral and yes Sonny should have been seated on the front row. Loved the speeches about Will. Sonnys scene at the grave was so sad. Freddie gave a great performance during the death of Will.

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  3. MBmomof3 says:

    I needed a box of tissues and a box of wine (jk). Bryan Datillo has been brilliant in his portrayal of grieving father all through this storyline. His pain was palpable. I do think all the performances have been very much above par.

    However, personally I feel shortchanged. Will Horton was a legacy character we connected with before he was even born (Awkward Teen Will was my favorite). What a low-rent, shoddy funeral. Too many missing family and friends. Not even his in-laws could bother to attend?! WTF?! And clearly they can’t even mourn Will before we’re onto “where’s Bo & EJ”. Color me disappointed.

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  4. MBmomof3 says:

    I must say that photo they used of Guy Wilson with Ari was beyond adorable. I hope his career, wherever it takes him, works out.

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    Kaylie15 replied

    Guy Wilson was attacked mercilessly before he ever aired, and by the time he left the role was his own. His onscreen relationship with Arianna was one of the most beautiful things every portrayed on Days. The little girls who play Arianna were always so comfortable with him, always so reactive to his expressions. It takes a really talented actor to work so naturally with toddlers.

    All of this makes it even more painful to me that the show is obviously wiping gay parenthood off the canvas. Sonny abandons his daughter. Will is dead. Gabi, the convicted murderer, gets the little girl.

    I am happy Guy is off the sinking ship that is Days. He’ll do just fine.

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    Lina replied

    I totally agree, Kaylie. Very well said.

    M M replied

    I concur with all of this.. Sonny should have been FRONT and CENTER holding his ( (step) daughter. Will would have wanted him to. BUT no let’s treat this beautiful character(Will) like trash… hint: garbage bag and have that deranged psychopath(BEN) at William’s funeral, what the hell is going with those people at DAYS. YES, he was gay, so what! There was more to Will ‘s character than just being gay (although this was a huge millstone in America Daytime TV) :HE WAS ALSO A lovING CONSTANT FATHER TO young Ari’s, Husband, brother and friend and etc . But those unfeeling SOB took her DADDY from her and now having the other DADDY aBANDON HER once AGAINST, WHAT? Outrageous!! YES SHE HAS her mother and I give Gabi snaps for protecting her daughter from another deranged SOB.

    But this right here is for the birds and to add Kaylie: Kayla, Kim, Maggie, Carrie, Billie, Austin. the whole DAMN Salem should have been there… Young William was practically related to everyone… the lack of uncaring is just to damn sad… other fans loved Will and it didn’t matter BECAUSE WE loved him just the way he was. He had his moment but so do the people of Salem. They want us to pretend to not recognize how they decimated his character. ARGH!

    lulu replied

    Totally agree with everything you stated.

    kay from Ohio replied

    Well said Kaylie. I totally agree.

  5. Llanviewer717 says:

    I thought the funeral was very touching. The all the actors did wonderful jobs portraying the grief each character experienced. Sonny, Lucas and Sami broke my heart. The scene of Sonny weeping at the grave site was overwhelming.

    But, I do have some criticisms. Did they have to hold the funeral in that damn, phony looking park? Half of everything that happens on this show happens in the park. Don’t they have any buildings in this town? I realize TPTB have to watch production costs; but really!!!!!! Will and Sonny were still legally married. I felt Sonny played second fiddle to Sami and Lucas during the funeral. Yes, they were separated. But, I don’t remember hearing anything about divorce. When he left, Sonny said he needed time and space. He didn’t say he’d never be back. He didn’t abandon Will. I felt his being seated in the second row during the funeral was inappropriate. Finally, I didn’t see any of Sonny’s family present. Surely his mother or DA father could have spared the time to attend. After all, they are all family.

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    Tim Welles replied

    LoL I almost want to BUILD them a Church set, ANYTHING to get everyone out of the Fake Leaf Memorial Park of Salem!

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    MBmomof3 replied

    Hi Tim, You’ve mentioned you’re a newer viewer. They had a rather elaborate Catholic church set (St. Luke’s) that they used for years. As a longtime viewer I expected to see it. It was the setting for many great scenes over the years.

    I agree that everything seems to happen in Fake Leaf Park. I understand budget constraints, but this is disappointing.

  6. RW says:

    First, I want to get something out of the way. I know people are going to go ballistic over Ben being at the funeral and they will be wrong. We know that Ben is the killer but no one else does and him being Abby’s fiancé and Sonny and Will’s friend makes it completely appropriate for him to be there (people would be suspicious if he wasn’t). I just wanted to get that said.

    Now, as for the actual funeral, there were some really good parts and some that were unforgivable. First, the eulogies were heartbreaking (we’ll just ignore the constant references to Will’s “writing career”), particularly from Alison, Bryan and Freddie. All three gave heart wrenching performances (and I’m not what you would call an Alison fan). All three brought me to tears. And that final scene of Sonny at Will’s grave? If you didn’t lose it there, you have no heart IMO.

    Okay, here comes the unforgivable. First, for what TPTB kept calling the death a character that would have a major impact on multiple families, that was a pretty crappy turnout. Will was related, by blood or marriage, to just about everybody in Salem yet there are more people at the Horton family Christmas. What was the worst part of the funeral? The marginalization of Sonny Kiriakis. Never, ever would the spouse be placed in the second row at the funeral. JJ wasn’t married (or even in a relationship) with Paige when she died, yet he and his family sat upfront at her service. There is no way that somebody like Eric, who only had a handful of scenes with Will total, uncle or not, should be on the front row while Sonny, Will’s HUSBAND, is relegated to the second row. I have heard some people say it was so he could be seen at different camera angles, but half the time he was blocked by Marlena so I call bull on that excuse. And finally, how is it possible that Justin, Adrienne and Victor were not at the funeral. I don’t give a damn how they felt about Will (Victor) or if they thought it might be awkward because of others attending the funeral (Adrienne because of Lucas), there is no way in hell that they would not be there to support Sonny. I have heard some people say it was about money, if that were true then you don’t have Justin at Paige’s service, a girl he didn’t even know, instead you would have him at his son-in-law’s funeral. Putting Sonny in the second row and not having any of his immediate family there for support was completely disgraceful, and the writers should be ashamed.

    That’s just my two cents : )

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    kiki replied

    You are so right. There were some good performances, but all the excuses for Will’s death being a big part of the story have been scrubbed away with the gay. There were hardly any people at the funeral, including Will’s best friend T.

    Sonny being in the second row was the clincher, but also where were the flashbacks of Will’s life and his romance with Sonny? Will wasn’t respected ways that Paige was.

    This was a slapdash way to get rid of the gay storyline in the most disrespectful way possible.

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    Kim Jame replied

    Agreed!

    Chris replied

    Will was a Kiriakis as much as Maggie and Adrienne.

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    Eddie replied

    You said it RW. Character Will deserved so much better than what he got.

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    Mary replied

    Wally Kurth (Justin) may not have been available for the Will’s funeral. Don’t forget that the funeral was filmed 6 months ago. Who knows, Wally may have been on a scheduled holiday. The same goes for Judi Evans. You have to remember that an actor on a daytime drama cannot just tell the powers that be that he or she is going on holiday the next day. Holidays for an actor on a daytime drama is secluded long in advance so the writers can deal with the absence. It might have been too expensive for Days to bring Wally and/or Judi back from what might have been scheduled vacation for a few days. And yes, Days is operating under a tight money constraints. NBC has bluntly told the producers of Days to cut the amount of money spent. As for Eric, he is Sami’s brother so his place was beside his sister with their mother. But you are right, Sonny should have been in the front row as well.

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    Lee replied

    Then schedule the funeral differently. I call bull on that flimsy excuse.

    Vicky replied

    I love your two cents! Thank you for so eloquently saying what I didn’t . I agree 100%

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    CeeCee replied

    I second that, Lee and Vicky. I am so sick and tired of these half-a$$ed scenes/ story lines. Just make it somewhat real and believable. Poor Will.

    Kim Jame replied

    Yes

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  7. Mister Media says:

    This was a beautifully well done episode – the type that gives daytime drama a good name. I found it very moving.

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    MBmomof3 replied

    The acting was exceptional.

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    CeeCee replied

    Absolutely!!! The acting superseded the poor direction and lack of decorum and respect for Will.

    nancy dillingham replied

    Yes!

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  8. Mark says:

    Why relegate Sonny the widower to the second row? Where were Justin and Adrienne? They couldn’t bother to come to support their son as he buries his husband? Completely thoughtless and borderline homophobic of the writers/producers.

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  9. Mary SF says:

    Well I am glad they finally returned the Brady’s pub to its full glory, but the funeral was a big disappointment—–from it’s location, to the limited number of mourners, to its total disregard to the Brady’s Catholic faith. No mention of out of town relatives like Carrie and Austin, Kim and Shane– etc. I’m was expecting the funeral to be the entire episode — but a lot wasted air time with Steve and his Bo quest. Yes I needed a hankie because I was crying over how shoddy the whole funeral was done.

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  10. Kaylie15 says:

    I was deeply offended that Will’s husband was not the chief mourner, relegated to the second row. Freddie Smith and Bryan Datillo were good, but let’s face it, Will is going to be mourned for less time than Paige was and his funeral was as much about Ben and Andre than about Will.

    There were so many absent family members, so many cheap details. Sonny will now abandon his daughter – though they could have sent him to a closer city and say he was visiting (like Chloe & Parker) but that would require gay parenthood to be acceptable to the new writers.

    Will’s death could have been a big tentpole event, but more and more we’re seeing the intent was not to write a good story but wipe away the gay from the canvas as ruthlessly as possible.

    The new writers total contempt for Will was on display. It really disgusted me, though I do appreciate Bryan and Freddie and the work they did.

    Will will be forgotten in less than two weeks as the big, gay free Days50th celebration begins.

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    M M replied

    YES… I love your post. Trust me I am part of many blogs and I see this same sentiment. You and I are not along in this… Outrageous is what it is!!!

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    Lee replied

    I agree that These new writers absolutely hate Will. They immediately had him almost removed from all airtime and wrote him to call himself names while the listener just nodded along. They also gave him no build up to his death scene which was so random and just stupid. Abigail lives in the apartment and doesn’t find the tie, but Will does due to waiting for a cable guy and tossing paper in a trash can. Just elementary level storyline there. Also we saw more flashbacks of Will’s murder than we have seen of Will alive since new homophobes took over. We haven’t even seen Will be a father. Paige was seen in sweet flashbacks…

    But. Mission accomplished, DOOL. No gay dads anymore, no gay people helping to raise a child they called their own, no gay love anymore, no gay memory flashbacks, no gay storyline buildup…
    Gay is all punished for daring to live as such and erased and forgotten.

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    Kaylie15 replied

    Thanks. Honestly, Will was probably the best parent ever portrayed on this show when you think that for conventions sake babies have to be packed off with babysitters and nannies to move story forward. But we saw Will all the time with his little girl and saw how much he loved her and was devoted to her, despite him being a screw up in other areas of his life.

    I can’t help but wonder if this was the thing that the new writers hated most about Will. He was teaching people that gay men can be good fathers, so they had to punish I’m as viciously as they could for that.

    Kaylie15 replied

    That’s as viciously as he could! Dammit, I hate autocorrect.

  11. kiki says:

    BD & FS were good & heartbreaking, but why was there was so much disrespect for Will’s memory? Why no flashbacks? No wedding, No Wilson kisses? No Will & Arianna flashbacks? That would have required gay-positive scenes, and the new writers have prove that they despise the gay storyline and literally killed it. How many times did they flashback to Ben killing Will though? They clearly thought the audience would enjoy seeing that over and over.

    Will’s death could have been a beautiful, redemption tragedy that was difficult but ended his narrative in a satisfying way. They didn’t even try, because it wasn’t about him.

    They’ve just scrubbed away the gay with Will’s blood. Sonny leaves Arianna. Paul left as a token.

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/969/899/568/bring-will-horton-back-to-life-on-days-we-demand-you-do-this-now/

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    M M replied

    Yes, Agreed!

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    Chris replied

    All that matters to this new writing team is to make it 1986 all over again with Bo and Hope and Steve and Kayla. Wouldn’t be surprised if 50 year old Hope ends up pregnant again after all this. And the new crop of teens coming next week – 3 boys, 3 girls – time to play mix and match and let’s keep the relationships nice and straight boys and girls!

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    M M replied

    Okay… obvious that was what they were aiming for. But it is 2015:Gay Marriage became the law of the land. How about this one. Hey ALL, they do exist, Yeah GAY people do exist. How ’bout that.

    Had to get that bit of sarcasm off my chest BUT the sentiment is still true.

    If they wanted to de-gay which was their aim… Send WRH off canvas to FINALLY have that Honeymoon they never got to have and have Gabi watch ARI while they (Wilson) reconnect.

    No, that was too much to ask let’s “KillWill” and have his murderer present just to rub it in while Will’s fans sit helpless and watch if they dare.. Again, outrageous.

  12. jen says:

    I think the funeral was missing a few people: Justin, Adrienne, Victor, Maggie, Theresa, Brady, Carrie, Austin, Allie, Johnny, Sydnee and T.

    Abigail being surprised Ben didn’t want to talk was unnecessary. Just seeing his stoned face reaction was enough and her reason for not talking was ridiculous. Not everyone has to talk at a funeral.

    Sonny should have been wearing his wedding ring and sitting in the front row.

    I did shed tears at the funeral. Especially at Sonny speaking. Lucas had me crying, too. The speeches were good. There’s no doubt that anyone in Sonny’s future would be second to his love for Will. That was important to me. I like that the episode ended with Sonny crying by himself at the headstone. I still think it’s a huge mistake not to include flashbacks of WilSon.

    What made me cry the most was Kayla talking about how she hopes she doesn’t have to tell Caroline about Will’s death again because she forgot. OMG!

    Sami’s return should have been about Will, not EJ.

    Andre’s intrusion didn’t bother me. It’s what soaps do… crash important events.

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  13. K. K. says:

    How much clearer could the agenda be? Sonny was seated in the second row at his own husband’s funeral, and then he’s going to abandon his daughter. Even with FS gone, they could have Sonny move to a town nearby or something and say he was helping raise Arianna.

    If Bo dies as is rumored, what do you want to be we will be treated to copious flashbacks of every Bope wedding? But Will & Sonny get no flashbacks at all? The only thing we see is Will strangled over and over again.

    I don’t care that Ben was at the funeral, that’s soapy, but the fact that the writers bragged that Will’s death would be a big deal and so few people attended and so little will come of his death is just so obvious.

    The new writers hated Will and thought the audience did. His memory is going to be wiped from the canvas, along with any images of gay parenting, gay weddings or gay romance.

    Freddie Smith & Bryan Datillo were great, even though the whole story is awful.

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    lulu replied

    Thank you! I’ve said the very same thing. TPTB have shown exactly what they thought about the whole gay storyline
    I doubt if Sonny will even have a flashback of happier times with Will when he bids goodbye to Salem on Thursday. Unless, they can show him thinking of how Will was killed.Then they’ll gladly show that scene with Ben ( just the hands) choking the life out of Will.

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  14. Chris says:

    First off – the outside funeral is due to budget cuts to the show. The church set is rarely used as it is also used as the set for many other settings. Outside funeral set is much cheaper for the show.

    The acting by (nearly) all has been great but especially Bryan and Freddie have been the best. The lack of emotion from Eric and Brady has been appalling. Roman I get because that’s Roman. And speaking of Brady…

    The lack of Kiriakis’s at the funeral was a horrible mistake. Will was a Kiriakis as much as Maggie, Adrienne and even more of one than Dan. I realize they can only go with so many contract actors at a time but still Justin and Adrienne (or Victor and Maggie) should have been there.

    No T at the funeral was a mistake but the actor hasn’t been seen in months so I guess he was let go. And many have stated the tombstone should have read “Beloved Husband and Beloved Father”.

    Finally the final scene with Sonny was one of the best. This was some much needed Will and Sonny only screen time. Although, I do wish Sonny would get some time to get to talk to Will.

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    kiki replied

    JJ the drug dealer who worked as a narc and got his girlfriend killed after he had an affair with her mother will be Arianna’s new father, because he’s straight and worthy of redemption and can be seen with the child. Sonny & Will? Misery and death for them, as has been happening to gays since the first movies were shot.

    Will’s onscreen relationship with Arianna was very special, and I’ve seen many people mention that. Guy Wilson clearly worked hard to get comfortable with those babies and the show had not idea what they had in the relationship. Or, maybe they did. They had something that made a young gay man look like a good father, so they had to have that character killed in a violent way that showed him as trash. That’s what they think their audience wants.

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    Paul N. replied

    I didn’t realize how much I loved GW & the Arianna babies until they went and killed Will and I realized that, fictional though she is, the idea that the writers thought she would be better off with Gabi and that’s what viewers wanted, enrages me.

    I just don’t get how they could so arrogantly wash away the gay and think people wouldn’t notice and not be upset.

    Sonny would never abandon Arianna after Will died. Frankly, it was stupid that he even went to Paris instead of across town or something.

    CeeCee replied

    I agree, Kiki. Well spoken. I have a bit of news for you…I never liked JJ as many of my friends and family do not. This character is going in the same direction as Abby’s. They will eventually be upheld as something oh-so-rare, good and beauteous people. Ugh!!

    Chris replied

    Actually Gabi’s tenure on Days is about to end soon. The actress only agreed to come back for a limited time as like Chandler she was interested in completing her education. Not sure how she’ll be written off but joining Sonny in France is a logical deal, although the current crop of writers seem short on logic.

  15. David says:

    I am tired of of the casual outdoor funerals. What priest would conduct a non mass in the park? They could have included a photo of Will and Sonny, too. At least you saw Ariana Grace smiling for once. Do they sedate her on set or intimidate her not to speak and stay quiet, the kid’s like a zombie, no emotion. I’m with everyone on Sonny sitting the second row, relegated to “non family”. I still don’t get the bit with Sonny being one of Ariana’s daddys. He delivered her and was the spouse of her father, yes, but like divorce/death his relationship should be over with her. Love that Will had a bronze marker already installed. It takes at least 3 months to get one made at a foundry even in large cities, much less Salem. And it should have included: Beloved Husband, Father and Son on it. And no photo collage of Will as a boy/man with friends and family at the Brady Pub? At least Paige had a lot showing her from baby and onward. I thought Brian Datillo had been overacting prior to the funeral scenes but he was spot on at the funeral. They could have brought back Brendan Coughlin aka “T”, Will’s best friend as a cameo. He is greatly missed on the show. Sami was great as usual, but Freddie Smith owned this episode. I wish they had devoted the whole episode to the funeral vs jumping between scenes with Kayla and Steve, et al, that was distracting and broke the mood. This was a seminal episode in the series that really highlighted the acting abilities of several of the characters. Put Eric back in the priesthood so they can rebuild the St. Luke’s church set. I guess all of Salem is Catholic as they have never mentioned another denomination or church. Tight knit community of like minded people who all seem inter related. Freddie Smith will be missed the most.

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    Tim Welles replied

    Don’t worry about Ariana not smiling LoL.
    Next month, she goes off to France and when she returns she will be played by a 21 year old actress since no kid lasts for long on a soap.

    I’ve been saying for several months that the “new writing team” totally banished the Gay characters from Salem. It’s true that Freddie chose to leave the show but they could have re-cast Sonny and kept Wilson going – but that would mean that gay characters are human and work out their problems just like everyone else, but the writers would rather treat them as rare “oddities” as opposed to every day mainstream people, who must meet a grisly demise.
    What does Paul get to do now on the show other than to tell John he is glad he is his biological son. Whoop-dee-do a scene with John is about as exciting as egg salad. What happened to Derrick the cute Bell boy who wanted a chance with Paul? Did he leave town to get a job at Taco Bell? We do not know, but he’s a gay character so adios.
    The summer storyline that held such promise and appeared to be so innovative for a Soap has acquiesced into a few supporting players. Will was murdered, Sonny has “left town”, Paul literally has nothing to do, and Derrick is off the canvas for reasons unknown. So much for the town’s gay characters, whom are now only depicted in fleeting moments and an occasional photograph.
    Instead, they are setting their focus on Caroline’s strange ESP dreams and Stefano muttering in that cornball Italian accent “oh my son, my son” – geez!

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    David replied

    Hoorray, I won’t miss little pouty faced Ariana. If she comes back as an adult where does that put Gabi as her Mother? It is obvious the new writing team abolished the gay contingent. That story line brought in a lot of viewers but I guess they listened to the Bible Belt grumblers who couldn’t stand to see male to male contact. But seriously, how many bed scenes were seen in the last 8 months? Or even kissing for that matter? Zilch. I still can’t forgive the writers for eliminating Brendan Coughlin (“T” aka Tad) from the show. It seems anyone with some life in them is sent packing. I’m hoping Anne won’t be a victim, too. I think the show is AARP stagnant with the old standard players. I feel tired just watching them. About John, at least he’s not coping those poses like David Caruso on CSI Miami anymore. And his voice sounds like he’s laid off the bottle for awhile. Ever notice the theme of the black leather jacket for the guys? On Steve aka Patch, now on Rafe and JJ? What’s with that? Speaking of Steve, will we forever have to see a pirate, I’m so tired of the eye patch. And it can’t be flat, no it has to be puffed up leather to make it even more noticeable. It’s too bad the writers don’t pair up Paul and Derrick just as a novelty at this point. It’s a good thing Sean Christopher Friel (Paul) has a gig on Hawaii 5-0, he won’t be able to count on his day job as a gay son to a man who wants to abscond to the ISA looking for his identity. If I stay a viewer I will have to buy a lifetime supply of Geritol.

    CeeCee replied

    Hey Tim, not only do I love your name; Tim Welles, I truly appreciate the Ben Gay joke/pun….hilarious. You remind me of Harry and Timmm….quirky, little quips that just tickle the funny bone…LOL.

  16. Mateo says:

    The performances were amazing. Bryan Datillo was spectacular. Every time he has broken down, so have I. Usually the character of Lucas is always angry at something. Very one dimensional but with the death of his son, he has leaped to new heights. I am so impressed. Alison Sweeney as Sami has started to hit that stride again. Her holding back the tears was not quite believable. The anger was. That is Sami. But when she lost it in Will’s apartment I was literally laying in my own snot. The way she arranged the evidence tags on the floor back to their original placement after she broke down was amazing detail. Finally Freddie Smith as Sonny. I watched him deal slowly with all of this grief. It was realistic. He held his own. He was in pain and he showed it but he didn’t get overly emotional. Then he comes to the grave site and lets go. Stunning. It was so real that I got mad that the show ended there. Freddie Smith is so fantastic. Sad that he is off the canvas as the writers pretend that gays don’t live in Salem any more. Ughh. I have to say that the most ingenious plot device was Abby asking Ben to say something. When he was having flashbacks to Will’s murder I was literally yelling at the screen, “that’s what you get you psycho!”…Robert Scott Wilson is blowing me away with his disintegration. It is a consistent steady deterioration and it is so believable. Kudos Mr Wilson for your growth as an actor. You are more than smoldering good looks. You have some depth. So proud of your portrayal. The other main characters were sort of a disappointment. They didn’t give Kate enough material to utilize as she dealt with Will’s death. They were close. They were cut from similar cloth. Sad they wasted that opportunity. They spent all this time hiding Will’s death from Caroline and when Kayla finally told her she looked like “hey maybe I should sad”…it was an awful way to show how she dealt with the depth of her great grandson. She was more destroyed over boring Bo. I don’t know what any one sees in Peggy McKay as an actress. She is terrible and so unbelievable. Whatever though I have to deal with it as the writers give me my senior citizens celebration story lines. Next thing we know both Caroline and Marlena will be forced into senior prostitution by Stefano and Andre. And I agree with the others who commented on the missing characters. Adrienne and Justin should have been there. Along with Theresa. Hell, even Eve should have been there. I will say that DAYS has really done well with the serial killer story line. I am entertained despite my small grievances. I just wish they had other good stories on the backburner. I don’t care about Bo and Hope’s old love story. And this Patch and Kayla thing should have died in 1984 where it originated. And watching John pine away to find out who he is at his ripe old age is so ridiculous it’s beyond the pale. If you haven’t accepted who you are by now John — here’s a newsflash for you — you’ve wasted your entire adult life. Get over it and move on already. I think the only story I am looking forward to is the Kate/Nicole/Theresa story. They are fun to watch and those three bitches deserve each other. Love them!!

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  17. Annie says:

    Sonny being relegated to the second row was such a blatant error, it was distracting to the story. I wasn’t moved like I was during Paige’s funeral, by any of the mourners. For Paige, Kassie DePaiva’s gut wrenching, authentic performance had me reaching for the tissue box, but I was dry eyed during Will’s funeral. I wish Days would reconsider letting her go, she is a gem.

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    M M replied

    HMMM…. You saw the contrast too…

    DOOL has lost viewers who recognized homophobia when they see it

    Small details are huge… Your Husband has viciously been murdered and those SOB at DAYS couldn’t have his husband Sonny on the FRONT ROW… and Sonny’s family who also living in Salem could not show up to support the obvious grief stricken young man. Oh, but give us deranged psychopath BEN in the audience, unacceptable tacky.. Didn’t matter he’s engaged to Abby. He should have phoned it in by saying he had taken ill and not come…

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    lulu replied

    I know I too will be taking DOOL off my DVR listing after Thursday. The whole episode was one big disgusting homophobic display. From Sonny sitting in the second row, to the fact he had none of his family, to the no flashbacks of Will & Sonny in happier times. Just one big punch in the stomach.

    M M replied

    Yes… AGREED! Rushed and every other negative stereotype… they went all out to deliver BUT no common decency toward the character and the aftermath of outrage that should have been granted. And not this half-baked scene with people WHO should have been there weren’t while making sure the murderous SOB be at his victim’s last goodbye to those who LOVED HIM, he clearly did!

    WHAT? are we supposed to feel sorry for Ben and his “remorsefulness” ??? This psychopath? HELL NO!

    I felt nothing but disgust like you.

    M M replied

    I meant he clearly “did not”.

    Lee replied

    Hmm maybe Adrienne will die from beast cancer and none of the kiriakis will attend her funeral.

    Someone gave a pretty lame excuse that they couldn’t be there due to budget. Well, guess what? All they’d have to do is insert dialogue that They had to sit in the back row, etc. they could always write that they were in the background.

    Just like Sonny could be written to take care of Ari off camera. (Like straight Chloe!)

    kiki replied

    Completely homophobic. The way Will’s death was shot and repeated over and over was very obviously homophobic to those of us who know our Celluloid Closet, but it’s subjective and subtle enough so that plenty of people didn’t quite get it. But Will being stuffed in a bag like trash? I think a lot of people got that. And if they didn’t, no flashbacks? Sonny abandons Arianna? Sits in the second row?

    Shame on Days of Our Lives. Glaad should revoke their award.

    M M replied

    Utterly outrageous… Within an one year span they give us their beautiful WEDDING and 6-8 months later both characters are written OOC: cheating and I am so in love with…, anyway. NEXT we see these new writers who I have heard horrible things about as it relates to a gay sl. I didn’t want to be caught up in hearsay… But look how the gays were written after the “new writers’ came on board. It tells a lot “how they really felt about WRH as a gay character and the other gays”

  18. Engrady Pind says:

    Strictly fast forward scenes for me, especially anything involving Sami.

    Nothing important happens at soap funerals (with the exception maybe of Luke sitting on Stefan’s casket). GET ON WITH THE STORIES. And send Sami as far away as possible.

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    CeeCee replied

    I thought I was the only one who resented Sami, Engrady. My sister adores her….I don’t get it….LOL.

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  19. nancy dillingham says:

    I like the understated quality of all the funerals. I have no real criticisms of Days in its new incarnation. I look forward to each day that I have been watching. I usually dreaded–but was perversely drawn to–each day of GH; I guess I was ever hopeful that would give the long time devotees a crumb to hold on to. But, alas, they did not. Just disappointment after disappointment.
    No so, on Days. I know they will not disappoint.

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    Patrick replied

    “… I have no real criticisms of Days in its new incarnation. I look forward to each day that I have been watching ”

    I have reigned in my expectation of the supercoupledom

    1… having not seen to much excitement over “John” and Marlena
    2… Patch not nosediving in to… and winning Kayla back… as it’s Bo time
    3… Bo not on for the long haul… Hope without Aiden? will she spark with Rafe!
    4… Justin and Adrienne… it’s worth it to me to see this twosome frontburner…

    can’t even go their about all the TEEN SORAS… yet… WRITERS work!

    Eduardo with no Eve
    Hope with no Aiden
    RIP : dang it… Sonny and Will… resting all my hopes on Paul

    the DAYS production two months IN… are not disappointing me… i’m just missing whole characters

    and dreading : Eric, Brady, Daniel, and Nicole… with Jennifer ? what’s the point?

    with all the cast hires… and still bolding debuting… it’s like a new show.. yet… my heart leaps when it’s on

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    maddiehayes replied

    I so agree! DAYS is bringing back the big-guns, the characters and storylines long-time viewers remember. This is what they should do for the 50th. It’s a very big deal! GH did a great job bringing back vets during its 50th year. Now they’ve gone back to mob, mob and more mob. And newbies from other soaps. A few vets have stories, but there are too many days (like yesterday) where I have to FF the whole thing. Not so with DAYS! Every day there’s something exciting happening. And I thought Will’s funeral was very well done. With everybody speaking, it was a real tear jerker! My only gripe is they didn’t show any flashbacks, a montage. So what if many actors have played Will? It’s the way we remember him (I wasn’t that fond of Guy Wilson). That would have turned on the waterworks, for sure! Lucas mentioned the time he and Sami tried to teach Will how to dance. Why not show it? I will SO miss little Will, adolescent Will. Adult Will, not so much.

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  20. Tim Welles says:

    I also agree that it seems strange that Victor wouldn’t be there at the Fake Leaf Park Memorial Service. Maybe he lost his way — no, that couldn’t be possible because everything happens in that Park. It’s the only park where leaves never move, no one’s hair is ever out of place, and the lighting is so indoorsy it’s embarrassing. Couldn’t they get a stage-hand to hold a fan on the sidelines or something just to create the illusion of a slight breeze once in a while?
    For goodness sake, wouldn’t Sonny’s PARENTS be there?? Are they going to have a follow up episode where Adrienne says “I wanted to be there but I was too emotional from fighting with Justin”?

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    Mary SF replied

    ITA if the constraint of the fake park set restricted the number of actors they were able to fit on the set they should have at least had written a conversation that explained the blatant absences like Victor and Maggie, Sonny’s parents, Julie and Doug etc before the Memorial started. They could have read some telegraphs from out of town relatives like Carrie and Austin, Kim and Shane. There was a way to write these things to connect this story to the history and to the entire show as a whole.

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    David replied

    It’s obvious the writers didn’t give a damn and just wanted to put the Will/Sonny saga behind them, done and over with.

    Lee replied

    “… To emotional from worrying I might have the gene for breast cancer.”

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    David replied

    Fake Leaf Park Memorial Service, lol. Perfect description of cheap set design and staging.

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  21. Stephen says:

    I watched it but I couldn’t engage in the make-believe at all. The story-telling has stopped being credible.

    Ben aside, Abigail is the last person to have seen Will alive, in her and Ben’s apartment. The next day the is this huge fight between Chad and Ben in the same apartment, when Chad is all but killed by Ben. What’s the connection : oh yes, that’s right, Ben! Everyone with a brain can see it, but no one in Salem is allowed to see it (just like no one in Salem was allowed to see Ben carrying Will’s body across town!), so that this awful and offensive, and offensively done, Kill Will “plotline” can be carried out!

    It’s stupid, dumb, and profoundly insulting.

    And the actors can act their socks off but it is useless if the spell of make-believe is broken, and the spell here has been, for me, irrevocably shattered. I feel sorry for the actors having to perform it, which is not the reaction a show should be aiming for! Oh and to add insult to injury, Grandma Caroline is now psychic. What the f*** are they thinking!

    I second what everyone else has said about the absence of Justin and Adrienne, who would be absolutely there to support their son and to show their respects to Will and his biological family. And T! T is just the best character, and any opportunity to play him should be used! And he is like Will’s best friend since forever, and he absolutely would have been there. So yet again, for me watching, none of it was real, and sad only because of the real world sadness of Days having gone in this braindead direction, which is down the plug hole.

    I’d rather remember the show how it was, when Will was alive and right in the middle of fantastic story-lines which engaged, entertained, made you laugh out loud, made you care passionately for the characters and their endeavours, and made you cry for the right reasons!

    Will was, no is, one of the best characters ever on TV, and Days was crazy to scrap him. Days would have done better to take their lead from their own character, Marlena Evans, who said to Will : “You are one of the bravest men I have ever known, and I am exquisitely proud of you”.

    Oh well, laughter is the best medicine, and I got to laugh at this “Daysaster”! :-)

    The actors that played Will are thankfully free from this mess, and will be doing great work elsewhere, which I am eagerly looking forward to! :-)

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    Kim Jame replied

    Well said! Agree with you 100%

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    M M replied

    And I will NOT only second this but will third and fourth BOTH OF YOU. THE ONLy thing we will remember if you are WRH fan is the unfeeling STAGING THROUGH OUT HIS LAST DAYS and a POOH- POOH TO YOU to his fans… UNBELIEVABLE!

    lulu replied

    Nothing left to say Stephen. What a wonderful and truthful comment.

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    Kaylie15 replied

    I’ve done the same. The new writers hated Will and had no right to tell his story. They wrote an aggressive, mean end to a love story that meant a lot to many fans, and its rarity as a gay story made it special. They knew it was special and still wrote Will’s end for the pleasure of those who hated him and for maximum hurt to those fans who loved him. They had no right to tell his story, and everything leading up to Will’s murder and the aftermath has been gleeful, spiteful and disrespectful to his memory.

    In my mind, none of this ever happened. It was all an nightmare that Will had on a plane on his way to see Sonny with Arianna. They are in Paris, living a beautiful life together.

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    David replied

    Wait for the new writers on the studio lot and literally egg them, lol

    David replied

    I am with you on “T” aka Tad (Brendan Coughlin). The best friend can’t be brought in for a cameo scene at the funeral (like Sonny and Sami)? They never did say why T is no longer around. Characters like T and Anne Milbauer who give verve to the show are ignored. The show has become an endorsement for AARP.

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    Tim Welles replied

    My joints ache from watching this how.
    I would grab some ben gay but I know how the writers feel
    about grabbing anything gay.

  22. Kim Jame says:

    I thought the performances of the family members at the funeral were great. But how does this funeral not merit the presence of Victor, Maggie, Adrienne, Justin, Brady, Theresa to name a few? Andre could have happened today. Will deserved at least an entire episode. I still feel his death was unnecessary and poor SL vision. The killing off of this iconic character with the supposed promise all characters now remain dead leaves a bad taste with me. Major disappointment with DOOL.

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  23. Les says:

    Bravo to all the actors on this episode – especially the actors playing Sonny and Lucas. I only came back to Days of Our Lives a short time ago so was not familiar with the Will/Sonny love story but from what I saw on this episode I could tell it was a very special story line on this soap. I wished I had tuned in Sooner!

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  24. walter goza says:

    i do believe that freddie smith was the best cast member at the funeral. he sobbed so much and was truly remarkable and so talented and i am so sorry that he had to suffer so much with will’s death. i wish him only the best in his future. his fans love him so much.

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  25. Lee says:

    Sonny, the husband did not have a front row seat. That is not normal for a funeral. The spouse is placed up front. Will’s in-laws, Sonny’s parents were not present at the funeral nor afterwards. Really?! Victor wasn’t present. AUnt Kayla wasn’t there. Brady or Theresa? It was publicized that Salem would mourn. But did they? Daniel is planning a wedding. Wait, where is Adrieene who not only should care for Sonny, but Lucas!

    So The Sami we know just lost the child that has been her world and main source of fighting the world and she is not concerned with Justice for Will? She is just leaving to find the love of her life rather than seek justice for Sonny or comfort Ari? Sonny has no desire to find out why Chad would do this or if he really did? Sonny is preparing to leave Ari and Salem rather than seek justice or be a dad.

    Will’s funeral gets no loving flashbacks. Only the gruesomeness of his punishment as he’s mirdered. Ben sits in same row as the spouse.

    The climax of the show is—- Andre! Not Will. Not Sonny. Sami gets more angry about Andre than burying her son.

    No, I did not cry. It was too ridiculously insulting of the legacy character and the fans who loved him for me to shed a tear. Yes, a few good performances for those who are happy for Emmy material, I guess. But the emotion with Andre was just as high as that of the family at the funeral. How many sweet scenes did Paige get during the stretch of her funeral?

    So supposedly the town is affected by the legacy death! Obviously they all just move on and try to forget that gay ever existed on the show.

    Sorry, even the Sonny scene had no real emotional pull as they ended Will’s life with him NOT KNOWING HE WAS NOT SECOND CHOICE. Most supercouples get to have that moment. Not Wilson or even Horita. Even the in-laws never checked on Will. Yet they mentioned Will knew he was loved. No. He. Did. Not. He had told Marlena and Anigail he thought Sonny was gone forever.

    It was horribly an example of showing that if you come out, you will be punished and life will be tragic. Young people who are so afraid to face their truth only have a very very very few characters to relate to– a fraction of the straight. Yet most of them end in tragedy. Proportionally, gays are likely to die or have a sad ending.

    And. If this moved the story ahead somehow or made a big impact for other characters and their next story then maybe they could claim it was story driven. But it moves no story along. None. Even Sami is focused on EJ. And Sonny is focused on his usual. Running away.

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    Chris replied

    Lee said
    >It was horribly an example of showing that if you come out, you will be punished and >life will be tragic. Young people who are so afraid to face their truth only have a very >very very few characters to relate to– a fraction of the straight. Yet most of them >end in tragedy. Proportionally, gays are likely to die or have a sad ending.

    THANK YOU for putting into words the exact feelings I’ve had.

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    Tim Welles replied

    Those of us who understand and have witnessed how Gay characters have been depicted for years in movies and television are understandably disappointed with Will’s horrific and untimely demise.
    In “Brokeback Mountain” the main gay character is murdered supposedly for being gay. In “The Children’s Hour” Shirley McClain’s character hangs herself in her room for being gay. In “The Sargent” Rod Steiger’s character dies violently for having feelings for one of his soldiers.
    I would think that some progress has been made over the last forty years regarding how gays are portrayed….but Will’s violent murder, Sonny’s abrupt departure, Paul being left adrift and Derrick’s life shrouded in mystery shout to all of us that the current writing team simply do not want to deal with any gay character storylines.

    Patrick replied

    “…Young people who are so afraid to face their truth only have a very very very few characters to relate to”

    well said… I truly was done celebrating… after the writers decimated and DOA the newest supercouple that had every right to be celebrated and lauded… these two carried DAYS for a good couple years, plus

    Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith … left DAYS…
    Deidre Hall’ Marlena relationship with Chandler Massey’ Will… slayed me and magnified how beautiful this coming out …. stratosphered

    DAYS erred big time… in not putting FS’ Sonny w/ Ariana in the front row

    I still say DAYS put Sami return first… EJ is still alive…. ? with? this has to be a huge much lauded actor… if they want to give this part of DAYS any validity

    with Chad in a coma… this serial mystery.. will still carry… with how much prop… Rob Wilson deserves! he deserves an emmy nomination… just less with Kate Mansi… LOL… she still reminds me of a childlike/woman… who’s pregnant… immature… and doesn’t know her own self… to make decisions

    I’ve made my piece with no more… Will and Sonny…. do I think that DAYS is being homophobe about ALL that is days spirit and energy?

    DAYS production as a whole… misfired.. big time…. I love how posters’ minimally wanted Sonny and Will with Arianna Grace.. to leave Salem… and venture OUT of the nest…and experience coming out on their own, the audience could have cheered.. knowing they are living out their own life experiences

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    M M replied

    Spot on Lee… ARe these people (writers, executives ) living in a bubble

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    Chris replied

    And today the amnesia begins. Caroline who is ready to leave the hospital like its just another day remarked that she would rather not remember what happened to Will. Nice move great grandmother.

  26. Chris says:

    I’m holding out hope that Ken Corday has some masterstroke up his sleeve or that the current crop of writers leave and forget trying to make it 1986 again and Will will return from the dead. After all if Jack can come back after donating his organs.

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    kiki replied

    This is as intense a backlash as I’ve never seen over the killing of a character, with the added poison of gross insensitivity to Will’s status as a glbtq icon.

    They have been utterly silent. I hope they are working on a fix right now.

    They’ve also completely lost the narrative for their dumb-ass “celebration” of 50 years.

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    Patrick replied

    Kiki… WOW

    nice post

    intense backlish
    Days production TEAM … utterly silent

    They’ve completely lost narrative and the 50th celebration seems minimalized

    it’s a glaring gaping gouge of heart

    i’m so glad posts are just as admonishing and forthright…

    i’m still excitable about the turn
    Salem needed this….

    even if Eve and Aiden were carelessly let go

    I’m with you :

    “… I hope they are working on a fix right now “

    lulu replied

    I hope the backlash continues. I hope those of us who are outraged with the killing of Will continue to make our feelings known.I hope those of us who find the erasing of Will & Sonny’s relationship and the rampant homophobic message it sends will continue to express themselves and not remain silent. To the writers/producers of this show the going back to a simpler time, is just a code for getting rid of gay characters that don’t fit in their eyes of the Salem of 30 years ago.

    M M replied

    Simpler time is such a poor and dangerous way to fix a so called show that has been dead last for a while now because of over all weak writing and mishandling of characters… Now Wilson story maintained viewers attention:courtship, angst over Will’s getting his daughter, being engaged, Wilson celebrating their love for one another by getting married. It went down hill when Wilson was written out of character to accommodate another character. Once that happened, it was divide and conquer strategy against Wilson fans and look how they (writers, exes) relished almost in the way by decimating WRH and had poor Sonny come back as a second to last in his husband’s life, NO WINNERS at all. Didn’t allow Wilson to physically make it right. So much was wrong with the way it ended and kudos guys for the outrage mishandling Will’s life.

  27. Nora says:

    Great comment Lee.I agree with you.The whole episode is just a reminder that homophobia is alive and well on daytime tv.I was so shocked and disgusted at how the producers/writers have intentionally erased Sonny & Will’s whole relationship.I feel that they will ultimately lose in the end.

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    Lee replied

    Good point. It is likely that in the long run, DOOL will lose everything.

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  28. 4ever DAYS says:

    Where I’m from, it’s common to have a memorial in a church and then a graveside service.

    Maybe viewers were left to imagine what they wanted by just showing the graveside service. Our minds can fill in the blanks. We don’t have to be shown everything.

    If viewers wanted a memorial service in Saint Luke’s Church, Will had one. If viewers didn’t want one there, he didn’t.

    Maybe I choose to believe Justin and Adrienne were at the church and they chose not to go to the burial.

    That wasn’t a memorial in the park. It was a graveside memorial in the cemetery. The ending was that of Sonny all alone at Wills grave in the area of where the memorial was earlier.

    I thought it was a beautiful episode. It wasn’t perfect, but it was still beautiful. It was way more than showing nothing at all, but not much less than perfect.

    Sonny blamed himself for Will’s death. Maybe he didn’t want to sit in the front row. I know where I was sitting while watching the episode. I was glued to my TV and reasoning with the slight imperfections.

    I told myself many things during the memorial episode and I know many drew their own conclusions…some good, some bad, some I agree and disagree with.

    I’m sure there are others who would cry blasphemy if Saint Lukes was used.

    Job well done, DAYS!

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    Patrick replied

    Smart : “… Our minds can fill in the blanks ”

    I’m crying cheering championing celebrating

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    CeeCee replied

    Wiser words were before never spoken, 4ever….thank you, thank you, thank you…I will love you forever.
    Do you find that some people are so arrogant to think of themselves as experts on any /every subject?

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    Patrick replied

    Monday highlight’

    1. Lucas : “He was my best friend” “I don’t know how I’m going to go on, without, him” as he slumps over

    2. Kayla and mom Caroline… ” I was waiting till I thought you could handle the news” as she tells Caroline … “Will was murdered”

    Peggy McKay reaction MOVED and heart pull… serious acting kudo to this mother/daughter duo… scene fades as, mother/daughter hug it out with their loss of a younger generation. tears

    3. Finally ! Thee KISS ! “stir this” Patch and Kayla

    4. Andre to Stefano : “I’m now free to go and do as I please” delicious delight savor moment… DiMera

    5. Freddie Smith : sobbing… alone with Will

    as I’m sobbing with…

    show ends

    woah!

    Peggy McKay: I too… don’t mind that Caroline is having “visions” of Bo… it’s a story that had it not been for Peggy McKay… could not have happened… in her care… she’s doing her mothering… with aplomb

    Thaao Penghlis : he has a charm, english vocabulary, how he carries himself… a je ne sais quoi about him… that makes me laugh… and I look forward to how well he’s written

    ie: I don’t know for the long haul… as in the new patriarch of the DiMera… but nevertheless… I welcome him home! I’d still prefer Jason Brooks or Michael Muhney in the fold…. either of these latter two to helm… and adversarial with Vincent Irizarry, as the featured Kiriakis’….. let this be!

    That beaming smiling and happy… father/daughter picure… radiant! dang …. NICE

    so yes…. there is a lot… i’m still bowled over by Tuesday ep: with Clyde and Ben…

    so yes… a lot of crying / cheering / championing / CELEBRATING

    DAYS of OUR Lives

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    Patrick replied

    Tuesday highlight’

    1. Abs to Ben : (in your sleep) “you yelled out for “help” ”
    Ben… “did I say … any thing else? ” Abs… “no”

    2. 2 “cops” show up at the door, unanounced… “Ben Weston” “You need to come with us” – well done Production -

    3. ” You “GUYS” have 20 minutes” These 20 minutes between these two… will go down in infamy… a stirring adaptation if ever there is; “tour de force”… ALL posts; recognize…. “absolute emmy at its finest”

    4. 2 of the hottest…. “hottest” men… in daytime. period…
    Daniel Cosgrove and Galen Gering. beyond measure

    Aiden (LOL) so smarmy disarming cute as all get out… amped his sexy… and asked Rafe… to be… his best man…

    i’d pit these two head to head… and you know… my much I Rafe’alicious… but.. Aiden… just turns me

    Woah!

    Days is heart palpitating… more than murmer … more than I missed this … it’s SHOW time in Salem

    “Thank You” James Read and Rob Scott Wilson

  29. Marty says:

    Will Horton died terrified, alone, feeling unloved. It was/is an appalling end to a once beautiful love story. The funeral did not show any happy memories of his life only the struggles and sadness and of course another shot of his terror as the life is strangled out of him. Kate said he would live on through his writings- what an expose of his mother and Paul’s coming out? Sure little Ari will get to know her dad through that. No, the memory of Will was not honored by these writers. It was made clear that the gays of days are dead. The characters , the actors and the fans were disrespected. I hope days gets what it has earned: shame, a huge drop in ratings and advertising by gay friendly businesses and cancellation.

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    M M replied

    YES… to this.

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    K. K. replied

    It was full-on erase the gay, with as much malice and contempt as possible.

    Part of me wonders if in the last 5-6 months it dawned on someone at the show that this was a bad idea, as well as fear that the dark and sad tone of the show would turn people off. Maybe they have a plan.

    There was some ugly coincidences around Will’s death such as his murder happening on the anniversary of Matthew Shepherd’s death and the story running during Spirit Day. Days has in the past tweeted a picture of the cast in purple but not this year. If the story wasn’t homophobic, why not tweet for Spirit Day as usual?

    I was rather off put at the numerous smiling pictures of vets that were being tweeted while Will was being killed on screen. Intentional or not, it sent a message that Will’s death was to be celebrated as part of the 50th. It was all in very bad taste.

    I am surprised that Glaad has not responded to the backlash since the homophobic messaging was so blatant. Sonny was in the second row at his husband’s funeral, which boggles the mind.

    Will & Sonny had so many fans, brought so many viewers to the show, this whole storyline seems like the show itself decided to commit suicide.

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    Chris replied

    Serial killers in soaps are supposed to target those characters who have been on the show for a bit but have run out of storyline. Serena was a perfect example. Paige actually fit the bill as a sympathetic character who was killed by a ruthless killer. Tears and sadness but we’ll move on. Will was just a mess all the way around from the way it was handled to the funeral. It would be just like if Maggie, Hope or Rafe died the same way. And you would bet that Maggie would have NEVER had a terrified, alone and unloved death.

    I don’t want Days cancelled, but these 50th anniversary writers are botching it. The stories to March 2016 are already filmed so I am curious if its even too late to save the show. I only hope Will’s death is a master deception on a grand scale we don’t know about yet.

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  30. dalphine says:

    Homophobia DOOL nothing else needs to be said.

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  31. Lee says:

    It is strange to me that people justify what DOOL did by saying we should IMAGINE it to have been different. So are we supposed to imagine that Adrienne was out celebrating with Paul and toasting with her future son in law? Of course not. That’s crazy. But so is imagining she was at the funeral. Soaps are not classical literature open for interpretation. (The writers do not think that highly of the audience’s intelligence. It’s just entertainment for them. )

    Now. Agreeably, some people hated Will and so are fine with the story. Many people are really homophobic and are happy with the story. So there are defenders of the death of Will and how it was handled. But many of us see the truth and don’t have to make up what could have been written and assume they meant that just to excuse the blatant punishment of the gay character and those who enjoyed the story.

    For example. I don’t sit here and think, “well, Maggie was home crying and comforted by Victor, who was remembering how he encouraged Sonny to leave and regretting it. ” That would be called FanFiction. It wasn’t what happened. Nor should we assume it did.

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    4ever DAYS replied

    I imagine your comment was in reference to mine, Lee. So be it.

    Will’s funeral could’ve easily been that of Serena’s…mentioned, but not seen.

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    sonniorsolita replied

    From your name, it’s obvious you will be pro-show, but are you seriously offering the idea that Serena and Will were characters of equivalent status? If they had not shown the funeral of Will, a character born on the show and beloved by many, would you have defended the showrunners? It sounds like you’re telling people upset with the way the funeral played out just to be grateful it wasn’t worse or forgotten, and that tone never goes down well… especially with grieving people.

    Tim Welles replied

    I really don’t think the fleeting character of Serena compares to a core character such as Will is supposed to be. So, it was at least acknowledged that he touched many lives, unlike Serena who only touched Eric…..and an Elephant.

    lulu replied

    WSll said Lee.I can imagine lots of things, doesn’t mean it’s so . What was presented on the screen was a funeral service (not a graveside service which I’ve unfortunately attended many) where the husband of the dearly departed was seated in the second row, where the husband’s parents who have been supportive of their son weren’t in attendance. Also, where they’re no flashbacks of the husband and his spouse .For goodness sake, even Eve was treated to flashbacks of what Paige could have been.Sonny isn’t allowed to remember what could have been or what was. We no why there are no flashbacks and we also no why Sonny will be leaving Salem tomorrow.

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    lulu replied

    Oops meant well said.

    CeeCee replied

    Sorry, Lee…with all due respect. You are preaching, philosophying and lording it over, waaaay too much.
    Soaps may not be written by Voltaire or Willie or de la Fontaine, to name a few…….however, there should be a semblance or realism sprinkled here and there. Furthermore, some of us take our faith seriously, and should therefore, not to be trivialized.
    Are you, perchance berating 4ever with your in-your-face tirade?

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    Lee replied

    I take my faith very seriously and I am a Christian. I happen to not be a self-righteous hypocritical Christian who uses my religion as an excuse to harass and bully people. It’s funny that not being gay is not one of the Ten Commandments. Many many people who judge the gay, do so while breaking many of the commandments and feel they are justified. You know, adultery, jealousy, Lord’s name in vein. Completed hypocritical and judgmental people who hide behind the word faith to excuse their behavior. Jesus Christ did not treat people as such. Most religious leaders have come to change their views of the judgement.

    So, yes. I happily dismiss and reject your ideas based on your obvious disadvantage due to intellectual ability.

    Thank you for your comments. I love the reply and love the opportunity. You made my day! :-) .

    maddiehayes replied

    Lee, you sound EXTREMELY self-righteous and judgmental. Christian? Not so much!

    CeeCee replied

    @lee.
    I think we are on different wavelengths, here, Lee. I am not talking about gays. I am a champion of the gay civil rights. My son’s Godfather is gay….I have been on many ‘walks’ alongside my friends, who happen to be gay, but I never refer to them as gay. I refer to them as my friends….because that is what they are, first and foremost. I have known them since grade school….I love them as I do my own siblings.
    My issue with TPTB is how they take liberties with Canon Law. As a Roman Catholic, I take issue with that. I have a right to protest about the way ‘they’ completely ignore the strict laws of the Church and mold them to their advantage, namely, religious functions. I have never seen soaps do this with any other faith but R. Catholicism.
    We were talking about funeral services as they adhere to the RC Church.
    However, you chose to go off talking about gays. If you had followed my posts on the Days boards, you would know how I have voiced my feelings about the shabby way TPTB have treated everything pertaining to the gay storyline. So if you have a beef with the world, take it somewhere else. The best thing to do would be not to speak of either religion or politics. Furthermore, the only reason I continued talking about the Catholic Church was after I read someone’s comment saying something very untoward about MY CHURCH. I felt the need to defend it….having nothing to do with gays whatsoever.
    Seriously? Intellectual inability? Sir/madam, I am a graduate of one of New England’s Ivy League Schools, with a PhD in Physical Science, and an educator. I am not in the habit of bandying this around,but you just dragged it out of me with your offensive words. Perhaps if you took the time to read my comments or those of our other fellow-posters, you would realize that we were not talking about gays. Again, we were talking about the lack of a High Mass to honor Will’s death, as a Roman Catholic.
    You, are disrupting these sites. You are angry at the world, and it shows in your disturbing writing.
    Do not preach to me about Jesus Christ, please!! If someone has bullied you, or if you feel persecuted, I feel for you. No one should be put in that situation. It hurts, I’m sure. However, I am not one of your bullies. I am a petite woman who barely weighs one hundred pounds. I do not make it a habit to bully people. But, once in a while someone appears on these sites with names with which none of us is familiar and bullies us. Are you new to this site?

  32. Mark says:

    Without repeating the very apt and insightful statements above, I also am struck by the sheer hubris of the current writing staff. The decisions described by comments above show a writing staff with no respect for what came before, or what is likely to come after, their likely-short tenure.

    Of the half-dozen or so actors playing Will, the current actor never was my favorite. However, killing off the character was completely unnecessary. Will’s character easily could have been “Dario’ed” (brother of Rafe and Gaby) off the screen, and put in cold storage for awhile. It is unnerving that tertiary characters routinely are given an honorable soft landing to off-screen-land, while this departure appeared to be a mean-spirited attempt to erase all of the goodwill created by the previous gay-related storylines which earned many Emmy awards.

    The only conclusion which can be drawn from supposedly-permanently destroying this character is that they want to foreclose any possibility of Chandler Massey ever being able to return to this role. (What surprises me is that they did not time this virtual re-firing to occur three days later, to vindictively twist the knife on Chandler the day before he and Greg Vaughn are set to spend all-day meeting with fans at an event in Toronto.)

    Not only is forever killing the character bad writing and bad story telling, but it is also a bad business decision.

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    Chris replied

    Although 6 actors have played Will over the years only 4 mean anything. I honestly thought Christopher Gerse would end up being Will until adulthood since he wasn’t being artificially aged liked so many other soap kids. But they sent him off and aged him about 3 years until we got Dylan Patton, Chandler Massey and finally Guy Wilson.

    Dylan’s Will was fine if not outstanding and I see why the show wanted him replaced. Emmy nomination notwithstanding. I could have easily seen this Will as coming out. He did bring a vulnerability to Will that fans like us adored.

    Of course Chandler’s Will is to many the defining Will. Too long to go into here but Chandler made Will into a great multi-dimensional character.

    Finally Guy Wilson. I admit I wasn’t thrilled with him getting the role as he looks nothing like Chandler. But Guy stepped into Will and made it his own. Guy’s Will could also be vulnerable but unfortunately the messed up Paul story came along.

    And this is where it goes downhill. Sonny mentions “his ex” a few times while Will and Sonny are together usually mentioning that is was full of himself. It seems logical that when Paul came along that he would be “the bad guy” trying to split up the couple. This would have been a great story to do. Unfortunately we got paranoid scheming Will that was nothing like the Will we knew. Hell, the kid we knew would have fallen on his sword before resorting to the tactics we saw. In the end Guy got a raw deal by the writers.

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    CeeCee replied

    That is exactly what I have written on past threads, Mark. …love your post. And, you are a true gentleman, and oh-so-reasonable.
    It is no secret Guy turned me off. I will admit that I was probably influenced by Chandler. However, killing Will was the most imbecilic move ever made in Days’s history. I certainly did not wasn’t him dead.
    The same thing happened at GH when Kiki was recast. I so adored Kristen’s Kiki ( because I was a fan since OLTL) that I resented Hayley for taking her place. I think we all ‘fall’ for certain characters and not for others, which has nothing to do with their sexual orientation…. Later, Mark.

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  33. Paul N. says:

    The Wilson family unit was a really special part of the show. Both Freddie Smith & Guy Wilson did great work with those babies. It always brightened my day to see such a positive image of gay fatherhood.

    It’s hard to imagine a show so desperate for viewers lashing out at a normally loyal and coveted fanbase, but it seems like they have.

    I had some issues with some of the OOC writing for both Will and Sonny during the Paul triangle, but it’s a soap. Characters do dumb things to keep the story going. The whole implication that the audience wanted to see Will dead for his sins is creepy as hell, all the more so because it’s probably true to some extent.

    But it seems there is also a large part of the audience that recognizes that the show is pandering to conservatives and washing away the gay. They are also washing away viewers.

    All the mourning scenes rang empty to me because I’m so angry at the writers. Husband in 2nd Row? FU, Days.

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    David replied

    I’m with you. I remember the Facebook fan pages for DOOL and all the old time viewers (around for 20-30+ years) posting how they hated the gay theme of Sonny and Will and wish it were removed or they might stop watching the show. There was a lot of hate coming forward on that. It all seemed to come from the senior female viewers. There was support against their homophobia from younger viewers, even from a lot of women which was enlightening. But for the most part those from the South and Midwest were ready to burn Sonny and Will on a stack of Bibles. The new Corday team of writers must have kept this reaction from their long time fan base in mind for the new direction for the show. I was a viewer attracted to the show to see how a gay theme would be portrayed on broadcast t.v. (vs cable). I guess the fan base I represent will now be marginalized and forgotten.

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    ChandlerFan replied

    The Corday team might want to re-think their policy that all of the currently dead characters are going to stay dead.

    If Corday repeatedly kept bringing Will back to life, just think of the ratings boost they could receive from the hateful blue-haired Midwesterners by the joy of seeing Will get killed over and over in increasingly creative and petty ways.

    This show took a sweet, inspiring, and hopeful story and deliberately turned it into something that leaves a lingering foul aftertaste.

  34. Victoria says:

    I do not think they did Will’s funeral justice….
    Don’t get me wrong, all who spoke at the funeral gave great performances but why didnt Days show Roman getting the news. He is his granddad. Why didn’t they show Gabi and Sonny tell Ari Will died? Why didn’t Gabi and Sonny have a what happens now with Ari conversation?

    At the funeral, Where were Adrienne and Justin? shouldn’t they have been there to support their son?
    Unless I missed it, where was Brady? and the rest of the Brady and Horton clan?

    Why didn’t Days have Gabi speak at the funeral?

    Days should have given Wilson at least one full episode back in August to say good bye not just 2-3 short scenes that seemed rushed.. and now at his funeral all we saw was Sonny give a funeral speech and see him cry…. I would have like to see Sonny say good bye to Will not just cry. Even Sami said goodbye to a dead EJ in the morgue.

    I think the Will death story was horrible and it could have played out so much better…. Days didn’t even show a Will/Ari scene before he was written off.

    And lastly, this whole plot line screams homophobia , or to be more polite “end the gay story line” on Days which is sad since the WIlson storyline gave them all those awards…times have changed. The character of Paul is pretty much off the canvas, no doubt the writers will write him off too.

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    David replied

    All good points Victoria, you summed it up well. I see it as a slam dunk Kill Will and any resemblance to a gay theme and wash their hands of the previous enlightened idea of bringing this show up to current times. DOOL is turning into Dark Shadows.

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    Tim Welles replied

    Good points, and I can’t imagine what the character of Paul will have left to do other than express for the umpteenth time to John that he is glad to be his son.
    What happened to the so-called “vanquish” cologne ad he was working on? What does he do now? We see him jogging through Fake Leaf Park and that’s about it. He did attempt to tell Sonny that he was sorry to hear about Will, but we know that’s no going anywhere because (the actor) portraying Sonny only returned for a few scenes. Any day now, there will be a scene where Paul receives news that his 108 year old grandfather is ill and “he must be by his side”.
    Of course, I’m only “projecting” here….who do I think I am…..Caroline?

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    lulu replied

    LOL! Good comment Tim.Yep, countdown to hardly ever seen character Paul gets the call from his mother that grandpa is very ill and he must come home.He’ll bid ol squinty eyed John goodbye. Maybe, his mother has another secret.She had twins, hey Paul meet your straight brother Saul.

    Victoria replied

    a few other things that really pissed me off that i forgot to mention…

    Why wasn’t Will’s death featured more prominently in the promos? and why didn’t his funeral last for more than half a show?
    Why is Days wasting its time on a letter from EJ when Sami should be focused on mourning her son?
    why hasn’t anyone (SAMI) ripped into Sonny or Paul for making Will’s life miserable for the last several months? (its a soap not real life – it would have made for good drama) or have Sonny blame Paul for some of what happened… the two exes should really of had it out and the writers never let that happen which is a shame and it would have made good drama… but if they did any of this it would have acknowledged the gay storyline and the new writers could not have that. (RME ….SMH)
    As far as Paul goes….you’re right Tim… what is Paul going to be doing now that both Will and Sonny are out… if Paul leaves with Sonny I will puke.
    and what i am surprise about..unless I missed it ,GW has not tweeted or IG’d anything about Will’s departure and he is really into social media…that has to tell you something

    marisa replied

    LOL.. spot on everyone. I think all of your ‘projections’ will come true TIm! Anyone taking bets? ;)

    CeeCee replied

    And, Tim Welles; that will be a complete shame. I’m sorry losing Sonny and as I am losing Will and Paul. But, I think you’re right. Paul is probably on his way out as well. I adore Sonny…I love Paul…hot, hot, both of them..LOL.
    Seriously, though, I hope Sonny will eventually return; even if he must be recast…..I really would like to see a relationship between him and Paul be cultivated.
    The marriage between Will and Sonny came and went, in the blink of an eye. And, TPTB didn’t even see fit to have given this couple a smooth ride…..the cheating, the lying, the subterfuge….unbelievable.

  35. Carl Handy says:

    I was frustrated. Why was Sonny the last speaker as an after thought? Why were Justin and addreinne not there to support Sonny? As far as Will’s murder , to loose an iconic charater is a travesty. They could have had Will and Sonny mke up and send them to France. Mr. Corday says that DOOL will be better than it ever was, he will have to go a lot to top the gay love story. I am seriously thinking of quitting watching.

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    jj replied

    My last day watching will be Eve’s last day airing. I’ve had it.

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  36. ChandlerFan says:

    It would have been far more honest story-telling if each of the show’s producers made a Hitchcockesque cameo appearance, each grabbing one of the show’s gay characters by the neck, and then throwing him under a CGI-generated bus.

    The computer-generated bus would have been very inexpensive.

    And, each producer would gain the bonus personal satisfaction of showing what a tough and fearsome guy he is — which seems to be the entire point made by destroying this character in this repulsive manner.

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  37. marisa says:

    I was actually intrigue with Guy Wilson’s interview in which he said killing off Will was purely business. Here’s the thing, Days is DESPERATE. They must’ve been convinced that the ONLY way the show can be saved is by killing off the gays, not just send them off, but graphically killing it off. First by murdering Will, then making his husband looked half-dead miserable and crying his eyeballs out in every single scene. God knows what Paul has been doing or when we can ever see him again. This to me is apparent by the timing of Will’s death and his husband exit, right before the November sweeps. This is going the most important sweeps for the show, right before their renewal decision in December. By the sweep time, the show is absolutely gay-free. I bet even the G word (or even W as in Will) will not be spoken during the sweeps. Paul is going to be a supporting player. I’m curious to know if this ‘bet’ will pay off, meaning that it’s true most of soap viewers prefer ‘straight stories’ and other soaps will do the same and start ‘de-gaying’ theirs too. Next month can’t come much sooner!

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  38. jj says:

    It was sad but not because of his death. It was sad that DOOL is going so far down hill and that they killed off this character. I could barely watch it. And then to have Paul showing up around Sonny is a slap in the face to the fans! It’s sad to see the show that I once loved being so bad now. Patch is a JOKE! They’re writing him just like he was 20 years ago. Anyway unfortunately counting down the days until Eve’s last episode and it will also be my last episode.

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    Chris replied

    Agreed – Steve looking like he hadn’t taken off that outfit since 1985 was just a bit too much. Come on writers Steve and Kayla are 50 years old now. I know 50 is the new 30 but Steve has less maturity at 50 than Will did when he died.

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  39. lulu says:

    So as a final slap in the face and just to show what TPTB felt about the gay storyline and those who loved it.
    Today in Sonny’s last episode, Sonny goes to the cemetery and places a photo of Will, Sonny, & Ari at Will ‘ s grave and a burst of wind blows it away. Well, how much of the finger can the homophobes who are producing this show give to Sonny & Will, to the gay community and it’s supporters.This is utter disgusting and offensive homophobic garbage.

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    Chris replied

    Actually I think the gust of wind was that Will is not a peace and there is more to Will’s story that has yet to be told.

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    Nora replied

    Sorry, I don’t buy that in the least.

  40. Sad in Salem says:

    I thought the performances were top notch.
    The directing/staging looked hurried, let’s get this done so we can move on to better things.
    There was some very good dialogue written for the characters present, felt true to their relationship to the deceased. But the higher-level writing (what happens when with whom etc…) is another story. Sonny in second row, his parents missing and without as much as some throw-away line about why they were caught up somewhere else, that was in poor taste and a 180 from the sensitivity shown a few years ago when the Will and Sonny relationship started. And because they showed they COULD do it in the past, well it makes today just that more cold and harsh.

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  41. Name says:

    I just don’t believe that Will’s siblings would not be present at his funeral.

    He was supposedly the best big-brother on the planet.

    It’s equally unlikely that Sami would leave the rest of her children in the care of someone else in California, while she returned to Salem by herself to bury another child.

    Very sloppy episode designed to put Will six feet under and forever get him off the stage as quickly as possible.

    Perhaps the show’s brilliant producers are instead planning to bring Will’s siblings back soon as suddenly-matured 20-something-year-old super-cool millennial hipsters.

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  42. Name says:

    If nothing else (*coffee*), you would think (*coffee, coffee*), that Will’s siblings would need to return to Salem to satiate their chronic coffee addiction.

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  43. julie says:

    My heart broke for Sami and Lucas.

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  44. julie says:

    Days is the best it has ever been since october. ways to go dool writers

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