Sonny comes out of the hypnosis quite troubled and believing more definitively that he did indeed commit murder. “It’s adding on,” notes Smith. “It’s all sinking in, and Sonny really starts breaking down.”
If he’s convicted of murder, “Sonny knows he’s not going to be able to see Ari. He’s not going to be able to see Paul. If he goes to prison for life, that’s it. He’s definitely feeling the pressure, but more than anything he’s fearing losing his daughter and his love.”
Standing By His Man
Paul, however, refuses to believe the man he loves is a killer. “He’s the one telling Sonny, ‘You didn’t do it,’” recounts Smith. “He’s the one offering Sonny positivity and support.”
Determined to prove Sonny’s innocence, Paul brings John [Drake Hogestyn] in to investigate. “They go out looking for who else could have done this,” says Smith. “They know it wasn’t JJ [Casey Moss], and now it’s all on Sonny.”
A New Suspect
The duo’s investigation does lead to a new suspect, and it’s a member of Sonny’s own Kiriakis family: the wild and wanton Xander (Paul Telfer). But is he actually the killer or just a red herring?
In the interim, Sonny begins helping his own case “as memories start to come back to him” from that fateful night. “Sonny will remember certain events that actually help his case,” teases Smith.
“He’ll have a moment where, for the first time, he’s like — wait a minute. Maybe I didn’t do it. That’s a big shift.”
And, in the end, it might prove Sonny’s innocence.
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