Days of Our Lives is about to pull the plug on Marlena, one of its most prolific characters, and her death could send the soap into a major tailspin.
The daytime drama without Marlena (Deidre Hall) would be like The Big Bang Theory without Sheldon, Grey’s Anatomy without Meredith, The Handmaid’s Tale without Offred. Unimaginable.
Plus, if the character does indeed bite the dust, it would have a ripple effect that would impact numerous Salemites. Here’s what Marlena’s death would mean to DAYS.
Have you ever thought about what John Black (Drake Hogestyn) would be like without “Doc” around? She’s the woman who met him as The Pawn — Stefano’s trained soldier and helped him transform into a loving, law-abiding hero.
John’s the man he is today because of Marlena’s love and belief in him. Without her by his side, he could go rogue and spiral down a dangerous path.
Sami vs. Belle
Should Marlena die, Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Belle’s sisterhood would be irreparable. Belle blames Sami for shooting their mom and putting her in the hospital.
But, Sami would blame Belle (Martha Madison) for literally killing their mother by producing the DNR paperwork that led to Marlena being taken off life support. It’s a standoff that would be hard to mend, let alone ever resolve.
Marlena’s the one who brokered peace between feuding stepbrothers Eric (Greg Vaughan) and Brady (Eric Martsolf), bringing them together by coaxing them to walk her down the aisle at her ill-fated wedding.
With Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) determined to tell Eric the truth about why Nicole (Arianne Zucker) dumped him – Brady blackmailed her! — things are destined to get ugly between the two men again. And this time Marlena won’t be around to solve their conflict.
Then there are Dr. Marlena Evans’ patients. When Abigail (Marci Miller) was going through her multiple madness, Marlena is the one she turned to for help and support.
Meanwhile, Ben (Robert Scott Wilson) counts the town’s resident shrink as his most adamant supporter. She’s the one who deemed him sane, was instrumental in getting him released from the mental hospital, and stood up for him against Hope (Kristian Alfonso). Marlena’s absence in her patients’ lives will be irreplaceable.
Days of our Lives (DOOL) airs weekdays on NBC. Check your local listings for airtimes.