Hollyoaks spoilers follow.
Hollyoaks' dramatic 2021 trailer has already hinted at John Paul McQueen and PC George Kiss' relationship turning violent, and now actor James Sutton has revealed what else is in store for his character in the coming months.
The soap's preview saw George punching John Paul during a row – and viewers are already aware of his dark past with former partner Dean – but the police officer's abuse won't stop there, according to Sutton.
Speaking to Inside Soap, James revealed that George will "start to isolate John Paul, and take him away from his friends and family" in a move that he called "typical of abusive partners."
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"He makes sure that John Paul answers to him, as opposed to it being a partnership, and the balance shifts quite a bit in the coming months," the actor continued. "It will get nastier from New Year onwards..."
In a heart-breaking twist, James also hinted at the McQueens' response to George's worrying behaviour. "For the most part, the McQueens think that George is great!" he said.
"They don't see what's happening behind closed doors, they don't see the degradation of John Paul's psyche and his relationships. They think George is an upstanding officer of the law."
Viewers have already picked up on the signs of George's abusive nature, after he deliberately led John Paul to believe he had been murdered in The Hutch, before making a mockery of his distraught reaction.
Hollyoaks currently airs new episodes from Mondays to Thursdays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.
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