More Sands in the Hourglass for ‘Days of our Lives’ Star Galen Gering

DAYS OF OUR LIVES -- Season: 51 -- Pictured: Galen Gering as Rafe Hernandez -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

If you were expecting to say goodbye to Salem top cop Rafe Hernandez at the end of August, you’re about to learn how plans can drastically change in the soap opera business. Days of our Lives star Galen Gering, who’s been with the NBC soap since 2008, will be returning to the drama when production resumes August 31.

Entertainment Weekly is exclusively reporting the details on the actor’s return to the soap (and without frequent leading lady Kristian Alfonso). Gering wrapped his 12-year stint earlier this year at with the expiry of his contact. His alter ego Rafe was set to leave town August 28 with sister Gabi (played by Camila Banus, also returning).

With numerous stars having departed the show in recent months (though they are still airing), Galen Gering’s return will fill the void sparked by their exits. The next couple of months will be interesting as Rafe rebuilds his life without his ex-wife.

Days of our Lives airs weekdays on NBC.