Speaking of Mickey possibly reappearing, I think if they are not going to use the "older" characters, they might just as well kill them off and let them go in a dignified manner. It doesn’t look like Mrs. H. will ever be well enough again to come before the camera so why not just let her die and have a proper tribute.
Same with Mickey. They’ve fooled around trying to replace him with men who just couldn’t fill his shoes. So, if he’s not coming back, let him go also. Why not write in a heart attack while he’s out of town. Then have a funeral and a tribute to him also. I mean, he was the original Mickey and, in my book, the ONLY Mickey. (Hey, they could write in a fatal car crash and take Mrs. H. and Mickey together. That could be a real tear-jerker.)
I know it’s not feasible to do this to some of the younger characters, i.e. Shawn and Belle, Eric, the space twins, and a lot of the others because it’s always possible for them to return but, geeze-Louise, clean house and let these older characters die with dignity. JMO
She has a lifetime contract, so maybe it isn’t the writers, but more of that. I imagine when she passes away in real life she will pass away on the show shortly after that. With her contract she is probably getting paid still and therefore killing her off on the show would not be right.
As for Mickey, I think right now is not the right time for Maggie to lose Mickey. She is turning into the new Mickey and once that transformation is done, I then see them doing that.
I agree that if John Clarke doesn’t return, Days is limiting themselves by continuously referring to Mickey being out of town or never on camera.
I wouldn’t mind seeing a new guy come into Mag’s life, if they can find the right one. Why not show that older folks can have romances too!