Ever since his arrival in the Bay back in 2017, Colby Thorne (Tim Franklin) has been a central fixture – so it will no doubt be a blow to fans to discover he is about to bid farewell to the soap.
Viewers will know that Colby has recently been tied up in a dark storyline which saw him scrambling to cover his tracks after Angelo Rosetta (Luke Jacobz) began to suspect him of Ross Nixon’s (Justin Rosniak) murder.
Unfortunately, in a shock move from his oldest friend Willow Harris, he has had a full confession submitted to court – and he was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
While Dean (Patrick O’Connor) and Bella (Courtney Miller) struggle to cope, Colby is having the hardest time after his fellow inmates discover he’s a cop.
The former senior constable is beaten within an inch of his life, and after a serious talk from Dean, he takes steps to ensure his fate inside is sealed – breaking Bella’s heart in the process.
Upcoming scenes, airing in the week beginning March 1, show Colby engaged in a brawl with one of the guys who beat him up. As he pulls out a knife from his pocket, it isn’t long before blood is shed – and Bella receives a devastating letter afterwards.
The violent scenes aren’t the first time we’ve seen Colby engaged in some high-stakes action. Actor Tim Franklin looked back on his time during Robbo’s final storyline, where the pair teamed up to rescue Jasmine from kidnappers.
‘Working with the towering Jake Ryan, rescuing Sam Frost, was unreal. SWAT teams, assault rifles, hostages. I felt like a big kid playing out the ultimate action fantasy.’
Of course, Colby’s biggest scene was arguably the storyline where Ross kidnapped Willow, Bella and Chelsea. ‘I think the climax of Colby’s storyline had a lot of fun sliding around on dirt roads with that one!’
Overall, though, fans know Colby as the local cop who has always been available to help his fellow Summer Bay residents. For a small town, it hasn’t come without its dangers. ‘Being the cop of Summer Bay is probably one of the most dangerous jobs in the world.
‘I’ve been stabbed, poisoned, nearly set on fire, held hostage, shot at, slapped, punched. It was the most exciting three years of my life.’
Now, though, as Colby prepares for a long time in prison, Tim says his character understands why Willow handed him over to the law. ‘Doubt it came as a shock to Colby…he understands why she did it. She’s just protecting the family. At the end of the day…he did it.’
What does Tim reckon Colby would look like after 25 years inside? ‘I like to imagine you would see a very hardened man. Jail has a way of doing that to a man, I imagine. But one thing will always remain in him – his love for his family and friends. Plus he would probably be sporting some new gnarly tats!’
Tim hopes his final scenes provoke some thought once they’ve been watched. ‘Our head writer came to me with the idea. I really loved it. Because you empathise with Colby (hopefully!) but you also know that he murdered someone. It makes you really think and question, and if that happens then I’m doing my job right.’
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