The “Fun” in Funeral
I have a lot of good things to say about Will’s funeral.
Like that it existed at all. Like that they populated the seats with contract and recurring characters, so that even though some people were absent — Justin and Adrienne were the most glaring to me, because Sonny had such a central role — you kept finding familiar faces in the crowd. Like how the camera panned around during the eulogies, landing on different characters who’d be affected by this death in different ways. Like that wonderful embrace between Sami and Kate that said so much without much dialogue at all. Like how the actual Brady Pub set (interior and exterior!) returned for the wake.
I also have a lot of other things to say. Like what in the ever-loving fuck was everyone on about with regards to Will’s legacy of amazing writing? “I’m so glad Arianna will be able to read his tabloid-trash exposés on his relatives when she grows up!” It just made a point of how hollow the adult version of Will has been. He stands for a lot, as a son, a grandson, a husband, a father, a gay man, etc., but they didn’t quite succeed in properly developing him as a full character, which weakened the “WilSon” coupling a bit (if they weren’t the show’s first same-sex couple, I don’t think they’d have been considered a supercouple in any way). Regardless of that, though, it was an insane choice to have multiple people nattering on about Will’s brilliant, insightful, truthful writing in which he basically called his cousin a homewrecking whore and later proved himself to be a fickle slut.
Speaking of insane:
André’s grand reentrance to Salem society — during Will’s wake — was completely wacko. This guy is so clearly a raving maniac, and it’s absolutely ridiculous how they haven’t even bothered to explain how he’s actually alive or how he is Stefano’s son (“My mother, who has no name, wrote a letter to me, a dead man, to inform me RANDOMLY of this secret she’d kept for 50 years!”). That said, I kind of didn’t mind.
It’s been a while since we had one of these bonkers scenes where all the Salemites stand around trying to figure out what in the hell is going on, and I loved all the little asides — “Read up on the Salem Stalker!” and “Is this the guy who made you think Dad was dead?” among others. It reminded me of André’s return in 2002 (when he was pretending to be Tony… because the show didn’t decide it was André until years later), with all of Salem gathered at the Penthouse Grille expecting Stefano to return, only to be shocked by his very-much-alive son. I have no idea what André is even doing, but at least this was fun — and it was a smart way to play out Will’s funeral without spending an entire episode with people just crying and consoling one another, because I think we’ve had enough of that for now.
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