Updated December 2018 with everything we currently know about the Home and Away Season Finale, which airs Thursday 13th December.
It’s something of a tradition for Home and Away’s season finales to put various characters into peril, and it seems that this year will be no different.
Home and Away cast and crew members moved away from the usual Summer Bay territory for several days back in August, travelling two hours south of Sydney to the Shoalhaven region to film a number of scenes surrounding the season finale/return episodes.
Details published in local press in advance revealed that the show were planning to film a car chase in the Seven Mile Beach National Park between Shoalhaven Heads and Gerroa. As with previous years, the paparazzi were sure to tag along to capture all the action.
Having confirmed with our own sources, we can reveal that the season finale will centre around Colby Thorne (Tim Franklin), newcomer Chelsea Campbell (Ashleigh Brewer) and Colby’s half-sister Bella (Courtney Ally Miller), who are set to experience both some of the happiest moments, and some of the most dangerous moments, of their lives.
Chelsea, otherwise known as Senior Constable Chelsea Campbell, arrived in the Bay a few months ago as ex-girlfriend of fellow police officer Colby.
In an interview when her role was announced back in April, ex-Neighbours actress Ashleigh revealed that Chelsea “is an extremely nice person with a strong head on her shoulders, but she’ll be causing a little bit of trouble through circumstances out of her control.”
As we’ve seen in recent months, the pair reconciled, and Chelsea became caught up in Colby’s problems as he has continued to search for long-lost little sister Bella.
As we know, Colby’s sister Bella and mother Michelle were taken six years ago by his step-father Ross Nixon (Justin Rosniak), and Colby’s determination to find his sister was the reason he joined the police force in the first place.
After a few false leads, Colby finally tracked her down and the pair were reunited.
However, in the finale, which airs in a 3-part episode on Thursday 13th December, Colby’s world is turned upside down when Ross kidnaps both Bella and Chelsea, and drives them out into the bush.
Images from a trailer released for the season finale week shows Ross return, and seemingly make two attempts at capturing daughter Bella.
In one shot, he grabs her as she’s walking, and covers her mouth.
However, it looks like his first attempt must not be successful, as he later hatches a second plan to recapture his daughter, who Colby recently kidnapped from him.
In other dramatic scenes set to air next week, Bella, Willow (Sarah Harris) and Chelsea excitedly step into a limo, but their excitement turns to terror within seconds as the driver lowers the window to reveal he’s none other than Ross.
He drives the three of them to the bush, where they’re set for a dramatic showdown. Pictures taken by the press earlier this year showed that Colby and Dean (Patrick O’Connor) track down Ross, who has tied Chelsea to a tree and is holding her and Bella at gunpoint.
Will Colby’s newfound happiness with his little sister be short lived?
That isn’t all however, and we exclusively revealed in August that further scenes were filmed at a picturesque wedding venue on the Shoalhaven River just outside Nowra.
We initially speculated that the wedding could either be between Robbo (Jake Ryan) and Jasmine (Sam Frost) or Colby and Chelsea, and it’s now confirmed that it’s the latter couple who will be walking down the aisle tomorrow, having moved their wedding forward to allow Colby and Chelsea to marry before her new job as a Detective begins in the city.
However, Robbo is also set to propose to Jasmine in finale week.
Although it looks like Colby and Chelsea’s wedding day goes off without a hitch, there’s plenty standing in their way.
Spoilers for Wednesday’s triple episode hint that “A surprise offer for Chelsea forces a change of wedding plans”
Whatever the issue is, it can’t affect things too much – as Chelsea walks down the aisle the following day.
Surprisingly, considering we know that Ross is set to kidnap her in the same week, Brewer said of the wedding that “they wrote it and allowed it just to be joyful. It just brings the audience into a really nice place, rather than ‘oh, there’s a bomb, strapped to the cake!’“.
A trailer for the final week has now been released, showing the cast playing a game of cricket at the picturesque wedding venue, whilst Ashley looks on in her wedding dress, sat atop what looks like an umpire’s chair.
However, despite agreeing to marry Colby, Thursday’s episode will also be the last time we see Chelsea Campbell, as actress Ashleigh Brewer and her character bid farewell to the Bay.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Brewer confirms that the season finale is the last time that we’ll see Chelsea, with the actress having completed her 6-month stint on the show and having returned to LA.
So why does Chelsea leave, after a seemingly picturesque wedding day?
In a separate interview with Confidential, Brewer confirmed that her character doesn’t die, but simply “goes away for a little while”.
She told the publication that she loved playing the character. “I don’t feel like it’s end at all, but I was very lucky to have her for the time of my life when I needed to come home and also work at the same time.” Could Chelsea and Colby be set to embark on a long-distance relationship?
Home and Away Season Final week begins next Monday, 10th December, with a bumper 8 episodes airing across the week.
There’s a triple episode on Wednesday 12th December, with the season finale airing in another triple slot on Thursday 13th December, on Seven.
For a full rundown of what’s to come as the 2018 season comes to a close, visit our Australian Spoilers page.
Visit Summer Bay!
If you’re heading to Sydney 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!
The Official Home and Away Tour departs from central Sydney five days a week (Mon-Wed, Fri-Sat), and costs just $105 per person. For more information, and to book tickets directly through the official tour provider, click here or on the button below.
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