Both at home and away Patrick O’Connor has revealed how his on-screen mother Karen (Georgia Adamsoncomeback )’s intentions have changed in recent years.
Karen was slated to return in 2021, according to Patrick, who plays Dean Thompson on the show.
“They had planned to have Karen back last year,” he explained, “but it was still a surprise!”
Georgia was in a separate state in Australia, he continued, and the actress couldn’t go to Sydney to film her sequences due of the pandemic’s restrictions.
“I was more upset that we couldn’t do it in 2020,” he went on. “But I’m so glad we got her back. Everyone knows Karen is such a good character!”
In subsequent episodes, he also explained how his on-screen mother will ultimately meet her grandson. When asked about the union, he admitted that meeting Jai can “only be a good thing.”
“Initially, Dean keeps up the deal with Amber to keep his mum away from Jai,” which leaves Karen devastated.
He continued: “However, there’s a nice twist and Dean gives in — he realizes Karen seeing Jai can only be a good thing.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Patrick spoke about his character’s relationship with Ziggy. When it was suggested the pair are getting back on track, he said: “I love it!” before adding: “One minute they’re fine and then there’s another curveball.”
Future sequences “tease that Dean is still a River Boy at heart, and how it might be an issue,” he said.
Karen’s homecoming, which was announced in February of this year, sent Dean into a frenzy, since he still had a lot to tell her about his life.