"I really want to take it to the next step," says Smith. "That's where we're all hoping that it heads."
As in seeing the two characters eventually get married?
"Yeah. They're living together, and they love each other," contends Smith. "I really hope the story does go in that direction; that we get married and have a same sex marriage."
Smith believes viewers would accept the story turn.
"Absolutely," says Smith. "We've been getting more and more accepted."
And Smith isn't worried about fans embracing the new Will.
"Guy Wilson is a phenomenal actor and a really great person," notes Smith, who's been working with him for a few months. "He's bringing something new to the character; his own little flavor. He's put his own little twist on [who Will] is. The character is getting older and evolving."
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