Daytime dramas often use retrospective story techniques to pay homage to actors (and the characters they portray who are about to end their runs. The iconic CBS soap opera 'The Young and the Restless' recently projected a stunning 'future-view' of 'Cordelia Abbott' (played by Sophie Pollono) in order to create new storyline directions.
The death of 'Cassie Newman' still ranks among the most unexpected intentional cast changes in the history of this great show. Even though 'Cassie' was previously resurrected in day-dream sequences and is currently alive again through her mother's unmedicated visions, the elimination of Camryn Grimes from the show was rightly rejected by viewers the moment her heart stopped beating in that hospital bed so many years ago.
Due to her age, Pollono is hardly as vital to current storylines as Grimes was through 2005. So, choosing to have 'Delia' accidentally run down on a dark road by 'Adam Newman' (Michael Muhney) should help to establish multiple highly-compelling story arcs that won't be protested by the masses this time around.
The decision to highlight this tragedy was made all the more dramatic through use of an entire episode where 'Billy Abbott' (Billy Miller) sat with his likely-comatose daughter, while he flashed-forward to 'Delia's' future life and waited for an ambulance to arrive. The glimpse into a world that might have been proved to be fully poignant and could be seen again during Emmy nomination scenes.
Fans who were pushed to the edge on that Friday show's cliffhanger surely know that 'Delia' seems certain to die. But, they have the weekend to wonder if Jill Farren Phelps (Executive Producer) signed-off on her staff to pulling the plug on another young fictional life.