Silas Blissett (Jeff Rawle) made an emphatic return to Hollyoaks during the soap’s special 25th anniversary episode, as he was revealed to be the mystery party that has been blackmailing the McQueens.

All seven members of the McQueen clan have been receiving threatening messages from an unknown assailant, before a creepy doll arrived and proceeded to threaten each and every one of them.

The blackmailer promised to expose their deepest, darkest secrets if they failed to do as their told, but Mercedes (Jennifer Metcalfe) ultimately had enough, as she decided she wasn’t going to meet the ridiculous demands any longer.

With the McQueens deciding to follow her example, they partied the night away, but little did they know their blackmailer was watching them from afar — and thus the soap confirmed Silas Blissett was back in the village.

But what brings Silas back after all this time, you ask?

Speaking about the answer to such a question, actor Jeff Rawle said: ‘One word: McQueens.’ Unfinished business with Mercedes. She is “The Queen” of the McQueens. The most elusive piece on his chessboard.

‘Mercedes’ son, Bobby is Silas’s great-grandson. It has long been a cause of dark disquiet with Silas.  The time has come to put things right.’

‘Every Kill is a sweet revenge – every swift dispatch is a victory for purity over depravity. His most infamous killing was when he mistook the identity of his intended victim, Lyndsay, for his own daughter.  

‘Lyndsay should have been his – it remains one of the greatest regrets of his life that he was robbed of the opportunity to take hers.’

Silas was nothing short of iconic, and fans of the Channel 4 soap regard him as one of the greatest villains of all time — which is quite the achievement given how many have frequented the eponymous village!

‘Everyone loves a psychopath,’ joked Jeff, ‘No, I jest. I think psychopathic killers like Silas are fascinating to us because none of us can begin to understand how people like him can be so cold-heartedly callous.

‘What makes him tick? The truth is his darkness is ultimately unknowable. Unless we were to descend into that darkness ourselves. As Silas himself says: “People should just stay well clear of me if they have any sense.” Sagacious advice indeed.’

‘I am thrilled to be returning to be a part of Hollyoaks 25th anniversary – I think Silas has had a big following over the last ten years (I only just realised I started filming my first episode way back in 2010!) — and even when Silas has not been onscreen, we always know he’s out there somewhere.

‘An ever-present offstage character, is always a great role to play.’

Hollyoaks continues Thursday October 22 at 7pm on E4.

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