Actually we are getting quite a few new faces, there are going be some familiar ones at Rick Forrester's 4th of July Party and soon we will get Wyatt's mom who will probably be related to the Spencers, and Winsor Harmon said he is back filming, so hoping for a good SL for Thorne Forrester. Eric Forrester is still head of the family and company. Karen Spencer is also coming back. And Thomas is still on.
The series started out with three major families: The Forresters, the Spencers, and the Logans, so lots of of members of the original families are still on.
I know it is hard when a favorite gets written off. I really liked Nick & his family and hated him getting written off and I also hated that Storm & Beth were killed off.
I really do believe that JMW is just taking time off to pursue her career so she will probably be back. As for Hunter, she has been off twice before and come back so there is always hope for her fans, I kept hoping for Ridge to come back, so maybe.