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Home and Away star teases explosive return: 'Someone could die'

Jacqui Purvis has advised fans to have tissues ready.

Home and Away returns Monday 9 January at 7:00pm on Seven, and viewers can expect ‘tears’, ‘screaming’ and absolute ‘chaos’. Last year’s cliffhanger ended with Eden Fowler (Stephanie Panozzo) driving her best friend Felicity Newman (Jacqui Purvis) to her wedding, without realising their brakes had been tampered with.

Promos have teased that the pair are about to have a fiery crash with Leah Patterson (Ada Nicodemou) and Justin Morgan (James Stewart). Jacqui Purvis has opened up to Yahoo Lifestyle about the explosive return, and she warns fans to be prepared for death and destruction.

Jacqui Purvis as Felicity Newman in a burning car on Home and Away
Home and Away's Jacqui Purvis has warned fans to prepare for 'tears'. Photo: Seven

The star reveals that the audience has a “massive connection” to the characters on the line and advises them to get the tissues ready.

There are multiple lives at stake in the dramatic return, with Leah injured after the car accident, Eden unconscious, and Felicity trapped in the ute which goes up in flames.

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Groom Tane Parata (Ethan Browne) has been left at the altar and it’s not going to be smooth sailing for the fan-favourite couple.

“There’s definitely a chance that someone could die. And the audience is gonna be on the edge of their seats to find out if and who,” Jacqui tells us.

Tane, Cash and Gary getting out of a car in Home and Away
Tane, Cash and Gary attempt to rescue Felicity and Eden. Photo: Seven

“It’s between two families which I’m sure the audience has a massive connection [with].”

The star adds that there will be “many tears” and “lots of screaming” during the episode, and says that fans will be “on the edge of their seats”.

“It is action-packed, there is chaos, there’s so much going on…she’s on her way to what should be the happiest day of someone’s life,” she says. “Either way, [fans are] going to be shocked and sad, but you have to watch to find out.”

L: Felicity Newman in Home and Away accident. R: Car crash on Home and Away
The horrific car accident has put four people at risk. Photo: Seven

‘Biggest shoot I’ve ever done’

Home and Away shot the cliffhanger in Blayney, NSW around August last year, and Jacqui said it was ‘the best shooting experience of her life’.

The soap’s regular scenes often depict life in Summer Bay with simple conversations at the Pier Diner and Salt, with bigger storylines typically held for finales in both the UK and Australia.

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The star describes the shoot in Blayney as “so much fun” and shared how much work went into making the storyline come alive.

“It was the biggest shoot I’ve ever done because there [were] stunts, [it was] action-packed, and it was just so much fun,” she recalls. “It was the best shooting experience of my life because of that fact, because it was things that you would never shoot regularly.”

The star says that it was a huge team effort with the cast and crew working long days on location.

“It was so busy, like we were working…every second of the day, so it was just really cool to be a part of that.”

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