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A throughline is one of the most important things a soap character can have. You have to have some core things about a character to provide story and to give the audience something to invest in. For example, Alan Spaulding’s throughline is that while he loves him family very much, his obsession with controlling them and the family business leads him to do things to hurt them. Phillip Spaulding’s throughline was that he wanted and felt he was entitled to everything. He wanted to be both the corporate executive and the writer, to escape his family dynamics and to take part in them, to have Beth plus every flavor of the month. For years, Rick Bauer’s throughline was that he wanted a wife and children to recreate his special relationship through his kids that he had with his Grandma Bert (exactly what wife was less important to him) and his…

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