About a year and a half ago, Dylan McAvoy (Steve Burton) came to Genoa City to reunite with his former love, Avery (Jessica Collins) on CBS Daytime's The Young and the Restless. Little did he know, he would also meet his biological mother and a psycho father!
Perhaps the biggest surprise, however, has been Dylan's war buddy Ben "Stitch" Rayburn (Sean Carrigan) evolving from a sounding board to a leading man in his own right. At the show’s 41st anniversary celebration, Burton and Carrigan revealed the secret to their onscreen chemistry, why Dylan and Avery’s happiness will be shortlived and what's up with Stitch and Dylan's new sis Victoria (Amelia Heinle).
“My first day on set he [Burton] came to me and was like, ‘Hey man. You’re playing Stitch, We’re war buddies. Let’s get to know each other.’ And the rest is history," said Carrigan of how he and the soap superstar first bonded. "He’s been amazing from the first day I started, and that’s why I’m still here on the show.”
Burton thinks Carrigan is being too modest. “He’s getting a big story and he’s doing a great job.”
Stitch has been front-and-center ever since it was revealed he shared a past with Kelly (Cynthia Watros), who used a grieving parents support group as a pick-up bar. Now he’s caught the eye of Billy’s (David Tom) wife Victoria.
“I don’t know that I’m a spoiler [in their marriage], but I’m definitely going to create conflict,” said Carrigan.
What about that explosive secret with Kelly? “I can’t tell you what the secret is, but he’s got a big one. I think it’s going to change everything. Not only that, but it’s going to change the people that know him. He’s got a secret he keeps from Dylan and everybody.”
This potentially game-changing secret is part of the reason why Stitch's unseen wife Jenna left him. “Stitch isn’t who she thought he was. I think being married to someone who isn’t the person you thought they were is grounds for termination.”
Dylan isn't just dealing with Stitch’s secret. His diabolical father, Ian Ward, has some of his own. “Ray [Wise] s a fantastic actor and having his type of character on the show is great,” said Burton. “People are so intrigued with this guy, so I’m glad he’s back and I think we’re going to find out some interesting secrets from him.”
Fans have speculated Ian isn't truly Dylan’s biological. Paul Williams (Doug Davidson) was at the cult with Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) and has piercing blue eyes like Dylan.
“Ray’s eyes are pretty blue [too]," quipped Burton. "Have you seen those eyes? But you know what? That wouldn’t be a bad mom and dad for me.”
Burton praised Dylan’s gradual bonding with his mother, Nikki and newfound sibling Nick (Joshua Morrow) and Victoria. “They’re doing it at the right pace, I think.”
Dylan and Avery’s romance seems to have overcome multiple obstacles, but Burton doesn’t think wedding bells will be ringing any time soon. “They can’t be too happy for too long. I can’t eat cake and pie my whole next year on the show.”
Burton has a suggestion for how the writers should complicate Dylan’s life. “I need them to go back to the PTSD a little bit. That’s an important subject, and I think they should probably explore it a little more.”