Before Cosgrove completed his run on the show last year, he was already hearing Aiden could show up back in Salem. "I didn't believe it," says the actor. "You hear rumors all the time. Aiden's ending was pretty finite. He got shot in the chest and wrapped up in a body bag."
The popular actor was also aware that Executive Producer Ken Corday had told Digest previously that dead characters were staying dead. "Our captain said, 'When someone dies, they are dead,' Cosgrove shares. "I thought, 'Okay, I know my fate. Aiden was in a body bag.' "
Later, Cosgrove received a call from a DAYS producer. "I was asked if I would like to come back," he recounts. "I thought it was someone playing a joke on me [laughs].
Once he realized it was a serious offer, he wanted to know if Aiden was going to have a story. "I also asked if I would be coming back with a story," he recounts. "I was told, "Yes, you will be coming in with a story.' We didn't get into any details because they like to keep those kind of things quiet."
Once the deal was worked out, he returned to the set in November. "It was not long after the show's 50th anniversary," he notes.
Now that Cosgrove's second stint on the soap is underway, he's making plans to step up his social media game. "When I do get myself onto twitter, I'm going to say thank you to a lot of people, because there were viewers who were quite vocal that they were not happy with the way that Aiden and Hope's story ended," he says.
"I was really surprised by the fanbase's support. For a long time, people wondered if Aiden was good or bad. I've gotta say, it was really tough to play Aiden being in love with Hope when he was also making plans to kill her. You come into work, you do what you do and hope that people will like it. So I was very grateful to hear that people missed Aiden."