Eric Braeden has portrayed Victor Newman on The Young and the Restless for almost four decades. But as of late, the arrogant Newman patriarch has been comatose. So, is Victor Newman is going to die?
If you watch The Young and the Restless, you’re probably aware that Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) has not been up to any cruel manipulations lately. Victor has spent the last few episodes in a coma.
Given his current state, fans are wondering if Victor Newman is going to die. At the very least, they want to know if he will be retiring from the soap opera in 2018.
Is Victor Newman Leaving Y&R?
Daytime soap fans were first introduced to Victor Newman in 1980. Through all the twists and turns, Victor became famous for his despicable behavior. And after all these years, we can’t even imagine Y&R without him!
But the latest episodes of the show have left fans questioning Victor’s fate.
ICYMI, tensions flare between Victor and J.T. Hellstrom (Thad Luckinbill), resulting in blows between them. And many thought that Victor would win this one like he has won other fistfights before.
But to everyone’s horror, the fight ends when J.T. shoves the mustached mogul down the stairs! Victor is knocked out and never comes to after that. Of course, none of the Newmans know that J.T. is the cause of Victor’s comatose state.
Victor even undergoes emergency surgery to stop the bleeding in his brain. With him showing no signs of recovery, fans have concluded that this is the end for Victor Newman.
But this is Victor Newman we’re talking about, folks! He has cheated death more than once, and his luck is not about to run out anytime soon.
Down the Rabbit Hole for J.T.
In the last few weeks, things have become tense between J.T. and Victor’s daughter, Victoria (Amelia Heinle). J.T. is desperate to get married to her because his job is in jeopardy.
However, after a meeting with J.T.’s ex-wife, Victoria doesn’t want to marry him anymore. J.T. is becoming unhinged, and he’s blaming it all on Victor.
J.T. feels that Victor’s existence is the bane of his life. So, Victor needs to go.
The disgraced investigator is biding his time and hoping that Victor succumbs to his failing health. But when he learns from Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) that Victor is recovering slowly, J.T. gets desperate.
When everyone is busy, J.T. sneaks into Victor’s hospital room. After an impassioned moment, he puts on a glove and turns off Victor’s life support! (Dun Dun Duuuun!)
Too bad, J.T.! Your move just cost you. Victor survives and is awake!
Now, the doctors tell the Newmans that an unsuccessful attempt was made to kill Victor. The family is very close to zeroing in on his assailant. However, even though Victor is awake, he can’t speak or move yet.
While Victoria takes the reins of Newman Enterprises, J.T. does a good job pretending he’s concerned about Victor. When no one’s watching though, he continues scheming.
Is Victor Newman Retiring in 2018?
Over the four decades that Eric Braeden has been part of Y&R, he has been dogged with rumors of leaving more than once.
In fact, Braeden left the show briefly in 2009 while his contract was in the midst of renegotiations. But he was back on the show once the terms of the new contract were settled.
Since his brief departure from the show, Braeden has been candid about rumors surrounding the fate of his character. The actor, who turned 77 on April 3, makes it a point to communicate with fans on Twitter often.
In 2017, when similar rumors cropped up, Braeden clarified that he was not leaving the show.
I AM NOT LEAVING THE SHOW! Hopefully that will lay this rumor to rest!! But thank you for caring!
— Eric Braeden (@EBraeden) April 21, 2017
Eric Braeden has made the despicable Victor Newman into an irreplaceable fan favorite on Y&R for over 37 years. So, it’s highly unlikely that he would get written off the show without a prior statement.
Rest assured, Victor is here to stay!
Keep watching The Young and the Restless, weekdays at 4:30 p.m. EST on CBS, to find out how Victor Newman deals with J.T. Hellstrom’s schemes.