The Young and the Restless spoilers tease that Sharon (Sharon Case) will finally push her life in a positive direction after Dylan (Steve Burton) leaves Genoa City. Longtime fans have passionately pressed for Case’s character to be written strong again. Dylan’s departure affords an opportunity that head writer (and co-executive producer) Sally Sussman’s team will take.
In a surprising plot twist, Burton’s character wasn’t killed off in Miami and also didn’t disappear. Instead, Derek (Dylan’s undercover persona) managed to escape from seeming execution after providing evidence that brought the notorious drug lord Luther Fisk (Scott Speiser) down.
Dylan’s arrival at the cottage was as stunning as the decision he told Sharon he had to make. Forced to go into the witness protection program in order to protect his family and preserve his own life, Dylan had to leave Genoa City and Sharon behind. Once again Case’s character stands at an intersection, but which directly will she be led in this time?
Under past regimes, Sharon might have been written into a mental breakdown arc. She would either fall apart and need hospitalization, set the Newman Ranch on fire, sleep with various men, compulsively steal items or commit various other reckless acts instead of keeping herself in check. That tract had been taken so many times that rightful shouts of, “We’ve seen this before!”, were always spot on.
Many viewers likely know unfortunate souls who seem unable to stay on a straight course. Family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers and people from other areas of their lives who may sustain periods of stability, but then fall overboard again and again and again. Sharon owns that sad tag in Genoa City.
While the degree is surely different, it’s fair to state that Patty (Stacy Haiduk) isn’t that far off from Sharon. Considering that Sharon is a legacy character, the importance of allowing Case’s alter ego to grow seems obvious and clearly, long overdue.
The stars appear to have aligned in early 2017. Executive producer Mal Young, along with two back office rehired alumni, Sussman and Kay Alden (story consultant), are working on Y&R’s restoration. Character-driven drama, that focuses on how familiar faces handle life’s normal problems, is back in style.
Sharon won’t jump in the deep end, degrading her life and those lives that surround her. Instead, she’ll show strength not seen since the 1990’s. Old-school viewers and newer fans of this classic daytime drama will likely be pleased with Sharon’s renewed essence. And, as always, everyone who values a solid actor will appreciate Case’s consistently sound work.
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