Hollyoaks stars Annie Wallace, Jorgie Porter and James Sutton have spoken exclusively to Digital Spy following the big reveal of who killed George Kiss.
The show's latest episode ended with a bombshell, as Sally St Claire confessed to her son John Paul McQueen that she was responsible for George's death.
Special flashbacks then showed the moment that Sally caught George in an argument with Theresa McQueen outside The Dog In The Pond. George and Theresa were rowing over the evil policeman's abuse of John Paul, which had been unfolding for months.
When George was about to violently lash out at Theresa, Sally intervened to protect her. She hit George over the head with a heavy bookend to stop him, but was horrified as the villain then slumped to his death.
Speaking to Digital Spy about the episode, Annie Wallace promised that Sally isn't leaving Hollyoaks as a result of the storyline twist.
Asked about her initial reaction to the story, Annie explained: "I was really chuffed, [but] worried for Sally the character because it's so out of character for her. I was worried for how it will affect her and what's going to happen to her.
"The first thing I said was: 'Oh my God, is that it? Am I being written out?' 'No, you're not being written out'. 'Oh okay, that's fine, thank you'.
"I was really excited at the chance to be a part of this."
Annie pointed out that it's fitting for Sally to play such a significant role in the storyline, as she helped to bring John Paul and George together in the first place. She was also among the first to see George's true nature when he menacingly threatened her.
Annie recalled: "Sally was the matchmaker and she introduced the two of them. She pushed them both together.
"She's carrying an awful lot of guilt because of the damage that's been brought to John Paul, in terms of the physical and mental abuse. She's taking a lot of the responsibility mentally upon herself.
"I was worried about the long-term effects and that's basically where we're going to go with it. The question is, how does someone who feels like a moral centre of a community square away the fact that she has taken someone's life?
"That's the exploration that needs to happen next. So I felt initial excitement, and then intrigue as an actor over where we can go with this – in terms of a proper journey, rather than brushing it under the carpet too quickly."
James Sutton also promised an interesting journey ahead for John Paul, who now has to come to terms with the revelation that Sally was responsible for George's death.
He said: "There's an awful lot of high emotion that's going on. What I would say is that John Paul and Sally have a very strong relationship and there's a lot of love there. They've worked together, as well as the family connection, so there's been a lot for us to play.
"We were all delighted as well that it was Annie that was going to be playing out the murderer stuff. She works very, very hard and takes her job and the character very seriously. It's been in really safe hands."
Discussing the consequences for the McQueens, James continued: "It all comes out and the beauty of being part of this family, when big events like this happen, is that there are lots of different sects within the family.
"You've got Mercedes and Sylver and that side of the family, then there's Goldie, Nana and Theresa. So there's all these different pockets of the family, how they react and what it does to them as characters, and what it does to the family as a whole.
"It's a lot of fun for us to play and it makes for some quite varied scenes, with different reactions from different people."
Earlier in the big episode, Theresa "confessed" to Goldie that she was responsible for George's murder.
The final flashback ultimately revealed this to be a lie, as Theresa was protecting Sally. Viewers will now have to wait and see how far this loyalty stretches, as the police want to talk to Theresa down at the station.
Jorgie explained: "Theresa is, as she always is, a McQueen family defender. I think she looks at Sally as if she's not going to cope in prison.
"Theresa would cope way better and be able to handle it more. She just tries to protect Sally.
"We did know [the outcome] the whole time and we knew it was going to happen. I was excited for Sally to have something like that happen."
Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.
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