Nicole, Marlena chat Days

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Days of our Lives character’s upcoming conflict is much-anticipated.

Days of our Lives’ Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker) first appeared in Salem as a waitress trying to escape the secrets of her past. She became a character who often battled, and lost, against her darker impulses in her pursuit of what she wanted. Nicole’s past and pain made her sympathetic, but she was always tangling with someone and has a list of crimes as long as her legs, having stolen everything from a vase to Sami’s baby, committing bigamy and blackmail, and making enemies along the way.

Nicole is finally set to marry the love of her life, Eric (Greg Vaughan) and while Nicole and Eric deserve their happy ever after, it struck me during her recent conversation with Marlena (Deidre Hall) how much I miss her edge. Nicole asked for Marlena’s help inviting her arch-nemesis, Sami (Alison Sweeney), to the wedding, and noted that she was no longer the same woman who stole Sami’s child. Marlena agreed that Nicole had grown and said she would help.

Suddenly, I was anticipating Sami’s return because Nicole hasn’t been challenged much lately, and while it’s gratifying to see her come into her own and have the family she’s always wanted, it’s not as fun when there’s no one around for her to spar with. Sami brings out her snarkier side at the very least. A confrontation between Sami and Nicole has been teased for the upcoming summer wedding, and is much anticipated!

While I don’t need to see Nicole go full-on baddie, it would be perfect if she could retain an edge and always walk the line between schemer and reformed with storylines that include challenge and conflict. Currently, she’s been too tame for too long.

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