WITH SO MANY FINGERS OF BLAME POINTING AT HIM, HUNTER REACHES A DARK AND ANGRY PLACE
With so many fingers of blame pointing at him, Hunter reaches a dark place, on Home and Away.
There is a treacherous storm brewing in Summer Bay, and it’s almost at the point of breaking. And when it does eventually burst into a full squall, it’s almost too disturbing to predict how much damage will be done.
That storm is Hunter King (Scott Lee), and in upcoming episodes of Home and Away, he will turn the skies over Summer Bay far darker when his moods and emotions take a turn for the worse.
For a young man who has spent the last few years working overtime to pull his life into line and to change the bad ways of the past, Hunter is now on the verge of throwing it all away and turning what is already a bad situation even worse.
Hunter is not happy with the way life is unfolding right now in Summer Bay. Nothing he does seems to work out and he is blamed for everything.
He has had to stand by and watch as the love of his life Olivia (Raechelle Banno) has found a lasting love with Mason (Orpheus Pledger). Since Olivia broke up with him, it has become a case of Hunter not being able to live with her, but also not being able to live without her. In recent weeks, he has become increasingly unsettled and troubled by Olivia’s new romance, not sure what to do about it and also not sure how to handle his many conflicted emotions.
And things are not about to get any better in the near future. Hunter has never had the emotional intelligence to know what to do when he has felt troubled, or how to express his deepest feelings. At the moment, he is like a walking time bomb; it’s just a matter of time and dramas before
he goes off and does something that will take down everyone around him.
Right now, Hunter has plenty to feel agitated about, and at a time when he needs real friends surrounding him, he feels less accepted than ever by the folks in Summer Bay.
He is still reeling from the accusations that it was he who was responsible for the devastating inferno that swept through the Bay and put the town at serious risk. No matter how much he protested his innocence, no one would believe him, even though it was John Palmer (Shane Withington) who was actually responsible for lighting the blaze.
Hunter was also shattered to learn it was Evie (Philippa Northeast) who told Constable Kat (Pia Miller) that Hunter had disappeared before the fire took hold, and seemed the most likely culprit behind the crime. Hunter thought he and Evie were friends, but he now feels betrayed, as this is not the way friends treat each other.
This is also the second time that Hunter has been blamed for John’s bizarre behaviour, as it was John who started the small fire at the caravan park. When the police suspected Hunter, he found he had to fight to clear his name until John finally confessed he had started it accidentally.
Not that Hunter’s way with a naked flame in the past has made him always innocent. Not long after arriving in Summer Bay a few years back, he was so overcome with fury about his estranged dad Zac (Charlie Clausen) that he set fire to the Patterson house. It was a dramatic act, but then again, Hunter is not one to do anything by half measures.
Which is why he is such a dangerous man walking right now, capable of detonating at any time. There is so much he is angry about, it could take the smallest situation to set him off.
The spark that is sure to do that will concern Olivia. While he did let her go, he is secretly certain she is his soulmate and they belong together. And now that Olivia’s relationship with Mason is going from strength to strength, it is eating Hunter away. When Mason recently warned him to stay away from Olivia, Hunter was stunned and aghast that Mason thought he had any right to discuss Olivia with him, let alone accuse him of being a risk to her safety.
With all the walls around him closing in, Hunter feels he has so few friends left to turn to at a time when he needs wise counsel more than ever. He even wishes he had a better relationship with Zac, but that is something they both seem to have given up on lately.
Which leaves Hunter alone, sad and worst of all, very angry — and that is not a good combination. He is growing increasingly discontented with how his life in Summer Bay has turned out, and that even after years of trying to put his best foot forward, he is still seen as the bad boy of the Bay.
Something has to give, and for Hunter, it’s just a matter of time. At a stage when people are abandoning him and leaving him to his own devices, what they really should be doing is getting him to talk about what is really going on in his inner world.
But by the time anyone realises how dark his world has become, it could all be too late for Hunter — and for a number of them, actually.
Now that Olivia’s relationship with Mason is going from strength to strength, it is eating Hunter away.
HOME AND AWAY ON SEVEN Despite an often cheerful facade, Hunter (Scott Lee) is deeply troubled. He’s sad that Olivia’s now with Mason and feels that people always accuse him of acting badly when things go wrong.
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