Oh dear, we said the domestic bliss between Brendan Brady and Ste Hay wouldn’t last long in Hollyoaks, and it would seem we were right!
Fans of the hit Channel 4 soap will know how Brendan (Emmett J Scanlan) has finally admitted to everyone, and himself, that he is gay and embarked on a meaningful relationship with his one true love, Ste Hay (Kieron Richardson) after months of abusing him out denial for who he really was.
However, as we reported Brendan is slowly having the rug pulled out from him at the hand of his current arch-nemesis, Walker (Neil Newbon), who is about to step things up a gear by sending his spy, Kevin Foster (Elliott Balchin) to the police claiming to have been sexually assaulted by the moustached monster.
In the aftermath of this, during which Kevin has managed to plant a seed of doubt into Ste’s mind about Brendan’s innocence, Brendan is set to lash out in true form, beating his lover to a bloody pulp yet again.
The situation arises when Brendan has to go to court over the false claims of sexual assault by Kevin where, determined to clear his name, he pleads not guilty, according to All About Soap magazine.
However, his case isn’t looking good, and so the Irish club-owner, who is tormented by the allegations due to his own abusive childhood at the hands of his father Seamus (Fintan McKeown), hits the bottle in order to block out the mess.
Turning up to his sister, Cheryl’s (Bronagh Waugh) engagement party drunk, Brendan loses the plot when an ashamed Ste, who does not know about Brendan’s abusive past, tells him he is just like his father.
Brendan is mortified to be compared to the man who robbed him of his innocence and takes out his frustrations in true Double B style by beating Ste up, just like old times!
That, however, is far from the end of his worries as he is later informed by Maxine (Nikki Sanderson) that Walker is back, which sends Brendan into a panic trying to get his loved ones to safety.
He bundles Ste and Cheryl into a car, arranging to meet them later, but when he (surprisingly – but probably at Cheryl’s request) goes to get Seamus, and finds him tied up with Walker holding a gun to his head.
The question remains will Brendan, who fans will know has already tried to have his father killed once before, play along and let Walker do his dirty work for him?
Find out when all the drama unfolds in Hollyoaks on Thursday, March 14 and Friday, March 15 at 6.30pm on Channel 4/ Channel 4 HD.
Watch an interview with Kieron Richardson and Emmett J Scanlan, who play Ste and Brendan in Hollyoaks, discussing the domestic abuse storyline the first time round in the clip below:
Hollyoaks can be seen week nights at 6.30pm on Channel 4/ Channel 4 HD