Wow, I didn't see it coming.
I just realized that J.R. could be
b) it could take until the end of the current series to resolve it
Just a possibility in the sea of ideas to keep the show about JR even if he's not actually in it.
I would also go for some prolonged exploration of John Ross and Pamela. Each of them have heaps of crazy... both products of two bitter lifelong rivals. Could anyone see them getting married, producing a son and then of course getting down and dirty with drawn out divorces?
All of this has happened before... waitaminute!!
Anyway... does anyone else think we are going to get another "Who Shot JR?"