Hollyoaks’ resident head teacher Sally St Claire (Annie Wallace) has confessed to murdering George Kiss (Callum Kerr).
Unable to keep shtum any longer, the stalwart of the Channel 4 soap confided in John Paul McQueen (James Sutton), admitting that it was she who delivered the blow which killed his abusive boyfriend.
Viewers have long been speculating about which villager it was that carried out the dastardly act. Annie Wallace, however, knew from the very beginning.
‘It was many months ago I was told!,’ the actress told Metro.co.uk. ‘And my reaction was literally jaw on floor!
‘My second reaction was: “Oh my god, I’m not being written out, am I?”. There is a natural thing in soap called “Soap Law”, and that is if you commit a terrible crime, then you must atone for it.
‘I don’t think Hollyoaks works quite that way, but that is the soap law, isn’t it? That justice has to be seen to be done. So, yes there was a concern [I’d be written out].’
In spite of Annie’s fears, however, Sally will not be going anywhere, as the character will be forced to come to terms with committing murder – something which you might not have thought her to be capable of.
The principal, however, was pushed to the brink by abusive George, and seeing Theresa (Jorgie Porter) in imminent danger drove her to take action in order to protect a member of her beloved family.
Of course, her actions will weigh on her in the coming weeks, and it’s the effect that these actions will have on the character that ultimately made Annie excited for this new story.
‘This is going to change who she is as a person,’ she told us. ‘Because how does someone who believes they are a good personal and a moral person – an educator, a protector of children – how does that kind of person come to terms with the fact that she’s taken another person’s life?
‘And how does that affect her psychologically going forwards? I don’t think this is something that can be just dismissed and brushed under the carpet, I think this is something that will have a repercussion in her life for quite a while! And that, to me, was even more interesting that being a part of this ‘whodunit’.
‘I think it’s inevitable that this is going to have an impact on her career. I think there will be some evaluation going on: is she still a fit person to have the job? Is she going to hide away in her office? Is she going to spend a lot of time on the sick?
‘If someone is put in that position, are they going to hide away from the world because they feel like they are a threat to people?
‘It’s all about protecting, and what better way to protect than taking someone who has killed another human being out of the equation? That’s quite possible, in terms of where this is going to go. She’s not going to be in a good place at all.’
Sally will have a lot to come to terms with, but it’s not just her that she needs to worry about, as Theresa – who was present when the killing took place – has been hauled off by DS Cohen in scenes which have just aired!
The young woman was excited when her daughter Kathleen Angel arrived back in the village, but now her future is at stake, as she faces the prospect of a life behind bars.
‘The police and the McQueens don’t have the best relationship – let’s be fair here! – there is history,’ said Annie, teasing what’s to come. ‘I think there’s this interesting tug of: “I’m taking the blame”, “no I’m taking the blame,” “you’re not taking the blame!” – it’s an interesting tug of truth and consequence that goes on within the McQueen family to try and protect each other.’
Hollyoaks continues Thursday May 20 at 7pm on E4.
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