For several months now, Jonny Baxter (Ray Quinn) and Stuart Sumner (Chris Simmons) have been radicalising Ste Hay (Kieron Richardson) in Hollyoaks. The far-right extremists have went out of their way to manipulate Ste, and and things escalated further this week when the young lad arranged a protest march in the village — with disastrous consequences.
Jonnys arrival in the village late last year brought with it plenty of heartache for the residents of Hollyoaks. After claiming to be Stes long lost brother, the young extremist was able to prey on Stes vulnerability by using his vendetta with Misbah Maalik (Harvey Virdi) to manipulate him — which has resulted in Ste becoming increasingly racist towards the entire Maalik clan.
This week, things took a turn for the worse, when Ste set out to organise another protest march after inadvertently getting Stuarts cancelled — but he did so by getting in touch with a group of extremists. The protest quickly descended into chaos, and violence ensued in the village — much to the detriment of Stes reputation as, afterwards, not only did his family turn their backs on him, Stuart and Jonny had seemingly washed their hands of him too.
However, the two extremists took delight in watching Ste apologise profusely — as it was all clearly part of their plan. With another opportunity to prove himself a loyal and worthy member of the cause in tonights episode, Stes set to pass the test and becomes a full-fledged member of the group. But whats next for the character? With another shot, will Ste continue to descend even further?
Actor Kieron Richardson told Metro.co.uk: In the next couple of weeks there will be more of whats going on now. Hes been fully groomed and hes been radicalised so what happens once youve been groomed? We show that side of the story. the actor said. Therell be some new characters introduced into Stes life also so weve been doing a little bit of that and — Im guessing — building up to more protests.
The fact that he turned his back on his family and chosen Jonny and Stuart, its kind of just cemented the fact that its going to continue on — and he doesnt seem to be looking over his shoulder at his family anytime soon. In his head right now its all about Jonny and Stuart.
While Ste is more than willing to prove his loyalty to Jonny and Stuart, what do the two extremists have in store for the new member of their group? Kieron reckons theyve got Ste right where they want him.
Theyve got this other soldier for their cause and they go out and do protests even though theres been one thats gone completely wrong this week. In their head, they wanted to do this peaceful one in their direction, but they didnt get to do that because Ste messed it up, so now theyve got him are they going to go back to their original plan of doing the protests and getting their message out there? Albeit the wrong message, but theyve got Ste where they want him now.