The Un-casting Continues
I thought this one would make me happy, but instead, my primary emotion is concern.
It’s been rumored for quite a while, and fueled by the fact that he has been silent on social media about the show, but Serial Scoop is now confirming that Guy Wilson is out as Will Horton. That’s the good news. The bad news (actual story spoilers, not just casting ones, follow):
Serial Scoop can now confirm Wilson’s departure, as well as the upcoming death of Will.
Even though viewers see Will die in the next month, it’s hard to believe a legacy character–the firstborn of Sami Brady, no less–would be axed from a show looking to beef up its next generation.
No. No no no. Guy Wilson proved to be weak casting as Will, and the scattered writing in recent months has done him zero favors. But killing off Will Horton is a truly dreadful idea. This is a legacy character with literally 20 years of story behind him. Send him off to live with Sami. Put him in a coma until you find a stronger actor and have a story to tell. Do not kill off a character like this. I’ve seen soaps do this on the road to cancellation. As the World Turns did it. Guiding Light did it. It is not worth it. Will, with a better actor and his history of significant stories, should be leading the next generation. They’ve finally shored up Abigail and Chad, but that doesn’t mean Will is disposable.
More than anything, it concerns me that TPTB seem to think that axing characters with lots of story potential in them, even if they aren’t working in their current incarnations, is the thing to do, in favor of replacing them with characters who have been beaten down by decades of this sort of chicanery. I’ve been vocal about loving the idea of having John, Marlena, Kayla, Steve, Hope, and Bo onscreen, but you can only wring so much story out of those characters and couples. They cannot carry a show on their own; they’ve been through too much. Will is a vehicle for producing story for Marlena, Kate, Lucas, Roman, Sami, and more. Maybe there’s some twist where his death is faked or he winds up in a long-term coma or something else, but if this is how he goes out — no matter how pleased I am to have Wilson off my screen and this version of Will gone — then I have serious worries about the storytelling instincts of the new regime.