It was a bittersweet Christmas in Salem on Monday when days of our lives‘ annual holiday episode treated fans to one final appearance from John Aniston in the role of Victor Kiriakis.
Aniston, who died last month at the age of 89, has remained a staple on the long-running soap opera since it first appeared in 1985 days Saying goodbye to one of his most iconic characters? Let’s discuss:
Monday’s episode began with Victor giving his new houseguest Leo Stark a warm welcome. And by “welcome,” we mean a blank stare followed by a “What the hell are you doing in my house?” Classic Viktor.
He even threatened to throw the “disturbed woodland cattle” on his “sugar plot ass” before demanding that he “escape back to Whoville.”
Victor wasn’t too pleased to discover Leo was invited by his own nephew to stay at Chez Kiriakis and even threatened to fire Sonny from Titan if he didn’t kick his new “friend” to the curb. This dual threat inspired Sonny to finally stand his ground against his uncle, a sight we never thought we’d see.
Then a real Christmas miracle happened: Victor not only agreed to let Leo stay, but even allowed Sonny to keep his job. Aniston’s deadpan rendition of “I Changed My Mind Because I Have A Heart Of Gold” was truly something special. Victor’s last words were directed at Sonny, warning him that Will would not approve of his new pro-Leo philosophy – and he was right.
Victor’s enduring legacy was celebrated at the end of the episode with a look back at the incredibly complicated character – the villain, the lover, the family man. We’ve watched Victor clash with his enemies, including the equally legendary Stefano DiMera; we watched him say “I do” to Carly, Vivian, Kate, Nicole and Maggie; we watched as he spoke kind words to family members who saw through his bullish exterior; and at the end we literally watched him sail into the sunset.
It is not yet known how days will address Victor’s exit on the screen.
Official video by days‘ Tribute will be added if/when available. In the meantime, Comment below with your thoughts on Aniston’s latest episode.
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