In the land of soap operas, even the dead can come back to life. How many times have Days of Our Lives’ (DOOL) fans thought Stefano DiMera passed on, only to come back? Roman Brady, Hope Williams, Steve Johnson, and others too have miraculously come back from the grave, to once again enjoy life (and romance) in Salem. Still, there are times when dead means dead, and below are the top five DOOL characters that should have never been killed off.
5. Stefano DiMera
Speaking of Stefano, the man certainly does have nine lives. However, when Hope shot and killed the patriarch of the DiMera clan in early January of this year, DOOL fans and the internet were buzzing. Unlike other instances in the past, Stefano did not fall of a cliff or was presumed dead: this time, Hope actually shot him, three times, and he fell over. Still, anything can happen in the land of soaps, and while it seems his son Andre is taking over the DiMera reins, can anyone really replace the infamous Stefano DiMera? Off the DOOL set, the incredibly talent actor who plays Stefano DiMera, Joseph Mascolo, may feel like it is finally time to hang up his acting shoes. The actor has enjoyed a tremendously successful career playing one of soap operas most iconic villains, and at the age of 86 years young, he has decided to retire. Stefano is not a character you can recast, so perhaps this really is the last Salem will see of him.Howard Wise/JPI