Hollyoaks fans everywhere were left open-mouthed last week at the unexpected, apparent killing of one of the show’s most loveable characters, Joe Roscoe.
We had known for some time that, in the show’s first big stunt of the year, a person held dear to Freddie Roscoe (Charlie Clapham) would be trapped inside the council flats left derelict from last year’s bomb explosion, as the wrecking ball came to demolish the building.
We, including Freddie, had assumed that the person in question would be either his new wife Sinead (Stephanie Davis), or his secret crush Lindsey Butterfield (Sophie Austin), so we were all surprised when the victim turned out to be none other than Freddie’s older brother, Joe (Aydan Callaghan).
Still, this was Hollyoaks so of course we then went on to assume that Freddie, who had been told by Grace Black (Tamara Wall) that unless he murdered Mercedes McQueen (Jennifer Metcalfe) he would not be told of the whereabouts of his captured loved one, would get to his brother in time.
Freddie decided that murdering Mercy was his only option, and went to mow her down with a car. However, he changed his mind at the last minute but when swerving to avoid her slammed straight in to Jim McGinn (Dan Tetsell) who was running to push her away.
With Jim in a very critical state in hospital, Freddie demanded that Grace told him where Joe was – A conversation which was heard by her dad, Fraser (Jesse Birdsall) who finally got it out of her.
But, when Fraser and Freddie turned up at the demolition site, it seemed that they were too late – But were they?
Viewers had seen Joe desperately trying to get out of the building before it completely collapsed, but apart from seeing what looked like a hand in the rubble, there was no real evidence that Joe was actually dead.
However, Fraser broke the news to Freddie that Joe was indeed dead, and between them they set about making it look like he had left the village after ending his relationship with Lindsey, but STILL we hoped that the truth would actually turn out to be that Fraser has him locked away recovering somewhere until he agrees to keep Grace’s secret.
Whether we are right or not remains to be seen, but we have to say that after a recent interview with Gay Times Aydan Callaghan, who played (or plays) Joe, it’s not looking good as, when asked about the storyline he responded only:
“Let’s just say viewers are going to be pretty shocked by what Joe has got himself caught up in.
“The Roscoes will be torn apart – but I can’t say anymore!”
Do you believe Joe is really dead, or do you think he will show up in a few weeks’ time with a nice tan?
Leave your thoughts and comments below!
Hollyoaks can be seen weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4 / Channel 4 HD – Watch this week’s official trailer in the clip below: