It’s the moment when fans of Home And Away have long known that it was coming; Tim Franklin said goodbye to Colby, his favourite character from Summer Bay.
This had all led to the last months, even a year, of turbulent storylines, uncovered by Detective Angelo, deceived by Willow, revealed as Witness X, and struggling for his life in jail.
It also doesn’t make the favourite’s farewell any less convenient.
We are not the only ones grappling with the notion that Colby will no longer be on our screens.
Although they have had longer to adapt to life without Tim on set, in the wake of his on-screen exit, they are sharing tributes to their co-star today.
And it gives us all those emotions.
The official Home And Away page was, of course, the first to post a nostalgic video of the most famous moments of Colby and Tim saying farewell to his character.
Meanwhile fellow River Boy and Summer Bay bestie Dean aka Patrick O’Connor posted multitudes of behind-the-scenes images and a heartfelt farewell that will truly bring a tear to your eye.
He started, “Tim’s going to burn me for putting these photos up, so hopefully he sees the love before the fury,”
As we all know, he left our screens last night, and so Colby Thorne’s journey ended.
Tim and I were auditioning for Colby and Dean and we made a promise when we got the parts to make sure we gave them a red hot crack.
“I didn’t know him that well before Home and Away but now, to say I love him like a brother is an understatement.
“Over the three years, we went on so many rides together, massacres, marriages, detoxification and inquiries. He’s one of the best actors I’ve ever worked with, by far, and I’m only going to say it once, but I miss his hugs and his overwhelming need for love.
“He nailed this role and no one else could’ve done what he did. He’s a beautiful man!”
Seriously, we don’t weep, you do.
Georgie Parker, who plays Roo on the show, also shared a sweet message for Tim’s final scenes.
Alongside snaps with Paddy, Georgie wrote: “Even though we farewelled Colby last night it isn’t the end of a bromance, don’t you worry. We love you Timbo.”