The Young and the Restless spoilers tease that Nikki’s (Melody Thomas Scott) coming assault and hospitalization not only brings Victor (Eric Braeden) rushing back to Genoa City, but also hints that a climax to the lengthy J.T. (Thad Luckinbill) storyline is near.
Tessa (Cait Fairbanks) claimed she didn’t move Mr. Hellstrom’s body. But can Mariah (Camryn Grimes), or Y&R’s patient fans believe her? Y&R spoilers for the week of December 3-7 imply that the answer is ‘yes.’ After the Newman’s ranch is the victim of an arson attack and the stables burn down it becomes clear, even to lady’s night gang, that there is a new player in town.
Is it possible that this arc is about to end at Christmas time with the reveal of another, far more fearsome, coverup crew foe? Yes, it feels that way. Of course there remains the possibility that the troubles facing the Newman’s are unrelated to J.T.’s death.
Whoever attacks Nikki also sends her to Genoa City hospital, which raises a Mackenzie (Kelly Kruger) question. Would this side character, who returned briefly earlier in the year, be avenging her one-time husband’s death?
The speculation above suggests that Mac somehow learned what the coverup crew did to J.T. and then sought vigilante justice. It’s a stretch, but the use of Kruger’s character in that role is plausible.
Reed (Tristan Lake Leabu) is an alternative, surprise villain possibility. Fans know that well-liked actor is set to reappear in December. J.T.’s son is likely being written back because the storyline involving his dad is about to (Christmas) wrap.
A scenario where Reed attacks his grandmother as a form of reprisal for her having killed his dad? That could make sense, considering that he shares J.T.’s genetics and could be suffering from the same type of malady that Y&R asked viewers to believe Luckinbill’s character was somehow stricken by.
If Reed doesn’t know that his dad’s death was accidental and he’s also mentally unbalanced, like J.T. became, then Nikki would be his revenge target. Plus, it wouldn’t be the first time that one Newman attacked a blood relative.
The other villain option to consider is an unknown character, either from the past, or a new one who will be created. That plot resolution might make most sense, as it would serve to wrap the arc, dispose of said alter ego, and then allow all regular characters to move on.
Finally, one seemingly impossible other road has J.T. still being alive, meaning he’s the one who attacks Nikki. Fan response to this storyline to-date indicates that far-fetched scenario wouldn’t be digested. Though the unreal hasn’t stopped some back office decision-makers from presenting unusual arc-enders before.
With whoever is revealed as Nikki’s assailant, missing Victor will ride back to town and save his sweetie. That’s what leading men in daytime do. And Nikki will be grateful, as all true loves are. Following that soap opera couple’s reunion, Y&R’s J.T. Dies storyline will be set to climax.
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