Home and Away star Patrick O’Connor has revealed that he’d like to see another popular Braxton family member return to Summer Bay.
The Braxtons were introduced to the long-running soap in 2011 and took centre stage in several dramatic storylines due to their lead roles in the troublesome River Boys gang.
Last year, Heath Braxton made a return to assist the Parata family under instruction from Patrick’s character Dean Thompson.
More recently, Dean has called on other members of the River Boys to get him out of new predicaments.
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Dean asked the surfer gang to help him deal with villainous poker player PK recently. Meanwhile, this week’s episodes have seen two of the group join Dean in terrorising Nathan, who had framed him for PK’s murder.
Despite this, we haven’t seen the Braxtons themselves pop up again.
Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy about the possibility of the Braxtons helping Dean in the future, Patrick commented: “That would be cool! It would be cool to see Brax come back. There’s been so much said about him over the time that I’ve been there and obviously for the fans, he’s up there with Alf! They’re immortal in that sense.
“So it would be cool but at the same time, those guys are obviously doing other things and they’re busy as well so, whether that happens in the future again, it’s always exciting when they come back.”
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Asked whether he was pleased to explore Dean’s River Boy side again, Patrick replied: “Yeah definitely. With the arc that Dean’s had in Summer Bay, there was a lot of drama in the early years which was really exciting to do, especially for an actor because these dramatic storylines bring a lot of River Boy action and it’s always super fun to play.”
Patrick also heaped praise on Ryan Johnson, who played evil PK for a brief stint before the character was killed off recently.
He said: “We actually went to the same acting school. He’s a bit older than me so graduated before I did, but he’s obviously very much a working actor in Australia and he’s the nicest, loveliest, funniest guy.
“It’s always these dudes that play the creepiest, baddest men, it’s just ridiculous the way it pans out. He’s very witty, very quick with his humour. I find that really fun to work with and it means during those heavy scenes you can always have a laugh.”
Home and Away airs weekdays at 1.15pm on Channel 5 and 6pm on 5STAR. First-look screenings air at 6.30pm on 5STAR and the show also streams on My5.
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