On Days Of Our Lives, the minute Leo’s mother was revealed to be not just any Diana, but the Diana who had a long-term relationship with John (then believed to be Roman) in the 1980s, Salem savants could see where this was going.
So what if this Diana Cooper, as played by Judith Chapman, bore barely any resemblance to the Diana Colville once played by Genie Francis (Laura; General Hospital)? That’s not how soap biology works.
All the pieces are in place. Marlena’s (Deidre Hall) beloved grandson, Will (Candler Massey), is being kept from the love of his life, Sonny (Freddie Smith), by Leo (Greg Rikaart). And, according to Diana, Leo is John’s (Drake Hogysten) biological son.
But is he? Is he, really? Over 19000 fans had this to say:
Diana is a liar, 77% of you have no doubt about that. She’s obviously a lousy mother who raised an even lousier kid. Leo wouldn’t know the truth if it bit him, so why should Diana? Of course she’s only doing this to protect Leo and invest John in siding with him against Will… and Marlena.
It’s technically possible, 13% concede, but if Leo is supposed to be a replacement for Paul (Christopher Sean), you’re not buying.
Paul was an upstanding, good, noble man. He made a viable third wheel for the Sonny and Will triangle. He was root-able. Leo is none of those things. Making him John’s son won’t make him any more redeemable.
Too Close To Call
Maybe yes, maybe no, 9% of the audience shrugs. You suspect we won’t get the real, real story until The Powers That Be get a better sense of Leo’s popularity. Then, they can decide whether they want to keep him around and turn him into a potential love interest for Will or Sonny, or cut their losses and forget Leo ever existed.
Although with DAYS’ bizarre six-months-ahead tape schedule, the soap may never get a sense.
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