Colby’s future is still uncertain.
It’s back! Home and Away returned to Australian screens this week with the first four episodes of 2021, as Colby Thorne’s fate was revealed, Heath Braxton returned and Justin Morgan’s health took another turn for the worse.
With plenty of Summer Bay drama already unfolding, fans have been left with lots to think about. Here are the seven biggest questions after the latest Australian episodes.
Will Colby take control at the prison?
The 2020 season finale for Home and Away teased a potential death for Colby as he was surrounded by aggressive inmates at the jail, but he managed to pull through after being rushed to the hospital in a desperate condition.
Dean was even more cynical and pointed out that Colby’s rivals would try to target him behind bars, while Bella was full of relief that her brother was okay. Colby was a dead man walking, as far as Dean was concerned.
Dean took a chance at the hospital to see Colby, educating him on the harsh reality of life in jail. Colby was told by the former River Boy that he needed to do whatever it took to live behind bars, implying that there was no place for nice guys.
Is Colby going to have to take on a whole new identity with his life at stake to survive the long stretch ahead?
What’s going on with Heath?
During their initial Summer Bay stints, the Braxton brothers eventually turned away from a life of crime, but Heath seems to have slipped back into old habits.
The episodes this week saw Dan Ewing briefly reprise his role as Heath, who reappeared to help solve the problems of the Parata family with gangsters Paul and Leon.
With Ari and Tane under orders to carry out Paul’s armed robbery, when Dean arranged for Heath to turn up with a group of River Boys, events took a shocking turn.
Heath reminded Paul of being on the patch of a rival gang and found a brutal way to teach him a lesson, which meant that the Paratas no longer had to worry about him.
Heath’s return was so brief that there was no word on the screen about what was going on with Bianca’s relationship, or whether his involvement with gangs and fighting again was permanent. Time alone can say if the show fills in the blanks, or if it’s all left to our imaginations.
Will Kieran turn nasty?
He was frank about his past experience of substance abuse and how it negatively influenced his personality when Martha’s son Kieran entered the Bay late last year. Because of his troublesome conduct, Martha had to break ties with Kieran once, but he now claimed to be sober and a changed character.
Viewers learned this wasn’t at all the case this week. Kieran was seen drinking quietly in two different scenes while everyone’s backs were turned. He also shared with the other characters several disturbing moments, displaying signs of a short temper.
With his true colours likely to come out, Kieran is sure to be one to watch over the coming weeks. But could his presence put some much-loved characters in danger with Kieran already settled into life with the Stewarts and working for Jasmine at the gym?
Will Justin be okay?
As the final episode of the week saw him collapse in pain after returning to work in the garage, Justin’s health troubles may not be over. Viewers saw Justin suffer from severe back pain, demonstrating that after his surgery, he may have hurried back to work too soon.
Justin found the worst possible choices after he was rushed to hospital as he worried that his tumour was already growing back. Is that the case, or is there a separate explanation?
Is Ziggy having regrets over Tane?
In last year’s season finale, Ziggy slept with Tane, but she’s always adamant that if they were a proper couple, they would be a poor match. Tane gave her a kiss goodbye just as it seemed that Ziggy had made her decision, in the hope that it would change her mind.
Ziggy confided in Justin about her love life the next day and seemed regretful about Tane’s temptation.
Even Ziggy acknowledged that there were similarities to the beginning of her relationship with another roguish bad boy, Dean. It seems like if he wants to win Ziggy over, Tane may have his job cut out.
Is Tori ready for commitment?
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Christian looked for a place to rent in Summer Bay this week, although failed to find anywhere suitable. Justin suggested that Christian should just move into the Morgan house – much to the horror of Tori, who didn’t feel ready to live with her new boyfriend.
Tori gave Justin a hard time for interfering in her love life and insisted that she wanted things to stay as they are for the time being. But with Christian set to propose next week, will Tori rethink things?
Can John find happiness?
The first scenes of newcomer Susie McAllister, played by former actress Bridie Carter of McLeod’s Daughters, were also featured in the episodes this week. For a meeting with Christian, real estate agent Susie came to the Bay, but spent much of her time flirting with John when they crossed paths.
Susie invited John out for dinner, leaving Irene to point out gently to John that he had apparently arranged a date for himself. John couldn’t imagine that he would be interested in such a sophisticated woman, but could this be his opportunity for the first time since his split from Marilyn to find love?
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