It's such a hard thing to think about because honestly, I feel like they should kill off the character. I and a lot of other fans hated the way they said goodbye to Tom as a character. It felt so procrastinated and then rushed. It's not fair to a fanbase to leave them with those uncertain explanations of a character's sudden absence. So however they chose to let the character go, it should be clear and dignified. I think Will deserves that and so do we. The main problem with not killing off a character after their actor's death is that it's really unsatisfying for the fanbase. There are honestly some stunning storylines that could come out of a sudden main character death. Yes, Katrina would have to cope, Buck would have to cope, everyone would have to learn how to exist without this piece of their family, but that's the point. Arguably, the actors deserve that storyline. This can't be like when Hal Smith died. Monica is right there's no replacing Will. Let's think about it for a minute. Because I have a little, and I've got a few ideas. Eugene dies suddenly from cancer. It does happen, and I believe that was the cause of Will Ryan's death. I think they could take voice clips from Will and fit in a brief goodbye before moving onto the characters' grief. That's the other thing. This can't really be about Eugene. We have to rely on our other favorite characters now, so seeing the characters forced to rely on each other will be a much more comforting storyline than a lazy dismissal of a forever fan favorite. Another idea is that Eugene dies suddenly, and very soon after Katrina finds out she's pregnant. Then, if they wanted to remove Katrina and Buck for a little bit, they could have them move in with Katrina's mother for a few months (albums). Eugene's death could prompt Buck to become a Christian. I don't like the idea of emotional manipulation or a fear-based committal to faith, but I trust the Odyssey team could make it a believable storyline at least. This one is a little out there, but another idea I actually had a couple of years ago was that Eugene wants to go into the imagination station for the last days of his life. Because the imagination station operates on a different timeline, it would give him the opportunity to dedicate his final days to research, just inside the machine. Like I said, it's a little out there, but I wouldn't put it past AIO.
However they let him go, I hope it's respectful and satisfying to their audience. I would really hate a rushed explanation. And Katrina and Buck are fan favorites that should be kept around. Is that right? I feel like the Odyssey team thinks people don't like Katrina? But she's one of the best characters on the show and deserves more storylines.
"Let me get this straight. I bet all those non-friends of yours try to embarrass you about your love for that stuff, right? So, you almost feel like you have to hide your treasures away and can only take them out in secret on rainy days when your mom goes to the store to get more liver and nobody is around to berate your sensitive spirit. Is that what you’re saying?" -Jay Smouse