Hollyoaks boss Bryan Kirkwood has confirmed that Mercedes McQueen will get her comeuppance later this year.
The popular character's current downward spiral is building up to an explosive autumn storyline, as her many mistakes finally come to a head.
Mercedes (Jennifer Metcalfe) is currently cheating on her loyal husband Sylver with the village's resident villain Liam Donovan. She has also been taking drugs and neglecting her responsibilities to her young son Bobby.
Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy about what's to come, Kirkwood explained: "Mercedes' affair with Liam is going to get really messy. Our characters on Hollyoaks fit into really clear archetypes – if they're successful, that is – and we see Mercedes as a bad girl who wants to be good.
"That's her role in the show. But Mercedes is going to get her comeuppance later in the year, in ways that I can't go into right now.
"The decisions that Mercedes has made over the past few months – the good ones and the terrible ones – are all building to one of the biggest chapters in her life.
"That includes the love triangle with Liam and Sylver, the lies about Grace's hit and run, and the drug-taking."
He added: "We are going to see Mercedes have sexy fun over the start of summer. But by the end of the summer, her affair with Liam will turn toxic and that leads us into an exciting autumn."
Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.
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