SON SHINES FOR WILL
It looks like a Salem love match will be resurrected for Will and Sonny after all!
HOW they fell in love
A rm friendship formed on high school graduation day quickly led to mutual attraction as Will (Chandler Massey) learned Sonny (Freddie Smith) was openly gay. Despite sharing similar feelings, Will couldn’t yet be honest about his sexuality, even though his grandmothers Marlena (Deidre Hall) and Kate (Lauren Koslow) had unconditionally accepted him. An attempt at a heterosexual relationship with Gabi (Camila Banus) didn’t change Will – but she fell pregnant, eventually standing aside so Will could be with Sonny once he felt comfortable with himself. Brief separations followed when baby Arianna’s paternity was revealed – and then when Gabi’s homophobic boyfriend Nick (Blake Berris) used Will’s sexuality to keep him from his daughter, but even these interventions couldn’t stand in their way forever. Will and Sonny eventually won access to Arianna and lived as a three-parent family with Gabi to bring up the baby together. Finally, Sonny and Will (then Guy Wilson) wed in Salem’s rst same-sex wedding in April 2014.
CRACKS appear & widen
After Gabi’s imprisonment for Nick’s murder, the newlyweds became sole parents to Arianna – but following Will’s brief sojourn overseas and return to Salem in December 2014, he found his marriage on rocky ground. Sonny was in nancial trouble running his new nightclub and accruing debts at an alarming rate. Dedicating himself to extra journalism work to help Sonny, Will was assigned to pro le injured baseball superstar Paul Narita (Christopher Sean), who he discovered was also gay but in the closet. Using the interview to get a hot scoop as well as encourage Paul to be open, Will was shocked when Paul seduced him into bed! Immediately remorseful over betraying his husband, Will was abbergasted to learn Paul was Sonny’s ex! Paul didn’t know Will was Sonny’s husband, either, but after discovering the in delity, Sonny left Will. Efforts to salvage his marriage back red on Will because Sonny was disgusted that he was pushing Paul to leave Salem. Instead, Sonny departed for Paris to consider the future of the marriage...
Any further reconciliation was nixed Will realised that Ben Weston (Robert Scott Wilson) was Salem’s notorious Necktie Killer! Fatefully, Will became Ben’s next victim while confronting him with the evidence! Devastated by the awful news of Will’s murder, Sonny returned home to grieve; eventually falling in love with a supportive Paul all over again.
Two years later, Will was found alive in Memphis, having been resurrected by Susan Banks (then Eileen Davidson) and Dr Rolf (Will Utay)! Sonny and Paul’s wedding was postponed thanks to Ben’s revelation that Will was alive! Now Sonny could learn the truth about what really happened to his husband. Tragically, Will had amnesia and no memory of his love for Sonny, so that was a massive roadblock! All his efforts to recover were exhausted and he resolved to move on, crushing on Paul – who’d eventually split from Sonny when he wanted to rebuild his marriage. Divorce was inevitable for Will and Sonny, and after Paul acknowledged his feelings for Will, they dated pretty seriously.
In LOVING memory
Hopes that Will may recall his past were renewed when Marlena injected him with an experimental synthetic drug Rolf developed to help recover patients’ lost memories. Paul supported his boyfriend but became uneasy when Will began to remember fragments of his past. Will kept having the jabs but his memories remained largely buried until Marlena and John’s (Drake Hogestyn) recent wedding day, when his grandma’s happiness sparked total recognition of his love for Sonny!
WHAT’S in store?
This is Salem and the course of true love never runs smoothly, with Will and Sonny already meeting obstacles to their reunion. Paul’s half-brother Brady (Eric Martsolf) is opposing their reconciliation after overhearing Will confess his love for Sonny; Paul’s life hangs in the balance following the violent events at
Marlena and John’s wedding. Realising he can’t betray Paul, Will tells him that his memory returned, leaving all three men’s futures very uncertain. Paul is now the “intruder” in one of Salem’s greatest love stories, and although he may eventually decide he can’t compete with the chemistry between the former spouses, he could make life difficult and leave them with potentially insurmountable new hurdles to overcome before leaving Salem. TVS