The following article discusses a variety of topics, including suicide, that may be troubling to some readers.
Below are spoilers for Hollyoaks.
On Friday's (August 5) first-look episode, Hollyoaks has just revealed a tragic twist for James Nightingale.
James Nightingale emerged from hiding and attempted to reclaim his life in the previous episode.
Ste Hay, his ex-boyfriend, took selfies on the street and dragged him away to talk to him away from prying eyes. He then begged Ste to assist him.
James went into hiding because, while he was working for Norma (aka The Undertaker), he felt responsible for the death of another person in Friday's episode.
"Norma wanted me to stand up against a guy who had gotten on the wrong side of her," he began to explain, "So I did."
"You can stop me from going to jail," Norma was told in a flashback sequence.
James said when asked whether being against this guy would free him of his debt with Norma, she replied that he is now indispensable to her, and that she may easily locate him now that she know where he lives.
In the flashback, the man kept attempting to pleading his case, advising James that if he went to prison, he'd be murdered.
"They did murder him," James said to Ste and Romeo as he sank. "I was the one to blame."
He then explained that the man died by suicide, and his family was left with nothing, making James feel guilty for his death.
"I couldn't bear to see what Norma does to people. It was eating away at me constantly." I went to live on the streets as retaliation for past sins, he said to his chagrined relatives.
"I was responsible for the death of a man. What do I do now? Do I return and live here? Return to working with an unspeakably evil gangster? Or do I return to live in the streets and continue to cleanse my soul?" he asked.
He warned Ste and Romeo that if he stayed around, he might be putting them both in danger. However, Ste had a plan.
"You must win back her trust. And when you do, we're going to take her down piece by piece," Ste said.
Hollyoaks now streams first on All 4, with new episodes beginning each weekday morning. It is available on Channel 4 Mondays to Fridays at 6.30pm, and at 7pm on E4.
Selected omnibus episodes are now available on Amazon Prime Video.
On our dedicated homepage, you may find more Hollyoaks spoilers.
We encourage anyone who agrees with the issues discussed in this article to contact Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the United States may visit mentalhealth.gov or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.