Brace yourselves for a roller coaster ride in this DAYS OF OUR LIVES 2023 preview! “We have big changes, three major characters are facing death, and there are going to be some larger-than-life elements of the story that are really fun to watch play out,” headwriter Ron Carlivati promised Soap Opera Digest.
With Marlena, Kate, and Kayla all realizing that they are relapsing and would need another dose of the antidote, their lives hang in the balance… especially since the orchid used to create the antidote has disappeared! “When we started the story and the women all survived, we knew we would have them relapse,” the scribe explained. “So we kind of figured that the story of the women dying doesn’t have a huge payoff if one or more of them doesn’t actually die, so we gave ourselves a challenge: Are we really writing off three of our big stars? You’ll have to tune in to see!”
Alex was immediately smitten with Stephanie, but it took a lot of work on his part before she would even consider a relationship with him. Unfortunately, now that it’s finally happened, he finds he’s got some competition in Chad! “But chad is really not ready for anything more than friendship because he’s not over Abigail,” Carlivati reminded. “Alex feels that closeness between Stephanie and Chad and is threatened just a little bit. Ultimately, Alex makes a move to get Chad out of the way, which has some unintended consequences that are really kind of devastating.”
When Gabi recovered her memories of her love for Stefan, she immediately kicked Li to the curb. But complicating matters is the fact that Stefan is happy with Chloe and doesn’t seem particularly interested in recovering his own memories. “I think we know Gabi is somebody that’s not gonna give up,” he teased. “She’s going to find a way to get through to Stefan. In the meantime, Li is not just going to give up on Gabi.”
When Eric and Nicole split up, he fell into bed with Sloan and she fell back in with EJ. “Even though Sloan and Erica are both looking for something casual, we see that they’re starting to grow a little bit closer,” Carlivati previewed. “Nicole still feels a pull towards Eric, but by putting her into EJ’s orbit, it taps into that scheme-y side of Nicole, especially as EJ and Stefan are going to war over DiMera and Nicole is sinking her teeth into that with him.”
Once Xander’s involvement in Bonnie’s kidnapping and Susan’s death was exposed, Sarah wanted nothing more to do with her husband. But will he fight for their marriage or lean on his ex? “Can Sarah really stay married to this guy who committed a crime knowingly that led to someone’s death?” he asked. “And then here we have Gwen, who tried to do everything in her power to help him contain the situation. Jack ends up giving this surprising ultimatum that may really affect the situation and how it plays out.”
So stay tuned to DAYS to see all of that — and so much more — play out in the coming months!