Hollyoaks spoilers follow.
Hollyoaks has suggested that Edward Hutchinson's reign of terror has had a lasting impact on Diane's mental health after she grew increasingly concerned about her family's safety at the end of tonight's episode.
Last week, Diane (Alex Fletcher) discovered that it was Tony's (Nick Pickard) evil dad Edward (Joe McGann) who was the father of her baby, and she soon broke the news to her shocked husband.
In tonight's E4 first-look episode (February 15), Diane told Tony that she'd booked in for a termination, but when he spoke to his sister Verity and best friend Darren Osborne, Tony admitted that he didn't know how he was supposed to feel about it.
"Things were just starting to get good again," Tony shared. "And for a brief second when I thought that we were having a baby, things were really good."
As Darren and Verity both questioned whether Tony was considering the possibility of raising Diane's baby with her, Tony decided he had to talk to Diane, and raced out of The Hutch to go and find her.
Meanwhile, Diane admitted to Mercedes that she was afraid that her hateful feelings for Edward would keep her from loving this baby, but Mercedes urged her to make the decision that was best for her, and no-one else.
Later, Tony and Diane found each other and Diane confirmed that she'd made the decision to keep Edward's baby after all, while Tony vowed to help support her and raise the baby as his own.
"As much as I love you," Diane told Tony. "Do you not think I'll be alright bringing up this baby on my own? I don't want to put you through any more of this."
"You shouldn't have to go through without me, none of this is your fault," Tony replied. "This baby doesn't need to be a reminder of him – we've been given a gift, another crack at our life together."
At the end of the episode, however, viewers saw an increasingly frantic Diane checking and rechecking that the doors and the windows to the house were locked and counting too, all while a voiceover revealed Diane's worries about keeping Tony and her kids safe.
"Are the kids alright upstairs? I didn't check that window," Diane told herself. "What if they've gone? No, nobody can get Tony. We're all safe. It's locked."
Has Edward's torment of Diane had a lasting impact on her mental health?
Hollyoaks currently airs new episodes from Mondays to Fridays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.
We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov.
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