Days of Our Lives (DOOL) has been doing the slow build when it comes to revealing that Will is still alive — and here’s the reason why.
In the November 13 issue of Soap Opera Digest, Head Writer Ron Carlivati revealed exactly why he’s paced it the way he has over these last few months.
“I wanted there to be some sort of adventure to the ‘Will is back from the dead’ story, so a bunch of our favorite characters pack their bags and head down to Memphis in search of Will.”
Which makes perfect sense if you remember some of the good old DAYS of the past, where it seemed like your favorite couples were always heading off on some kind of adventure, often propelled by something Stefano (the late Joe Mascolo) had done. In some ways, this isn’t all that different.
After all, Stefano is still felt within this story thanks to Dr. Rolf’s (Will Utay) involvement. As we know, he was instrumental in so many of the Stefano’s past schemes.
Finally, someone from Salem knows that he’s alive for sure, but Paul (Christopher Sean) is keeping it to himself for now, once again prolonging things.
“What he’s doing, why he’s in Memphis, what condition he is in, remains for the audience to see. We were careful and picked and chose our moments about who sees him when, in some way saving the best for last,” revealed Carlivati.
This is classic soap opera storytelling, which — while some may find it frustrating — harkens back to the heyday of soaps, when instant gratification wasn’t on the agenda and instead you had to wait, wait, and wait some more for huge moments.
It looks like this will be the best of both worlds as spoilers reveal that Sonny (Freddie Smith) sees Will (Chandler Massey) by the end of the week. So, viewers get the treat of that reunion while still waiting for Will to be reunited with his parents, Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Lucas (Bryan Dattilo)–and the rest of his family.
It’s the stuff that makes soap operas great, and we can’t wait to watch it all unfold — one delicious morsel at a time.
Days of our Lives (DOOL) airs weekdays on NBC. Check your local listings for airtimes.