DOOL’s Peter Reckell And Kristian Alfonso Reveal More About Beyond Salem

Published on May 4, 2022.

When Peacock announced that Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso will return to Days Of Our Lives (DOOL) for its spin-off Beyond Salem, viewers couldn’t imagine how the storyline would unfold. Now, both stars, as well as head writer Ron Carlivati, are detailing what fans can expect from Chapter 2 this summer!

“As with the first chapters, most of Beyond Salem will take place, as the title suggests, in locations other than Salem,” Ron Carlivati shared with Soaps.com. “That gives us an opportunity to catch up with people who’ve left town, find out what they’ve been up to since last we saw them.”

“There will definitely be some unexpected but familiar faces popping up again,” Carlivati added. 

‘Unexpected’ barely covers it! The odds of Reckell and Alfonso reprising their roles of Bo and Hope Brady seemed miniscule. Reckell’s character passed away on-screen from a brain tumor, while Alfonso felt very strongly about not returning to DOOL.

For Reckell’s part, he recently explained to Access Hollywood that his appearance is “just for a couple shows as a ghost to save my [family]”. So, there you have it, DOOL fans: Bo will not come back to life, but rather guide Hope and Ciara through new challenges as an apparition. 

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“Hope needed to move on and really didn’t have closure,” the actor continued. Alfonso chimed in, “I called it the ‘Scrooge episode’, because [Bo] brought Hope through all their history and why it was time to move on, and their love would always be.” 

Following the revelation that former General Hospital star Steve Burton will also star on the show, Soaps.com reports that actress Abigail Klein has signed on to play the role of Stephanie Johnson. 

Klein, who has previous credits on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, 90210 and The Young and the Restless, will recur on Beyond Salem before joining the NBC soap on contract. 

Alfonso also warned viewers not to tune into Chapter 2 of this DOOL spin-off passively, citing the miniseries’ break-neck pace. 

“I know sometimes they say soap operas go slow and you can miss a few days,” the actress said. “With this, you can’t miss a second. Seriously, if you blink, you will have to rewind it!”

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