Conniving surgeon Edward (Joe McGann) had been scheming against his son Tony Hutchinson (Nick Pickard) for months, lying to him that he had a brain tumour, drugging him and having an affair with his wife Diane (Fletcher).
Edward finally got his comeuppance over Christmas, inadvertently dying by his own hand after his plan to kill Tony with a poisoned mince pie backfired and he accidentally ate the deadly treat himself, collapsing in the snow after a final dramatic cello performance.
Although Tony and Diane have finally reunited now that Edward's reign of terror is over, it won't be an easy road back to wedded bliss for the couple and Fletcher has told Inside Soap that the story will continue to have an impact into 2021.
"Unfortunately, Edward is still sort of living on through circumstance, and the family he's left behind," she explained, adding that Tony's sister Verity Hutchinson (Eva O'Hara) will find it difficult to let go of her dad, despite his despicable behaviour.
"There's a new family dynamic with Verity," the actress said. "She's not helping them move on, making sure they don't forget Edward, even though he was vile to her – and Tony does try to remind her of that."
In scenes to air next week, Verity will be hurt by Diane's decision to sell Edward's cello and will announce that Diane can't get rid of any of his possessions until the will reading has taken place.
As Verity struggles to deal with her grief, it sounds like her feelings will make it difficult for Diane and Tony to move on too...
Adding that Diane is dealing with the aftermath of Edward's antics better than Tony is, Fletcher revealed that there are two major hurdles for the newly-reunited couple to overcome before they can settle back into married life properly.
"Regaining each other's trust," the actress said when asked what the couple's biggest challenge will be. "And their intimacy after Diane slept with Tony's dad! It's just learning how to be with each other again, because it's been so long."
Fletcher recently told Digital Spy that she isn't sure whether Tony will actually be able to forgive Diane for her affair with Edward, admitting: "I don't know, deep down, if Tony will ever be able to forgive Diane. But he is a very forgiving character, so we'll have to wait and see."
Only time will tell whether the Hutchinson marriage can get fully back on track after their reunion, especially with grieving Verity involved.
Hollyoaks currently airs new episodes from Mondays to Thursdays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4. Classic episodes, titled Hollyoaks Favourites, air on Fridays at 7pm on E4.
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