Hollyoaks celebrated its 25th anniversary not with a party – how could it in these COVID-19 days – but with the return of a classic serial killer, Silas Blissett (Jeff Rawle), who has terrorised the village for 10 years, on and off.
Silas has despatched India Longford, Jenny, Rae Wilson and Lynsey Roscoe but the ultra-religious pensioner, who likes to exact vengeance on young women he perceives to be loose of morals, has always had one primary target in Hollyoaks, Mercedes McQueen (Jennifer Metcalfe).
2020 has a hero and it’s @Hollyoaks thank u thank u thank u
So excited for this iconic character 2 return felt he needed 2 come back and have one big massive last story and we got it ????????❤️ #hollyoaks https://t.co/fGRzQMnUfH
— Sean ferguson (@crazycatgay02) October 21, 2020
Mercy has been the subject of a mysterious “Seven Deadly Sins” blackmail attempt. Suddenly, it all makes sense.
“Whoever’s next… always remember they’ve brought it on themselves.”
"Remember whatever happens next they brought it on themselves"
— Grianne Doherty (@GrianneDoherty1) October 21, 2020
Mercedes made the big announcement that she and Sylver (David Tag) are expecting a baby and minutes later makes an excited call revealing the news, which lurking Silas overhears.
What could possibly go wrong for the expectant parents?
It’s clear that this time Silas isn’t working alone. Who was he on the phone to?
— Telly Lad (@TellyLad) October 21, 2020
Social media was abuzz with theories, most of them pointing in the direction of Cleo McQueen (Nadine Rose Mulkerrin).
— Boo(radley) ???? (@CatchesideSays) October 21, 2020
Overall, fans were thrilled with the episode, especially if you combine Silas’ re-emergence with the return of Tony Hutchinson’s best mate Kurt Benson (Jeremy Edwards) for the first time in two decades.
A fan tweeted: “That episode of @Hollyoaks was just superb!!! Kurts back Silas returns what next!! #hollyoaks #happybirthdayhollyoaks”.
Rawle, who plays Silas, told RadioTimes.com: “Silas has had a big following over the years, even when he’s not been on screen we always know he’s out there somewhere.
“Mercedes is the most elusive piece on his chessboard. Her son, Bobby, is Silas’s great-grandson. It has long been a cause of dark disquiet with Silas and the time has come to put things right.”
Why was he back? To deal with the “Queen” of the McQueens, Mercedes.
— Owen (@OwenCChild) October 21, 2020
Find out how things play out with Silas when Hollyoaks returns to E4 on Thursday at 7pm.