It’s always been in dramatic or satisfying fashion when we’ve said goodbye to Home & Away characters in the past, a shock shooting or a happy family moving on to a new start.
So, last night, when we saw the disgraced Summer Bay officer, Colby Thorne, dragging himself into solitary confinement, it hardly felt like an ending.
Maybe this is a sort of justice in itself, other than his jail term, of course, considering his turbulent and criminal story lines.
This was the last time we saw Tim Franklin on our screens, regardless of how you felt about Colby’s demise-sob!
The actor reveals his departure from the show wasn’t exactly what he expected for his character, either, speaking exclusively to Now To Love.
Tim admits, “I was really shocked, I was really surprised, you know, surprised that, to be honest, it wasn’t going to be a death.”
For a long time, I have been trying to persuade [the writers], like, I want to go out with guns blazing. “But I just liked it when I read it; it’s a really sweet little ending for Colby. At some point, he wanted to pay the price.
For a long time, Tim, who has been playing the River-Boy-turned-police officer since 2018, knew that the murder of his criminal step-father, Ross Nixon, would still return to haunt Colby.
“I knew when Colby decided to kill Ross that that drama was like… they let it rest and they let it rest for a long time. I knew it was on the back-burner and I knew it was going to come around, like a cheeky little storyline boomerang,” he says with a chuckle.
It’s been a tumultuous past few months for Colby being exposed by Detective Angelo, being deceived by Willow who was revealed as Witness X, and battling for his life in jail.
His loved ones were locked out by the ex cop and forced to do whatever it took to live behind bars. Also, the turn of events combined with his open ended departure suggests he might return someday.
“With some of the producers, I’ve always floated the concept, like, ‘Hey, Colby should come back as a bad, bad boy who got out of jail.
“To be honest, when he was a bit of a villain, I had the most fun playing Colby.”
though Tim is “happy” with how things ended for Colby, on a personal level, his departure from the show was far darker.
“It was like a member of the family moving away, except I was the one leaving, and it was sad.”
“Over the past three years, we have become a family, and you spend more time with the cast than my family and friends do.”
“A few tears certainly came, mainly from me,” he says with a chuckle.