Michael Damian, Tricia Cast returning for Paul Williams funeral on 50th Y&R anniversary
Many exciting things are coming up ahead for the Young and the Restless’ upcoming 50th anniversary. I mean, can you believe it’s been 50 years of family drama, love triangles, and betrayals in Genoa City? It’s truly remarkable. Now, as you may have heard, there are a few fan favorites who are returning to Genoa City for the event. But here’s the thing, We have a theory. We think they’re coming back for a funeral. And not just any funeral, the funeral of Paul Williams. Keep reading to know what we think!
Fan favorites coming back to Young and Restless
Y&R has announced the list of fan favorites that are making their way to the canvas for the 50th anniversary celebration. The special episodes will begin airing sometime in mid-March and will have appearances from stars like Michael Damian, Patty Weaver, Tricia Cast, Barbara Crampton and Veronica Redd. While fans may be very familiar with these names, let us jog your memories in case you have forgotten who they play on screen.
You should know Danny Romalotti, played by Michael Damian, as he had a storyline on the show only a few weeks ago. Now, he and Paul have had their fair share of drama over the years. From Danny’s affair with Paul’s sister, Patty, to Paul arresting Danny for drug possession, their relationship has been tumultuous, to say the least. But despite all of that, they still have a bond. A bond that would bring Danny back to Genoa City for Paul’s funeral. Michael shared that he would love to return, but we weren’t expecting him to return so soon!
Tricia Cast portrays Nina Webster, Christine’s best friend and Chance’s mom. She was in love with Paul Williams but backed off when she realized he will always love Christine. They’ve been through a lot together, from the death of their son, Phillip, to Nina’s battle with cancer. They’ve always been there for each other. So, it would make sense for Nina to come back to Genoa City to say goodbye to her friend.
Patty Weaver is reprising the role of Danny Romalotti’s sister, Gina, who used to own a popular restaurant in town but was burned to the ground by Kevin Fisher.
Barbara Crampton’s alter ego, Leanna Love, has a long history with Nikki as she was one of Victor’s many ex-wives. She hasn’t been on the show since 2007. Lastly, Veronica Reed is returning as Mamie Johnson, the housekeeper for the Abbott Family. It’s been close to 20 years since this character was seen on screen. She is the great aunt of Lily Winters and Nate Hastings.
Is Paul Williams dead on Young and the Restless
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about Paul Williams. The show mentioned the missing GCPD chief again in the February 16 episode, when Heather mentioned that she and Lucy would be visiting Paul before leaving the city. Why would they mention him, if not for foreshadowing his fate on the show?
I know what you’re thinking, that’s crazy! Paul Williams is still alive. But hear me out. As fans may have seen, Paul appeared less frequently during the past few years and now we haven’t seen him in over two years. Some fans believe that he needs to be killed off-screen to make room for his islanded wife Christine and advance the story. It makes sense that Young & Restless should kill off the character as it approaches the five-decade milestone, allowing his widow and loved ones to grieve his departure through a flurry of flashbacks.
Think about it, why else would they all be coming back at the same time? It just seems too coincidental to us. While the show is keeping mum about the reunion storyline, Nikki did mention that the Genoa City Bicentennial Celebration is coming up. Which means the stars could be coming to town all dressed up to attend the event. We’re curious to see if the writers have killed Paul off screen or are they planning on a who’s dunnit storyline for a last send off to the Y&R great.
Now, we know that none of this has been confirmed by the show, but can you imagine the drama that would unfold if it were true? The emotions would be running high, and fans would be on the edge of their seats. The Young and the Restless has always been known for its shocking twists and turns, so who knows what’s in store for us.
One thing is for sure, though, the 50th anniversary of the Young and the Restless is going to be one for the history books. We can’t wait to see what the writers have in store for us, whether it’s a funeral or not. Do you think Paul Williams is dead? Let us know in the comments below!