Hollyoaks actor Frank Kauer, who plays Mason on the show, has opened up about what he hopes for his character's journey after his friendship with Eric.
For context, Mason had been drawn into radicalised misogyny by evil Eric over the past few months, but now he's trying to turn his life back around after Eric's siege at the local pub, The Dog.
Now, in an interview with Inside Soap, the actor has revealed that he hopes that his character gets his redemption.
"I think there's potential for redemption. It's been a long, slow descent into this dark world. So I'd like to see Mason repair the relationships he's severed. We'll have to wait and see whether people will be able to accept him again," he said.
He also spoke about how he thinks Mason is a victim in this entire saga.
"In a way, Mason is one of the bigger victims in this whole storyline. He's been manipulated by Eric and indoctrinated into this misogynistic world. There's a split in the village as well because some characters recognise this and some characters have a very different outlook on Mason," he explained.
Frank also addressed the fan reaction and how they've noticed Mason wasn't fully radicalised by Eric, with glimpses of his vulnerable nature coming through.
"I don't check social media too often but I have seen some comments that notice how Mason hasn't been fully radicalised. It's nice that they can see that there's still some good in Mason – that sweet innocent boy is still in him. But there are some other comments that say: 'Get him out of the village!'" he said.
Meanwhile, in upcoming episodes, Mason will decide to pay Eric a visit in prison. We will also get to see posters campaigning for Mason's removal in school. What will happen?
Hollyoaks streams first on All 4, with new episodes dropping each weekday morning. The show airs Mondays to Fridays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, and at 7pm on E4.
Selected omnibus episodes are available via Prime Video.
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