Nicole Walker is one of those characters that you want to hate because of what she does (and believe me, there could be a mile-long list), but love her at the same time. She has suffered as much heartache and devastation as the next woman in Salem, and yet, still manages to find a way to hold her head up high and continue on.
Having four marriages under her belt, not to mention an unstable childhood, it’s no wonder Nicole has her emotions flying high depending on the day. However, having lost her son, suddenly, Nicole’s façade is shed, and now we see the inner workings of what lies in Nicole’s heart—the desire to be loved, and to give that love back.
I admit, I’ve started to enjoy Nicole’s character more now than I have in the past. I really feel that having her lose baby Daniel (while by no means should be cheered on), really brought out a new character in Nicole’s persona. Now, it’s not about scheming her way into a man’s bed, or lying to a man to get his attentions. Suddenly, Nicole’s priorities have switched from being a man’s companion to realizing that there’s more to life than just sex.
With EJ and Nicole, there was fire between them, but with so many lies and deceptions, how could Nicole keep up with EJ, and vice versa? The marriage to Lucas was a complete joke in my eyes, as I really did not see any chemistry between the two characters. Brady and Nicole had chemistry, but now with Brady so caught up in Kristen, it’s better that Brady/Nicole are friends and not lovers. I was very glad the writers did not pursue a relationship between Rafe and Nicole, as I think they are much better off as just friends, which Nicole lacks a lot of. When Nicole and Daniel got close, I admit that I was a bit skeptical (I mean, I am on the Daniel/Jen bandwagon here), but I think Daniel’s understanding of Nicole and her situation shed a new light on Nicole, and allowed her to open up to Daniel in a way she couldn’t before.
Did she love Daniel? Yes, I believe she did. However, while I also believe Daniel loved her in return, I don’t think this relationship would have worked to either of their advantages. I also think that having Nicole work at (of all places) the rectory is bringing her in touch with her true feelings of what life is about, as well as giving her some purpose in life. Having her work closely with Eric again has made Nicole come full circle, as I truly believe that Eric was the one true love of Nicole’s life, and now that he has committed himself to God, Nicole finds herself viewing Eric not as a lover, but as the only person she can count on.