Home and Away spoilers follow for UK viewers.
Home and Away star Patrick O'Connor has admitted that he expected Ross Nixon's body to be found a year ago.
The actor's character Dean Thompson found himself embroiled in a shock murder cover-up in early 2019, as he helped Colby Thorne (Tim Franklin) to hide Ross's body in some bushland.
Colby killed Ross after a tense kidnap drama involving the evil villain. Next week's episodes on Channel 5 see the past come back to haunt Dean and Colby, as Ross's remains are found by hikers and the police are called.
This paves the way for a big new storyline, as Angelo Rosetta – who's now back in the police force as a detective – returns to Summer Bay to lead the investigation into who killed Ross.
Speaking to Digital Spy about the story being revisited after an 18-month wait, Patrick laughed: "Funnily enough, when me and Tim were burying Ross, we were patting the dirt in and asking: 'I wonder how long this will go on?'
"We guessed on time frames and I think Tim got close because he said 18 months and I was like: 'I reckon this comes up in six months'. Tim was like: 'Nah, nah, this will be a slow burner!'
"It's good to have it come back out, because it's good to shelve a storyline and then have it come back at some point. It's good to see it come back up. Things get pretty serious for a while, but it's a good storyline."
Asked how he'd feel if Colby got his comeuppance and had to be written out, Patrick replied: "I would be absolutely livid if, a) I didn't go with him and, b) if I didn't get to see him anymore!
"It would be horrific. It would be sad. It would be like losing a best friend."
Patrick also revealed his excitement over Luke Jacobz reprising his role as Angelo for the storyline.
He said: "It's so funny. He's a really, really good guy. When I first worked with him, I had to pull him aside and be like: 'Man, I've known about you since I was like 11', because I used to be a really big fan of McLeod's Daughters and I kind of fangirled him for a little bit.
"We've become really good friends since he's been on the show and I see him quite regularly as he just lives down the road from me."
Home and Away airs weekdays at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5 (UK) and Mondays to Thursdays at 7pm on Channel 7 (Australia).
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