Brendan has recently been trying to turn Joel (Andrew Still) into a mini version of himself after they became unlikely business partners at Chez Chez.
Scanlan, revealing his take on the storyline, told Soaplife: "Joel looks up to Brendan, like a lot of people do. He wants to impress him, work alongside him and be like him.
"Brendan wants Joel as his apprentice. It's a kind of warped father-son relationship. Joel is somebody that Brendan can test and manipulate for his own reasons."
Next week's Hollyoaks episodes see Joel mess up a job he is carrying out for Brendan as he is attacked by some heavies. Although Joel tries to keep this from the bad boy, it doesn't take long before Brendan realises what happened.
Scanlan added: "He might punish Joel now, or keep back the information that he knows and use it. It's game after game with Brendan. He's bored if he hasn't got somebody to play cat and mouse with."
Asked whether Brendan would ever harm Joel, he replied: "Of course he would! Nobody is safe from Brendan. Not even his loved ones."
Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4 with a first look screening at 7pm on E4.
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