Fans were stunned in the summer as popular character Lynsey Nolan was found murdered unexpectedly, while Riley Costello, Rhys Ashworth and sixth formers Maddie, Jono and Neil were also killed off in dramatic scenes.
Mercedes McQueen dominated screen time as she sunk to new depths in her attempts to win back Riley Costello, while serial killer Silas Blissett was back to cause terror and managed to escape from hospital.
Elsewhere in the village, Ste struggled to move on from Brendan after embarking on a relationship with Doug, Nancy and Darren's romance became more serious as they tied the knot and had a baby together, while the nasty behaviour of the teen group escalated as they began to bully Esther.
Here, Digital Spy takes a look at some of the show's key moments from the last 12 months in our Hollyoaks Year in Pictures 2012.
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