After the much-anticipated wedding day murder of Texas Longford in Hollyoaks last week, Danny Mac who plays one of the main suspects in the investigation has come out to praise writers, and his co-star James Atherton, for the plot.
Mac’s character Dodger was instantly arrested after Texas (Bianca Hendrickse-Spendlove) was pushed from her honeymoon suite window after police found CCTV footage of the pair arguing just before the murder.
To be fair Dodger looked guilty as sin, especially as he fled the wedding and was then found by police trying to flee the village.
However, we only had to wait a few days before the real killer, Dodger’s brother Will (James Atherton) was revealed in a flash back sequence.
Now Dodger has been released by police after his father Patrick Blake (Jeremy Sheffield) gave him a false alibi, and Will has had to imply Texas’ best friend, Leanne (Jessica Forrest) instead to cover his tracks.
The developing character of Will Savage has been a gradual, but very effective one, and in the last 18 months we have seen the once geeky student go from resident serial killer, Silas Blissett’s (Jeff Rawle) admirer to protégé.
And Danny Mac thinks that Atherton, and the plot are fab!
Speaking to Digital Spy about his on-screen brother’s dramatic transformation, and the current murder plot, he said:
“I was really happy for James, because it’s such a nice thing for the writers to have driven his character towards. Also, for Dodger, it’s a seed that’s planted and will hopefully produce some nice material for me further down the line, in a selfish sense!
“James is so fantastic at dealing with this. I think Will has come to life so much more since he’s had this new drive and purpose. You can also see where it came from. Myself and James used to have discussions on where Will could go, as he was quite a bookish character who wasn’t really doing much.
“Over time, Will had scenes with Silas, and became the jealous brother because he wasn’t as confident around girls as Dodger is. This opened the door for Will to go down this dark road.
“I think it’s also nice when they bring in a character and develop them into a villain, rather than just bringing in a ‘bad guy’ out of nowhere. It’s better storytelling and much more exciting for the show, as we’ve seen Will develop.”
However, the actor went on to admit that a small part of him would have loved for the killer to have turned out to be Silas:
“We all knew Will was the killer, but part of me was hoping that we might be thrown a curveball! I thought maybe they’d told us that Will was the killer, when really it’d been Silas.
“That would have required a lot of organisation and scheduling, but it’s always possible that Hollyoaks can do something like that. Hopefully that’s something that could be done in the future. I think it’d be really nice one time to have a major surprise for everyone – even the cast!”
On the subject of his character’s arrest, the actor continued:
“I think it would have been too obvious if Dodger had done it. If you really wanted to throw a curveball, you wouldn’t make Dodger the culprit. For the sake of the story and the way the future will go, it’s good that it wasn’t him. He seems to be one of the normal ones in the village at the minute, which is quite nice to play.
“I think that a lot of people side with Dodger because he’s an ‘everyman’ type of character. Obviously he does have a lot of problems that your everyday person might not, as the longer you’re in a soap, the crazier things get! But he does seem to be one of the more level-headed characters.”
Hollyoaks can be seen weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4/ Channel 4 HD – watch some behind the scenes footage of Texas’ wedding, and murder, in the clip below: