I've always wanted to have a recurring part on a TV show." Gerse left the series in 2007 and made a brief return in 2008.
In 2009, the character was reintroduced as a rebellious teen with actor Dylan Patton.
On September 12, 2013, it was announced that actor Guy Wilson was cast in the role of Will.
His costar Freddie Smith revealed that the switch between Massey and Wilson would happen on-screen as quick as the news of the recast, saying, "If you blink and open your eyes, you’ll be like, 'Wait, there's a new Will?! '" Massey made his final appearance on January 2, 2014 and Wilson made his first appearance on January 8, 2014.
Days of Our Lives won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Daily Drama in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, in recognition of the characters and stories of Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis and related characters.
Will later becomes romantically involved with Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith), with the pair becoming the show's first same-sex supercouple (commonly referred to by the portmanteau "Wil Son").In September 2015, it was announced that Wilson was let go from the show and that the role would not be recast. Darian Weiss, Christopher Gerse, and Dylan Patton, were all nominated for Young Artist Awards for their portrayal of Will. In 2010, Patton received a nomination for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series, and the next year (2011), Chandler Massey was nominated.Massey went on to win the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series—never before won for a gay character —three years in a row, in 2012, 2013, and 2014.Gerse told Janet Di Lauro of Soap Opera Digest that he had previously auditioned for Will, and then another part, but had not landed either role.When he was finally cast, Gerse said, "I was so happy to get on DAYS ...Will is the son of Sami Brady (Alison Sweeney) and Lucas Horton (Bryan Dattilo). In the storyline, Sami gives birth to Lucas' baby but pretends that Austin Reed (Austin Peck) is the father so that he will marry her.The ruse is ultimately revealed, and Will subsequently endures a "turbulent upbringing" due to his mother's complicated love life and endless machinations.Patton and Massey both received Daytime Emmy Award nominations for their portrayal of Will.In 2012, Massey won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series, never before won for a gay character.This generated "major" fan backlash, and criticism in the soap press, as well as accusations that Days of Our Lives was pandering to anti-gay sentiment in their audience base.On September 15, 2017, Chandler Massey returned as Will Horton.