Orpheus holding a gun
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A cool and collected, yet lethal, baddie

Since classic Days of Our Lives evil-doer Milo Harp, AKA Orpheus, (George DelHoyo) left the soap, we explored three reasons why Orpheus might be the compelling, regular villain Salem needs right now.

He’s unflappable as a bad guy

Before assuming the name Orpheus and becoming a master criminal, Milo Harp was quite mild mannered and still has a calm, undaunted demeanor that stays intact whether he’s plotting with inmate friends about blowing up half of Salem or calmly force feeding hostage John Black (Drake Hogestyn) sponge cake. When he’s facing down the barrel of a gun, Orpheus goads the would be shooter, as he recently did when Justin Kiriakis (Wally Kurth) held him at gunpoint. Even when negotiating for one of his many hostages, Milo takes time to mock during the money exchange – even though he could just take the money and run, why not stop and taunt? That’s Milo for you.

He’s more of a mobster

It seems like only a mobster would allow a little boy to wander around a dingy warehouse in PJ’s to chat with a tied up kidnapping victim. But that’s what Orpheus let his grandson David do while holding John captive. Orpheus doesn’t try to protect or shield his family from his criminal world. Like Stefano DiMera, he invites them in and makes them part of its landscape. Milo made his son, Christian, become complicit in a cover-up of a horrific accident in which Adrienne Kiriakis (Judi Evans) and Sarah Horton’s (Linsey Godfrey) baby were killed. He even threw in a scapegoat, planting Maggie Horton (Suzanne Rogers) in the driver’s seat. The supervillain orchestrated it all without losing a bead of sweat.

The final case for Milo Harp

Even while engaging in classic soap storylines, like rising from the dead and warehouse kidnappings, the devious Milo does it with gusto and style. George DelHayo’s on-screen presence is almost hypnotic – whether he’s threatening someone or negotiating a payoff, his steady voice, unflinching gaze, and unflappable manner steals the scene. While nobody could ever replace legendary Stefano DiMera (Joseph Mascolo), Milo Harp is just different enough in manner and nature to be Days of Our Lives’ next iconic villain.

What do you think? Is it time for Orpheus to stick around as Salem’s next great villain? Sound off in the comments.

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