Hollyoaks Spoilers: Who dies and who survives in the explosion? Is it Clare DeVine, Sinead O’Connor, Mercedes or Carmel?

by Anna Howell


With the biggest stunt in Hollyoaks history only days away, we at Unreality TV thought we would put together all our findings to give you our theories on who survives and who the five confirmed dead are!

As we reported last week, an explosion that rips through the village of Hollyoaks is set to rock the residents’ lives forever, and it has been confirmed by show bosses that 5 main characters will lose their lives as a result of it.

The explosion, which is the biggest stunt in the shows history, is a result of a homemade bomb stolen by Sinead O’Connor who thinks it is a bag full of cash belonging to her former pimp, Trevor Royle (Greg Wood).

The bomb has been hidden in the bag by evil Clare DeVine (Gemma Bissix) who has escaped from prison and is hell-bent on blowing up the Loft nightclub whilst Mercedes is inside celebrating her 30th birthday.

Sinead takes the bag containing the bomb with her to a house party being held by Ste (Kieron Richardson) and Doug (PJ Brennan),but when Trevor finds the detonator a struggle between him and Clare erupts, during which he warns her that people will die, but that seems to be what she wants as she presses the button and the blast sweeps through Ste’s flat and the neighbouring flat where the Kane family lives, threatening the lives of several main characters, with 5 deaths confirmed by show bosses.


Those listed as in danger are Mercedes (Jennifer Metcalfe), Carmel (Gemma Merna), John Paul (James Sutton), Theresa (Jorgie Porter), Clare (Gemma Bissix), Trevor, Ste, Doug, Sinead, Leanne (Jessica Forrest), Dennis (Joe Tracini) and Darren (Ashley Taylor-Dawson).

Also in danger are Will (James Atherton), his brother Dodger (Danny Mac)and girlfriend Ash Kane (Holly Weston) but for possibly different reasons as we reported earlier today Dodger walks in on Will trying to kill Ash moments before the blast.

So we thought we would take a look at each possible corpse individually to weigh up the evidence in order to guess their fate.


Mercedes McQueen

Mercedes is, and has been, a central figure in Hollyoaks since she first arrived in the village. Mercy has drama following her, which means that her exit would leave a rather big hole in the show, but with the McQueen clan decreasing daily now it would seem like the perfect time for her to make a Mercy sized dramatic exit.

There have been no rumblings of Jennifer Metcalfe, the actress who plays her leaving that we have heard but that doesn’t mean she isn’t (remember Karen Hassan?) and as we also haven’t heard of any more drama in her near future that may be the biggest indication that she is one of the five dead.

Our verdict: Jury is still out!


Carmel Valentine

Carmel is probably the quietest of all the McQueens, so in our opinion would be the easiest one to dispose of if you wanted one of the family as part of the dead.

Also now that Frazer has his hands on the club entirely, and all the villains are safely out of jail, the only thing keeping Jim McGinn (Dan Tetsell) in the village is his beloved Carmel, so could this be a double exit, or the start of bigger vendetta between the gangsters and their dodgy barrister?

Our verdict – Blast into the past – We think this could be the end of poor Carmel!


John Paul McQueen

John Paul has only been back in the village a while, and is already a firm favourite with fans. Perfect opportunity to get some shock factor going by killing him, but as we reported earlier in the month he, and his secret boyfriend Danny Lomax (Stephen Billington) are about to embark on some pretty big storylines including a mistake from JP’s past coming back to haunt him and homophobic bullying.

Our verdict – JP survives the blast (unless they can fit the above storylines being played out in full during tonight’s episode.


Theresa McQueen

At first we thought that Theresa was a definite fatality, mainly due to the fact that she survived Hollyoaks Later and the death count over there, and also because she was in Hollyoaks Later for the second year in a row.

The news that Jorgie Porter, the actress who plays her has announced her decision to leave the show could have sent the bookies odds plummeting if it wasn’t for the fact that she has revealed that her character won’t be leaving for a few months and that it would be during a storyline conclusion for her murder of Calvin Valentine in 2010, with the door left firmly open for her return.

Our verdict – Theresa survives (though we wouldn’t put it past the sneaky hobbits at Hollyoaks to have thrown Calvin in as a red herring!)


Clare DeVine

Clare is probably the one person who deserves to die in the explosion, having planted the bomb and detonated it, but she is the village bad penny and blatantly refuses to let death out-stare her.

Clare’s visits are never usually very long though (despite the level of destruction caused with each and every one), and we know from our interview with Gemma Bissix way back at the beginning of the year that this one isn’t likely to be very long either, so who knows maybe Clare will get her comeuppance was and for all.

However, as Clare is with Trevor when the bomb explodes, and we have seen him conscious and trying to help the injured, we can’t see her being much worse off, though this is Hollyoaks so it may not be the bomb that claims her life.

Our verdict – Jury is still out!


Trevor Royle

As we previously reported, Trevor is with Clare trying to stop the bomb from being detonated (though he fails miserably) and from pictures already released we can see him trying to help the injured out of the flat.

Also Greg Wood who plays him recently revealed in an interview with Digital Spy how there is more to learn about his character, so we think he is on the safe list.

Our verdict – Trevor survives (and becomes human)


Ste Hay

At first we thought that Hollyoaks might do the unthinkable here and kill off its most beloved character, but we have since changed our minds.

There is much circumstantial evidence leaning to killing off Ste, in particular the fact that he has just reunited with Doug and is happy again (and we know how much Hollyoaks hate that happening), and from the pictures previously released he can be seen in a very bad way after the blast being carried out by Doug.

However, as we reported this morning, Kieron Richardson who plays him has revealed more drama for his character and his on-screen half-sisters, who aren’t all actually on screen yet.

Our verdict – Ste survives!


Doug Carter

Doug is a hard one to judge as, like Mercedes, we haven’t heard anything about him leading up to this event, or following it. However, he can be seen in pictures helping Ste out, but in one of them looks up terrified like maybe something bad is about to happen (like a roof collapsing?) so we think he could well be one of the surprise deaths, after all his husband Ste has just started smiling again, and we can’t have that now can we?

Our verdict – Doug is blast into the past!


Sinead O’Connor

Sinead is the one who brings the bomb to the party, and as Kieron Richardson has revealed, is very close to it when it explodes. But the fact that he even mentioned that suggests to us that she may not be one of the dead, as we know how the tricky minds at Hollyoaks work first hand, so we really are unsure about her.

Our verdict – Jury is still out!


Leanne Holiday & Dennis Savage

Leanne and Dennis are busy planning their wedding, and given the amount that this stunt is costing we don’t think the Hollyoaks budget can stretch to a big wedding in the same month, besides we know how much they all like to ruin a good wedding, so it was our firm belief that at least one of these two would die.

And, in pictures previously released, Dennis can be seen trying to help Darren out of the building. Why wasn’t he helping Leanne?

Our verdict – Leanne is blast into the past, and Dennis survives!


Darren Osborne

Darren is possibly the most obvious one to kill off (which probably means he will survive knowing Hollyoaks). Not only can he be seen in pictures looking pretty much dead, but Ashley Taylor-Dawson, the actor who plays him is currently taking part in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

When interviewed before Strictly started, Ashley was asked if Hollyoaks were giving him back-burner storylines whilst he was taking part to allow him more time to practice. His reply was no, because all his storylines had already been written and scripted before he decided to join the show – but surely there would come a time when this became possible as the show only works a certain amount of weeks ahead of itself.

That and the fact we doubt he would have taken on the challenge of Strictly whilst filming full time for Hollyoaks at the same time as having a new born child, suggests to us he is a gonner and the fact that he is currently the end credit (which at first we thought ruled him out of the mortuary) seems like it could be in tribute.

Our verdict – Darren is blast into the past!

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Will Savage, Dodger Savage & Ash Kane

We categorically do not think that Will is one of the dead as he has far too many unfinished storylines, some of which are currently unravelling as we speak.

And, as we previously reported, at the same moment that the bomb is exploding Will has his hands wrapped round Ash’s throat trying to kill her, a scene which Dodger walks in and witnesses.

In pictures released Dodger can be seen looking incredibly lifeless, but as Danny Mac the actor who plays him has indicated about an affair with his father’s girlfriend, Maxine (Nicki Sanderson) we think this could be another red herring – or maybe his story indication is, we simply cannot tell.

Ash, on the other hand, we believe is not walking away from this. After all she is staring death down a double barrel, and if Will can’t finish the job, the bomb definitely will.

Our verdict – Will survives the blast, Dodger the jury is still out on and Ash is blast into the past!

So, there we have it. Of course Hollyoaks is second to none when it comes to keeping secrets and telling people only the things they want them to know, as well as planting little seeds of doubt here there and everywhere so the only way to really know who dies and who survives is to watch all the drama unfold in Hollyoaks Tuesday, October 15 and Wednesday, October 16 at 6.30pm on Channel 4 / Channel 4.




  1. nissangtr786 on October 14, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I predict ‘Will’ will die and it will turn out ash will survive due to will shielding her. Sinead will die. dennis and leanne will die and I think doug will die a hero.

  2. Lauren on October 14, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Can’t wait such a cliffhanger OMG!Can’t wait!

  3. nissangtr786 on October 14, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    After watching todays episode I think dennis definately survives with leanne out the picture to. I have a feeling now ash and dodger survive. I think tom could also die.

    doug sinead tom carmel will, I think will will die a few moments after when building caves in, bit like how maddie died and gets hit by something after apologising.

  4. morgan on October 14, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    i dont really want doug to die coz im a stug fan and i think for once hollyoaks need to have a happy after for them.I think dodger,will,ash,sinead and darren will die beacuse the pictures show dodger lifeless and darren being carried out i think will could die in hospital or fall down and get crushed
    please i beg hollyoaks dont destroy stug!

  5. naomi on October 14, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    i really hope tom doesnt die

  6. Jay Dudley-Jones on October 15, 2013 at 1:52 am

    – I think Tom gets killed by Sienna and that’s a twist as he wasn’t in the flat he ran towards the price slice direction not the bridge where the flats are and she’ll mow him down
    – Doug gets squished a hero
    – Will will sacrifice his life because he’s sick of being weird like when Steph was sick of being ill
    – Darren I don’t know???
    – Dodger well, I don’t know either him or Ash will go and the survivor will tell the truth about Will
    – Sinead, I don’t know….saw her in Chester with Bart in Fiesta Havana got a good pic with them nice girl but I think it could be ‘GAME OVER…..’

    Either way the episode was brilliant better than ‘Hollyoaks Later’, by the way how’d Dom get out of prison after a few years

  7. Hanna on October 15, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    ok can someone please kill off will PLEASE !!!! getting tired of seeing his face on hollyoaks just dragging his story out to be honest …. really didnt want doug or dodger to die 🙁

  8. Amy on October 15, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    The guy who plays tom goes to my school and is in my year, he’s always off filming so he won’t be dead. I think doug dies because they’ll just do the unexpected. Hope clare dies as well

  9. Sandralouise on October 15, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    I think Leanne will be found at a later date as Dennis will think she has left when she was actually in the way to the flat to say she forgives him and got caught up in it! I hope Dodger survives so he can tell the truth about Will as he’s the only one that knows now.

  10. Amy on October 15, 2013 at 7:48 pm


  11. dancing queen on October 15, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    i think ash, doug, calre and sinead will die because it is to odviouse that ste will die, ash is an important caracter to will so she will die. clare will probably be hit by a car when she gose to the scean and sinead will die in hospital due to breathing in to much smoke

  12. Meg on October 15, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    I hope a miracle happens and Doug doesn’t die cause I am also a stug fan and I think ste might try and take his own life if Doug goes.
    I hope will dies cause he is getting really annoying.
    I’m happy Clare’s died cause she’s evil.
    I’m glad Trevor has finally become human
    I’m sad about dodge though cause he’s one of my favourites I hope tom shows Darren the tape of sienna cause…. Well I don’t really like her!!!
    What a fantastic episode!!

  13. AMS on October 16, 2013 at 4:34 am


  14. Sammi on October 16, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Claire is definately dead, then it looks like Ash, Dodger, and Doug. Whos number five tho??? Maybe Paul Browning? Its driving me insane trynig to work it out aha! Im so sad about Dodger… I hope he isnt really gone 🙁

  15. tommy on October 16, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    dodger, ash, doug and clare die but i havent found out yet who the other 2 dead people are ste is alive

  16. Odile on October 16, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Checked many times there’s no sign that Doug’s dead for sure and didn’t see the paramedic shake his head either. I hope it just Ste thought he’s dead.

  17. Gillian Makin on October 16, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Dodger to good looking to die

  18. littlemissvintage on October 17, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Doug, Ash, Clare, Browning. I don’t know who the other one is, unless they count Callum. Can’t wait to find out though xx

  19. kayleigh on October 23, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    leane. Doug. ash. Dr drowning and Claire. im wondering what happened to tom did he get caught up in the explosion. did sienna get to him first i have no idea. hope he’s ok tho x

  20. holly on October 29, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Leanne, Doug, Ash, Claire and Browning.
    Im so sad Ash died she was my absolute favourite and hollyoaks will not be the same without her

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