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Zoë Lister (Zoe Carpenter, 'Hollyoaks')

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Zoë Lister (Zoe Carpenter, 'Hollyoaks')
After what's been a year from hell for Hollyoaks' Zoe Carpenter, you'd think storyliners would allow her to enjoy New Years in peace, right? Wrong. Zoe - played by 27-year-old Zoë Lister - is left fighting for her life in a cemetery on New Year's Eve when deranged lesbian Lydia (Lydia Kelly) stabs her beside Sarah Barnes's grave. After a dramatic confrontation with Lydia, Zoe attempts to escape her clutches, but falls and knocks herself out on a church pew. When she eventually regains consciousness, Lydia finally confesses to sabotaging a parachute, but reveals that the tampered pack was meant for Zoe. Running for her life, Zoe heads into the graveyard, where a final showdown between the pair ensues. Here, we chat to Zoë about this week's dramatic life-or-death episodes.

How's Zoe been coping since returning to village life following her 'not guilty' verdict?
"Zoe's been out of prison for a few weeks now and she's faced with a lot of her friends saying that they didn't think she'd get out or that they thought she was guilty. Most just assumed it was Zoe who cut the cords of Sarah's parachute, so there weren't many people on her side. So Zoe's spent two months in prison, stood trial for her murder, her best friend's dead and nobody believed that she was innocent. Everyone's still oblivious to Lydia's involvement in Sarah's death and go with the ruling that it was suicide."

Is Zoe determined to set the record straight?
"Definitely. Zoe can't let Mike continue to think that Sarah killed herself because it must be awful for a parent to continue thinking that about their child. Zoe wants justice, especially as Lydia - Sarah's real murderer - is living with Mike! Zoe decides that the only way she can sort everything out is to befriend Lydia and elicit a confession out of her."

What's Zoe's master plan?
"She doesn't really have a clue what she's doing, but she wants to get a confession out of Lydia. She can't go to the police because they've closed the case, so Zoe takes matters into her own hands."

Zoe ends up moving into the Barnes' - do you think she still has feelings for Mike? Don't they share a kiss?
"No, she doesn't have any feelings for him, but he tries it on with her. Mike's in a really messy place as he's still grieving about Sarah's death, so Zoe tries to be there for him. She cares a lot about him and they have a history together and so while Zoe's trying to console him, Mike takes it too far. Zoe sets him straight, though, and apologises if she was giving off the wrong impression."

How does Lydia end up staying in Hollyoaks for Christmas?
"Zoe wants to keep Lydia in her sights - she doesn't want her to go away and never come back. Zoe wants to bring Lydia to justice and avenge Sarah's death. By this point, though, Charlotte realises that Lydia's a bit kooky and suggests that Lydia leave for a while. As Lydia's preparing to leave for Christmas, Zoe asks her to stay around."

How do Zoe and Lydia end up kissing?!
"It all gets really messy from here! Because Lydia's really deranged, Lydia starts thinking that because she loved Sarah and Sarah loved Zoe, if she gets with Zoe, that'll be the final piece in the puzzle and it'll all work out. So Lydia starts becoming obsessed with Zoe and to keep control, Zoe has to go with it. There's a point where Lydia kisses her! And then Mike walks in and kicks Zoe out."

New Year's Eve is the climactic episode to this storyline - what happens?
"Lydia apologises to Zoe for what happened and suggests that they should see in the New Year with Sarah at the graveyard. When they get to the church, Zoe's really freaked out. They're great confrontation scenes because there are so many power shifts. Quite early on, Zoe realises that she's in a potentially dangerous situation and goes to walk away, but Lydia grabs her and says that they've not told Sarah about their relationship yet! It gets weirder and weirder and in the end, Zoe pushes Lydia out of the way and bolts. As she goes, though, she trips and smacks her head on a pew."

What happens next?
"A crazed Lydia's standing over her. Zoe has nothing to lose at this point and she just goes for it and bombards her with questions about Sarah's death in the hope of getting a confession. Lydia finally snaps and exclaims that the parachute wasn't meant for Sarah, it was meant for her [Zoe]. It's even worse than Zoe thought! At that moment, Lydia reveals a massive kitchen knife. There's a bit of a tussle and Zoe legs it into the cemetery."

Does she manage to get away?
"Zoe hides in the graveyard and can see Lydia across the way and when Zoe turns, she's faced with Sarah's grave! It stops Zoe in her tracks because she's never seen the grave before as she was in prison at the time of the funeral. When Zoe turns around the other way, Lydia's right there behind her with the knife, claiming that they both have to die at midnight to be with Sarah. Zoe's trapped. There's a bit of waiting around for midnight to come and Zoe's sat up against Sarah's grave. Lydia's looming over her with the knife and when the bells start ringing, Lydia lunges at her and plunges the knife in." Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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