And yes, that “K” is a hint…
First up: after weeks of rumors, it’s being officially reported that Vincent Irizarry (Deimos Kiriakis) is on his way out. From Soap Central:
Vincent Irizarry (Deimos Kiriakis) has wrapped up his stint at Days of our Lives, multiple sources have confirmed to soapcentral.com. While the news will come as a crushing blow to his fans, those fans can find some solace in knowing that the actor will continue airing well into mid-2017 due to DAYS’ production schedule.
What a comfort that this terrible character will still be on our televisions for months! Ugh. I’ve said plenty about what a disappointment Deimos has been; Irizarry should’ve been an asset to Days, but this entire year-plus of storyline has been a mess. He was set up as such a villain at first — which could’ve worked fine — but then they strangely backtracked, only they didn’t stop having him do villainous things. Instead, most people just ignored and excused his behavior. The recent writing clearly seems to be taking a turn toward painting Deimos as a black hat again, so maybe the climax of all this will be fun. But this show, and especially the character of Nicole, will be better off without this unfocused retcon stinking up the joint.
In other Kiriakis news, Paul Telfer (Xander Cook) is on his way back. Jason47 reports:
Fan favorite Paul Telfer will be returning to “Days of Our Lives” for an upcoming May Sweeps storyline. What trouble will Xander cause this time around, especially since everyone thinks the crazed Kiriakis is dead!
They left Xander’s exit pretty open-ended, and he has plenty of grudges left in Salem — notably against Victor, Nicole, and Brady — so I’m onboard for bringing back a charismatic actor in a wild-card role to shake things up. Since Deimos helped Xander fake his death and escape to Greece, I have to wonder if Xander’s return will tie in with or facilitate Deimos’s exit. Fingers crossed at least part of his stint is spent shirtless.
FYI, it’s unclear when Irizarry wrapped and whether the decision to write out Deimos came from outgoing head writer Dena Higley or the incoming team of Ron Carlivati and Sheri Anderson — but if it’s the new writers’ work, they’d be acting fast. Xander’s May sweeps appearance, based on timing, must be under Higley and Ryan Quan’s pens.