Home and Away star Sarah Roberts has spoken to Digital Spy about Willow Harris's decision to temporarily say her goodbyes to Summer Bay.
In Monday's first-look episode on 5STAR, Willow chose to leave amid a big backlash over her testifying against Colby Thorne (Tim Franklin). However, the good news is that she has not left for good.
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While Willow believed she was doing the right thing for her River family, Colby's sister Bella Nixon (Courtney Miller) and best mate Dean Thompson (Patrick O'Connor) were unable to forgive her.
Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy about why Willow left in the aftermath, Sarah explained: "Dean and Bella cannot find it within themselves to forgive or even comprehend what Willow has done. To them, Willow was like a sister and she has torn their family apart.
"Willow decided to leave the Bay in the aftermath because Dean and Bella ostracised her and couldn't find it within themselves to forgive her or even listen to what she has to say.
"This is huge for Willow. She has always been so loyal when it comes to family.
"It would be nice to see a rekindling of her friendship with Bella and Dean, whether that be over the phone or FaceTime when years have passed. Or perhaps Dean or Bella will go and find her, or perhaps she may return to the Bay?"
Willow has not even returned to Home and Away on Australian screens yet, so we won't be seeing her again in the next few weeks. However, show bosses have confirmed that she has not left the show and will be back at some point.
Producer Lucy Addario recently told TV Week: "While she thought she was doing the right thing in saving Dean from going down for Colby's mistake, she will return to try to make things right.
"What she did was for Dean, and she needs to make sure he's okay."
Home and Away airs weekdays at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5, with first look screenings at 6.30pm on 5STAR.
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