In the wake of Marcus's betrayal, Maria is to find her passions for first love Tyrone reignited in the coming weeks. But when Ty's nemesis Kirsty is released from prison, Maria ends up preying on his worst fears in order to manipulate the situation to her own advantage. Here, actress Samia Ghaide reveals why upcoming episodes mark the start of a dark and dangerous journey for her character:
So, Maria’s not coping at all well with Marcus’s betrayal, is she?
Maria is devastated. Her whole world seems to have fallen apart around her. The man she loved and trusted has completely betrayed her and she’s feeling very vulnerable. She also feels stupid because everyone warned her not to get close to Marcus, but she really thought that he loved her and that they could make it work. The fact that they were looking at houses together like a proper family and then to walk in on Marcus and Todd - well it just sent Maria over the edge.
Tyrone tells her Kirsty’s out of prison and that he’s worried she’ll snatch Ruby. Why does Maria start worrying that Liam will be snatched by Marcus?
Maria’s not really thinking straight. Her head is all over the place and she’s not acting like she normally would. When she hears Tyrone’s fears that Kirsty might snatch Ruby, well. she flips and even though it’s completely irrational she thinks Marcus might try to snatch Liam.
Did she overreact by barricading herself in the flat with Liam?
To everybody else it’s an overreaction but Maria really does believe that Liam could be in danger from Marcus. It’s such an irrational thought but it shows just how vulnerable Maria is feeling right now.
Is this a symptom of Maria’s worsening mental state?
It’s definitely a sign that something is not right with Maria’s state of mind and it’s the start of a very dark and dangerous journey for Maria.
She’s leaning heavily on Tyrone and talks about him being her first love. Does she still have feelings for him?
More than anything, Maria wants to be loved. She sees Tyrone and Fiz together and it’s just a reminder of what she doesn’t have. I think it’s been forgotten that Fiz took Tyrone from Maria - and Maria longs for the relationship they once had.
Is she getting close to Tyrone to get back at Fiz for not telling her about her suspicions of Todd and Marcus?
No I don’t think getting back at Fiz is crossing her mind. She believes that she loves Tyrone and that he would make her happy.