HOLLYOAKS wanted viewers to think Amy Barnes’ killer had already been caught – making us believe that Ste was the culprit.
The showrunners left viewers twisting themselves into knots trying to figure out if Harry was the killer but we now know that he wasn’t – just WHO was Amy’s killer?
Who killed Amy Barnes on Hollyoaks?
Hollyoaks bosses revealed that SEVEN different death scenes had been filmed to keep viewers guessing.
They have said that actress Ashley Slanina-Davies returned to the soap to film seven explosive death scenes, one of which will be used in the show when her true killer is exposed.
After months of speculation Harry Thompson was revealed as the killer.
The schoolboy – who is played by actor Parry Glasspool in the Channel 4 soap – believed that he had murdered Amy.
Viewers know however that someone else returned to the flat to finish her off after he left her. Harry believes that the fall she took during their row is what killed her – he’s wrong.
So who were the other suspects in the line-up?
Ste didn’t exactly make it easy for himself, did he?
First he confessed to killing Amy (for which he had a lot of motive), then he hired James – whose boyfriend cheated on him with Ste – as his lawyer (aren’t there any other lawyers in Hollyoaks??).
All fingers pointed at him – with even Ste himself convincing himself for a while he murdered newlywed Amy in a blacked-out fit of rage.
Harry may have told the police that he was the killer – not Ste – but we know that he wasn’t.
James definitely had the motive to frame Ste. After all, the drug addict and ex-abuser did get it on with the supposed love of his life behind his back.
Also, as his lawyer, he had the ample opportunity to get his own back on Ste.
And at the end of April the Channel 4 soap’s viewers were left stunned after he was revealed as a new suspect in the case.
The new evidence all hung on Mercedes’ memory of hearing a very specific ringtone outside Amy’s house on the night of the murder.
She asked lawyer James to check Ste’s ringtone and he agreed, but then later told a police officer not to bother investigating the device.
Fans were then given a shock twist as James’ phone went off – and it was the ringtone Mercedes heard.
Ryan was the one who discovered Amy’s body – but is he really as devastated as he appears?
Amy’s soppy, wet blanket of a husband might have been moping about the place since his wife’s death… but he was enjoying a romp with Mercedes McQueen on the side.
And he got over the death of his wife mighty fast – considering the fact that got it on with Mercedes AGAIN soon after.
He was also hiding a major secret involving his late wife.
Harry was originally a suprise inclusion as one of the characters in one of Amy’s seven death scenes.
He went around to reason with Amy about taking Ste’s kids away from him only for them to argue and he accidentally killed her.
At least, he thought he accidentally killed her. Someone returned to Amy’s flat after Harry had left and finished the job.
Harry told Tony what he thought he had done which led the Hollyoaks patriarch to boot his son out for good.
Is Amy Barnes’ sweet daughter Leah a raging psychopath? This is Hollyoaks, so anything is possible.
After all, Leah did implicate her own dad in her mum’s murder after revealing she heard the pair arguing.
But maybe Leah was covering her own back after letting her fury get the better of her? Did she hit her mum over the head with a music box?
Thankfully it seems Leah has not become the Bobby Beale of Hollyoaks?.
Hollyoaks’ resident officer was also in one of Amy’s seven potential death scenes.
And it was recently revealed that he does have a dark side to him after he was unveiled as Leela Lomax’s secret stalker.
When actor Andre-Hayden Smith, who plays the character, spoke about how dangerous he thought DS Armstrong was he told Digital Spy that he thought he was “pretty ruthless”.
He said: “We’ve seen that with his police work. When he’s got his eye on someone in the village and he reckons they’ve done something wrong, he’s pretty intimidating when he’s got them in the interrogation room.
“So I think he’ll do whatever it takes to get what he wants. He’s a bit of a control freak, I think!”
Mercedes had been appearing to help out the police with their investigation by saying that she saw someone go into Amy’s house the night of the murder.
She’d also been enjoying several romping sessions with Amy’s hubby so definitely had the motive to get rid of Amy.
Amy’s evil twin??
Ok, so perhaps it was a “slightly” far out choice – but it would have allowed actress Ashley Slanina-Davies to return to the soap.
Ashley revealed that she’d love to come back as Amy’s evil twin.
Speaking about returning to the soap, she told Star magazine: “I probably just wont let it go.
“Maybe I’ll get in as an extra and see if anyone notices?
“Or come back as Amy’s evil twin!”
There’s still time!