Hollyoaks spoilers follow.
Hollyoaks' summer season has officially arrived, with the launch of an exciting new trailer jam-packed with gripping storylines.
Fan favourites like Mercedes McQueen, Sienna Blake, Warren Fox and Ste Hay will be among those taking centre stage over the coming weeks – and viewers won't want to miss a second of the drama.
Here's a full breakdown of the biggest stories revealed.
1. Mercedes confesses to cheating after being blackmailed
Mercedes returned to her old ways by having a one-night stand with Romeo earlier this year, and it's finally time for her to face the music.
There's trouble ahead for Mercedes when Romeo's mum Donna-Marie discovers their scandalous secret and blackmails her with the evidence.
Mercedes makes various attempts to get Donna-Marie off her back – from giving her cash to spiking her drink. However, in the end, Mercy is forced to admit defeat and braces herself for the consequences as she tells her husband Sylver the truth.
Will Sylver call last orders on their marriage after one betrayal too many?
2. Summer kidnaps Sienna
Summer's affair with Sienna has kept fans gripped over the past few weeks – and it just wouldn't be a Sienna Blake storyline without a shock kidnap thrown in for good measure.
After the drama of her wedding day, Summer continues on her path of revenge by keeping Liberty as a hostage, framing Brody for murder and even kidnapping Sienna.
With Summer hiding a deadly weapon, could this dark storyline end with a gunshot?
3. Felix and Martine grow closer
As Martine continues her cancer treatment, she leans on her old flame Felix for support now that he knows what she's going through. Felix is keen to help in any way he can – and he keeps Martine's spirits up by joining her as she tries on wigs.
The former couple share an intimate moment and the trailer shows Felix's current partner Grace looking devastated. Does this mean that she finds out what happened between them?
4. Zara Morgan returns
Hollyoaks bosses surprised fans this week with the big announcement that Zara Morgan is returning to the village after a 15-year absence.
In new footage from the trailer, Zara is seen turning up on the doorstep of her brother Luke following the death of their mum Sue. Zara is shocked that she only learned about the funeral when she read about it on social media.
5. Brooke opens up to their friends
Brooke's journey continues in the run-up to prom night and they eventually come to the realisation that they are non-binary.
Brooke is supported throughout by market stall holder Ripley, who is also non-binary. When Brooke opens up to their other friends, they receive nothing but love and support in response.
6. Misbah reveals the truth about Shaq
Shaq's presence in the village continues to spark drama and scandal, not least because he seems to have caught the eye of Sami's girlfriend Verity.
Meanwhile, after weeks of speculation over who his biological parents are, there's a new twist when Misbah confides in Marnie and reveals that she's Shaq's mother. Will she tell him the truth?
7. Warren breaks into Price Slice
Warren continues to do the dirty work of dodgy businessman Fergus. This includes seeking revenge on his former friend Felix by scaring the Deveraux family.
Fergus has his sights set on taking over Price Slice, so Warren is tasked with trying to scare the Deveraux family off from the business. When Warren breaks into the local shop, he looks set to hurt Walter in the process.
8. John Paul is violent towards Ste
John Paul has an emotional and complex journey still to come as he struggles following the death of his abusive fiancé George.
John Paul's spiralling emotions lead to him turning against some of the people closest to him – including Ste, who he violently attacks.
9. Yazz and Tom challenge the villagers
Yazz and Tom have decided to spend the summer raising money for a cancer charity and they believe that their "assassins" game will be a sure-fire hit with the younger crowd.
The game sees participants given a target, who they must somehow convince to say the words: "Bang bang, you're dead." The involvement of Romeo provides the cool factor and he uses social media to keep track of everyone's scores.
10. Joel and Cleo reunite
With social distancing continuing to affect all of the soaps, it was only a matter of time before we saw Joel and Cleo – played by real-life couple Rory Douglas-Speed and Nadine Mulkerrin – sharing romantic scenes again.
As one of the only pairings in soap who can kiss as much as they like, Joel and Cleo are drawn back together. Will they become a proper couple again or is it a one-off?
11. Maxine wakes up in Fergus's bed
Maxine could face the wrath of her mum Trish as she wakes up in bed with Fergus.
Did they sleep together?
12. Ella returns
Ella featured in one of the biggest twists of the County Lines saga when she fatally stabbed drug dealer Jordan. Since the truth about her guilt was revealed earlier in the year, she has largely stayed off-screen as she was sent to youth offenders.
However, new scenes show Mandy bring Ella back to the village with the big news that she has been given a youth rehabilitation order and can come home again.
13. Sid starts dating again
Sid's friends have been trying to convince him to find a girlfriend for a while now, but his insecurities over his disability have been holding him back.
After some final words of encouragement from his best friend Juliet, Sid takes the plunge and appears smitten with a new girl as they spend some time together.
Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.
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