The Awful Truth About the Deaths of Days of Our Lives’ Kayla and Kate
Have we been wrong the entire time?
OK, we’ll admit it, Thursday’s Days of Our Lives episode was a real gut-punch. It forced us to reconsider some things that we felt we knew with absolute certainty — like our assumption that Kate and Kayla weren’t truly dead after all!
Roman had a meal with Kate’s ashes after what had to be the world’s fastest cremation, Steve was in Kayla’s office trying to say goodbye after filling out the paperwork to release her body, and what seem like the whole town was coming together to offer their condolences on their loss.
In short, time is passing in Salem and the show made it clear that we won’t be getting some 11th hour miracle like Bo coming down from heaven to bring Tripp back to life. Plus, Kate was cremated.
So what if we were wrong? What if she and Kayla are really, truly dead? We know the actresses aren’t gone quite yet — we’ve yet to see them in those heavenly scenes. But just because we see them in heaven, doesn’t mean they’re all getting a pass back to earth like Bo did.
So is this actually it? Are they dead-dead? As painful as it would be, that would open the canvas up wide to unexpected new stories and even pairings and let fans know that the rules have changed. You can no longer be certain of what’s going to happen, and stories might actually have consequences.
That’s the opposite of what’s been hammered into our heads for years — especially since the Melaswen nonsense. The fans revolted when the show started killing off beloved characters and it wasn’t long before Days of Our Lives completely reversed course, making clear that even the deadliest of stories really don’t matter in the end.
While they may have gone overboard with the body-count, they also may have gone overboard with the course correction. And that leads us to today, where characters dying amounts to little more than an eye-roll as we know they’ll be back sooner or later. Even the “permanent” deaths are, well, less-than-permanent.
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Stefano’s gone for good, but a big reason why is because Joseph Mascolo passed away. And even then, the show found a way to bring him back with his “essence.” And Adrienne? She was killed, sure, but then Bonnie just took her place — even as Justin’s wife. She isn’t quite Adrienne 2.0, but the show did everything they could to make soften the blow of Adrienne’s death.
This, though, would be a game changer and signal a new Days of Our Lives for a new era. And it would coincide just about with when we’ll start seeing the Peacock-written scripts. Stories would have consequences. Deaths could actually be, you know, deaths. Relationships would get shaken up and not just keep flipping back and forth between the same characters. If a character we cared about was in peril, then we would really care.
But… we’ll still have to see where this is going. Bo, Stefan, they were both dead for years before coming back to life. And cremation? Remember when Anna thought she had Tony’s ashes? Yeah, that didn’t work out quite like she imagined, did it?
Maybe at the end of the day, the biggest thing is, we’re no longer quite so sure where these deaths are headed. Maybe that will have to be enough?
These deaths may just be the prelude to another, even more violent one. Find out who could be about to die and the possible suspects in our murder mystery photo gallery.
<p>He was ready to flat-out murder Orpheus before he even made his move. Now that Steve’s Sweetness died because of Kristen’s selfish scheming, it’s not hard to imagine he’ll be looking for violent payback. Right now, he’s trying to do that through legal means, but if that fails, all bets are off. </p>
<p>Family is paramount for the DiMeras, but lately Kristen has become something of a liability, damaging their, well, not-so-good name. She played with Marlena’s life and that’s Johnny’s grandmother. Plus, she’s now threatening to blow up the family even more and tell Stefan about EJ willingly using his brainwashing for power. That’s a dangerous line. </p>
<p>Right now, Eric is a loose cannon who’s lost pretty much everything. He’s making all kinds of bad decisions, including holding Kristen at gunpoint. It doesn’t seem like it’ll take much for him to tip over the edge and pull the trigger next time.</p>
<p>She may not seem like the likeliest of of people to pull the trigger, but practically the first thing she uttered upon her return to Salem was that she wanted to put Kristen into the ground. And her legal expertise might just give her the edge needed to stay out of trouble for the killing. </p>
<p>Do we really need to explain why he’d want Kristen dead? And Li, too, for that matter! Yeah, they brought him back from the brink of death, but they did it in the cruelest, most manipulative way possible, making a total mess of the life he returned to. DiMeras don’t suffer these things lightly.</p>
<p>Honestly, there was a decent chance that Kristen’s crazy plot to force him to love her may have worked. Brady’s made dumb decisions with her before. But at this point, he doesn’t seem to have much left for his ex but contempt and rage. And a vengeful Brady is capable of quite a lot. Isn’t that right, Vivian?</p>
<p>There’s no question that she’ll be looking for payback — it’s just in Gabi’s nature. But while Li’s her obvious choice, she did seem to have genuine feelings for him that could make murder difficult. Kristen, though, could be the perfect target…</p>
<p>Yeah, he saved Kristen from what he thought was Steve’s attempt to kill her, but he wasted no time in making it clear that he did it to keep Steve out of jail, not to keep his aunt alive. Johnny’s ticked and he’s willing to do what he needs to to make Kristen pay for putting his grandmom’s life in jeopardy.</p>
<p>His life and love have blown up, and so far, Li’s just barely skating prison because there’s not enough evidence. That can’t last forever, though. The smart thing to do might be to kill Kristen and frame her for the entire scheme.</p>
<p>Kristen has caused massive amounts of pain for John and his family over and over again over the years. And it’s a sure bet she’ll keep on doing it… unless John decides it’s time to put her in the ground.</p>
<p>He’s always been on the right side of the law, but bend a man far enough and even the greatest can break. Roman <em>just </em>got Kate back only for Kristen to rip him away. Plus, the man does know his way around a gun!</p>
<p>Li didn’t come right out and say it, but he made sure Chloe knew that Kristen was the one with a vested interest in brainwashing Stefan into loving her. And now that Brady’s explained everything that Kristen’s done, Chloe’s got to be feeling pretty furious.</p>
<p>Kristen messed with his plan for Kate, Kayla and Marlena. Sure, it all worked out how he wanted in the end, but that doesn’t mean he won’t feel a lesson needs to be doled out in the harshest way possible.</p>
<p>He was far from stable when he last left Salem, and about the only person in his corner was his mom. Now she’s gone, and it’s Kristen’s fault. Add in the fact that we know Victor’s not long for this world and we could be looking at a very angry, very vengeful Philip…</p>
<p>What does he have to lose? He’s already serving prison time and his mother’s just been murdered. Why not take Orpheus out in prison and make a break for Kristen? After all, we know he’s capable of some pretty horrendous things. See Exhibit A above.</p>
<p>We know, Rex is a doctor and his first maxim is “Do no harm.” But he just watched his mom die, despite his best efforts to save her. That’ll make any man crack. And a broken son with access to some pretty lethal drugs is especially dangerous.</p>
<p>Shocked? Don’t be. It’d be no surprise if Sarah started thinking she and Xander may have been happy if Kristen hadn’t ruined their first chance. With the whole town gunning for Kristen, this would be the perfect time for Sarah to get her revenge on the woman who kidnapped, drugged and brainwashed her and hope the suspect pool is too big to be caught.</p>
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