The Young and the Restless (Y&R) Spoilers detailed Adam’s (Justin Hartley) wrongful imprisonment and subsequent escape, via Victor’s (Eric Braeden) hands. But, now that Adam’s on the run viewers are wondering when and how this storyline will climax. Logic dictates that Adam will go missing, rather than be captured, for awhile.
Convicts do escape in real life. Some are captured, while others go missing indefinitely. The famous 1979 movie, Escape from Alcatraz, was based on a 1963 book of the same name. That film featured Clint Eastwood portraying Frank Morris, who actually escaped from a federal prison on June 11, 1962.
Alcatraz Federal Prison, which was located on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay, was subsequently ordered closed, for security and safety-based reasons. Robert F. Kennedy, then-Attorney General of the United States, made that decision on March 21, 1963.
The Young and the Restless spoilers fans know that the prison where Adam was incarcerated, Walworth, wasn’t located on an island off the coast California. And, that he wasn’t accompanied by two brothers, John and Clarence Anglin, as Morris was. Instead, Justin Hartley’s character was being transported back to prison after he was sentenced to a 10-year term for having assaulted a correctional officer.
The ending scene in Escape from Alcatraz showed Morris and the Anglin brothers paddling a raft into the night, never to be seen again. Did all three men survive that treacherous journey? If so, where did they go and how long did they live? Based on their early-1930’s birth dates, is it possible that any of the men are still alive? Because no conclusive evidence was ever found, all three escapees remain on a federal Most Wanted list.
Daytime drama writing staffs have handled exiting stars’ characters in various ways throughout this genre’s history. The Young and the Restless spoilers’ fans know that people can be killed off, or presumed dead. They can move away, promising to return again someday. But, other options have been used as well, including intentionally open-ended mysteries.
Hartley is filling the Eastwood role at this time, since he’s the leading man in this prison break story. His future on Y&R is fluid right now, which winks at San Francisco’s Bay in this instance. Logic indicates that Adam Newman will remain missing until Hartley’s new NBC’ series hits, or misses. Unless, of course, he’s recast in the meantime.
By allowing Adam Newman to escape again after his recapture on Tuesday’s episode, August 30, TPTB at Y&R are ready to bring Justin Hartley back as Adam Newman when he is available again. Another clear choice is to recast Adam if Hartley is unable to return and CDL has reported that a casting call has gone out for a ‘Dean’ character that fits Adam’s description perfectly.
Of course there is a third shocking choice – if Hartley has to leave The Young and the Restless permanently and a decision is made that another recast for Adam Newman is impractical, they can also kill him off! Could Y&R fans seriously tolerate another Adam Newman casting change after the horrible Michael Muhney incident and Justin Hartley hire? Remember the painful months of watching Adam’s hands? Major soap characters have been killed off before and the shows that lost these figures have continued on successfully.
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