Okay, “dead” might be an overstatement. I’m just trying to understand a mindset that decides Thrady is a go but Ericole is tossed aside.
But this isn’t really about my personal preferences. Let’s back up a little. When the Higriff team came on board, the couples on the show were John/Marlena, Justin/Adrienne, Eric/Nicole, Chad/Abby, Theresa/Brady, Hope/Aiden, JJ/Paige and Will/Sonny. You could also throw in Daniel/Nicole, Ben/Abby, and Paul/Sonny as potential alternative couplings.
Of all of these couples, only John/Marlena, Chad/Abby, and Theresa/Brady are still being written for. That seems like a very, very small number.
I have long theorized that shipper fanbases make up a much smaller percentage of the viewing audience than they imagine. I’ve also been reading the complaints of shippers for years on message boards, and let’s just say they have a tendency to get a little paranoid (“It’s obvious that TomSell HATE John and Marlena and want to DESTROY them!”) But I’m starting to wonder if the shippers have a point here. Is it really a good idea to dismantle so many couples all at once? I know Freddie chose to leave, so I understand WilSon (and PaulSon) were doomed – but did they have to blow it up forever by killing Will?
I can also respect the thought process that went into blowing up Haiden so Bo could get his sendoff, though I’m not sure I agree with it. Since it looks like they are indeed pursuing Rope, they essentially killed two fanbases in favor of a coupling that is untried and unproven.
(That said, I thought Hope and Rafe were electrifying today in their argument after the Russian roulette interrogation. Galen and Kristian played off of each other so well. They do have chemistry, I admit it! That doesn’t change my point, however.)
Regarding Ericole and Danicole, both couples have fans (though Ericole has more), but neither couple will be written for! Both men are being written out. If Nicole is sticking around, which she seems to be, they are scrapping everything and starting from scratch. Why? For Fynn?
With Thrady, I think they do have fans. I don’t dislike them. In fact, I keep trying to like them.
I think I am struggling with the fact that neither of them is well-defined as an individual. Theresa’s redemption seems sincere, but it’s awfully rushed. She hasn’t “paid” for her sins or done anything to make up for them. It’s good for us to see her striving to be a designer, but it all seems a little bit too easy for her. With Brady, they made a few noises in the right direction today, when he said he’s an addict who’s been living under his grandfather’s thumb. His departure from Titan, and Phillip’s arrival, might give Brady some definition outside of his love life — something he sorely needs.
That takes care of the characters and couples that Higriff inherited. Obviously, they must have plans for romances among the characters they have brought to the canvas. Steve and Kayla are having a lovely reunion story. JJ and Gabi are just getting started. And among Belle, Phillip, Shawn, Lani, Paul, Dario, Lucas, Fynn, Ava, Nicole, Eddy, Vincent Irizarry’s character, Jennifer, Justin, Adrienne, Kate — obviously there will be some new pairings here. The teens will get their romances too. But they have to start from nothing, and all at once. It just seems so risky!
And part of me applauds that. Sometimes soap writers play it safe and try to please everyone. That’s the way to write a bad show. I honestly would rather watch a coherent story with a couple I’m not rooting for, than an incoherent mess that features the couple I want. Make bold choices, tell the stories you want, and commit to them — don’t switch horses in midstream.
But another part of me doesn’t trust the show to know a good couple when it sees one. How can they make these choices without us? But they seem quite determined to do exactly that, so let’s hope they know what they’re doing.