Summer has proven what she is truly capable of, but is she too far gone for redemption? (Picture: Lime Pictures)
Hell hath no fury like a Hollyoaks villainess, and all eyes are on Summer Ranger (Rhiannon Clements) as she continues to wreak revenge.
Summer has, quite literally, been gunning for Brody Hudson (Adam Woodward) over his part in her father Cormac’s (James Gaddas) death; and when her attempt to shoot him failed, she settled on other ways to hurt him.
She kidnapped the mother of his child Liberty Savage (Jessamy Stoddart) and framed him for murder; and humiliated Brody at a sham wedding. Summer topped things off by using his abuser, Buster Smith (Nathan Sussex), against him – and the torment is far from over yet.
But what do Summer’s vile schemes mean for her long-term future on the show? Is there any hope for redemption, or does she have a shelf life?
Well, it’s important to note that she’s already encountered a crack in her armour, in the form of romantic feelings for one-time rival – and Brody’s ex-girlfriend – Sienna Blake (Anna Passey).
Hollyoaks has teased that Summer’s obsession with destroying Brody will lead her to make an attempt on Sienna’s life. But she has already come close to killing her once, and that was both unintentional and before an affair tied them together.
Sienna could be the key to saving Summer (Picture: Lime pictures)
Their relationship wasn’t part of the game plan, and uncovered Summer’s vulnerable side. Sienna could be key to saving her soul. Will their connection overpower her hatred for Brody? Could Summer’s love for Sienna ultimately stop her in her tracks and change the course of her life?
After all, they could be described as kindred spirits. Back in 2013, Sienna herself was a paid up member of the dark side, making Nancy Osborne’s (Jessica Fox) life miserable with a series of twisted plots. We could never have imagined she would become one of the soap’s most iconic characters, but Sienna’s powerful backstory felt authentic and gave her heart.
If she is to make the same transition, Summer must be given a believable arc. The show must dedicate time for the character to evolve, but her wicked acts must not be glossed over, either.
Summer thinks her actions are justifiable (Picture: Lime Pictures)
Perhaps Summer’s turning point will actually come if she discovers the truth about her dad. Viewers are aware that the late Cormac ran the children’s home Warren Fox (Jamie Lomas) and Felix Westwood (Richard Blackwood) once resided in; and that Cormac was a racist bully who brutally attacked Felix.
This history is what led to their own fatal assault on the older man. She’s dismissed their explanations before, but might Summer feel differently about her vendetta if she comes to understand what Cormac was really like? If so, such revelations could change everything.
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