Com­ing out the closet

Will’s still strug­gling to come to terms with be­ing gay, but then he’s black­mailed by evil eJ.

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an will hor­ton (chandler massey) be­come a new man as salem rings in its new year? his envy is ob­vi­ous as he watches sonny (fred­die smith) cel­e­brate with his fel­low out-and-proud friend tyler (an­drew st john) on fri­day 23 jan­uary. but the se­crecy sur­round­ing will’s sex­u­al­ity seems too smoth­er­ing to es­cape. he’s only re­cently ac­cepted it him­self and get­ting peo­ple to ac­cept that he’s gay will be an up­hill bat­tle, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing his re­cent ro­mance with gabi (camila banus). “we want to be as re­al­is­tic as pos­si­ble, be­cause com­ing to terms with who you are and your sex­u­al­ity isn’t some­thing that just hap­pens overnight – it takes time,” ex­plains chandler.

wait­ing with open arms

grandma mar­lena (dei­dre hall) has been wait­ing for him with an open mind and a loving heart for weeks. “she senses will’s dis­com­fort and con­fu­sion and his stress. she wants to pro­vide a safe place to talk. i think there’s a fan­tasy that every­body would like, when they’re con­sid­er­ing com­ing out, to be in those kind of safe har­bours,” re­veals dei­dre. chandler adds, “he trusts her be­cause she’s a psy­chi­a­trist and she’s not go­ing to tell any­one else.”

black­mail back­fires

will turns to sonny first though. still un­aware of what’s at the heart of will’s strug­gle, sonny tells him on tues­day 27 jan­uary: “i think you should leave salem. some­times you have to put a dis­tance be­tween ev­ery­thing you know and ev­ery­one you love be­fore you can find your­self. i don’t think you’ve been com­fort­able in your own skin for a while.” the idea suits will, who also wants to get away from sami’s (ali­son sweeney) non­sense, but he takes a mis­step.

will tries to black­mail ej (james scott) into giv­ing him the cash to leave salem on fri­day 30 jan­uary, partly as re­venge for ej hav­ing a fling with sami. ej swiftly turns the ta­bles on mon­day 2 fe­bru­ary. not only does he know that will shot him at ej and sami’s wed­ding in 2010 (2007 in the us) and let his dad lu­cas (bryan dat­tilo) go to jail, but like mar­lena, he’s also guessed that will is gay. chandler says, “it’s just like in real life. the peo­ple you’re re­ally close to prob­a­bly sus­pect and they know be­fore that per­son’s ready to ad­mit it.” but un­like mar­lena, ej isn’t in a sup­port­ive mood. “i hear that prison is not a very nice place. es­pe­cially for a man of your par­tic­u­lar dis­po­si­tion,” he gloats. “if you want to keep your­self out of jail, you’re go­ing to do ev­ery­thing i ask.”

will’s stuck in salem and in si­lence, but you don’t tell sami’s son what to do and ex­pect him to just take it.

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