We weigh: Have the writers of Y&R still figured out who Ashland Locke is?


In spring 2021, The young and the restless (Y&R) had fun deploying their new character, Ashland Locke (played by Richard Burgi). His name was on the lips of many characters and his arrival in Genoa City was publicized for weeks before viewers actually saw him in the flesh.

Six months later, viewers still aren’t any closer to figuring out who Ashland Locke is, despite the whirlwind of speculation and revelations surrounding her character. Are Y&R writers still shyly play around with their audiences about Ashland’s true identity, or are they just as unsure of what to do with him?

From the start, Locke’s name has been synonymous with a relentless, calculating businessman who takes pleasure in destroying anyone who opposes him. Seems familiar? This description has excited audiences for an antagonist in the mold of Victor Newman (Eric Braeden), but it’s not really what fans have seen so far. However, could this be what Y&R writers are looking for?

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Much of what makes Locke intimidating is the feeling that he is In regards to to demonstrate his supposed powers, but so far he hasn’t shown much. When he tried to give up selling his media company, Cyaxares, to Victor, he suffered a heart attack. – and Victor wouldn’t dial 9-1-1 until Locke signed the contract. Ouch!

Things didn’t look so impressive in his personal life either, as Locke was totally in the dark about his wife, Tara (Elizabeth Leiner), having an affair with Kyle Abbott (Michael Mealor). In due course, it would also become painfully obvious to everyone except himself that his son, Harrison (Kellen Enriquez), was not his at all.

Despite these professional and private betrayals, the man they call Locke-Ness’ monster has not sought revenge. It seems that he forgot everything about what Victor did to him and that he allowed his son to go and live abroad with the man who broke up his marriage. Of course, he cut Tara out of her will, but she’s not even on the soap opera anymore.

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If Locke has failed to live up to his towering reputation so far, it may be because Y&R writers see greater use of the character. In one of Richard Burgi’s first interviews after his debut, the actor described the role as it was presented: “no big commitment” and “super cowardly”. Yet within months, the actor was added to the official cast page for the CBS soap opera.

And it’s no wonder why. Burgi was a great addition to the show. He is cunning and speaks well. He has the physical presence to order a part. In addition, he masterfully plays the mysterious angle. Will it turn out that he’s faking his illness and maneuvering to take full control of Newman Locke? Or is he really in love with Vicky (Amelia Heinle) and is he hoping to beat this terrible lung cancer? It could break bad or good, and Y&R writers clearly enjoy this freedom.

It is a freedom that makes Eric Braeden happy, who has embodied Victor for more than forty years now. In fact, Braeden was instrumental in creating Victor’s backstory because he struggled to play someone who was so badly one-dimensional. Indeed, we are already seeing new dimensions in Locke, as he recognizes the abuse he suffered from his father. If this story is true, who wouldn’t be a little damaged after such a difficult childhood?

Even though we find out more about Locke – like his real name, Bobby DeFranco, and the various crimes he committed to become a media mogul – he still doesn’t show much ingenuity or agency. His recognized crimes so far have been on the cowardly side, as all of his victims (the real Ashland Locke, Camilla Rhodes) were already dead when he betrayed them. These revelations make it seem like the writers are still grooming Locke to become a villain, but he then backs off from the villainous opportunities.

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The most recent case came from Jessie Gaines Jr. (Jamison Jones), who had successfully blackmailed him for years and recently attempted to ruin Locke’s marriage. So what did Locke do that was terrible in retaliation? He tried to raison with him (unsuccessfully), then told Victoria the situation was “handled”. Uh no, Ashland, it clearly wasn’t.

Television soap opera websites routinely predict that Locke will either become the proverbial Locke-Ness monster anytime soon, or die. They tease that he’s going to kidnap Vicky, murder Gaines, or succumb to his illness. But as Burgi goes from a recurring status to a contractual status – and his character finds himself married to the most powerful family in Genoa City – Locke seems to be going nowhere.

Whatever the “super loose” plan Y&R writers had for Ashland Locke in the spring seems to be out the window. Will Locke become a villain? For some, yes. Will viewers still love it? As the Mustache would say, you bet. If this character has not shown the qualities of being the equal of Victor Newman on screen, Richard Burgi could very well become Eric Braeden’s apprentice: a villainous character who is still a good guy when that happens. account.

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Ryan pratt

Ryan is an avid runner, reader, hiker and music collector. When not writing and editing for Fame10 Soaps, he relishes the lovely company of his two cats, Penny and Gus.

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