Unexpected news is delivered to Dean.
Next week, Dean Thompson and Ziggy Astoni’s leaving narrative on UK television will begin with Home and Away.
The well-known couple has already left the programme at an Australian pace, but has been seen on television for longer in the UK due to a broadcast delay on Channel 5.
The unexpected revelation from Dean’s ex, Amber Simmons, might completely alter the situation the next week.
When Dean finds out that Amber has a new job in Far North Queensland and will be going there in a week, he is surprised.
As the information settles in, Dean calculates that he will have to travel a distance of 21 hours to see his small son Jai, who lives with Amber.
Ziggy wonders if Amber can act without Dean’s approval, but he is sceptical of their possibilities of making any changes at this point.
Ziggy then hears an upset Dean talking to the young Izzy about her big brother.
Ziggy is devastated and contemplates how to maintain Dean’s entire family as one.
These sequences prepare Dean and Ziggy for their permanent departure from Home and Away in early May.
The final sequences Patrick O’Connor and Sophie Dillman taped for their respective characters last year were broadcast on Australian television in March.
Since then, the real-life pair has relocated to the UK in order to seek new job prospects.
Patrick posted the following on Instagram last month: “Well, my friends, my time as a River Boy has come to an end.
To Louise, “bows to the person who made it all possible; what a person you created. A man who was once a boy from a dysfunctional family is now embarking on a new adventure as a father. I appreciate being accepted into the Blood & Sand.
I’d want to express my gratitude to the producers, cast, and crew for providing me this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and for staring at my enormous mug for the past five and a half years. I miss it a much because it’s been such an amazing place to work, but more so because of the people I’ve met there. I have made some excellent buddies.
The programme wouldn’t exist without you, the fans, I’ll say that. The trip has been made absolutely unforgettable by you. I appreciate your support and will always cherish #alwaysariverboy.
“Every day I played Ziggy, she motivated me to grow as an actor and a woman,” Sophie continued. I’d want to thank everyone who helped make her. I’d want to thank the cast and crew. Though I know you don’t miss me shouting through the hallways without my shoes on, I think about you every day.
“The fans deserve the biggest thanks. Because of your help, we are able to do what we do. I will always be appreciative.