Father John I know you're neither an Ejami or Safe fan (I believe I saw you post that you liked Sami with Austin). But I enjoy your thoughts on why the writers are headed toward Ejami. I realize you're not happy about that, but your thoughts on the writing are interesting.
IMO there were always rumors of BD leaving beginning when he was sent off screen for months to 'jail' b/c it became clear the writers had no big plans for him. Rumors continued b/c he was never given a meaty s/l. I thought maybe they'd put him with Sami but that never happened. The marriage to Chloe, the rehab . . . it was just obvious they weren't going anywhere w/Lucas so it wasn't a shock when the official word came.
I have no idea what the future holds for the characters of Rafe or EJ. For now they're both involved in a front burner s/l so I see them both on screen for a good while longer.