Hollyoaks have finally revealed who murdered Amy Barnes after nearly six months of speculation. And the killer is… Harry Thompson!
The mystery was solved in tonight’s dramatic E4 episode during a heated showdown between prime suspect Ste Hay and boyfriend Harry. Ste, standing trial for the murder this week, confronted his fiancé with the information he’d been told by James Nightingale on Friday, when the crooked lawyer told Ste he’s known all along who was really to blame – but fans were left guessing as to what James said to the accused as the rest of the conversation occurred off screen.
Viewers were double bluffed tonight that the killer could be Ste, when he phoned his sister Tegan Lomax to seemingly confess, or possibly Amy’s daughter Leah, as it emerged she was hiding something, but behind closed doors inn interview room at the court it became clear Ste was prepared to take the blame to protect someone close to him. “Tell me who you’re covering for, who killed Amy?” begged an emotional Harry, to which Ste replied: “You did, Harry. It was you…”
Tomorrow’s E4 features a flashback to the night of the murder which promises to explain what really happened following this evening’s almighty shock.
Here, in his first interview since the big reveal, actor Parry Glasspool discusses the fallout of Harry’s homicidal actions and teases what’s in store for the rest of trial week…
We’ve just seen Ste accuse Harry of killing Amy – what are his immediate thoughts in that moment?
Everything comes crashing down around him, but it’s also a relief because he’s been keeping this secret for so long and it’s been eating him up inside. Now someone knows, even if it’s the darkest relief ever, that is his immediate feeling – at last someone knows. It’s awful but its relief mixed with a flood of sadness because it brings everything back from that night.
How terrified has Harry been that this will eventually come out?
Pretty damn scared – he hasn’t been able to sleep and every little thing that happens makes him more nervous and he’s constantly on edge.
Did Harry suspect anyone else knew as the trial started?
No, he just thought the trial was going badly for Ste because James kept messing up, and of course the audience know that James is actually sabotaging the case on purpose. Harry has no idea what James is really up to so he just thinks that everyone is doing a really bad job. He also doesn’t realise Ste is protecting him so he’s confused.
Following this revelation, will Harry want to give up his own freedom and save Ste?
Yes definitely, if it comes to that. He’s looking for every other way out first but if Ste pleads guilty and it’s a choice between Ste and Harry then he’ll sacrifice himself.
How guilty does Harry feel about killing Amy?
10 out of 10 guilty. There’s no way to describe that feeling for Harry – it’s eating him up inside.
Why was Harry at Amy’s flat that fateful night?
To stop Amy from taking Ste’s kids to live in America – he wasn’t going to let her take them that far away. He knows how much that would affect Ste especially after they’d seemingly fixed everything with Ste, Leah, Lucas and Ryan and then she wants to ruin it. Harry thinks it would’ve pushed Ste back to drugs.
Was Harry aware that Amy was dead when he left the flat?
No, he thought she was still alive. He knew he’d messed up and had done something terrible, but when Tony confirmed that Amy was dead he knew it was his fault.
Why didn’t he stay and help her?
He was terrified. He’s a young lad and the first thing that his mind told him to do was run. He wanted to go back, but he was scared.
Why hasn’t he spoken up before now considering how desperate he’s been to free Ste?
It’s self-preservation and until it gets to the point where it is either his life or Ste’s on the line, he’s hoping that something else will come along to get him off the hook. There’s no excuse for letting Ste go to prison for months, but Harry was terrified.
Why is James protecting Harry?
Because he’s got a soft spot for him and he wants Ste to go down for the murder because he’s still bitter about Ste sleeping with John Paul. It’s a mixture of that bitterness and his genuine feelings for Harry. James knows it’s a choice between Ste and Harry and he doesn’t think Harry deserves to go to prison.
How do you think Tony would react to the news? Would he blame Ste?
Tony would be furious but it would be such a shock and he’d definitely blame Ste for dragging his son down. He blames Ste for everything else. I think Tony would also blame himself for being an absent dad to Harry.
How do you think Harry would cope in prison?
Not very well I don’t imagine! He’d try and get by but it’s a scary place to be and Harry would really struggle.
Hollyoaks continues weeknights on E4 at 7pm and on Channel 4 at 6.30pm.