If you ask me, I think this past week was merely the proverbial tip of the iceberg -- before too long, some other poor, misguided, mentally unbalanced soul will get the idea to "one-up" Flanagan and perform an actual, on-air beheading. I feel it in my bones, as they say, and I absolutely dread the feeling.
Do I think soaps could revive themselves with a new model? I used to...but not anymore. Not when primetime TV and the streaming shows have co-opted (for better or worse) so many of daytime soaps' attributes, outpacing daytime in the process. Don't get me wrong, serialized drama will ALWAYS be around in some kind of shape, form or fashion (to quote the late Bobby Womack). But I think soap opera, as a genre, is just doomed to go the way of anthology shows and TV westerns.