When Days Of Our Lives (DOOL) launched in 1965, there was a single core family — the Hortons. The Grants showed up in the 1970s, then promptly disappeared again. We didn’t see them again for over 30 years.
The 1980s proved more successful when it came to adding long-lasting clans. We got the Bradys — So. Many. Bradys.
We got the evil DiMeras. We got the exotic Kiriakis bunch. We got the hard-luck Johnsons. They’re all still around, in one form or another.
But except for the Mediterranean DiMeras (Italian) and Kiriakisi (Greek) — and they’re both evil (what a coincidence — who on the writing staff, had a really bad vacation?) — diversity wasn’t exactly a Salem priority. (See the unceremoniously dismissed Grants, above.)
Welcome to the 21st Century
Until the Hernandez family. They came… and they went. Mama and Papa Hernadez have already been written out. Dario (Jordi Vilasuso) is on his way out.
The only question is will it be thanks to Abigail (Marci Miller) kicking him in the butt or zipped tightly into a body bag?
Rafe and Gabi (Camilla Banus) are still around. Rafe is planning to marry Hope (Kristian Alfonso), and Gabi is in a relationship with Chad (Billy Flynn). Though how long either of those couples are destined to last is up in the air.
Should I Stay Or Should I Go?
Now you tell us: Should the Hernandez family stay in Salem?
Do they have what it takes to become core members like the Hortons, Bradys, and the rest? Can you imagine them hanging around for decades, adding members, mixing and mingling with the others until it all becomes borderline incest?
Or do you think Rafe (Galen Gering) and Gabi should follow Mama, Papa, and Dario out of town? Salem doesn’t need them, and you don’t need them.
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