None of these are in any way confirmed, but I’m putting them behind a cut because you know what they say: where there’s smoke, Hope’s house is probably on fire (again).
Let’s start with the most grounded one. Vincent Irizarry (Deimos) posted a photo of himself and Judi Evans on set… and there’s someone in the background who looks a hell of a lot like Freddie Smith (Sonny).
— Vincent Irizarry (@VincentIrizarry) February 3, 2016
When people began pointing that out, Irizarry went out of his way (multiple times) to clarify that it was “a stagehand” who bears a resemblance to Smith. There’s another Instagram post floating around in which (if you zoom in) it seems that Sonny might also be present in a scene taking place in a hospital room. Personally, I see the one in Club TBD totally being him, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all. There were a lot of rumors about Sonny being recast, but I never saw a casting call that fit the role, and Smith has been open to recurring (and possibly returning) from the moment he ended his contract run.
As for this next one…
There’s now speculation that Chandler Massey is returning as Will Horton. This all appears to have begun with the following post by his (former?) publicist, hinting at a possible return.
From what I can tell, this could all be total shit-stirring, though that seems like an odd thing for a publicist to do for no reason. So either Massey is coming back, or he wants to come back, or his ex-publicist is crazy and using him for attention in some way. The clues that Sonny is already back filming do bolster this theory, as does the recent renewal. I could definitely see Corday deciding that the backlash over Will’s death was harmful, or missing the acclaim that “WilSon” brought (which isn’t exactly being heaped on Days with its latest Philip/Belle/Shawn rehash). Corday also stated that any death that happened from September 2015 onward would stick, which is… not something I’d put much stock in, since this is Days. Also, I think it’s possible that part of NBC’s annoyance over the lag between filming and airing is that the show told them they were resurrecting Will, but he won’t be onscreen until, like, next fall.
If I had to place a bet, I’d say that there’s some kind of Sonny and Will reprise coming, possibly just short-term enough to reveal that Will is alive, reunite him with Sonny, and send them off into the sunset. And these ‘accidents’ on social media are actually calculated plants to get the word out there even though it’s far too early to spoil onscreen story.
And now for the final piece of speculation.
Rebecca Herbst, who has played Liz Webber since the late 90s on General Hospital, has apparently hit an impasse in negotiations with that show and is considering a role on Days. Though it wasn’t clear at first what role she might be up for, speculation seems to have zeroed in on Abigail, who’s definitely being recast once Kate Mansi exits. This seems entirely plausible, and Herbst is a strong actress. She did an incredible job with the tale of Liz’s rape… back in 1998, when she was playing a teenager. Yeah, she looks young, but she’s also 38, making her a full decade older than Mansi (whom I think is playing a few years younger than her actual age of 28). Even weirder, Martha Madison (Belle) actually stepped into Herbst’s role of Liz briefly while Herbst was out a few years ago. So basically: yes, this is probably happening, Melissa Reeves will be playing the mother of someone who’s eight years younger than her, and I’m sure we’ll have an announcement pretty soon.