Rachel and Blake (Mitchell Haaseth)

Nick gets sentenced for his crimes this week on Days of Our Lives, which means he and his portrayer, Blake Berris, are leaving the show. While it’s sad news for his fans, Blake was nothing but positive and upbeat when Soaps.com talked with him about his time on Days and his alter ego’s exit.

Since taping his final scenes, which air on January 15, Blake spent some time in Santa Barbara, CA with friends and family and celebrated the New Year in Hawaii. Not a bad way to unwind after wrapping up a two year stint playing the uber-geek turned killer, Nick Fallon.

While some viewers may have disagreed with, or been shocked by the reveal that brainy, mild-mannered Nick turned out to be Trent Robbins’ killer and Melanie’s stalker, Blake took it as a challenge and saw the logic in it.

“As an actor you don’t have the luxury to decide if something that happens should or shouldn’t; you just have to accept that it does and your job is to figure out how to justify it and have it make sense,” he explained. “The way I saw it was there really was this side to Nick throughout his entire time on the show. He was pretty obsessive with Chelsea. He wasn’t doing anything violent or anything along those lines, but there was some pretty obsessive tendencies he kind of displayed throughout. And then there was the episode with Willow where we did kind of see a more violent side of him and I think those two things kind of came to a confluence with Melanie.”

Not only could Blake understand how Nick ended up where he did, but he relished the opportunity to take on such meaty material, as he enthused, “In general, the last few months I have to say were definitely my favorite time I had on the show because they gave me so much to work with. I really had a blast with the way they took my character in the last few months.”

Now that he’s finished taping at Days, Blake is looking forward to his future. He’s already had a recurring role on the second season of the USA series, “The Starter Wife”, starring Debra Messing, and is now setting his sights on independent movies and guest spots on other Primetime shows.

But even though he’s understandably looking forward, Blake certainly won’t forget his time on Days of Our Lives, as there are more than a few people he will miss working with on a daily basis, especially the object of much of Nick’s affection, Rachel Melvin (Chelsea).