About That AMC Spoiler...
I don't normally seek out spoilers because...well, for one, most of what happens on soaps these days and on All My Children in particular is so enormously predictable that the only people who can't accurately predict what's coming up next are people who haven't watched soaps in five years. And even those people have a pretty good understanding of upcoming plots; they just don't know the names of new characters. So I often don't feel the need to be spoiled, because it's not as though, like, "Ryan declares his love for Greenlee" is a surprising plot development.
The other reason I try not to spoil myself: I have a tendency to assume the worst. So I might read a vaguely worded spoiler, be horrified by it and spend days fixating on how bad it will be. And then by the time the episode actually airs, it winds up being even more awful than I originally anticipated.
But sometimes spoilers just can't be avoided and this week, there is a big one. We'll discuss after the jump, so if you want to be surprised, don't click!
The answer to the "Thorsten Kaye: Will he, or won't he?" question is...he won't. Which I totally understand, since his life is in New York, but I am selfishly sad about it all the same. I am a big fan of Zach and Kendall, as we all know, so to have them come to a tragic end is quite depressing.
This puts the writers in a bit of a bind, since Alicia Minshew is with the show permanently. So how do they give us a Kendall with no Zach? A well-timed plane crash is how.
From Soap Opera Digest:
Exclusively in next week's Soap Opera Digest, AMC Co-Head Writer Donna Swajeski reveals that with Thorsten Kaye(Zach) firmly planted on the East Coast, his current comeback will be his last (at least for the foreseeable future) — and to that end, the show is killing off the popular hero. For all the details on Zach's demise, plus what AMC has in store for a widowed Kendall, don't miss the issue dated 11/16!
Well, I guess that means it's time to update our Kendall Hart Has The Worst Live Ever. No, Really, Ever list with a new entry. We can add "dead husband" to a list that includes "coma", "kidnapped son", "another coma", "heart transplant", "son with a heart defect", "son with a heart defect died", "actually, son with a heart defect didn't die but it made me want to kill someone and oops, I wound up in prison for murder" and so on, and when you think about how those items represent just a fraction of her time on AMC you sort of have to laugh at how ridiculously soapy the writing is for her and also cringe at how it sounds like a parody of a soap character...
Since this IS a soap, there is no body found, whicn neatly keeps the door open for a future return after Kendall has moved on. Which, according to the same article could be in, like, weeks. They have her next love interest all lined up (Jordi Vilasuso's new character) and that...seems kind of weird, although the writers say that she'll have a mourning period, and--can I just publicly state that if this mourning period includes grief sex, I am going to...I am going to RAGE on this BLOG!
As weird as this is to say--and I am saying this as a big fan of the Kendall/Zach pairing--killing, or "killing" Zach off almost seems preferable to another infidelity or BETRAYAL or breakup. Right?
What say you, Serial Drama readers? Are you heartbroken? Excited? Resigned to the fact that if they didn't literally kill Zach off, they'd do it through slow and gruesome character assassination until he was a shell of his former self? Even more grateful that most of their recent episodes have been pretty great? Anxious about having to sit through more episodes with anvils like this dropping left and right?
Zach: No. I wanted to stay with you. And I thought that -- sailing the seas and hanging out, that that would work. It's just -- home has always been a strange concept to me. You know that...I just figured it's us, you know. The boys and the boat, and you know, we'd just travel. That's our home, you know. I mean, we didn't need an atlas or a house or neighbors bringing us sugar and stuff. But I see you here with your family and your friends, I get it. I do. And maybe it's time for the boys to have roots and a foundation...Hey, I don't want you thinking ever that I would pick a life on the sea over life with you. You're everything to me. You know that, right? And I like being here. I love it because I'm here with you and the kids. It doesn't matter where it is.
"Subtle", AMC writers. "Subtle".