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Jun 3 2014, 03:09 PM
I realize there are many other scenes that refute the claim that Will puts Sonny ahead of Ari. I even said in my last sentence that even if it's not their intention the writers "sometimes" show Will as choosing Sonny. I could cite the move to New York dilema. Will didn't hesitate for one second to choose Ari and made the decision to move to New York with Gabi, with or without Sonny.

My point is, and always will be, who Will puts ahead of the other completely depends on whatever story the writers are attempting to tell. When Gabi's pregnancy was a secret, we had no doubt Will was doing what he did because he thought it was best for the baby. When it was time for Will and Sonny to reconcile, the writers had it appear Will sacrificed being in his daughters life so that he wouldn't lose Sonny. When Gabi was considering moving to NY, Will decided to move with her and Ari. When Will thought Sonny killed Nick, he chose to not be apart of his daughters life so that he could save Sonny.
I get your point and am not disagreeing with it, but it's not really relevant to the point I was making. Your more recent examples about New York and Will's confession aren't relevant because they're completely separate storylines. However, the other examples you mentioned -- the ones I also cited in my own previous posts -- are directly linked to the same storyline about the paternity of Gabi's baby. Those scenes occurred within weeks of each other, not months or a year apart from each other. In that case, it wasn't just a matter of the writers choosing to do whatever suited their purposes, it was also a blatant retcon of what we had just been told mere weeks earlier. It would be like us being told right now that Will had confessed to protect Sonny and being told next month that Will had actually confessed to protect Gabi. We would know that's not true because we first saw that Will had confessed to protect Sonny and had never even realized that Gabi had known about the gun that had been hidden in the apartment. It would be a blatant retcon of already-established facts, just like Will telling Sonny that he had been willing to let Nick and Gabi raise the baby because he had been afraid of losing Sonny was a blatant retcon of already-established facts. Later storylines in which one could argue that Will chooses one of them over the other are another matter entirely.

In such retcon situations, I choose to believe what we were initially told, because if the writers had wanted us to believe something different all along, they should have written it that way from the start, IMO. Obviously, some retcons are different than others -- retconning Parker's paternity to make him Daniel's child instead of Philip's could be spun as an always-planned future reveal, not a retcon -- but changing a character's motivation to suit the new purposes of a storyline isn't really the kind of retcon that can be justified as anything other than bad writing, as far as I'm concerned.
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