Credit: Jill Johnson/JPI (5)

The NBC soap is getting a lotta use out of its welcome (back) mat.

It was the big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary that used the tagline “Sometimes they come back.” But it could just as easily be applied to Days of Our Lives, a daytime drama that has a knack for turning goodbyes into see ya laters, ta ta for nows and until next times.

Over the decades, almost all of the soap’s frontburner mainstays have left at one time or another. Deidre Hall (Marlena) departed to star in primetime’s Our House. Peter Reckell (ex-Bo) rode off into the sunset to relocate to Knots Landing. Kristian Alfonso (ex-Hope) cleaned out her dressing room to clink glasses on Falcon Crest.

In more recent years, the pattern has just kept repeating. Then, in 2019, the entire cast was let go, pending NBC’s renewal of the long-running soap. But obviously the actors didn’t all stay gone once the show was picked up. Heck, some of them turned around so fast, they hadn’t even stopped airing before the sudser was revealing that the welcome (back) mat was being rolled out for them. Ever since, actors have come and gone and come back with dizzying regularity.

Confused about who’s home at the moment or about to be? You won’t be after you check out the below photo gallery, which not only runs down a list of stars who have recently returned to the show, it previews the comebacks that are just ahead. Read fast, though, ya hear? There’s a 50/50 chance we’ll have to add another name before you’re done with the whole thing!