6 Soap Opera Kids That Should Never Have Been Killed Off
Death is never an easy thing to go through, even in the land of soap operas. While fans become quite attached to their soap opera characters, when a child dies, the feelings of loss can become quite overwhelming, especially for those in the audience who happen to be caretakers, guardians or parents. While yes, a child’s death, while devastating, can intensify a storyline or plot, is it always necessary? Below is a list of top six soap opera kids who should never have been killed off.
6. D.J. Craig– Days Of Our Lives
Digging deep into the Days of Our Lives (DOLL) history vault comes a shocking child death that took place in 1980. Some may not know this, but Marlena Evan’s first child was actually a boy named Donald Jeremiah Craig Jr. (D.J.), and was conceived during her marriage to Don Craig. Sadly, the child was premature and died three months later due to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). While the importance of soaps is sometimes to relay issues and situations that occur in real-life and to help spread awareness to audiences, this storyline may have been far too sensitive to bring up in the first place – leaving many fans devastated and heartbroken over the baby and entire situation.
5. Georgie Jones – General Hospital
Probably the oldest soap ‘kid’ on this list, Georgie was a teenager when she became the next victim of the Text Message Killer in late 2007, only to be found dead by Spinelli in a Port Charles park. The death didn’t feel right back then, and it certainly still doesn’t feel right now. As a staple character on General Hospital (GH), with a tremendous number of ties to Port Charles, not only through her sister Maxie, but Robin, Mac, Felicia, as well as the Quartermaines, GH dropped the ball by killing her off. It seemed that the Text Message Killer storyline was a fiasco in general, where another major GH character (Emily Quartermaine) also felt the axe, just to spice up a storyline and draw in audiences. Sadly, the two losses just left GH fans wondering what the writers were thinking. While the storyline was interesting, the death of Georgie may, and should have, been avoided.