For all the gossip on the dark scenes ahead for Gary and Izzy, read the main interview with Mikey.
Here, though, Soap Scoop asks the star about where things could be heading for Gary in the longer-term, Anna's possible new romance with Owen and what's coming up for the Windasses…
Can Gary and Izzy pull through their latest problems?
"Well, obviously a lot's gone on! Neither of us are sure where things are going to lead after this point. I think Izzy is definitely going to be a bit shellshocked by it all, and it's going to take time for it to heal. But we'll have to wait and see what happens."
How long do you think Gary's army experience will affect him for?
"I think this storyline will always be a part of Gary while he's in the show. Post-traumatic stress doesn't just disappear, so I would imagine that it's always going to keep popping up at regular intervals. I think this current experience will put it to bed for a little while, but it could crop up again when we least expect it."
"Well, I think this will be the interesting thing! Gary is very protective towards his mum as well, so I think he's going to have some divided loyalties there. I'm sure it's the plan of the writers to explore how this new dynamic of the family works, and I'm really looking forward to seeing it through."
It certainly seems like there's an extended family building up with Gary, Izzy, Anna, Owen, Chesney, Katy and Faye…
"Yeah, I think we're going to see them all mixing together a lot more. It's almost like we've gained a big new family, so hopefully we can all be thrust right into the centre of the street and see some more big storylines coming off the back of that."
Gary and Chesney have had quite a few scenes lately…
"Yeah - me and Sam Aston even share a dressing room together. Looking in the mirror can be a bit confusing sometimes as I'm not sure who I'm looking at! I'm sure one day they'll come out as long-lost brothers, but we'll have to see! (Laughs)"
Do you miss working with Steve Huison, who played Gary's dad Eddie?
"Absolutely. Steve is without a doubt one of the nicest, most talented and most professional men that I've ever worked with. We'll never forget him and he'll always be a Windass forever. We're still in touch and we all stick together. You never know, hopefully one day he might return - we'll have to watch this space. But we do miss him."
"Oh, I love playing the baddie - the badder that Gary gets, the better for me! When you play the baddie, you get to do things in the programme that you wouldn't get to do in real life. I'd like to see Gary resolve his issues first and then maybe return to his bad lad ways. I think that's what he's about and it's bedded down inside him. Even though he doesn't want to be bad, he always seems to end up in trouble all the time. Hopefully we'll see that re-occur at some point."
What else do you hope lies ahead for Gary?
"I'd really like to see Gary and David get their feud back on! I haven't worked with Jack P. Shepherd for a long time now, and when I first came in, their rivalry was my main storyline. I'd like to see that come to the fore again, in a Ken Barlow vs. Mike Baldwin type of feud! Hopefully the writers might pick up on that."
It seemed to take the viewers a while to warm to the Windasses, but the reaction has really turned around. Do you feel like the family have been accepted now?
"Yeah, I think coming into any soap, a new family will struggle and we were told about that. You think, 'It won't happen to us', but it does. When we came in as a big, brash family, it was very 'in your face'. But looking back, things have drastically improved now. The reaction to us is brilliant and I think you can sense how popular the Windasses are now. Especially Debbie Rush, who plays Anna. People love Debbie and Anna, and I think she's a real focal point of the show now. I hope that they're as popular as ever and the current storyline will make them even more so."
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