2020 Season Premiere Colby and Dean go rogue to try and save hostages. Marilyn is traumatised after witnessing Mason’s murder. Heartache and grief overwhelm the community in the aftermath of the hospital siege. Can Robbo convince Scott to spare his life and save Jasmine?
Jasmine’s world comes crashing down when Colby gives her devastating news. Alf’s attempt to create a moment of joy with Martha backfires. Colby does his best to honour Robbo’s dying wish.
Marilyn attempts to cover her trauma and focus on helping the Paratas. Tori’s heartbroken when Justin shares more bad news. The Stewarts rally around Ryder to support him in his case against Jade. Alf and Martha have exciting news.
With most of Home and Away’s outdoor scenes filmed at Palm Beach in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, we normally get a good idea of what’s coming up in the months ahead.
Yet over the past few months, the producers have done a good job of keeping the bigger stories under wraps.
However, we’ve done our best to piece together everything that’s out there.
So what spoilers do we know for 2020?
The show itself has treated us to a little bit of a sneak preview. Back in October at Seven’s annual ‘Upfronts’, the network teased a few things coming up next year:
“In 2020, the country’s No. 1 Australian drama will explore stories of love, romance, betrayal and psychological obsession.
“We see the introduction of a new family which will inject an exciting dynamic to the stellar ensemble cast.
“And after a tragedy rocks the town, we will watch the community come together at the most unexpected wedding the Bay has ever seen to celebrate a precious second chance at love.”
Which Summer Bay couple get married?
There are plenty of contenders for a Summer Bay wedding.
Leah and Justin or Dean and Ziggy would both be viable options, with both forming strong relationships in the last year, and with Leah recently confessing that she loves Justin more than she’s ever loved anyone before! But neither would tick the box for “the most unexpected wedding the Bay has ever seen“.
The 2020 promo showed Alf and Ryder on someone’s wedding day… but which of the pair will be tying the knot?
Nothing was more unexpected than the revelation that Alf’s long-lost love Martha was alive and well – so perhaps a couple getting married again after over 30 years apart?
While the rest of the cast took 2 weeks off over the summer for the annual production break, Ada Nicodemou (Leah) took around 6 weeks off filming to visit Greece with her son. With the production break coinciding with the filming of the finale, it means it’s likely that Leah’s mysterious disappearance will continue for the first month of the 2020 season.
We’re no closer to knowing who or what is behind her vanishing into thin air, but the internet is rife with speculation.
Could it be something to do with her dead ex-husband Vinnie, a connection to son VJ, or perhaps even Irene’s son Mick exacting further revenge after losing his daughter?
A blast from the Morgan family’s chequered past? Someone with a grievance over the content of her now-defunct blog? Or something completely different?
The last time we saw her was when she received a call with no caller ID. She answers, and tells the person “Yeah, speaking. Who is this?“. She seems to know the mysterious stranger, so it must be someone she trusts enough to meet up with. But who is it, and what would they want with her?
In the first episode, presenter Jason Smith asks the extended Summer Bay House family for their thoughts on what they would love to see for their characters in 2020, and gives us an insight into what the actors would have in store if they were in charge of the show.
Emily Symons said of Marilyn that she’d like her to finally get a handbag dog, a suitable addition to one of the Bay’s most glamorous women. On a more serious note, she wants Marilyn and John to find happiness, perhaps in another foster child.
With Marilyn mourning the loss of Raffy and struggling to cope with an empty nest, perhaps that will bring them joy next year?
Ada Nicodemou said of Leah that it’s been nice to see her fall in love again, so maybe more of that.
She reminds us that Leah has been married three times, and that she likes “putting on a frock”, so perhaps a wedding for Justin and Leah? With wedding bells on the horizon for one Summer Bay couple, could Leah be about to embark on her fourth marriage?
But watch out Justin, as Lynne McGranger reminds her that she’s Summer Bay’s “black widow”.
Shane Withington wants to see John win a lot of money and get really pretentious – but as Lukas Radovich (Ryder) points out, perhaps it’s only the money that he’s lacking.
Georgie Parker jokes that Roo has a trip to Europe planned for the entire family – probably blowing half of the show’s budget while she’s at it – but she’s interrupted by Ray Meagher before she can tell us her more serious suggestion for the Stewart family for 2020.
Ray Meagher comments that he thinks Alf has enough on his plate already, as he still gets used to life with long-lost Martha. She was his first love, and he asks “But will she be my last?”
Will Bella go too far for Colby’s attention?
Bella’s manipulation of Colby has been getting more extreme in recent weeks.
With Colby overhearing Bella tell Mackenzie that “I promise you you’ll be long forgotten, long before that day ever comes“, he’s finally clocked that his sister has been trying to manipulate him.
And with Colby now doubting that his sister has been ill for the last few weeks, Bella gets more desperate, downing a bottle of pills in the season finale in an effort to make him think she wasn’t totally faking things.
She’s rushed to hospital and gets herself caught up in the siege. However, it seems the medical emergency and near death situation still isn’t enough to calm the teen, with speculation that Bella’s actions could be set to become even more dramatic in 2020.
In the trailer for the second episode of the Home and Away Christmas Specials, Jason Smith asks Courtney Miller “How far will Bella go to protect her brother?”
In perhaps a joking move, but maybe a sign of what’s to come, Tim Franklin (Colby) makes a stabbing motion behind Bella’s neck. With the Nixon / Thorne family no stranger to murder, will Bella take things to a lethal end?
New doctor Alex Neilson
Dr Alex leaves?
Dr Alex Neilson (Zoë Ventoura) was drafted in to run the ED after Tori was forced into hiding, and it wasn’t long until she fell for Willow Harris. To WIllow’s own surprise, the feelings were mutual, and the two of them have been exploring their feelings for each other over the past few weeks.
However, with Tori now back and slowly gaining strength, what will the future hold for Alex once she’s back at Northern Districts Hospital?
Well, as loved as she seems to be by Home and Away fans, we haven’t spotted any photos of Zoë Ventoura on set for a few months. Is it possible the actress was only drafted in to cover Penny Mcnamee’s (Tori) own maternity cover?
Zoë Ventoura and her husband Daniel MacPherson (known for playing Joel Samuels in Neighbours) live in LA, making it’s unlikely she signed a long-term contract.
If our speculation is correct, we’re expecting to see Alex’s final scenes around March. Yet the reasons for leaving town, and leaving Willow behind, are currently totally unknown.
Actor and musician Cameron Daddo, who played Adam Goodman in Packed to the Rafters and has guested in 24, NCIS and The Mentalist, is set to join the cast of Home and Away for a short stint later next year.
Photos taken on the Official Home and Away Tour appear to show Ryder chasing after the new character and pleading with him, seemingly trying to stop him getting on a bus.
The photo has fuelled internet speculation that Daddo will be playing Ryder’s dad, and that perhaps their reunion isn’t the smoothest.
Papparazzi photos from earlier this year also saw Daddo film with Georgie Parker (Roo) outside the Bait Shop, in a scene in which his character appears to introduce himself to Roo. Is he getting to know the rest of the Stewart family after decades of no contact?
Belinda Giblin (Martha Stewart) posted a behind-the-scenes photo with Cameron Daddo in the makeup chair. With all of his photos featuring members of the Stewart family, it seems highly likely that he will indeed be playing Ryder’s long-lost father.
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If you’re in the Sydney area anytime soon, why not take the time to visit the beautiful Palm Beach (Summer Bay) yourself – along the way you’ll get to see such filming locations as the Morgan House, the Pier Diner and the famous Surf Club, and you may even be lucky enough to spot some filming and take some snaps with cast members!