Hollyoaks has hinted that Diane Hutchinson could actually be Mercedes McQueen's secret stalker.
Mercedes later revealed that she'd only blamed Sylver as revenge for his fling with Grace Black (Tamara Wall), meaning the real shooter was still on the loose.
In Monday's (December 2) first-look episode, viewers could see Mercedes's heart rate spiking as she was being watched while sleeping in her hospital bed.
Though the stalker slipped away before Mercy woke up, a terrified Mercedes called Misbah Maalik (Harvey Virdi) into her room once she awoke to insist the shooter had been in her room.
"They were in here! The person who tried to kill me. They just ran off," she insisted.
Misbah is then surprised to find none other than Diane Hutchinson (Alex Fletcher) fleeing out of the hospital corridors.
"I dunno what I was thinking," Diane admitted to Misbah. "I heard that Mercedes had woken up, and I wanted her to know what she'd taken from us."
When Misbah mentioned that Mercedes feared Diane had been the one who shot her, Diane panicked and ran off while admitting she "should never have come".
Is it possible Diane is Mercedes' stalker?
Mercedes was so spooked by the stalker mystery that she checked herself out of the hospital to return to The Dog, where she was met with another unpleasant surprise.
Her mother-in-law (and, unbeknownst to her, serial killer) Breda McQueen (Moya Brady) announced that she would be moving in with Mercy to nurse her back to health.
Hollyoaks airs Mondays through Fridays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first-look episodes airing on E4 at 7pm.
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