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115 October 12th, 2015 Freddie Smith On The Murder Of DAYS Will Horton & Sonny’s Return: “It Was Just Extremely Sad”

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As we begin the week, fans of Days of our Lives are still grappling with the decision by the powers-that-be to kill off the character of Will Horton (Guy Wilson), and in such a brutal way as another victim of the necktie serial killer, Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson).  Will’s death brings back to the NBC daytime drama series both Alison Sweeney (Sami) and Freddie Smith (Sonny) as Will’s mother, and his husband to try to cope with the revelation of Will’s death.

On Sunday, Freddie Smith sat down with AfterBuzz TV’s Dishin DAYS crew for a special “Spotlight On” interview.  During the chat, Freddie was asked by a caller what he thought of the decision to murder his on-screen partner.  Smith related: “It was more shocking than anything, and it was the last thing that I thought would happen. So, I was really shocked, and all of a sudden I was coming back.  It was just extremely sad.  It’s going to be a very sad week on DAYS, but it’s very, very sad, because a lot of people were affected by it as people, as well.  So I think that overall, you guys are going to have a very dramatic week of DAYS.  Everyone was very sad about it.”

At the top of the show, Smith also clarifed an earlier statement that was out in the press about “good closure” to the story of WilSon, and explaining how he first found out Will was dying and he was coming back.   Smith recalled:  “As an actor, as Freddie, sometime in April or May I got a message from Guy Wilson and all it said was ‘Bro’.  I texted him back, ‘What is going on? What’s up?’  He says, ‘You’re never going to believe it.”  I go, ‘What?’  He goes, ‘I’m dying!’  I said, ‘You’re dying? How?’  He goes, ‘I get strangled!’  And then two days later I get a phone call (from DAYS) and then I knew why I was going to go back.   I was just blown away that is the route they went, or you would think for a character who has been there forever.  But then my comment was, I said, ‘There was good closure.’   The good closure not on the love story, but the closure in the sense that Sonny has to go back to see his husband.  If he didn’t go back – it’s terrible that he died – no one wants that – but as the character, you would obviously go back and see your husband.  It was just an interesting end to the whole thing. ”

Watch Freddie’s interview with AfterBuzz TV after the jump.  Then weigh-in on Freddie’s thoughts that the decision to kill 0ff Will was both shocking and sad.  Do you think DAYS mistepped and misjudged their story-line decision?  And, are you are ready to bring out the hankies  to watch this week’s somber series of episodes? Comment below!

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  1. Kalle says:

    Freddie Smith is just a fine person, a good human being! Thank you for doing that, for bringing closure to the Will-Sonny story.

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  2. Montiralei says:

    I have mixed feelings about this. The Will character has almost always been there and he was part of TWO core families. On the other hand, the character has been recast several times over the course of his 22-year existence.
    Many people think that Will should have been kept alive and simply recast. At least half of the people in this same group continue to clamor for Chandler Massey to return. Apparently, Chandler M. has NO desire to return anytime soon, if ever. So who would be the next Will? Another Guy Wilson-type who has great potential and is doing his best to fill the role, only to be mercilessly compared to Chandler M. EVERY DAY for the entirety of his contract term?
    Don’t get me wrong. I liked Chandler Massey, too. But Guy Wilson still deserved a chance.

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    CeeCee replied

    You are so right, Montiralei. I am one of the guilty who kept whining about Guy, comparing him to Chandler. I regret everything I said. You just made me see the light. Thank you. And, you make so much sense.

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    4ever DAYS replied

    We all had a hand in Will’s death in one way or another, CeeCee. However, you weren’t calling for the cancellation of DAYS for their casting choice(s).

    kelly replied

    If Ken Corday continues to have his way there will not be a next Will. You are forgetting that Corday publicly said that all those who were killed by the neck tie killer, aka Ben, will be permanently dead. They will not be brought back to life.

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    Montiralei replied

    No, actually, I didn’t forget Ken Corday’s announcement that dead characters would stay dead permanently. In fact, I made reference to that very point earlier today, when someone else suggested that Will is going to come back to life in the future.

    When I asked “Who would be the next Will?” it was a question for those who wanted Will to be recast AGAIN instead of being killed off. I was merely wondering who they thought would have been a better Will than Guy Wilson. Chandler M. is not coming back. So if they were going to replace Guy W., it would likely be another new person.

    richard replied

    IMO the writing destroyed Will Horton, not Guy Wilson. Even if it was Chandler Massey, even he couldn’t have saved that horrific writing!!!

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    Chrystie_Delancey replied

    Simply put and spot-on, richard!

    I was actually enjoying the character of Wil lately. With Sonny gone, he had some growing to do, and it was a nice change from the petulant child act. Terrible decision to kill off this character.

    And IF it was because they no longer wanted to tell the gay storyline they could have taken a less cowardly way.

    CeeCee replied

    Kudos, ANOTHER voice of reason , richard. Thank you.

    Jeremy replied

    I’m with you. I warmed up very quickly to Guy Wilson, and I did enjoy CM in the role, too.
    Guy is very talented. I was very sad to see him go. I have mixed feelings about the killing off of Will.
    It will either be a hit or miss for DAYS!

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    blake replied

    I would have rather had a great recast than to kill the character off. Guy Wilson had two years to prove himself but he wasn’t the best actor.

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    Montiralei replied

    Then I ask again: Who would be the next Will if he had been kept alive and recast?
    How would you (and others) have decided that he was a great recast?
    Apparently, Corday and team decided that 7-8 different versions of Will in 22 years was enough.

    Jean replied

    blake, your opinion is not a universal truth. I personally think Guy is a great actor. And more than that he’s a great person. He had to deal with such vile, disgusting comments and still remained a class act! Some of Chandler Massey’s fans have lost their mind and still harass Guy to this day, they seem to be obsessed with him. I never devoted that much time to things I hate. I get that you don’t like Guy , i never liked Chandler ( i used to FF through his scenes) but what’s up with the constant whining ?! Get a life!

    Kjl replied

    Couldn’t agree more! Guy may be a good actor I have no idea but in this medium in this role he was not a good actor. Yes the writing was bad but when other good actors have been stuck with bad writing they still have managed to pull it off and not perform so badly that you are forced to fast forward through the scenes. I think with a good actor people would have stopped the Chandler comparisons. It worked with the Chad recast. Casy was great, loved him in the role, but the recast of Billy Flynn worked because Billy is a great actor, can portray different emotions, so very quickly after he arrived I no longer was comparing him to Casey. I really think Cordays ego was so big he still couldn’t admit he made a lousy decision with this recast of Will and rather than admit that and hire a good qualified actor he just decided to kill the character.

    blake replied

    Montiralei, I would have recast him with a GOOD actor unlike the recast they did with Guy..

    Jean, you need to calm down. Where did I say I spoke for everyone else? Don’t put words in my mouth. I stated my opinion and I am entitled to. God forbid someone states their opinion without having a rabid fan such as yourself to attack me.

    Kjl, I totally agree with everything you said!

    CeeCee replied

    I understood your wording…”who would be the next Will”, perfectly. It is what one refers to as a rhetorical question. I completely got where you were going, Montiralei.

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    Montiralei replied

    Thanks, CeeCee. I had hoped that a few people might figure out what I was trying to say there. Meanwhile, here I sit after having watched today’s episode. Such agony.

    Di replied

    The character of Will being written out has NOTHING to do with Guy Wilson. I’m fed up with people saying that it has. Get your facts right! Will was written out because the writers want to create story space for old characters (Bo, Patch, Andre, Shawn D, Belle). Other characters are being written out as well. The writers want the ‘old’ Days back. They hope that by doing this they will get better ratings. Big mistake in my opinion.

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    Montiralei replied

    Well, if they felt they had to kill off Will to make room for longtime favorites, I understand that. I don’t necessarily agree with it, but I do understand.
    But as you note, there are many who seem to believe that Guy Wilson is the reason Will was killed off. They are saying that he should have just been replaced and Will should have been kept alive. So I was simply wondering why they thought that a recast would improve the situation.

  3. Laura says:

    I am not a fan of the decision. Will is a legacy character and there are so few Hortons that carry the last name -it feels some of the legacy of the Hortons is going away too. Soon all the Hortons will be assimilated into other families legacies. DOOL needs more male Horton characters to keep pace with the Bradys, etc. Anyhow that’s a personal opinion.

    I hope when the writers take someone this big away -they give back with something. And I’m not talking about bringing back fan favorites. Will was an important character in soap history with the LGBT community so I hope that the show gives back to that community by giving Paul a stronger connection to the show. If Freddie can’t return -then recast Sonny in the future and make them a new power couple.

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    Margaret replied

    They should have made Will and Sonny a power couple, had the writer not desecrated Will’s character on the show, the two of them could have been great together as a power couple. Sad, a huge writer error imo.

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    Bob replied

    That has been my feelings since the character shifted in the effort to build “drama” for this awesome couple. It could have been SO good. Thanks to Guy Wilson and Freddie Smith for taking us on the four-year journey … amazing soap legacy.

    mary replied

    I agree.People were so hateful to him.I guess they got what they wanted.

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    CeeCee replied

    Not true, Mary. That’s not fair. As I said, I am one who bitched and complained. But, none of us wanted Will dead. There is a difference between accepting an actor who is not connecting, to wanting a legacy character killed off. I resent that. I have not read one comment where someone said he/she was happy to see Will gone. So, measure your words before posting, with all due respect.

    Montiralei replied

    CeeCee: Sorry, but Mary is not entirely wrong. Many people–and you admit that you are among them–loathed Guy Wilson as Will and wanted him gone. He was FIRED. So, in that sense, the Anti-Guy brigade did get what they wanted.
    It is most unfortunate that Will was killed off. We agree on that. But Will has been recast about 6-7 times in 22 years. Probably more than any other character on the show. Apparently, Corday and team are tired of trying.

    elm51 replied

    mary – i have seen posts on some message boards where viewers were saying really negative comments about the character of will – some have even said they need to kill him off and this started when he cheated on sonny – so you are correct there were a lot of will haters out there in cyber land………….

    Franck replied

    CeeCee She doesn’t have to measure her words, not her fault if you can’t handle the truth! People like you who have been mercilessly hating on Guy/Will should really keep quiet now. Your got what you wanted! You really thought TPTB didn’t pay attention to your hate ?! Smh..

    Jeremy replied

    I’m definitely feeling you, Laura. Will was for sure an important character in soap history. I’ve read that evidently, one of the writers has no use for the Paul character? I sure hope this is not the case.
    I would welcome a recast Sonny for sure, I love Freddie, but feel Sonny is essential in story. He co-owns TBD with Chad and has Justin and Adrienne around. I’d love to see Robert Gorrie take over as new Sonny.

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    Sarah replied

    @Laura A Sonny & Paul pairing would be an insult to Will so no! Get Paul a new love interest be done with it!!
    But Days seems to have no interest in a gay storyline anyway so i guess it doesn’t really matter.

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    CeeCee replied

    Thank you, Sarah. That is the most true statement on this site. It wasn’t Guy who presented the issue, but what/who Will represented. For those who bandy blame around that the dislike for Guy was the cause of Will’s death is ridiculous. It was because Will was gay. We barely see Paul, Sonny is not on the scene….and so on and so forth. It was the gay storyline which bothered many posters. I have berated many a poster with bigoted views….that is the point. All the gay characters; one by one, are being pulverized. There is the issue, not the fact that we did not like Guy…it’s because of those complainers who directly stated they did not want gays on the show.
    You deserve a medal for saying it like it is, Sarah.

  4. mary says:

    This is the best example of horrible writing and terrible decision making in Days history,and that’s saying a lot.This is simply unforgivable.Corday and company have crossed a line with this one.I hope this doesn’t murder the show,but there’s a part of me that no longer cares.

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    Brenda replied

    I agree with everything you say.. Have watched for many many years but don’t care now.

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    22Jeanie replied

    I agree also, if they wanted to get rid of him why not simply let him move to Paris to be with Sonny! Huge mistake Days!

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  5. richard says:

    I also agree that this is extremely short sighted writing. Can gay couples not ever get a happy ending?? The writing of this character has been horrible for over a year and DAYS should really be ashamed of themselves. Ted Corday has said when you die now, you’re dead. So they kill Samantha Brady’s son?? For a no name character like Ben?? WTH!!!! They will regret this. They ran with Shawn/Belle/Phillip/Chloe for years and Shawn and Belle are just NOW returning. He could’ve been sent away IMO. Chloe has suffered from horrible writing but they didn’t kill her off. This just sucks alll the way around. This is how u celebrate the 50th anniversary?? And I have a feeling they will be killing off Bo Brady as well. The future is not bright for DAYS at all.

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    richard replied

    How come gays don’t get happy endings on soaps?? Same thing was done with Noah/Reid/Luke on ATWT. Reid died tragically and Noah and Luke did not reunite!! It’s like they trot out gay storylines for sensationalism and short term story. SAD!!

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    Lorenzo replied

    I agree with you Richard, Days made a huge mistake in killing Will Horton. They should have killed off Eve Donovan, not Will. Days is in trouble mark my words Days will be cancelled next year. I hope I am wrong. Sonny and Will should have left town together.

    CeeCee replied

    Yeah, richard….the same could be said about Brad and Lucas on GH. That storyline was left in mid-air. Everything is about either Sonny, stupid Dillon/Maxie movie or Lulu’s undying love for her cheating husband.

  6. 4ever DAYS says:

    Too many people wanted too many different things. Too much infighting among DAYS fans led to the death of Will Horton.

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    Jeremy replied

    You got it exactly, 4ever DAYS. That was most likely the mindset of the DAYS big bosses.
    Too many complainers, moaners, and now we have NO WILL. No CM, no GW. No more. It is what it is. We’ll see if this is a good or bad move with ratings, and with the upcoming renewal or no renewal for the show.

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    Jay replied

    Let’s be real though. Most of the moaning was coming from bitter CM fans. I hate that Will dies but i’m glad they’re not getting their precious CM back! Everybody lose.

    CeeCee replied

    Oh, Jeremy. I feel so guilty. I will fess up and say I was not happy with Guy. But, why go to the extreme? Couldn’t TPTB send him abroad to visit Sonny, or something? I don’t like thinking I am partially responsible….I have this terrible ache in my chest over losing Will. So sorry.

    Jeremy replied

    CeeCee, no need to feel guilty. really. this blog is great because it allows us all to offer our own viewpoints. I believe everything happens for a reason. Everything is as it should be. I think it all started when Freddie Smith got his DUI last fall, as a result of that unfortunate event, he possibly left the role of Sonny to get a handle on his personal issues and to also pursue other work opportunities. And, Guy got loads of continuous negative criticism and I think it was the result of Freddie’s exit and, all the Will fans wanting Chandler back. I do believe DAYS made a big-time mistake in killing off Will. I have yet to see Friday’s and Monday’s episode, however, we’ll all have to see how story plays out. Things happen for a reason, so perhaps six months from now, we’ll understand and hopefully see what Salem looks like post Sonny & our beloved Will.

    CeeCee replied

    Thank you, dear, Jeremy. I have not been part of this ‘chat’ board for long; possibly a year. Assuming Days tapes six months ahead of time, Will’s demise was already in the works. You are probably right on the mark when you say that ‘thing’ have been going downhill since Freddie’s DUI.
    You have a way of putting everything in perspective…..so reasonable. I feel better. Thanks, again.

  7. MeganLA says:

    He didn’t even have the courage to speak out against the new head writers’ disgustingly homophobic agenda. They’re killing a legacy gay charater, the first married gay man on daytime TV that he has been working with – as Sonny – for years and that’s all he has to say, even calling it a “good closure” in the beginning? I guess he really doesn’t care about anything than his own “market value” and his cream business.

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    John replied

    I agree Megan, the “good closure” comment irked me! I guess he didn’t care that much about the story, he got what he wanted ( an emmy) and left to do a horror movie & sell some cream! So disappointed.

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    4ever DAYS replied

    I thought Freddie meant that it was good that there was closure.

    Will called Sonny to tell him how sorry he was. He took responsibility. Sonny decided he could’nt stay away from Will any longer.

    The storyline twist is Will and Sonny didn’t get to see each other again, but there was and will be closure…Will realizing how wrong he was and Sonny wanting to see him and now Sonny will see him for one last time.

    It’s a sad reminder to all…Don’t delay acceptance, responsibility and forgiveness because time may run out.

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  8. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    What is done is done…either watch or quit watching…over the years i quit watching many soaps because of cast changes and when certain characters were killed off like Days Bob Anderson back in 1980 and AWs John Randolph in 1979 only to come back and watch theses shows again…Days improved but AW went downhill…in the late 1990s i stopped watching both along with GH…but now with so few soaps left thats a harder decision to make because when they are gone they are gone…be carfeul of what you wish for!

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    davlestev1 replied

    TELL EM jimh but they still won’t listen. .they’ll rant and rave the last four shows into cancelation and that will be that. ..love em or hate em. .you’ll surely miss them when all the negativity and viewer tune out leads to all talk show’s all the time

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    Mary SF replied

    Well all I know is that I was moved to tears by watching today’s show of Days, and I cannot remember the last time that happened on that show. Sometimes weather we like it or not, killing a main character, one that viewers cared about is the only way for a show to move out of predictable melodrama and into great drama. Yes, killing a beloved character or a child is a lazy way to create that drama, but soaps do it because it works. I haven’t been this riveted to Days in a long time– so hopefully, viewers will stay, because I do believe daytime dramas are still the best way to tell great stories that I can invest in–

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Right now im not too happy with GH and i occasionally tune in…ill complain about this and that but i dont hate the show because once in awhile i still find it somewhat entertaining and far better than whats on my other 200 channels…soaps have long been my favorite genre and i hate to see the final 4 gone…i dont watch the cbs soaps often but im glad they are there just in case the two i normally watch are ever cancelled then maybe ill tune them in more..and like you i feel exactly the same about Days…Wills death was like loosing a family member…i felt bad for Lucas…i havent been that emotionally involved in a long time!

    Mark replied

    I agree with you 100%.

    4ever DAYS replied

    So true, Mary! I was so sad for Will and everyone else on today’s episode. I’m sure it “Will” be an epic week of episodes!!!!!

  9. Victoria says:

    killing off Will does make a good story temporarily but it was short sighted and I think a BIG mistake… it will definitely turn off viewers and drive them away. Will is a legacy character. this is a character we have seen pre-birth to death…. it was a mistake

    I am glad FS returned for Will’s funeral but I do not think a recast should happen. CM fans ripped apart GW and I would hate to see that happen to a Sonny recast ( whether he was talented or not). I think GW did a good job, handled his critics well and he deserved a better exit story.

    This whole thing looks like days’ new writers are homophobic.

    and lastly the last thing I want to see is Paulson — ick

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    blake replied

    This seems like mostly Dena Higley’s writing, she didn’t care to write for any gay story with Will when she was there and it’s interesting that she was let go a few months after. It could have been a higher up in the network that made the decision, sometimes they force producers and writers to do things. I don’t know if we’ll ever find out who is responsible for Will being killed off.

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    4ever DAYS replied

    If I were to venture a guess…TPTB at Sony…Y&R doesn’t have gay characters/storylines.

    Some fans of DAYS, GH and B&B have asked on many occasions why Y&R is gayfree.

    Lina replied

    You’ve said it all, Victoria! I totally agree.

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  10. Kathy says:

    I think was so wrong that they did this. They should of let him go off and be with Sonny, not kill him off if they wanted Guy Wilson out. I liked Guy Wilson and Will. He will be missed.

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    blake replied

    You are right that they should have just wrote him off to be with Sonny, but I guess they wanted to shock everyone killing him off. It is sad.

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    Gary replied

    I like Guy Wilson too, I warmed up to him. Days of Our Lives made a big mistake in getting rid of Will and Paige. I also loved Paige.

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  11. MBmomof3 says:

    I really liked both Will & Sonny as individual characters and as a couple. I think there was a lot more to explore with these 2 young characters and stories to tell. They should have just backburned them for a bit while they showcased the vets during the anniversary storylines. I get that this is an incredibly compelling storyline right now, I just hope they do it justice because killing off Will is almost as bad as killing Sami or Lucas IMO. Maybe moreso.

    I do wish both Guy Wilson and Freddie Smith all the best and say thanks for sharing your talent with us.

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  12. elm51 says:

    i listened live yesterday to the special spotlight on interview – i called in & got a chance to speak to freddie – he is such a gracious & humble individual…………..

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    blake replied

    That’s awesome that you got to talk to him!

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    Veronica replied

    Me too. He was so nice and the interview was great.

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  13. michael says:

    RIPWillHorton THE WRITERS MADE A HUGE MISTAKE.
    @THEguywilson AND HIS ICONIC CHARACTER WILL HORTON DESERVED BETTER
    THAN THIS. THE WRITERS BEAUTIFULLY CREATED A WONDERFUL SAME SEX
    RELATIONSHIP. AND HAVE TOTALLY DESTROYED IT. I THINK IT WOULD HAVE
    BEEN MORE SATISFYING TO HAVE WILL AND SONNY WORK OUT THEIR
    PROBLEMS, AND HAVE THEM BOTH WRITTEN OFF TOGETHER, WITH THE
    POSSIBILITY OF RETURNING. THERE WAS NO JUSTIFICATION FOR KILLING
    OF THIS ICONIC CHARACTER, NO MATTER WHO PLAYED THE ROLE.
    I LIKED GUY WILSON IN THE ROLE, HE MADE IT HIS OWN. THE TRUTH IS
    IT WOULD HAVE HARD FOR ANYONE TO FILL CHANDLER MASSEY’S SHOES.
    THE HATE THAT WAS DIRECTED AT GUY WILSON WAS HORRIBLE.
    THE WRITERS HAD MADE HIM SUCH AN UNLIKABLE CHARACTER. I THINK THAT IS ON THEM, NOT GUY WILSON.

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    kelly replied

    Why are you yelling?

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    elm51 replied

    i liked guy also – he did the best he could do with the crap writing he was given – i fault the writers & tptb for this unnecessary debacle……………..

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  14. Steve says:

    Ok so the writing of the last two years and a bit took Will in a different direction (even towards the end of Chandler’s contract), and Guy’s portrayal was quite, well, different and I’ll leave it at that. All of that can be fixable in due time, if you don’t kill the character. Send him away to research and write another article. Wouldn’t take much imagination or work. Leave an option, a glimmer of hope for some future redemption. Oops, too late.

    Axing a character is in the end a business decision, and we can agree or disagree. What I find in poor taste (and as a 180 to how the early Will and Sonny story was done in a positive, respectful, sensitive manner) is the graphic portrayal of the violent death that was chosen as his exit from the canvas. Especially when you realize it’s within days of the anniversary of Mathew Shepard’s murder, and NCOD. Could be just a coincidence. Just like having a distraught Lucas show up at the murder scene wearing a red necktie…

    Back to the original topic, i thought Freddie’s AfterBuzz interview was good, some funny moments, some touching moments, and what I expected from Freddie who in those interviews always comes across as an easy going down-to-earth nice guy. The plaid shirt was a nice touch ;) .

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  15. Veronica says:

    I believe that the interview was great. The Dishin Days guys were awesome as usual and Freddie was great.

    As for Days killing off the legacy character of Will, I think it’s a huge mistake! I know that there were many fans who never warmed up to Guy, I thought he did great with what he was given. The writing over the last year made Will a character you no longer wanted to root for….and then when it looks like he has finally stopped blaming everyone else for his mistake, he leaves that message for Sonny and then…boom! Gone

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  16. Llanviewer717 says:

    I just finished watching today’s episode. Hats off to Rafe and Hope and Lucas. They brought me to tears.

    I am still very upset that Will was killed. If TPTB wanted to back away from the gay story line, Will and Sonny should have reconciled and gone off into the sunset together. Or keep them on the back burner until they recast the part of Sonny. I feel both characters are important to the show.

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  17. PGP says:

    Killing will probably was a dumb move. Much like killing Maureen Bauer on GL and Frankie Frame on AW. On a side note, love having Gabby back!

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  18. Jillian says:

    This is not a question of personalities. This has absolutely nothing to do with CM or GW. It is the killing of a legacy character that we literally saw grow up, go through stages, struggles, pains, joys and dreams. It is about an endless search of oneself that a lot of us identify with. It is about being human and about living. To me personally it is like losing a son that I would have loved to see pick up the pieces again.

    I am sorry Freddie, I do not accept your lame excuse. Even in your last interview right after you won your Emy, you said that as a person, you will always choose Paul. You found Guys character immature. As a woman whose been married 29 years and started much younger than Will Horton did, you do not focus on the bad, you work it out. You embrace everything about the person, flaws and all. Yes, I say you stick it out. The sins of Will are nothing close to unforgiveable, too lame in fact. They call him Sami2 or Sami-like, yikes I will be insulted if I am Sami. Sonny left his daughter not because he can’t stand Will, but because he was conflicted up to the very end. He used Wills shenanigans as a cop out. He made a promise to his interloper EX while making Will feel that it was all his fault. The writers ruined WilSon’s ground breaking love story and you as a person fully support it. Sad to see that you do not have the balls like Ali Sweeney did and speak out her true feelings about this. I guess you are securing a possible return, a PaulSon possibility. Can’t blame you, money changes everything….

    I hope Guy even once, choose to be really candid and open about how he feels about the beyond stupid writing that methodically and deliberately destroyed WilSon, particularly Will and threw away all that it represents. Stick it to them Guy in your usual super smart way!!!

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  19. Jamesj75 says:

    On top of everything else, they killed off poor Will when he had a cold… Now, that’s COLD!!

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    Jim Anderson replied

    Yes, you could tell that Guy was battling a sore throat or some kind of sinus infection – he was a real trouper to do the difficult scenes anyway.
    Although many compared his version of the character of Will to the previous actor’s performance and complained, I primarily knew Will through Guy’s portrayal and thought he did fine in the role.
    The scene was certainly frightening and compelling and I was really hoping Will would somehow escape…which unfortunately he did not.

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    Jamesj75 replied

    Thanks for your reply, Jim! With Guy Wilson being under the weather, it must have made his final scenes even more difficult. I’m in the minority in that I wasn’t as impressed by he previous actor in the role of Will; I thought that Chandler Massey was constantly smiling inappropriately in his scenes, and it was unnerving. What did Guy Wilson in was not his acting but the writing. The character went from being someone with rooting value to a conniving, whiny jerk.

  20. code85 says:

    Everybody whose is whining about a soap character, which I like by way and did wanted him kill off. But im gonna complain and whine over this and say I not gonna watch because Will, E.j and Jack were kill off. I just wanted to watch my favorite show. I was Sami fan and she just return. I didn’t stop watching after she left. I see as show, not real life. Because I have lost two people this year. That is what matters. This show has been changing the past 50 years.

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    code85 replied

    Im not gonna whine over this.

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  21. 4ever DAYS says:

    Today’s episode of DAYS was brilliant!!!!! The hourglass has lava in it!!!!!

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    Mary SF replied

    It was one of best episodes I’ve seen on Days. Soaps kill off beloved characters for one reason only– it works. It creates instant drama and viewers cannot help but empathizes with the characters on screen. I was watching when Lucas found out Will was his child, saw him play with Will as baby, so I cannot watch the character Lucas finding out that child is dead without being sweep right into that character’s pain. It is that emotional involvement one can only get when one watches a show, not just for a few weeks or months or years, but decades. When the characters of Serena and Paige were murdered who cared, but Will dying, now I’m involved– like I said soaps do this because it works

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    4ever DAYS replied

    Absolutely, Mary!

    Paige’s murder did upset me though, because she was crapped on by Eve and JJ. Her own mother and boyfriend slept together and Paige was murdered! That’s cold.

    As for Serena…If I remember her name a few years from now, I probably won’t know how to spell it. LOL!

    We all will definitely remember Will!

    maddiehayes replied

    Totally agree! So much happening in one episode! This is the way DAYS used to be! Loved the voiceover of Will’s message to Sonny while the police were dealing with Will’s death. Brian Dattilo gave the performance of his career! So realistic and heartbreaking. Meanwhile, Patch, putting two-and-two together re: Bo. Sami showing up, looking like a fierce mother bear .. the ending, with Chad confronting Ben .. I cannot wait to see what’s in store for today!

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    4ever DAYS replied

    Today’s episode is another brilliant episode!!!!! Can the hourglass stand the heat?!

  22. Rj says:

    Sorry they are ending the Wilson relationship. Over the last years, this was one of the best storylines and relationships. Seems they have a good relationship going, and then they destroy. I have seen this before. Sorry they are ‘killing’ off Will.

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  23. Jim Anderson says:

    I guess this won’t be a popular post, but if Freddie hadn’t vacated the role of Sonny to begin with, this might not be happening – maybe that is far fetched but it’s how I feel. He certainly has a right to “move on” and pursue other avenues of the acting world, but I felt like it left the character of Will slightly adrift.
    The Producers COULD have done a re-cast of Sonny and kept the couple together showing that they had the same up’s and down’s of every other couple. Instead, it seems like this “killing of Will” is a genuine COP OUT. It doesn’t seem to me that the current writing team ever had any intention of continuing on with Will and Sonny.

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    Jamesj75 replied

    Jim, I totally agree with your analysis. What makes matters worse is that now the character of Paul is also adrift. His main connection is as John’s son. If the writers wanted to do so, they could tell a love story of Paul and Derrek. Sadly, I don’t see that happening.

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    maddiehayes replied

    I would have rather seen Sonny killed off than Will. :(

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  24. josh says:

    Some of you are pathetic. Any reason to be mad, angry. Such is the days of our real lives, the world we live in today. Looking for a reason to be a victim, always “offended”. Whatever, grow up! I’m a gay man, so don’t even start with the ideas/thought police b.s.

    This is a freaking soap opera. At 50, they are honoring the show’s history and putting a modern spin on the most famous daytime serial killer of them all, the Salem Strangler. Did anyone see the original story? It’s scary, even today; and the modern version is pretty creepy itself, if I do say so.

    Having a serial killer for the sake of a serial killer is bad writing. This is story driven, and this murder has huge impact that drives story beyond just this event. He’s a legacy character and beloved child from 2 of the show’s core families.

    Gay/straight/orange/purple, it doesn’t matter. To define Will as just “gay” is what’s insulting. To treat him like a victim is insulting. Allowing this character to be part of the fabric and folklore of this iconic show, not defined just by orientation, is honorable.

    By the way, where’s the righteous indignation at all the women who have been brutally murdered on this and other shows for the sake of entertainment?

    On another note more pertinent to the show than someone’s sexuality, I have a hard time believing that the show did the reveal so quickly. However, if Ben is really the strangler, then the impact is different but still creepy, especially as he torments over each murder and shares his bed with the unsuspecting Abby.

    People: please start to enjoy these shows and stop being so offended and mean and assuming what people’s motives are, that they are the worst. I don’t want my entertainment dictated by the thought police and demographic sensitivities. We already live in that ridiculous gone-wrong version of America. I won’t have my escape from that stupid madness be ruined as well because a bunch of weak-minded individuals decided to be a part of a demographic group so that they could be “offended”.

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    maddiehayes replied

    Exactly. Soaps should, number one, be entertaining. They have “offended” many a group, myself, as a Christian, included. They can’t please everybody!

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    MeganLA replied

    Interestingly, the “thought police” published your disgusting homophobic bullsh** (and hey, doesn’t matter if you’re gay, there are many self-hating gays out there), but not my thorough critique of Griffith and Higley. So much for that.

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    Patrick replied

    using the word Pathetic is offly strong…

    VISIONary… be it audience … or the behind the scenes… production team(s)

    I never expect that the behind the scenes guys would actually listen to fan sensation

    I”m with you 100% : your last para is stunning

    1. “… People: please start to enjoy these shows ”

    2. “…I won’t have my escape from that stupid madness be ruined as well because a bunch of weak-minded individuals decided to be a part of a demographic group ”

    ummhhh… weak-minded individuals… In this forum… being what it is… naysayers and Nielson champion

    from one spectrum to the other… layers of mind

    mingling if we dare

    this forum is replete with “GREAT” idealistic persons!

    I gravitate to this blog… to mix… stir?

    my one beef? the christian attitude… can i finagle and probe your first rite of passage?

    left

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    Patrick replied

    just when I think i’ve got a fixation… on the platform ideals

    zingers and firestorm… zap myself rendered

    and bounce back

    which in no way lessens my post

    Patrick replied

    dullard mode: “rite of passage”

    my intent…. “right of passage” as in… like it’s your way or the highway… as all sinners simply don’t stand a chance

    Patrick replied

    “… Did anyone see the original story? It’s scary, even today “

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  25. Maria nielsen says:

    First time I’ve Seen the show, and like it very.much..great seeing Freddie Smith!!

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  26. Michael says:

    Such a waste of a wonderful character. Guy was a pretty terrible actor, but if they react they could have developed so much story. Days has never used aging actors well, and the influx of returning old timers us just not going to work. Patch and Bo were successful, Jin part, because of their youthful energy. As middle aged men, who have not been consistently on the canvas for ages, the Patch and Bo returns will not work.

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  27. Vicky says:

    I so agree that the writing sucked and ruined Will. After Sonny (Freddie”) current stint is over, I’m gone. What are they going to do with Paul? Surely, they won’t be low class enough to show him and Sonny getting together. This is what always happens to gay characters on show. Have any of them had a happy ending? Seems all the gay storylines are ruined and the characters are never happy.

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  28. joe siti says:

    I think the writers mad a hug bad mistake by killing of Will (GUY) none of fans expected to see this to happened It was a sad and emotional to watch today’s episode as it will be all week. They wanted to get rid of a wonderful great Gay Story line and move in another direction it might work it might not but by killing off a long time character is not the answer.over the last 4-5 years we enjoyed a great story line of two people going through life together there ups and downs,joys laughter,tears they had together by watching it,it has help a lot of people in there own personal way.And now it has come to an end. When they let Chandler go everything seem to change every cast member was not the same any more that was also a big mistake by letting Chandler go Freddie and Chandler made the show and history by bringing us a great love story,they won the Emmy in 2013 best day time soap that year,Chandler won 3 Emmy and Freddie won 1 for playing the part and gave all 100 percent to a great story with a lot of great memorable moments of them that will always be there and never be forgotten. all good things comes to an end Life goes on. My own personal thought I think Freddie wanted to leave because he didn’t like the way the story line was going even tho he wanted to do other things in his Life, to me after Chandler left he wasn’t acting the same any more you can tell there was a big change in him. Getting back to Guy (WILL) it will a sad and an emotional week on Day’s I will have tears in my eyes and tissues handy, I hated to see him go he is a go actor.

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  29. Patrick says:

    “…It looked like Lucas, wanted to collapse, in Marlena’ arms…. and , she… likeminded”

    Gabs opening scenes, (plus) slayed me

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    Patrick replied

    “oh, God” please listen to the music…. as AS’ Sami enters

    that violin music… is that not an ode to these irish eyes are smiling

    as Marlena and John envelop their (group) hug with Sami

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    Patrick replied

    it may not have been these irish eyes are smiling

    but AS stoic going through the motions eyes revealing nothing

    what a scene

    Patrick replied

    Tuesday ep:

    “Sami’s ORBIT”

    as she’s sitting with Hope… w/Lucas by her side

    the first words out of Sami mind…. she returns

    “RIGHT now… I don’t understand”

    “I need you to explain…”

    bravo and kudos to the nuWRITING TEAM (s)

    simply lauding how real Alison Sweeney journey makes Sami

    I cry

    it’s an all out threshold of will

    Patrick replied

    Sami to Will (in the morgue)

    Sami : “how does he look”

    Lucas: “he looks like our boy”

    Sami: ” I wish we’d done better:
    Lucas : “we got better, we did”

    despite

    Patrick replied

    Sami to Lucas:

    “our” son deserved…. “More”

    Life

  30. Tom Jones says:

    Maybe Will’s death was a ruse, and he will end up being alive later on.

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  31. Denise says:

    Hi I’m sad because killing off Will was a big mistake..Because Sonny and Will made a good team.I loved watching them both..They are both good looking guys to me.& them girls need them both.They make good dads.

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  32. Charles says:

    The character f will is 19 or 20 yrs old he was born in 95 or 96

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  33. Engrady Pind says:

    Since Sonny is gone from the canvas killing off Will leaves a hole in the age group which will be filled with the to be SORAsed younger set, ie. Chase, Cierra, Theo.

    I was not pleased to see Sami make her robotic entrance at the end of yesterday’s episode. I can’t stand the character, and yes, I understand she is Will’s mother and must be present. I just hope she takes herself back to California as soon after the funeral as possible. The character’s drama queen theatrics and self-righteous indignation never appealed to me.

    Justin and Adrienne have 3 other sons. If she show is hurting for stories, bring on some more Kiriakis boys.

    I will be glad to see the end of Ben and his father. I really want someone to rub Kate’s face in it all.

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  34. Queerbec says:

    It will be interesting to see if any of the new SORAS’ed kids are gay. If not, then that will confirm that DAYS has absolutely no interest in LGBT storylines. We never hear about the amount of hate mail that SONY and the networks get from certain Christian groups. and if that has any impact on the lack of LGBT storylines. Look at the English and European soaps, they have elaborate gay storylines well integrated into the overall story, often taking front burner. America’s hypocritic propriety keeps such interesting and dramatic stories from airing here. I have heard that there is one soap producer who has said, “there will never be a gay storyline on my show” and I just wonder who that is. I am sure the soap bloggers know all about that, but are too afraid to mention it, as they need to maintain good relationships with all of the producers.

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    Patrick replied

    which is why I earnestly post… damned the christian credence… this everlasting ideal holds

    I purport a solid ground for me?

    “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”

    integrate souls

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  35. Gmbenet says:

    I haven’t seen the AfterBuzz TV video yet but in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest, Freddie said Days told a great story regarding the death of Will Horton. Wondering now if Freddie is talking out of both sides of his mouth.

    In the Soap Opera Digest article, Freddie did not seem to be upset at all over the character of Will being killed off. Alison Sweeney was the one who was upset by it. She said so in very clear terms. Interesting to read what Freddie said as provided in the article above. Maybe the video will clarify.

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    Gmbenet replied

    I went back and re-read the article in Soap Opera Digest to see if my initial impression was accurate. Yes it was. I think Freddie was talking out of both sides of his mouth… However in fairness to Freddie, I do believe he was trying to be sensitive to the people who have been negatively affected by the death of Will Horton.

    Yes, filming the scenes he had to play, those scenes were sad ones for Sonny and the other characters involved. So emotions were at the forefront for all the actors involved. Crew members were also affected by what was being acted out. All of that is quite understandable. But Freddie also said in SOD that they were telling a great story.

    So it sounded like Freddie did not find the death of Will Horton as offensive as some would like to make it be. That is why I felt Freddie was talking out of both sides of his mouth.

    If Sonny goes back to Paris, I hope he meets a woman there who turns him straight. Then if and when he returns to Salem, it would be as a heterosexual. Now that would be a great story!

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  36. og of dool says:

    I have never commented on any topic online in my 57 years and this may not be a very popular opinion but I am very sad to see the character of Will gone. Especially since it appears to be a way of bringing Sami back, I don’t miss her character at all even Allison Sweeney is an excellent actress. I also think to make the statement she was on her way back because of E.J. cheapens Will’s loss for me. I have no idea what the writer’s were thinking but I can’t wait to see the end of that whole Weston group!

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  37. Jim Campbell says:

    Thank you for having Freddie on to set the closure on DOOL! We all wish freddie well!

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    4ever DAYS replied

    Today’s episode (10-14-15) was another stellar episode! Sonny arrives tomorrow!!!!!

    Side note:

    Sami is ready to smother Chad with a pillow, believing he murdered Will!!!!!

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    MBmomof3 replied

    RE: Sami, IKR? I hoped Sami would be the one to doubt Chad would actually murder Will. Why on earth would Chad murder Will of all people? C’mon people. Just because Chad is a DiMeara? Really!?

  38. Dollie says:

    I have been watching DOOL since I have been old enough to watch tv lol. I’m not too upset that Will is gone. I was never impressed with Guy playing Will. I will admit he went out with a bang, he acted his death scene perfectly. It is too bad that was his best acting since day one with the show (my opinion). I’m not just picking on Guy. I was not impressed when the “new” Chad and Eve started either but they really owned their characters and totally made me change my mind about them. Guy just never did that for me. In my opinion he is an “over”-actor. He just tried too hard but came out too fake. These new writers are spot on with their story lines and I know there are better ones to come in the future.

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