Hollyoaks ‘ far-right storyline culminated in a dramatic fashion tonight, with Ste Hays, played by Kieron Richardson , finally breaking free from the fascist extremist group.
Tonight’s hour-long special saw Sid, played by Billy Price, accidentally kill his dad Stuart Sumner by pushing him off the top of a cliff in a heroic bid to save Ste.
Stuart’s death marked the end of the soap’s long-running extremist storyline as the radicalisation of Ste came to a dramatic halt.
During tonight’s episode, viewers watched Ste plan his escape to Newcastle, while far-right group members Stuart and Jonny Baxter planned to teach him a lesson with a revenge murder plot.
Viewers watched as a worried Sid begged his evil dad Stuart to leave Ste alone but the Hollyoaks villain refused to listen.
In a suspicious plot, Jonny warned Ste that he should do a runner but his advice turned out to be sabotage as he led Ste into a taxi with Stuart hiding in the driving seat.
After being dragged back to the taxi following a near escape, Ste was forced into the car with Sami Maalik.
The episode’s clifftop climax saw Sami and Ste frantically trying to untie their hands while Stuart prepared to kill them both.
As Ste heroically attempted to escape form being kidnapped for the final time, Sid, Leela and Peri arrived at the scene.
Shockingly Sid decided to put an end to his dad’s extremist behaviour and bravely knocked him off the top of the cliff to send the fascist leader plunging to his death.
Hollyoaks fans rejoiced and praised the scenes of Stuart’s death on social media.
One user wrote: Bet Stuart didn’t expect to go over the cliff he pushes people over.”
While another shared: “Tonight’s Hollyoaks proved why it’s the best soap, it was amazing and shocking at the same time. The hero tonight is Billy Price by saving Ste from his dad.”
A third commented: “I have no words! Best episode in a long time and completely reiterated why it’s the best soap of 2019.”
Another user penned: “Stuart has brainwashed Johnny that much he doesn’t know wrong from right anymore. My heart breaks for Ste just want him to escape and be happy again.”
While Ste has finally escaped from being radicalised, the fan favourite is set to have a brief departure from the soap in coming weeks.
Ste finally had his eyes opened in September that he’d been groomed by a far-right extremist group who manipulated him into adopting their racist views, as they continued to target a Muslim family in the village.
He’ll be on our screens next week, but with the immediate threat against him over, why does Ste still leave the village?
Next week, Sid will be questioned by the police over what happened and questions are raised about whether Stuart’s death should be treated as an accident or not.
Stuart may be dead, but his right-hand man Jonny has survived and while Ray Quinn’s character was arrested, he is set to feature on screen again next week too.
Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 6:30pm on Channel 4, with the next episode at 7pm on E4.