The aftermath of the explosion in Hollyoaks a few weeks ago is starting to lift in the usually sleepy village (yeah, right), but for three women the nightmare is still very much in full force!
Fans of the award-winning Channel 4 soap will know how Lindsey Butterflied (Sophie Austin) and Cindy Cunningham (Stephanie Waring) stumbled across escaped murderer Paul Browning (Joseph Thompson) as he was attempting to kill his wife, Mercedes (Jennifer Metcalfe) on the same night that a home-made bomb ripped through the village leaving several people dead.
The three terrified women took on the monster and in a bid to save their own lives, ended his.
Having acquired a body bag from the hospital they had hidden the evil doctor’s remains in the attic at the McQueen house but the smell forced them to remove him last week with a plan to burying him in the woods.
However a letter from his insurance company has changed Mercedes mind about the body staying lost as she needs his death to be acknowledged in order to claim the money his life was insured for, so they ditched the makeshift grave plan and have placed him in Price Slice freezer while they think of their next move.
But the consequences for all three women are starting to take their toll, with Cindy currently pregnant with Browning’s baby, and Lindsey forced to end her relationship with Joe (Ayden Callaghan) in order to throw him off the scent, and according to Sophie Austin who plays Lindsey, her character is terrified!
Discussing the storyline with Digital Spy, Austin revealed:
“I don’t think Lindsey is coping particularly well. She already has to deal with a lot of trauma in her day-to-day life at the hospital, but I think she can always detach herself from it. Right now she feels trapped in a nightmare and she doesn’t know how she got there.
“The reason Lindsey got involved in the first place was that she saw the vulnerability of Mercedes and Cindy after what Browning had done to them both. The logical thing would have been to just walk away and tell the police, but it’s in Lindsey’s nature to look after people. She wasn’t going to leave these women in this situation, because she believes it’s not their fault and they’ve been pushed to this.
“That’s the reasoning in Lindsey’s head, but she’s not dealing very well with it. She hates the fact that she’s lying and that her relationship with Joe is disintegrating because of it. She feels very lonely in the situation but she has no other way out. Who knows how it’s all going to end?”
In the end the girls decide to get rid of the body by putting it in a car and pushing it into the river, on which she commented:
“Lindsey just wonders how the hell she got in this situation! Her idea was that they should have just got rid of the body straight away – maybe incineration at the hospital or a way to get it done and dusted. She doesn’t understand why the situation has gone on for so long.
“Now that she’s caught up in it, she’s petrified and fears that everything is just going to fall apart at any minute.”
However, things don’t go completely according to plan and they are forced to enlist the help of Freddie (Charlie Clapham):
“I think Freddie is totally shocked, but they have a connection and they understand each other. Freddie knows that Lindsey wouldn’t be involved in this situation unless she totally had to be. He’s upset that she is in this position and is disappointed that she didn’t come to him first, because he would have been able to help her.
“As it’s Freddie, he wants to help Lindsey out and make sure that she’s okay. He’d never leave her in a situation like this.”
On filming the stunt, Sophie continued:
“It was really lovely to be on night shoots for the story. There was a brilliant atmosphere created for the episodes and we had a brilliant director, Ian White, who’s really considerate to actors. There were some great stunt guys too. It was absolutely freezing filming the scenes, but I suppose that adds to it! It was like being on a film set so it was great to be part of it.”
After the body has been disposed Freddie admits to Lindsey that this was not the first time he had to get rid of a corpse:
“Freddie tells Lindsey as much as she needs to know. He doesn’t go into detail about it, but he wants to feel connected to her and reassure her that she’s not a bad person. Freddie also wants to get it off his chest, so they have a very special moment there. It’s a lovely moment between them both. Freddie always gets involved in these things, doesn’t he?!”
Meanwhile the girls have even more to worry about when Clare DeVine’s sister Grace becomes suspicious of them while trying to track down Browning, on which Sophie commented:
“The whole time after Browning’s death, Lindsey is constantly on the lookout for how much people know. She’s on the edge of her seat to make sure that nothing is given away. Because Grace is taking such a big interest in the situation, Lindsey is suspicious of her straight away. Grace knows certain things that have happened, so Lindsey wonders whether she’s been watching them. Lindsey is on her guard and expecting to be caught at any time!”
Hollyoaks can be seen weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4 / Channel 4 HD.