Days of Our Lives Just Dropped a Whopper of a Hint That It’s About to SORAS [Spoiler] — and That Could Be Just the Beginning
Days of Our Lives’ Nancy returned to Salem this week, worried her husband Craig was cheating on her. While that was the main point of her conversation with her daughter on Monday’s episode, our ears perked up when it was offhandedly mentioned that Chloe’s son is in boarding school. Considering that’s often the last stop before SORASing (Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome, for the uninitiated) sets in, we had to wonder if it’s time to bring young Parker home — all grown up.
Or at least, semi-grown up.
The twenty-something set is currently thriving in Salem, but there is no teen set to speak of. While some could argue the canvas is crowded enough, it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead. Summer, which is just a few months away, has historically been the season for soaps to bulk up their teen stories. So, what better time to SORAS the offspring of beloved legacy characters?
While aging them all at the same time might be a bit much, there are plenty of options to choose from, should the NBC soap start to slowly introduce the next generation.
In addition to Parker, Brady’s son Tate could make a triumphant teenaged return home from California. Should Brady and Chloe reunite, the boys could become close step-brothers, much like Brady and Eric before them. Even if their parents don’t remarry, they still have a link, considering Parker is Maggie’s grandson and Tate is her husband, Victor’s great-grandson. It’s not hard to imagine future romantic, or even business, rivalries, especially if Victor wants to get a head start on grooming the next generation, considering his current crop has been a disappointment to him. We’re mainly looking at you, Philip.
Over on the DiMera side of town, Chad and Abigail have survived everything from cheating to split personalities to brainwashing. But is their marriage strong enough to survive a teenaged Thomas and Charlotte, running in and out of the mansion with their potentially devilish cousins? Like Rachel, who could turn out to be more like her mother, Kristen than her father, Brady. A good villain is needed at every age, after all.
Meanwhile, their other cousin, Sydney (EJ’s daughter with Sami) is out there, also in boarding school. She was just re-introduced in A Very Salem Christmas as a tween, but why not send her into full teendom? Finding out her brother was possessed by the devil, and that their half-sister’s father had their mother kidnapped and set up their father for it, certainly feels like a good time for her to blow back into town. And who knows, maybe she’ll be the one eager to learn DiMera business at her father’s side, unlike her brother, Johnny. Well, Johnny when he’s not possessed, that is.
Should Sydney come home a teenager, Nicole’s daughter Holly would need to have a growth spurt as well. To add to their mothers’ bitter feud, of course, but also because she might be the only one in that crop of kids who isn’t blood-related to just about everyone else. There does need to be some sweet teen crushes in there somewhere, but trying to navigate all the intertwined family trees makes our heads hurt.
Then, there’s Gabi and Will’s daughter, Ari. While she would certainly add to the Horton, Brady and Kiriakis family dynamic, she’d also represent the Hernandez clan, who could use some beefing up. Heck, she might even clash, or bond, with a DiMera, bringing Gabi back into Chad and Abigail’s orbit.
As for Eli and Lani’s twins, they were just born last year. We’ll let them wait for Allie’s son Henry, and Ben and Ciara’s unborn child to get a couple of years under their belts before sending them to adolescence together.
The next generation of Salem’s dynastic families is all cued up, whenever Days of Our Lives is ready to deploy the popular soap opera trope on them. Which grown-up dynamic would you most want to see? Tell us what you think, then look through our photo gallery of daytime’s cutest kids.
<p>He’s a Leo, course — get it? And that’s a mighty impressive mane on Easton Rocket Sweda, who like his character is on the spectrum. He couldn’t speak until he was 4, but <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/wp-admin/_wp_link_placeholder" target="_blank">“now look at me,”</a> he cheers.</p>
<p>Though the paternity of<em> Bold & Beautiful</em> moppet Bridget was at first in question, there could be no doubt that Brooke was the mom of her Mini-Mi, played in the ’90s by Landry Albright.</p>
<p>Casting doesn’t get much more perfect than this: Back in 2008, <em>Days of Our Lives</em> had playing Hope’s daughter Ciara little Lauren Boles, a pint-sized replica of her lovely on-screen mom, Kristian Alfonso.</p>
<p>Leave it to Liam on <em>The Bold and the Beautiful</em> to doze off and miss the adorableness being radiated from daughter Kelly, played here by (we <em>think</em>) Avalon and Colette Carlish.</p>
<p>As handsome a fella as <em>General Hospital</em> star Chad Duell is, no one can say that Michael didn’t grow up just fine, thank you. But we’ll always fondly remember the years that he was played by impish redhead Dylan Cash.</p>
<p>From the moment that Kellen Enriquez made his <em>Young & Restless</em> debut as Harrison, the little boy made a big impression. The hair alone… OMG!</p>
<p>By now, <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ Theo has become one of the show’s heartthrobs. But in 2006, when Abe and Lexie’s son was played by Kavi Faquir, his sweet presence was guaranteed to make hearts swell.</p>
<p>Playing the son of <em>General Hospital</em> mobster Jason, Porter Fasullo (Danny) has often gotten to wear so serious an expression. Grave matters are kinda the norm when Pop’s in “the family business.”</p>
<p>Finnegan George looks as sweet as can be in this picture from 2018. But the <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> actor also nicely plays the mischievous side of Will that he gets from incorrigible dad Bill.</p>
<p>We’d say they grow up so fast, but actually, this pic of <em>Young & Restless</em>’ Camryn Grimes (Mariah) with on-screen mom Sharon Case (Sharon) was taken more than 20 years (!) ago, when the junior achiever was still playing Cassie.</p>
<p><em>Young & Restless</em> must have known when it tapped Holden and Ryan Hare to play Billy and Victoria’s (and Chelsea’s) son Johnny that the kid could get anything he wanted, from an ice cream cone to a pony.</p>
<p>Before <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> aged Rick into a hormonal teen carrying on with his nanny Amber, Steven Hartman was the fresh-faced youngster who laid the groundwork for the shenanigans to come.</p>
<p>When Bryant Jones — pint-sized Nate on<em> The Young and the Restless</em> in 2002 — hit the Technical Emmys that year, he did so in a super-snazzy suit that smartly left him a little room to keep growing into it.</p>
<p>She’s off now to follow her Hollywood dreams, but in 2015, Alyvia Alyn Lind was only a few years into her decade-long run as Faith, the ultimately troubled daughter of <em>perpetually</em> troubled supercouple Nick and Sharon.</p>
<p>We can only imagine how hard it was for <em>General Hospital </em>pot-stirrer Hayden to leave behind Violet with dad Finn. We can’t even bear to look away from this heart-melting snap of Jophielle Love and Michael Easton.</p>
<p>Good to know: Cameras <em>can</em> somehow withstand the cuteness overload involved in getting in a single shot both <em>Young & Restless</em>’ Judah Mackey (Connor) and Alex Wilson (Christian).</p>
<p>Arguably the cutest kid ever on soaps, <em>General Hospital</em> Emmy winner Kimberly McCullough grew up before our eyes as Robin, the daughter of super-spies Anna and Robert.</p>
<p>Eh, never mind. When a toddler’s as precious as Erik and Theodore Olson, the twins who play baby Wiley on <em>General Hospital</em>, there’s no such thing as a bad picture.</p>
<p>Nope, it looks like no fun whatsoever was had on the <em>Young & Restless</em> set on the day in 2013 that tea for two was served to Sophie Pollono (ex-Delia) and then-on-screen dad Billy Miller (ex-Billy).</p>
<p>Munchkins don’t come any more angelic than McKenna Roberts and Aidan Clark, whom<em> The Young and the Restless</em> had playing Lily and Cane’s twins in 2013.</p>
<p>Who needs a driver’s license? <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> scene stealer Henry Joseph Samiri (Douglas) can always get a “lift” from on-screen dad Matthew Atkinson (Thomas).</p>
<p>Even without the blinged-out costume, <em>General Hospital</em> princess Brooklyn Rae Silzer never fails to sparkle as the granddaughter of Port Charles’ queen of kicking butt, the one and only Anna Devane.</p>
<p>Back in 2004, before <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> decided that Steffy and Phoebe were no longer identical twins (<em>and</em> killed off Phoebe), Kylie and Keaton Tyndell were always ready to make viewers see double.</p>
<p>At the center of one of <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ most well-blended families in 2017 was card-carrying cutie patootie Harper Udell as Arianna. Or was it Harper’s sister, Sydnee? So good at sharing are the sibs that they split the role between them.</p>
<p>Rising star Hudson West holds his own on<em> General Hospital</em> opposite even heavyweights like Roger Howarth, who when this pic was snapped in 2016 was playing Jake’s future stepdad, Franco.</p>
<p>Even with the help of <em>Ryan’s Hope</em> family Ilene Kristen (Delia), Michael Hawkins (Frank) and Bernard Barrow (Johnny), Jadrien Steele, aka Little John, was going to have a tough time building a sand castle in Central Park.</p>
<p>Port Charles could use a double shot of cuteness — and it’s had one since 2014, when twins Ava and Grace Scarola joined <em>General Hospital</em> as Sonny and Ava’s daughter, Avery.</p>
<p>When <em>Days of Our Lives</em> stopped using blankets to play Lani and Eli’s twins in 2021, <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/days-of-our-lives/comings-and-goings/616632/days-of-our-lives-first-look-lani-eli-son-carver-real-life-twins/" target="_blank">Arya and Wynter Wells</a> stepped (toddled?) into Sal Stowers and Lamon Archey’s arms to take over the role of Jules’ twin brother, Carver.</p>
<p>And only a few years after she was, Kristen Alderson was cast as Todd and Blair’s impetuous daughter on <em>One Life to Live</em>. She stayed with the soap so long that she went from little girl to leading lady, one who made such an impression that when ABC yanked the beloved drama, she was crossed over to <em>General Hospital.</em></p>
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