Hope Williams Brady has had her share of ups and downs as her story has played out on Days of Our Lives over the years. I mean, she’s had a somewhat alternate personality (Princess Gina), she’s been a rookie, a cop and now it seems, plays the role of detective all too well in the not-so-busy Salem Police Department.
She’s had to endure the loss of a child (Zack), had to watch her oldest son move away with his own family, not to mention watch her own husband endure a fling with his former love, and finally, thanks to an addiction to pain meds, become a totally different “Hope”. Yet through it all, Hope Brady has managed to draw viewers in, and love her for the character she is on Days.
I admit, I was saddened to hear that Bo was leaving the show. For as long as I’ve watched Days of Our Lives, Bo and Hope were the “IT” couple. My foolish heart thought that they could outlast anything, but sadly, my heart shattered when I realized Bo and Hope would be no more, given that Peter Reckell was exiting stage left, and my little bubble of soap love shattered in a flash.
However, watching the show as of late, and the times that Hope is on, I’ve come to view her as a woman who IS able to stand on her own two feet without the need for a man every two seconds (Yes, Sami, I’m looking at you!) Hope shows such poise in her actions–she’s always there for her family and her career, and never lets the little things get in her way.
In a way, I think it’s great that Hope is finally on her own. It gives the character a chance to prove to everyone (characters and audience alike) that she can be happy being “single”, and raise her daughter to the best of her ability. I have no doubt that Hope will always love Bo, but at the same time, now that there is no Bo Brady to speak of, Hope’s light can now shine from the inside out, and viewers can watch and learn that a woman was built to endure any hardship that would come her way by being strong-willed, independent, and yet, also learn when she needed to lean on her own family, and when she needed to stand on her own two feet and make a name for herself.
To me, Hope Brady does this, and so much more.