In 2012, Los Angeles Times columnist Robert Lloyd wrote of daily dramas, "Although melodramatically eventful, soap operas such as this also have a luxury of space that makes them seem more naturalistic; indeed, the economics of the form demand long scenes, and conversations that a 22-episodes-per-season weekly series might dispense with in half a dozen lines of dialogue may be drawn out, as here, for pages.You spend more time even with the minor characters; the apparent villains grow less apparently villainous." Soap opera storylines run concurrently, intersect and lead into further developments.While Spanish language telenovelas are sometimes called "soap operas," telenovelas have conflicts that get resolved and a definite ending after (more or less) a year of daily weekday airing.
As examples, East Enders focuses on the tough and grim life in London's east end, while Coronation Street invokes Manchester and its characters exhibit the stereotypical characteristic of "Northern straight talking".
Especially in daytime serials and those that are broadcast each weekday, there is some rotation of both storyline and actors so any given storyline or actor will appear in some but usually not all of a week's worth of episodes.
Soap operas rarely bring all the current storylines to a conclusion at the same time.
You rarely see a dead body, but hey, even if you do, he or she can always come back to play the evil identical twin." On The Bold and the Beautiful, Taylor Forrester (Hunter Tylo) was shown to flatline and have a funeral.
When Tylo reprised the character in 2005, a retcon explained that Taylor had actually gone into a coma.