The deviant has been behind bars ever since grooming Mulkerrin's character Cleo McQueen, but is now a free man and will make his way back into her life as part of Cleo's new mental health storyline.
"It's fairly realistic that Pete would be out," she told Inside Soap. "He was sentenced to seven years in prison, and with good behaviour he'd be out in three-and-a-half – which is terrible!
"There is a restraining order out against him, but Cleo's definitely shaken and worried at the thought of bumping into him. And she's also incredibly anxious about [boyfriend] Toby looking for Pete, because she knows her boyfriend has a temper."
Mulkerrin continued: "She first meets Pete in the Dog. It's at night when they first lay eyes on each other, so it's really dark and mysterious. It actually feels quite sinister, and then Pete comes out of the shadows – it's pretty scary!"
The last time Cleo was in the presence of her abuser, it was while he was being escorted out of the courtroom, so this promises to be a really interesting reintroduction.
The star went on to explain that Cleo "sees [Pete] for what he is" now, and suggested that Toby getting his hands dirty to protect her is a "definite possibility", adding: "After all, Toby has killed once before, so maybe he could do it again."
Meanwhile, heading in the opposite direction was Trish Minniver's sleazy boyfriend Brad King this month, whose Hollyoaks exit scene was screened post-credits yesterday (April 2).
After begging her to move away with him, Brad was shown loading his bags into a black cab while Trish watched from afar. The two momentarily made eye contact, but Brad entered the vehicle and headed out of town.
Hollyoaks currently airs new episodes from Mondays to Fridays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.
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