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Chandler Massey and Zach Tinker to Reprise ‘Beyond Salem’ Characters on ‘Days of our Lives’

After teasing fans with the return of Will and Sonny in "Beyond Salem" and "A Very Salem Christmas," the two are finally heading back to the mothership series when "Days of our Lives" returns from its Winter Olympics hiatus.

Chandler Massey and Zach Tinker to Reprise ‘Beyond Salem’ Characters on ‘Days of our Lives’

After teasing fans with the return of Will and Sonny in "Beyond Salem" and "A Very Salem Christmas," the two are finally heading back to the mothership series when "Days of our Lives" returns from its Winter Olympics hiatus.

Days of our Lives” will soon welcome Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis back to the canvas when the show returns from its Winter Olympics hiatus beginning Monday, February 21, it was revealed on Friday via a promo featuring actor Billy Flynn as he teases what’s to come with his character, Chad DiMera, in the near future.

In the promo posted across the show’s social channels, Flynn is shown in character standing on the set of the DiMera mansion as he speaks to the camera (“Days of our Lives” viewers), saying, “Okay, good news, bad news time. The good news… two of my closest friends are coming home to Salem.” A clip is then shown of Chad hugging Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Zach Tinker) who are back in town after spending the better part of more than a year living in Arizona. Shortly afterward, Flynn as Chad then reveals the not-so-great part. “The bad news? Leo Stark!” Yes, the bad boy played by Greg Rikaart who has been meddling in Will and Sonny’s lives for an extended period of time is also back in town and he’s got some ulterior motives, which is why Will and Sonny need Chad’s help.

“We have to understand this guy’s weaknesses if we’re going to exploit them,” Sonny tells Chad about how they’re going to take down their nemesis. Later, a shocked Chad is shown telling the two, “I thought we were friends!”

So, what’s Leo up to now, and why do Will and Sonny seem to care so much? And what did they tell Chad that made him so upset? Just like you, we can’t wait to find out!

Check out the promo below.

Will and Sonny’s return to Salem will mark the first time since September 2020 that either character will have returned for more than a single episode, in person, virtually or otherwise, on the mothership series outside of the 2021 release of “Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem,” the limited series spinoff now streaming on Peacock, and its follow-up movie, “Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas.”

Three-time Daytime Emmy Award winner Chandler Massey reprises the role of Will Horton on “Days of our Lives” for the first time since appearing in scenes aired during Christmas 2020 while Zach Tinker will make his “Days of our Lives” debut as Sonny Kiriakis. The role was previously portrayed by Daytime Emmy Award winner Freddie Smith, who last appeared as the character in a virtual setting in scenes aired in December 2020. With Smith and his wife deciding to move to Florida, Smith declined to return for “Beyond Salem” when contacted by producers, forcing them to recast. Since then, Tinker’s take on the character has been well received by the show’s fans, particular fans of WilSon (combo name for Will and Sonny).

“Hi did you miss us?” wrote Tinker on Twitter following the revelation he was joining “DAYS” after his previous stints on “Beyond Salem” and “A Very Salem Christmas.”

While the promo above indicates fans can look forward to seeing the characters after the show’s Winter Olympics hiatus is over, a more specific first airdate for Massey, Tinker and Rikaart was not available at press time, nor how long they are back for.