Though Days of our Lives fans knew it was coming weeks before it happened on-screen, the brutal murder of Guy Wilson's Will -- a legacy character and one of the first high-profile gay characters on the show -- caused quite an upheaval. Outraged fans took to social media to declare their disagreement and sadness over the controversial decision, as did the show's longtime star Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans). And now, Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady) has weighed in.
"Completely honestly, I was angry," she told Soap Opera Digest of the murder that brought Sami back to Salem. "I felt betrayed and hurt they were doing it. I had a crazy reaction that I didn't want to do it and I didn't want to go be part of it because I was upset. And then I felt like I went through the five stages of grief."
Though she wasn't thrilled with the turn of events that brought her alter ego back to the show, the actress explains she felt it was her duty to return and do the story justice. "I am sorry they did it but, of course, I had to go there and mourn... [I've disagreed with storylines in the past], but I always understood the motive behind them and the value of getting the audience riled up. But this particular story point is something that I just don't agree with and I didn't from the moment they told me. And I don't understand why they did it."
"I think there are other ways they could have handled it," she continues. "It breaks my heart that there is no Will anymore."
On a lighter note, Sami's presumed-dead lover, E.J., was mentioned on-screen last week, prompting rumors that the beloved character's popular portrayer, James Scott, will soon be returning to the canvas. Reps for the show haven't released any details, but the actor himself teased that there's a chance he could come back to Salem. Shortly after he and Sweeney reunited for a Syrian refugee last month, he tweeted, "#ejamiaintover."
Guy Wilson took over the role of Lucas and Sami's son in January of 2014 as a quick recast for Chandler Massey, a fan favorite who won three Emmys during his four-year portrayal of the character before deciding to step away from the show in early 2014.
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